When people talk about a new gadget, it usually has something to do with wearables that have a pedometer or a new smartphone that can track a person’s heart rate. This new fitness machine, however, shows that gym equipment isn’t necessarily an archaic piece of technology, as there’s an instrument now that elevates workouts through interactive cycling classes.
The Peloton Cycle is a top-of-the-line exercise machine for those who want take advantage of technology while exercising. As the title suggests, it has an interesting twist to the traditional bike, and its training regimen can be quite addicting and encouraging to fitness workouts. The Peloton Cycle allows people to stream live or play in-demand cycling classes straight through the machine’s 21.5-inch Android waterproof touchscreen. This means that if your trainer catches you slacking off, he or she can spew words of encouragement to keep your legs moving, wherever you are in the world.
Apart from the interactive classes, the Peloton Cycle monitors a user’s burned calories, distance traveled, and pedaling rate. There’s also a leaderboard in order to motivate users to get themselves into the top 10, or beat an exercise buddy who’s also using a Peloton Cycle.
While the Peloton Bike is an interesting piece of kit, this piece of high-tech machinery comes with a hefty price tag. The bike and monitor cost $1,995, and a $39 per month subscription is needed to stream the cycling classes.
Perhaps people would consider this product more if its Android monitor offered games. Right now, the screen has no use apart from watching classes, which is a shame because some stationary bikes use casual games such as poker, slot machines, or black jack to help people pass the time while exercising. Gaming Realms, a software giant based in the UK that hosts a number of games through its proprietary website, says that online game sales are expected to hit over $40 billion this year. Perhaps the makers of the Peloton Bike should’ve considered tapping into the popularity of video and online games for their product to reach a wider audience.
If you can afford it, however, there’s no harm in trying out this equipment. Peloton Cycles looks top-of-the-line, and their online cycling instructors seem to know their stuff.