In today’s world, the word “remote” no longer just applies to the workplace. The fitness industry has started to integrate more remote concepts and change the way we once viewed exercise. As I’m writing this, I’m thinking of all the fitness programs that we’re already able to access from the comfort of our own homes. Recently, you might have started to see commercials for Peloton, a company trying to take remote fitness to a new level. Peloton incorporates the concept of a spin class and merges it with today’s remote world.
What is Peloton?
Imagine going into a spin class with the best instructors and music. The energy of the class is pumping through the roof. The calorie burn is outrageous. Your workout buddy is riding along with you and keeping you motivated. Now imagine all the benefits of a live action class in the privacy of your own home. Peloton isn’t just a fancy stationary bike. Instead, it takes a bigger picture approach. Peloton merges spin studio quality equipment with top notch instructors, motivation in real-time, data, and metrics. In addition, Peloton offers access to classes, teachers, and options comparable to attending the prime time classes at your local gym.
Peloton operates on the Android system and uses a PCAP 21.5” HD touchscreen display with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. There are 12 daily livestreams from their NYC studio and 3,000+ on-demand classes available, all streamed in 1080p resolution. If you decide a traditional spin class setting isn’t what you’re looking for, you can choose to zone out to some scenic ride videos from a myriad of domestic and international locations. The videos can be searched by coach, type, length, and more. When you find one you like, you’re able to preview before committing. An iOS app is also available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, giving access to the same features and video library. In addition, you can also stream it to your Apple TV.
During your ride, the console allows you to live video chat and display metrics to your profile. You can also view the metrics of other riders – whether live or those who have completed an on-demand ride previously. You also have the option to follow other riders. I think this community building approach is a nice touch for keeping users engaged and competitive.
With a price tag of approximately $2,000 plus additional fees and monthly membership costs, Peloton can seem costly upfront. However, when you add up the cost of gym fees, commuting, and related expenses, the traditional approach can add up quickly. I really like what Peloton is doing, and I’m look forward to seeing how other innovators in the fitness industry will integrate more video collaboration.