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The fitness industry has seen an influx of innovative equipment designed to enhance the home workout experience, and among the leaders in this space is of course Peloton, known for their high-end exercise bikes, engaging content and celebrity-ish instructors. With the release of their rowing machine, Peloton aims to redefine the standard for at-home rowing workouts. This machine promises to offer a fully immersive experience with the high-quality design and access to Peloton’s extensive library of fitness classes.

UPDATED MAY 2024.  My readers are always on the lookout for a quality Peloton resistance conversion chart.  A copy of a resistance chart to complete the “Peloton Hack” is probably THE number one request I receive.  As I noted in my earlier “How to Measure Resistance with the Peloton App” post, the questions usually sound like this:

  • How do I  convert Peloton resistance to my Sunny or Keiser M3i?
  • Is it worth it to buy these fancy power pedals (pretty cool, check them out!)?
  • Is there anything similar to this Wahoo cadence sensor that will measure resistance?
  • How do I measure resistance on my Sunny?
  • How do I convert Peloton resistance when using my own bike with the Peloton App?
  • Should I just give up on life and buy one of these?  (Just kidding…)

Read on to learn more about resistance and see various Peloton conversion resistance charts for Sunny, Keiser, Echelon and NordicTrack spin bikes!

Are you considering getting your significant other a Peloton exercise bike for Valentine’s Day?  What a great idea!  While prices are down for first-generation Pelotons, there are still other options to consider.

And if you are reading my blog, you are probably looking for a cheaper alternative to the Peloton. I get it – you may not be able to afford to buy a Peloton bike and/or want to pay its $39 monthly fee.  I didn’t want to, that is for sure.  That is where the genius of their Peloton App comes into play.   For only $24 per month (the new 2024 price for unlimited classes), you can access all of the same live and on-demand classes on your own bike.  Brilliant.  There are a bunch of other bikes out there that can be paired with the Peloton App.  I tried a bunch before I bought my Sunny and here is what I found.

Although Christmas calories do not count, you may be looking for some new ideas to get back into shape or lose some weight in 2024!

I thought I would share some of my at-home exercise hits and misses over the years.  Here is my review of  Peloton (of course), Insanity,  Core de Force, T25, and others.

Note, you can stream all of these programs online for a monthly fee; however, owning the DVDs (like I do) is cheaper in the long run.

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…

The holidays are right around the corner you might be considering a Peloton for Christmas. I would have predicted that the Peloton spin bike would be this year’s No. 1 gift for home exercise enthusiasts; however, with reported shipping delays of up to 3 months, it may be time to find another (and possibly more affordable) spin bike.

Peloton is undoubtedly the leader in the spin-at-home movement and they only grew in popularity during the pandemic. But as we know, not everyone can afford to buy a Peloton bike and then pay its $39 monthly fee.  (I can’t, that is for sure – its just not in the budget.)  As I’ve explained over the past couple of years, that is where the genius of their Peloton App comes into play.   For only $12.99 per month, you can access all of the same live and on-demand classes on their own less expensive bike.  If you follow my blog posts, I’ve been preaching about how great the Peloton App is for a while now.  It’s truly wonderful.

If you are thinking of giving someone an exercise bike this Christmas but can’t go all in with the Peloton or don’t want to deal with shipping delays, there are many other types of bikes out there at various price points that can be paired with the Peloton App.  I tried a bunch before I bought my Sunny and here is what I found.

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  Arrr, me hearties! Let me spin ye a tale about the rise and fall of Peloton, a company that made a name fer itself in the fitness industry with its fancy stationary bikes and live and on-demand classes.


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