Peloton Cycle – Bringing Your Spin Class Home
By Taylor Smith
Peloton Cycle is bringing the boutique indoor cycling experience into the comfort of your own home. For the cost of the bike ($1,995) and a monthly subscription ($39), users are able to stream an unlimited number of live classes to their living room. These classes are filmed and broadcast from Peloton’s New York studio in Chelsea. From the seat of your bike, you will see the instructor, hear the music, and pedal along to the rhythm of your fellow classmates. And don’t worry about timing; you can live stream any of the classes catalogued on the Peloton server (past and present) at anytime of day.
The Peloton bike is attractive, streamlined, and exceptionally quiet. It is also outfitted with a large touchscreen console that displays class offerings and allows you to select a particular class based on time, intensity level, instructor, etc. The result is a fast-paced, engaging workout that offers an extra dose of fun because you can track your resistance, miles, and calories burned against the other people in the class. This feature keeps the at-home rider engaged and adds a note of competition.
Although the price tag may seem hefty, consider the cost of Flywheel and Soul Cycle classes, which average $32 to $35 for a single class. Even if you bought several hundred dollars worth of class packages, the Peloton bike would still save you a significant amount of money per month. For those with an indoor cycling addiction, the ability to take an unlimited number of classes per day for no additional cost is extremely appealing.
Peloton Cycle’s geographic reach is expanding rapidly. You will notice riders from Switzerland, Mexico, and Australia on your touch screen. At any one time, you will be racing against someone in Florida and San Francisco. The company is hopeful that their bikes will soon be selling to an even greater international market, with the intention of streaming classes in more foreign languages (currently offers classes in Spanish). Users can also “follow” one another, adding a social element to the programming.
If you would like to try out the technology inperson, visit their permanent store locations at Short Hills Mall and the Garden State Plaza. In New York, try The Westchester in White Plains, East Hampton or their original Chelsea studio.
Learn more at www.pelotoncycle.com.
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