UPDATE 2022: It is finally happening! Peloton will announce that it is launching its rowing machine at Homecoming this weekend!! After the delays caused by the pandemic, they’ve finally done it. Hooray!! But we’ll have to wait until August! Booo!!!
Here is a screen shot from their teaser video
Details are Scarce: Like the Bike and the Tread, the Peloton Rower will have the same type of touchscreen and will offer classes taught by instructors both in the studio and on the water. No further details about the rower or its interoperability with the Peloton App have been released. But this is for sure – 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. And of course, there is Apple Fitness+ and its rowing classes.
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 recently filed a patent application for a high-tech indoor rowing machine with the U.S. Patent Office.
Piecing in all together…
- Peloton owns Tonic;
- Tonic filed a patent application (see below) for an indoor rower;
- Peloton owns all of Tonic’s technology, including its rower patent; and
- Therefore, it only seems natural that a Peloton Rower is the next big step for the company!
- And now it’s finally happening!
A Peloton Rower would be a great complement to the Peloton Bike and the Peloton Treadmill. And of course, if you can access all of the rowing classes from the Peloton App while using your own rower (like you can using your own bike and treadmill with the app), then that would be amazing!
Peloton’s new CEO after the last got the sack has mentioned that an extension to the product line is the company’s No. 1 priority. He went on to say that “Peloton is a connected fitness company, not a bike company.” While that’s great, we have only seen the Bike and Tread released and their stock price has dropped 85% in the past year. Time to launch some new equipment!
A couple of my close friends are heavy into rowing and have this Concept 2 Rower at home and I am sure they would love to access Peloton rowing content (assuming it is of the same great quality). This picture doesn’t really do it justice – I suggest clicking on the link to see the angles. I’ve tried it and it is a really good workout.
If you are tight on space, Sunny sells folding rowing machines:
One of the benefits of getting a universal rower like this is that you can use the machine with any exercise platform. I assume that the Peloton Rower will be limited to Peloton content much like a Peloton bike. As see this as a bit of a disadvantage, especially as Apple Fitness+ has launched and it includes awesome rowing classes, in addition to spin, run, HIIT, core, yoga, etc. I am loving all of their classes so far. I like it so much I started an AF+ Facebook Group and I wrote a post about how Apple Fitness+ compares to Peloton. You can see it here: The Battle of the Fitness Apps – Peloton vs Apple Fitness+ I think it’s time for me to get that Concept 2 Rower!
Here is the Tonic patent application:
Watch this space and join my Apple Fitness Plus Facebook page!
Row, row, row your Peloton App…
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If you are here looking to learn how to use the Peloton App with your own bike, check out my original blog post!