Get ready to sweat with the arrival of the cult fitness platform Peloton in Australia
We seem to be living in the golden age of home fitness rigs. There are many contenders, but few are as famous as Peloton, the expensive exercise bike that has inspired an almost cult-like community. It is like the kitchen of the exercise. This week, after years of anticipation, Peloton finally launches in Australia, and I think now I understand why it has such a loyal following.
While Les Mills On Demand and Apple Fitness + want you to start and then work out as a supplement to what you do at the gym, fitness giant Peloton wants to be your total home gym. Sure, everything is based on an exercise bike with a giant screen, but the classes are not limited only to the bicycle; there’s yoga training, strength training, and even outdoor running audio with your phone, and it’s built around the community. There are leaderboards you can choose from that show you who is training now and allow you to compete and interact with them, and live trainers who can acknowledge their existence.
However, when I say that Peloton is expensive, I am not kidding. The basic Peloton Bike, which has a 22-inch touchscreen and a 2×10-watt sound system, costs $ 2,895. The fancier Peloton Bike + (the one I’ve been testing), which has a 24-inch swivel touchscreen, Significantly better speakers, auto-tracking resistance, and Apple Gymkit integration (you use your watch to measure your heart rate) costs $ 3,695. If that’s not enough, to access classes and everything else that makes it more than just a exercise bike with a giant screen, you must pay $ 59 a month for the Peloton All Access membership. After the 3-month trial ends, that’s $ 708 a year. At least it’s just a membership to cover everyone who uses that bike.
The way Peloton would like you to think about it is to compare it to a gym membership, which is closer to $ 1500 a year. But while you certainly get a more personal experience with Peloton than other streaming workouts, it’s not the same as a gym class where an instructor can correct your form.
However, money aside, I have loved the Peloton experience much more than I expected. The workouts are so immersive and encouraging that the three fastest cycling workouts I have ever done have been in Peloton, and I was already pedaling at least 100 kilometers a week. I somewhat prefer the way Apple Fitness encourages users to select their resistance based on feeling, because it can be daunting when I can’t keep up with the pace set by professional fitness trainers, but it’s giving me something to aspire to.
I have also really enjoyed the widest variety of music. They may not have my favorite band, Sleater-Kinney, but they do have Tegan & Sara and Pvris, along with soundtracks from Evil, Rent Y Hamilton. Most of the time there has been at least one workout available with the kind of music you were craving at the time. I also like scenic walks, where you can take a tour of somewhere in the world at your own pace for when you want something more relaxed than a workout, or you just want to unwind and travel when it’s raining outside.
It has also been great to discover tacos for the first time; Those cycling shoes that hold you on the pedals. I would never use them on a road bike, lest I forget to drop the lights and go down like a hit ox, but of course the Peloton uses them. This means that you should probably get a $ 120 pair of shoes for everyone in the household who will be using the machine. They really make a difference in how fast you drive and the muscles you use to drive. Just keep in mind that the shoes run a little small.