This review will explain everything you need to know about the Peloton app, who it's for, and the Peloton equipment options.
Best Equipment for the Peloton App
Peloton offers the energy and competition of a boutique cycling class from the comfort of your home. You can also access additional workouts such as running, boxing, and strength training on the app. So no matter your fitness goal, Peloton has a class for you. Though they recommend investing in one of their bikes, treadmills, or rowing machines and a monthly membership to make the most of your experience.
Your $44 monthly subscription (or $13 per month for the app only) comes with access to thousands of live and pre-recorded fitness classes. In addition, if you invest in Peloton cardio equipment, each machine has a fixed tv screen where you can watch your instructor and keep track of your performance metrics and ranking on the leaderboard.
This aspect of the class is often cited by Peloton enthusiasts as their favorite feature. Users love to push themselves and see how they stack up against class peers. However, the full experience has a hefty price tag starting at $2,098 for the first year and costing $500 yearly after that.
If you’re not ready to drop that kind of cash, you can use the Peloton app without any equipment. You can download it to your iOS or Android devices and use it with non-Peloton cardio equipment with limited functionality.
Best for Connected Equipment
- 30-day Home Trial
- Peloton Bike Rental Program
- Various Equipment to suit your preference
- App that works with and without equipment
Peloton Bike and Peloton Bike+
Peloton's claim to fame is their cycling classes led by entertaining and engaging fitness instructors, many of whom have a cult following. These sessions are high-energy fun and are hard to beat if you're looking for a challenging cardio workout.
For the premium experience, use a Peloton bike priced at $1,445 or the upgraded Peloton Bike+ priced at $2,495. The Bike+ has a larger tv screen that rotates 360 degrees and more speakers than the original, but both give you access to all of the performance metrics and full leaderboard data. However, you can use your bike and follow along on your tablet or phone.
Like with their cycling workouts, you can use a Peloton treadmill or a different brand–or walk/run outside and follow along on your headphones. But heads up because a Peloton treadmill starts at a staggering $2,495 (plus $350 shipping and set-up).
The rowing machine is the last cardio machine available from the Peloton line, priced at $3,195. But just like their other cardio class options, you do not need to break the bank and buy their machine to enjoy their rowing workouts.
One piece of strength equipment that many Peloton workouts incorporate is dumbbells. Again not required, but it would be an excellent addition for anyone looking to increase their resistance during Peloton strength training classes. Some people even use lighter-weight dumbbells during their cycling classes.
Peloton bikes also require special shoes or adaptive cages that accommodate regular sneakers. Both can be purchased on the Peloton website. Other equipment you can invest in but are not necessary include a heart rate monitor or a speed and cadence sensor for the serious endurance athlete.
How to Get the Most Out of the Peloton App
Peloton is the clear winner for cycling fanatics who crave the energy and competition of a studio class and can afford the price tag. Depending on your fitness goals, Peloton can be used for all your workouts–though serious weight lifters might find their programming lacking. You can download the Peloton app on iOS and Android, which syncs with Apple Health. Attend live classes to get the most exciting class experiences, and check back weekly for new workouts.
The Bottom Line
The Peloton app is a sound choice for endurance athletes and anyone looking to increase their cardio from home. The app offers endless class options and variety, though the price tag will be limiting for many.
Check out the Peloton App for free for 30 days here.
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