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A Buyer’s Guide To The New Peloton Treadmill

Everything You Should Know About The Peloton Tread

New to the scene after the launch of Peloton’s immensely successful stationary bike is the Peloton Tread, an at-home overall workout experience meshing top-tier training with the ease of staying at home. So does this new Peloton treadmill live up to the hype?

Featured at CES 2018 Peloton rolled out the Tread for everyone to see. With a shiny and sleek design suited-up with a 32-inch LCD touch screen, this new piece of equipment looks like Apple made a treadmill. Making other treadmills look like their running on Microsoft ’94.

So What About The Peloton Tread Workout Classes?

What we have come to expect from Peloton are professional studio-level classes that will challenge and train you at any fitness level. Much like the well-loved Peloton Bike, the Tread will arrive with 5,000 classes ready to go right out of the box, with upwards of 10 live and on demand classes available to stream every day.

In a similar format to Peloton spin: the classes follow the full cycle of warm-up, workout, cool down. Most classes will be either 20, 30, or 45 minutes, with hopes of expanding to 75-minutes, 90-minutes, and 120-minutes. If you are little weary about a treadmill only based workout, don’t worry. The Tread offers a host of classes that mix up strength training and body weight movement cardio, to give you that whole body workout.

To complete the package the treadmill also comes with a mat, dumbbells (5 and 10 lbs.), resistance band, and ANT heart rate monitor. All set-up so that you can press start to any class you’re feeling.

Some of the instructors you can be trained by including Robin Arzon, head Peloton instructor and Vice President of Fitness Programming. Along with new recruit, Rebecca Kennedy, a runner and trainer, known from Barry’s Bootcamp fame. Both of these pro trainers plus many more will be hosting live classes on the daily.

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The Tech Specs of The Peloton Tread

Running can be hard on your joints, but the shock-absorbing rubber treadmill makes for a smooth and comfortable stride. The Tread itself is extra-long at 67” and consists of thick rubber-coated aluminum slats. Wonderfully shock-absorbing, these interlocking pieces make running on the Tread much easier on your body compared with outdoor training. You can run for longer with less fatigue and less chance of long-term injury from impact.

One of the biggest struggles in the gym is the time it takes to switch between different moves or to turn up your resistance on a machine without wiping out. The Tread has two accessible knobs inside each arm of the treadmill to control speed and incline.

Powder-coated carbon steel rails connect to a sturdy platform that won’t shake when you’re sprinting through intervals. But unlike other hefty models, it has a sleek look that doesn’t beg to be banished to the basement.

The Technical Details of The Peloton Tread

32 inch HD Touchscreen: It’s bigger than any other treadmill workout screen on the market, and the large view along with audio helps create immersive training experiences. The size has a more practical benefit too, as the wide screen lets you clearly see demonstrations of off-treadmill exercises. The screen also moves up to a 30 degrees vertical tilt.

Soundbar: Peloton’s treadmill console has a powerful soundbar to make for immersive training sessions.

Health Stats: The display shows runner’s heart rate, output, pace (both best and average during the class), speed, elevation, calories burned, and of course, the leaderboard. For those of you unfamiliar with the leaderboard, you virtually compete with others participating in the class. How’s that for a motivation? 

Manual mode: The Peloton is motorized but can be used in manual mode too. Manual mode provides a new type of muscular challenge because the track can only move with your bodyweight. The combination of the two modes is something that may or may not have been inspired by Barry’s Bootcamp and their magical treadmills. 

The Size of The Peloton Tread

The Peloton Tread’s footprint is 6 feet by 2.7 feet (72.5” L x 32.5” W x 72” H) vs. the Peloton Bike’s footprint of 4 feet by 2 feet.

Taller people and those with low ceilings may want to account for the six-foot height of the Tread. Also, anyone living in an apartment may find it hard to make space for the treadmill and the additional space needed for strength training exercises. This is a bit of a drawback for the treadmill in comparison to the bike only taking 4 feet by two feet. It is also worth noting that the Tread does not fold. 

So Is The Peloton Tread Worth It For You? 

At $3,995 the Peloton Tread is one of the priciest home treadmills on the market. If you have the budget, the purchase might be rationalized as replacing the cost of a couple’s gym membership over a few years. In fact, if you’re finding that making it to the gym sometimes just isn’t a possibility Peloton maybe just the answer. Especially, if you are looking for an all-around body workout that mixes cardio with strength training the Tread is definitely the ticket. 

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Lesley George

Lesley is a content writer and community manager at Shape.
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