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UPDATE Summer 2023: Peloton still has NOW made its rowing content available on the Peloton App.  Yay! But the app price doubled  Boo!!!

UPDATE 2022:  It finally happened!  Peloton has finally launched its rowing machine!  After the delays caused by the pandemic, they’ve finally done it.  Hooray!! But it costs more than a treadmill. Booo!!!  I’ve reviewed some cheaper options below.

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Take a look at this beauty!

The Specs:  Like the Bike and the Tread, the Peloton Rower has  the same type of  touchscreen and will offer classes taught by instructors both in the studio and on the water.  Unlike when the Peloton bike first came on the scene, this time Peloton will face some competition with other connected rowing machines already on the market.

Specifications

  • Compact 8′ x 2′ footprint
  • Electronically controlled resistance for quiet, perfectly smooth stroke feel
  • 23.8″ HD swiveling touchscreen for seamless transitions on and off the mat
  • Folding arm for compact upright storage
  • Studio-quality sound with front-and rear-facing speakers

 

Features

  • Form Assist highlights ways you can improve your form, so you get better in real time
  • Use Form Rating and Insights to track your progress and view your performance
  • Access to thousands of classes beyond rowing like strength, yoga, meditation, and more
  • See in-class metrics like stroke rate, pace, output, and distance
  • Work out alongside other Members and friends on the Leaderboard

The release of the Peloton Rower is not a shock because as I reported just before the pandemic Peloton acquired Tonic Fitness Technology, a company that has been manufacturing Peloton’s high-tech spin bikes for a bunch of years.  And Tonic had filed a patent application for a high-tech indoor rowing machine with the U.S. Patent Office.

Piecing that all together…

Holiday savings are here!  This is the absolute best time of year to turn your spin bike into a Peloton clone with all of the Peloton App accessories. Normally I would guess that the Peloton bike would be this year’s No. 1 gift; however, with worldwide shipping delays I imagine that you will need to order very early this year. So it may just be the time to find another (and more affordable) spin bike like my old Sunny or my new Keiser M3i.   

You can always keep checking Amazon for the deals they are running on Pelotons and accessories. 

There are some amazing deals about to drop.  So if you are in the market for a spin bike to use at home with the Peloton App, some weights for strength training (which have been difficult to come by during this pandemic), or a heart rate monitor, this is your chance to save big.  You may even be able to score a deal on a flat-screen TV for watching the Peloton App on the big screen (like I do).

Tip No. 1 If you see something here that you like, throw it in your shopping cart and adjust your settings to get notices when the prices drop.  Flash sales happen all the time. 

Of course, if indoor cycling at home is not your thing, there is always my  husband’s  book  Sully the Squirrel Explores Boston!

Deals for Spinning at Home!

Here are some ideas for everything you need to start spinning at home with the Peloton App (which is still only $12.99/mo., by the way!) while saving with Amazon Holiday Deals (Black Friday, etc.). How awesome is that?!

Who else is pumped for the new PeloStick? It looks AMAZING! I used to love bouncing on a pogo stick with my friends when I was a kid!  I’ve included pictures and some other stick-related information below….

From everything I’ve read, jumping on a pogo stick for a minimum of 210 minutes a day helps:

• Mental health;

• Firm your butt and thighs;

• Weight loss; and of course

• Strengthens core and back muscles.

I’m assuming group classes will begin once the studios open back up after the pandemic.

The Power Zone classes (‘PogoZones’) will be intense!

The 2nd most popular question I get (the first being about my disco ball) is about shoes and cleats. For the first couple of years after purchasing my Sunny I just wore my running sneakers and slipped my foot into the toe cage. It seemed fine and I was content but I did have a lingering curiosity.  After 525 rides on my Sunny I upgraded to a Keiser M3i which, like the Sunny, had toe cages on one side of pedal but also allowed me to “clip in” on the other side.  I finally took the plunge and bought some cycling shoes but holy smokes, the whole process was very confusing!!  Only certain shoes are compatible with certain cleats that are only compatible with certain pedals.  In fact, I initially even bought the wrong type.  Ugh. It was like learning a whole new language!  I thought I would share what I learned:

Are you from Boston and looking for that perfect holiday gift?  Then look no further than my husband’s children’s book, Sully the Squirrel Explores Boston.  It is a well-researched, humorous, and beautifully illustrated tour through the great and historic City of Boston told through the eyes of Sully the Squirrel, a curious little squirrel that has a passion for adventure and is nuts for history (get it?)!  Read on for pictures.

Peloton recently announced that you could now finance the purchase of a new Peloton bike.  Is it a good deal? Here are my thoughts:

Buy Without Financing:  As detailed in my earlier  Peloton App blog purchasing a Peloton bike without financing costs about $3,000 when you add in delivery, $468 class subscription fees for the first year ($39 per month), $125 for clip-in shoes, exercise mat, etc.  Way outside of my budget.

0% APR Financing:  While a 0% down APR sounds like a great detail, the devil is in the details.  For qualified buyers, Peloton allows  you to make 39 monthly payments of $64 for the Peloton Bike+ or $49 for the Peloton Bike (the original). In addition to the cost of the bike, shoes, etc. to qualify for the 0% financing you need to commit to a 39-month class subscription of $39/mo. totaling $1,521.   By my math the grand total over the 39-month period will be almost a $4,053 – $4,455 commitment when you add all the extras.

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