11 virtual fitness brands vying to compete with Peloton amid pandemic

  • On-demand and virtual fitness has never been more popular, as the pandemic drastically changes the way Americans stay fit. 
  • While Peloton continues to dominate the at-home fitness market, several digital fitness programs — both new and existing — are looking to cash in on the on-demand exercise boom. 
  • We took a closer look at 11 of the most popular virtual fitness membership programs. 
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Gone are the days of traditional gym memberships, as Americans enter the era of the virtual, at-home fitness movement buoyed by the pandemic.

On-demand fitness platforms have never been so popular, nor so ubiquitous. Though digital fitness has been on the rise in recent years, the coronavirus outbreak has put fledgling virtual companies on the map while prompting the rise of a slew of new platforms designed to help Americans stay fit while cooped up at home. 

These programs vary

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Different mortgage rates and requirements

If you’ve been comparing mortgage rates for the purchase of a second home or an investment property, you’re already on a promising path: You’ll either have a place to go for vacations, or you’ll have a place that’ll generate income and put more money in your pocket.



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A view from an outdoor patio

Either way, the opportunity to own more than one property is an enviable position to be in, but how you classify that property makes a difference in how much you’ll pay to finance and own it.

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Second home vs. investment property

Are you buying a second home, or are you making an investment?

This might be confusing, especially if you’re thinking about occasionally renting out the property – using it regularly for vacation, for example, but also making it available on Airbnb for some of the time you’re not using the property

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Home Improvement: Signs your gutters are in need of repair – Salisbury Post

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Fall is a great time to tackle projects around the house. The weather each fall allows homeowners to make improvements to their homes’ exteriors without worrying about extreme heat or cold, while interior projects like painting are made easier because homeowners can open the windows to allow for proper ventilation. Fall also marks a great time to prepare for upcoming projects that can make winter work that much easier. For example, fall is a great time to take stock of your gutters so you can address any issues before leaves begin to fall or the first snowstorm touches down. Compromised gutters can contribute to water issues in basements and adversely affect a home’s foundation if not addressed immediately, so it behooves homeowners to learn the signs that gutters are in need of repair or replacement.

• Gutters hanging off the home: Gutters were once installed predominantly with spikes.

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What should you use a personal loan for?

From an emergency to a big-ticket purchase, personal loans can provide the funding you need. (iStock)

Credit card offers pop up in your mailbox all the time — but while they can be an easy way to get quick cash, a personal loan may be a better option if you’re in need of a large amount (after all, there is such thing as a credit limit).

Personal loans can provide lower interest rates, quicker financing, shorter repayment options, and access to higher loan amounts than credit cards and other types of loans. Plus, personal loans offer lots of flexibility by putting borrowers in charge of how to use the lump sum.

To keep your personal finance in good shape, find out loan rates you qualify for using Credible. Credible can help you find an online lender with the best deals so you can save money.

5 things you

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’Nightmare’ intersection in Catasauqua, a known problem for decades, gets green light for improvements

It’s been said by many a public official and resident that turning left onto Race Street from Lehigh Street in Catasauqua is like “taking your life into your hands.”



a car driving down a busy street: Traffic begins to back up along Lehigh Street attempting, to exit onto Race Street Wednesday in Catasauqua. Borough officials voted narrowly to allow PennDOT to move forward with improvements to the Race and Lehigh Street intersection, long the bane of residents and commuters.


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Traffic begins to back up along Lehigh Street attempting, to exit onto Race Street Wednesday in Catasauqua. Borough officials voted narrowly to allow PennDOT to move forward with improvements to the Race and Lehigh Street intersection, long the bane of residents and commuters.

Living in a house near the three-point intersection, Joshua Fritz has a prime-time view of its traffic woes, the bane of residents and commuters for decades. During rush hour, he said, he witnesses close calls almost every other day.

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It’s always dicey to escape his driveway as cars coming from the opposite direction make similar quick escapes during breaks in traffic.

“For me to get out of here, I

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Lebanon to allow hard-hit students abroad to get dollars from home

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Lebanese parliament has passed a law allowing students abroad to transfer $10,000 out of Lebanon at an official exchange rate far below the street rate, a move to help those struggling to pay foreign fees amid a deep economic crisis.

Lebanon’s banking system has been paralysed since last year, as a liquidity crunch left the nation unable to repay its massive debts. Lebanon’s pound crashed, while banks severely restricted dollar withdrawals, blocked transfers and cut card spending limits abroad down to as little as $15 a month.

This left many Lebanese students around the world struggling to pay fees or meet daily expenses.

Many Lebanese remain sceptical banks will deliver even with a new law, after a year in which the banks have tightened controls on transfers even without legislation in place.

The street value of the Lebanese pound — officially pegged at 1,500 to the

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Home Improvement: Simple ways to improve a kitchen pantry – Salisbury Post

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People have been spending more time at home in 2020 than in years past, and certain projects around the house have become a priority. One home improvement idea that serves the double benefit of creating organization and making cooking at home more efficient is to reimagine the kitchen pantry. A pantry is a room or closet where food, beverages and linens or dishes are stored. Pantries can be highly useful spaces that provide ancillary storage in kitchens. Many modern homes are equipped with pantries, but older homes may require some modification to create more useful pantries. Whether starting from scratch or modifying an existing pantry, these tips can help projects go more smoothly.

• Maximize vertical storage. Utilizing vertical areas can help increase storage capacity. Build in extra nooks by investing in undershelf storage baskets. These baskets can instantly create designated areas for different types of ingredients. Homeowners

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HEDSouth’s Jan Vitrofsky On Incorporating Wellness Into Your Home

When Jan Vitrofsky started his career in the electronics industry in 1975, he had no idea it would lead him where it has. Since then, he has worked with some of the most prolific companies in entertainment, including CBS, Columbia Pictures, Sony, Disney, ESPN and ABC, and even installed a TV system in the White House during former President Bill Clinton’s administration and home theaters in television executives’ homes.

It wasn’t until 1997 he founded his company, HEDSouth. Based in Coconut Grove, Florida, less than 30 minutes outside Miami, Vitrofsky installs high-tech systems for entertainment, security, lighting, air conditioning, wellness, window shades and electrical wiring. He works with both commercial properties and multimillion-dollar residences, including those of celebrities and high-profile executives, primarily in Florida and California.

According to Hanley Wood, 75% of people consider housing as essential or extremely important to their

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In Palm Springs, Bob Hope’s former home seeks $1.5 million

A piece of Palm Springs history just surfaced for sale in the desert as the longtime home of Bob Hope has hit the market for $1.5 million.



a view of a house: The remodeled ranch known as "Home of Hope" wraps around a deck with a swimming pool and citrus trees. (Realtor.com)


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The remodeled ranch known as “Home of Hope” wraps around a deck with a swimming pool and citrus trees. (Realtor.com)

Hope and his wife, Dolores, owned the 1930s home for more than half a century. They bought it in 1946, and after both had passed away, their estate sold it in 2013, according to a plaque on the front gate identifying the property as the “Home of Hope.”

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It’s not Hope’s most impressive Palm Springs home; that’d be found a few miles south, where a Modernist masterpiece built by John Lautner is nestled up against the mountains. The dazzling, futuristic gem broke a record when it sold for $13 million in 2016.

This one’s a bit humbler, fitting five

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All 16 New ‘Masked Singer’ Cast Costumes Just Dropped, and We Need to Talk About the Baby Alien

From Cosmopolitan

I know we’re all going through a lot right now, but the time has come to check in on America’s (other) national nightmare: The Masked Singer. It seems like just yesterday that the Egg and the Banana landed on the hellscape known as planet Earth, and yet somehow, we’ve already endured three entire seasons of the show. And now, it’s confirmed: We’re gonna have to deal with a fourth. Which means (a) a whole new batch of “celebrity” contestants who need to fire their PR people and (b) a whole new batch of foods/animals that’ll be forever ruined. Truly, I can never eat a taco again thanks to THIS clearly evil criminal mastermind:

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Because it’s best to keep our friends close and our enemies closer, here’s everything we currently know about The Masked Singer season 4.

Season 4 Will Air in the Fall

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