Peloton's Strength Training Device Is Finally Here

Meet: Peloton Guide, a smart device that hooks up to your TV and uses artificial intelligence to provide feedback on your form, movement, and overall progress in real-time.

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Peloton's inaugural strength training product is finally here. Known as the Peloton Guide, the device connects to any television and uses machine learning to track users' movements and progress, essentially providing exercisers with a full-on personal trainer experience from the instructors they already know and love. In other words, this tech innovation may very well revolutionize your at-home fitness routine, and it's finally available to purchase.

So how does it work, exactly? Once the Peloton Guide is hooked up to your TV, all you really have to do is grab your go-to equipment, weights, and accessories (e.g. resistance bands or whatever else the instructor might suggest) to take full advantage of the big screen experience. If you're a preexisting fan of Peloton's strength classes (which you might already take via the brand's bike, treadmill, or app), you can seamlessly continue your regular workout routine — but now with a super-smart device to help you better understand and perform the moves. Think of it this way: Have you ever wondered mid-workout, "am I really squatting as low as Jess Sims would like me to go?" Peloton Guide will let you know — and in doing so, help you achieve that Sims-approved squat, once and for all. (

Peloton Guide comes equipped with exclusive components, including a Movement Tracker, which will be available on hundreds of Peloton strength classes. This feature encourages members to follow along with the instructors for the entire class and perform all of the moves (meaning no more dropping the weights early if you want to keep up). The artificial intelligence-enabled device also includes Self Mode, which calls upon smart camera technology to help members compare their form to that of the instructor in real-time. So with Peloton Guide, it will be easier than ever before to see if your Turkish Get-Up (yes, those are a thing) looks like that of strength pro Rebecca Kennedy.

Another unique perk of Peloton Guide is the Body Activity feature. Not sure if you've been overworking certain muscle groups and ignoring others? Wonder no more, as Body Activity will show you which muscle groups you've recently worked. And based on that info, Peloton will recommend classes focused on other areas, so you can achieve a more well-rounded training experience and be less likely to burn out on any one body part.

Peloton Guide
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Peloton Guide is also hands-free and allows members to start, stop, rewind, and fast forward through a class (which only recently became a coveted feature on the brand's bike and treadmill thanks to the introduction of the pause button). Voice activation will also be available in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., with other markets to come. The device also prioritizes privacy by allowing members to control if and when to put Peloton Guide to sleep, slide the cover over the camera, and even turn off the mic via a physical switch.

There's no denying that Peloton has made its mark in the world of at-home fitness equipment with its stationary bike and treadmill — both of which have a serious following. But when it comes to strength training, other companies have been cornering the market with their stand-out smart devices. With the launch of Peloton Guide, however, that's about to change. The brand's programming is also evolving along with the tech, with the introduction of new strength programming for all members, including a Beginner Strength series from instructors Olivia Amato and Matty Maggiacomo and the addition of strength-first instructors Callie Gullickson and Rad Lopez. (

Members who own the Peloton Guide will be able to take Floor Bootcamp, a 12-class program with a focus on strength and HIIT taught by instructors Sims and Selena Samuela, starting April 11. It doesn't require a bike or treadmill, just a mat and weights. Additionally, Robin Arzón, Adrian Williams, Maggiacomo, and Gullickson will lead new Strength Split programs. These include three- and five-day intermediate and advanced strength training programs that will be available starting April 18. Lastly, you can take live Strength Roll Call classes at the same time every week from Monday to Friday.

At this point, you're probably wondering just how much the Guide would set you back. The good news: Peloton is calling the gadget the most "accessibly-priced connected fitness product," with a starting price of $295 for the device. (FWIW, you can also purchase larger packages that include addition gear, ranging from $545 for the Strength Starter and up to $1,270 for the Guide Power). And while nearly $300 for the device alone is still on the pricier end of things, Peloton Guide can be considered somewhat of a bargain compared to the company's Exercise Bike, which starts at $1,495, and the Tread, which starts at $2,495. Plus, it comes with free delivery and a 30-day home trial.

That being said, in order to enjoy the benefits of the content library, the smart-camera technology, and Movement Tracker, you will need a Peloton Guide membership, which starts at $13 a month and provides access for up to five people in the household. Already a Peloton member? No need to purchase this new membership as well, since access to Peloton Guide is included in the All-Access subscription, and Peloton App members can upgrade their memberships to include Peloton Guide access with no extra fees. (ICYDK, the Peloton app is free to download and available for iOS and Android devices as well as on Roku and the Amazon App Store.)

Got all that? Good. You can head to Peloton's website now to order the new device and make sure your membership is up to date if you want to take advantage of the new classes and smart home workout technology. (Up next: Peloton Classes Are Going to Be Available On Your Next Delta Air Lines Flight)

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