Peloton Is Finally Making a Strength Training Product — and It's Worth the Wait
After months of rumors, it's finally here: Peloton's inaugural strength training product. 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 — this is, however, when it hits the market in early 2022.
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, or accessories (e.g. resistance bands or whatever else the instructor might suggest) to take full advantage of the big screen experience. So, 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 now 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. (Related: Workout Playlist Need a Refresh? This Spotify x Peloton Collab is Your Answer)
And while it doesn't come with basic exercise equipment such as those mentioned above, Peloton Guide does come equipped with exclusive components, such as the 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 extra-long water breaks if you want to keep up). The AI-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 is also hands-free and allows members to start, stop, rewind, or 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.
Now, 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 veritable cult following. But when it comes to strength training, other companies have been cornering the market with their stand-out smart devices. With Tuesday's announcement and the upcoming launch of Peloton Guide, however, that's about to change. And since strength training has been Peloton's "fastest-growing discipline," according to the company's press release, the creation of such a device was a must. 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 recent addition of strength-first instructors Callie Gullickson and Rad Lopez. (Related: The Best Peloton Instructor to Match Your Workout Style)
In addition to Sims, Kennedy, Amato, Maggiacomo, Gullickson, and Lopez, Peloton's expert strength instructors include Robin Arzón, Ben Alldis, Daniel McKenna, Selena Samuela, Andy Speer, Chase Tucker, and Adrian Williams. All those pros will create and lead classes and programs that take advantage of Peloton Guide's advanced technology and new features to target specific body parts, track progress, and totally transform how home fitness fanatics experience strength training.
So, the only question that now remains is "how much will the Guide set buyers back?" The good news: Peloton is calling the gadget the most "accessibly-priced Peloton connected fitness product," with a starting price of $495 for the device, a remote, and the all-new Peloton Heart Rate Band. (FWIW, you can also purchase the updated band separately once available on the brand's site). And while nearly $500 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.
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 costs $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. Now, all you can really do is get those dumbbells ready and wait patiently for the release day. (Up next: Peloton Classes Are Going to Be Available On Your Next Delta Air Lines Flight)