I wanted to attend 2018 CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas but couldn’t make it happen this year. Luckily, my in-laws are there, taking notes, sending pictures, and keeping me updated. Of course, I sent them straight to the Peloton Tread. So based on my informants and my own research, along with several telephone conversations with Peloton representatives at CES, here’s. . .
The Peloton Tread in a Nutshell:
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Peloton Classes and Instructors
Just as the Peloton bike is #morethanabike (their own hashtag), with rides and Beyond-the-Ride (yoga, strength training and cardio) classes, the Tread is much more than a treadmill (or the popular moniker “dreadmill.”) It’s a total body workout. Although, if you want to use the Tread as a traditional treadmill without taking a class, that is an option.
Specific class information is under wraps right now. Peloton has disclosed that there will be 10 plus live daily classes per day. Peloton’s video on its site shows a 45-minute class so we can expect many of those, in a similar format to Peloton spin: warm-up, workout, cool down. Most classes will be either 20, 30, or 45 minutes, with hopes of expanding to 75-minutes, 90-minutes, and 120-minutes. When the Tread launches in Fall 2018, it will arrive preloaded with a library of on-demand classes which will grow over time.
For those of you familiar with Orange Theory or Barry’s Bootcamp, it appears that the Tread classes will follow a similar format. Classes take place on and off the machine, with a focus on heart rate, intervals, resistance and strength training.
Current Peloton bike owners and Peloton App users will have access to the Tread’s classes at no additional fee.
Peloton will create scenic walks, similar to the rides they offer on the bike through various countrysides and trails. (In the meantime, try out the scenic BitGym app on your treadmill).
Robin Arzon, head Peloton instructor and Vice President of Fitness Programming will teach classes, as well as the newly added Rebecca Kennedy, a runner and trainer, most recently at Barry’s Bootcamp.
As a Peloton spin instructor, Robin Arzon is hardcore, inspiring and motivating. The ex-lawyer in me loves that she left behind her career in law to pursue her dreams.
Peloton Tread Specs and Details
- 32 inch HD Touchscreen (that’s double the size of the most recent Peloton bike’s screen)
- The screen moves up to a 30 degrees vertical tilt. (Note, this isn’t the spin-around screen that Peloton riders have long requested to make Beyond the Ride classes easier to perform in front of the bike. Instead, many Peloton spin riders choose to stream their classes from the Peloton App to their television via Apple TV).
- Soundbar underneath the screen
- The display shows runner’s heart rate, output, pace (both best and average during the class), speed, elevation, calories burned, and of course, the leaderboard. For those of you unfamiliar with the leaderboard, you virtually compete with others participating in the class.
- Shock-absorbing slat belt to make running more comfortable than traditional treadmills and outdoor conditions
- Speed and incline knobs
- Speed can be adjusted to 12.5 mph
- Incline can go up to 15 percent
- Manual mode (unpowered), likely similar to the Dynamic mode on the Woodway treadmills used by Barry’s Bootcamp
- The Peloton Tread’s footprint is 6 feet by 2.7 feet (72.5” L x 32.5” W x 72” H) vs. the Peloton Bike’s footprint of 4 feet by 2 feet.
- Taller people, those with low ceilings (many keep their fitness equipment in basements) or anyone living in an apartment (think Manhattan-size) may find it hard to make space for the Tread.
- Remember, you’ll need to account for additional workout space to take full advantage of the classes off the Tread. The recommended exercise mat measures 2 feet by 4 feet.
- The Tread does not fold.
- Headphones: USB charging for wireless headphones and a jack for wired headphones
- You can connect optional Bluetooth speakers
- Resistance bands
- Dumbells (definitely more than the 1-3 pound weights used on the bikes).
- Heart Rate Monitor (Tread is ANT and Bluetooth meaning the Apple Watch will not connect).
- The Tread has a zippered storage compartment for accessories
- Tread costs $3995 plus delivery (double the price of the Peloton bike)
- Unlimited classes is an additional $39 per month. (If you already have the Peloton app, see below).
- Financing available
- Tread ships Fall 2018. For more information on ordering, click here.
Can You Use the Peloton Tread App with any Treadmill?
The answer is YES.
If you are an existing Peloton rider or Peloton App user, you will have full access to the Tread classes when they become available (likely Fall 2018 when the treadmills ship) at no additional charge.
- Download the Peloton App (if you own the bike, you get the app for free. Otherwise, you’ll need to pay $12.99 per month)
- Use either your iPhone or iPad to stream the classes
- Better yet, if you already own a treadmill and have a television in the room, stream it via Apple TV
- Buy yourself a set of resistance bands and weights
I can see this App getting a lot of use. Unlike most spin bikes, treadmills already have all the electronic metrics you would need. Just add the app and heart rate monitor and you are ready to go. And, you can always find a treadmill at any gym.
Maybe this is exactly what you need to get you back onto your home treadmill again.
If the classes are anything like the spin classes, Peloton will motivate you like nothing else. Personally, I’m not a runner but I think I can get behind these total body classes.
A few months ago, Peloton Cycle officially changed its name to One Peloton. What’s next for the company? Rumor has it that it’s a rowing machine. Only time will tell but having a home gym just got a lot cooler.
I’ll be checking out Flywheel’s FlyAnywhere bike in the next couple of weeks. Please subscribe to get the newest blog updates.