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. . .
Peloton’s newest piece of fitness equipment, the Tread, has had a lot of people, including me researching treadmills.
Should You Buy the Tread?
For those of you who have pre-ordered the Tread, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Like the bike, the Tread has all the bells and whistles: an interactive touch screen, cushioned track, and incline and speed adjustments with the touch of a button or turn of a dial. (For more about this, check out my post Everything You Need to Know About the Peloton Tread)
While on vacation, I took some of the Tread classes using a hotel treadmill. I’ve never enjoyed running as much as I did that week. Peloton does it right. Their classes are effective, motivating, and fun. I especially loved the Fun Runs.
But . . . this treadmill is HUGE, with a 67-inch rubber track. While this appeals to many, not everyone has the room for something so large, especially if they already have a Peloton.
Then, there’s the price. For the treadmill alone, you’ll spend $3,995. There’s also the monthly subscription, however, if you’re a Peloton bike owner or app rider, you already have access to the classes. Otherwise, it’s $39 per month.
The Peloton App for Tread Classes
Remember, Peloton is first and foremost, a technology company. The company, active on social media, listens to its users’ wants and needs.
Over the last year, riders regularly wake up to software updates on their bikes (the latest being closed captioning). Peloton also does not ignore its app riders. They know that many people opt to use their own spin bikes with the app. It may come as a surprise, but many choose bikes that cost as much, if not more than the Peloton Cycle. App riders can now follow other riders (although there’s still no leaderboard) and search for classes by music type and instructor.
The point is Peloton gives you a great experience whether you are using their manufactured equipment or not.
Do you have a treadmill at home gathering dust? Now’s the time to try out the Tread classes.
Remember, if you decide to use your own treadmill, you can still access all of their classes (cycling, runs, walks, core, and yoga) via the app. These classes are also available to those who use the app with a regular spin bike.
If you don’t have a spin bike check out this post:
Using the Peloton app with a regular spin bike requires lots of add-ons. But, using the Peloton app with a treadmill requires just a treadmill. That’s it. And maybe a heart rate monitor.
To download the Peloton IOS App, click HERE.
To download the Peloton Android App, click HERE (still in beta testing).
Peloton Tread Features
When doing comparisons, take note that the Tread has:
- Speed 0 to 12.5 mph
- Incline 0 to 15 percent grade
- 2 HP Motor
- 72.5” L x 36.5” W x 72” H
- 67″ L running mat
- Does not fold
Alternatives to the Tread
Top-Rated Treadmills You Can Purchase on Amazon
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*Note: This post was originally posted in March 2016 and has been updated to reflect accuracy and new product information. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see all the most recent updates.
When I joined a gym as a mom, my priorities changed: I needed daycare and I needed a shower. Motivation in place. Little did I know that my son’s poop, cries, and attempts to escape would interrupt my routine almost on a daily basis. My new mom friends invited me to take spin classes with them, but between the coaches shouting out mysterious numbers and the coordination involved, I kindly declined; spin was more than my foggy-mom brain could handle at the time, so I stuck to my elliptical, yoga, and Zumba classes. This pre-dated the Soul Cycle invasion of New York, before cadence and tap-backs became part of the everyday jargon.
By the time my son learned to love the gym, I was pregnant with baby #2. Luckily, my little girl eased into daycare and I soon realized after taking my first spin class that I had been missing out: with its trendy music and remixes blaring in a darkened room, let’s face it, this was the closest I was getting to a night out.
At this same time, the condo I lived in had redesigned its gym, and I convinced management to add a spin bike. But what can you do with a spin bike and no instructor? I downloaded apps and watched YouTube videos, but no good solution existed at the time.
Fast-forward to the suburbs and a house with room for exercise equipment. One day, soon after we moved in, I scrolled down on Facebook and noticed that several of my friends had “liked” the One Peloton page, then called Peloton Cycle. I asked those friends about it, but no one had purchased a bike, yet everyone agreed it was a brilliant concept: a state-of-the-art bike with spin classes live or on demand. The bike, however, comes with a hefty price tag ($1995 plus $250 delivery, plus a $39 per month subscription).
The Peloton App (now rebranded as Peloton Digital)
*Make sure to check out all recent updates at the bottom of this post.
After gawking at the price tag again and doing the math, MacGyver kicked in. I downloaded the Peloton app to my iPad, free at the time, and investigated.
Note, when I first downloaded the app and initially wrote this blog post, there was a huge difference between owning the bike and using the actual Peloton Cycle. For example,
- There was no way for an instructor to see you. Now, you can get the same shoutouts as anyone else.
- You needed multiple devices–an iPad to view the class and another IOS device to use the cadence monitor. Today, you can use Android devices and the Peloton App displays both your cadence and heart rate via Bluetooth. (Scroll down to “accessories” for more information).
Peloton Digital Classes
Currently, Peloton offers more than 8,000 on-demand rides, ranging from 5 minutes to 90 minutes. Additionally, you can find about eleven live classes on any given day, beginning at 6:00 am and as late as 8:30 pm. You can also take Encore Rides, basically “live” re-airings of rides. My favorite rides are Rock Rides, 80’s rides, HIIT and Tabata. A cool new feature allows you to search on-demand rides by playlists. Beyond the Ride includes live and on-demand yoga classes, stretching, toning, and strength classes.
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We’ve all been there. We’re on a good streak of working out and then . . . we lose all momentum.
Strategies to Motivate Yourself When You Don’t Feel Like Working Out
1. Work Out Shorter and Smarter
I stopped making New Year’s resolutions a long time ago.
As the year ends, I could look back at all my failures and resolve to do better this upcoming year. Or, I can look back and focus on all the things I did right.
This is as good a time as any to thank you. Whether this is your first time visiting my site or you come here often, you motivated me this year. Your positive comments kept me going. Chronicling parts of my life online made me accountable. And, brainstorming blog post ideas kept me inspired.
Until about a year ago, I hadn’t worn a watch since 1998. For the first few weeks, wearing my Apple Watch felt uncomfortably strange. Now, not only does my wrist feel naked without it, I actually panic when I forget it. The Apple Watch is so much more than a watch. In fact, I rarely use it to tell time.
Whenever I see someone wearing an Apple Watch, I approach them. “Do you love it?” I’ll ask. Usually, I get the same answer: “Honestly, I don’t know what to do with it.”
That response is the inspiration behind this post.
Note: I have the Apple Watch Series 2. The newer version, the Series 3, has cellular capability. Apple no longer carries the Series 2 but if you are interested in that one, you can still purchase it on Amazon or get a great deal on eBay. Target carries them too. I have no complaints with the Series 2 and don’t want the additional expense of adding to my cell phone plan.
Check out my downloadable “Top Ten Favorite Apps” list at the end of this post!
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5 Reasons I Use My Apple Watch Every Day:
As many of you know, I’ve been using the Peloton app with my [easyazon_link identifier=”B0140JN7D8″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”mypurstr-20″ cart=”n” popups=”n”]spin bike[/easyazon_link] for a couple of years now. Friends and readers have suggested that I check out Aaptiv (formerly Skyfit). So, for a week, I abandoned my Peloton classes and started spinning with the Aaptiv app on my iPhone.
What is Aaptiv?
Aaptiv is a fitness app available on Android and Apple devices. It provides on-demand classes in an audio format, wherein an instructor coaches you through various fitness routines.
Although Aaptiv includes workouts ranging from outdoor running, treadmill, elliptical to yoga, I will focus strictly on its indoor cycling classes.
Magic Pants are basically any pair of fun printed colorful leggings that motivate you, inspire you, and make you smile. Is there a cause close to your heart, some ’80’s nostalgia, or a favorite dog breed? I guarantee that you can find magic pants to match your style and personality. So, take those basic black leggings and stash them in the back of your closet.
And the best thing about riding at home? No judgments.
As I don’t actually own a Peloton bike, I guess my answer to this question speaks for itself. However, I cannot deny that the Peloton Cycle is an ingenious product, well-designed, and absolutely fills a niche in our busy world, but it is a very sizable investment: the bike itself will run you $1995 plus $250 installation. Add in another $25 to $75 for weights plus other accessories, such as a mat and shoes. Oh, and I failed to mention the $39 monthly subscription fee that begins after the first year.
If you read my last very detailed post, you know that I use the Peloton app on a regular spin bike. With the addition of an iPad holder, a cadence sensor, weights, some SPD pedals and spin shoes, I’ve created my own mock-Peloton at a savings of more than $1700. (You can also get an upgraded version of my bike with SPD pedals already installed).
In all likelihood, Peloton has released their iPad and recently the iPhone apps to tempt people into buying their $2000 product. On their own website within the Frequently Asked Questions section, the very last question asked is: “I like the app, so why would I buy the bike?,” a question I too, have been asking.