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Peloton peeps, get ready. The new Peloton Row is finally available to order and it wants to be your gateway to this popular, super-buzzy workout. The much-anticipated Peloton rowing machine joins other home gym equipment in the company’s arsenal, such as its famous (and infamous) bike and tread, and is set to start shipping sometime in December — perfect time for the holidays. Feather.
We got a chance to see the row for ourselves, and get a personal training session from Peloton’s own charming (and avid) Adrian Williams, who will be one of the lead instructors teaching upcoming rowing classes.
Ready to go full peloton with this low impact/full body workout? Here’s a sneak peek of the company’s latest fitness innovations.
The new Peloton Row costs $3,195 and includes delivery and setup to your home. It can now be ordered online, with shipping starting in December. You’ll also have to spring for an all-access membership to view classes and content, which will cost you an additional $44/month.
Strong, calm and secure: Peloton Row lives up to its name
Through its ups and downs in pop culture, from those cringe-worthy commercials to the demise of Mr. Big, Peloton has been known as a solid investment for anyone looking to upgrade their home gym. . So it should come as no surprise that when the company decided to focus on building its first practice rover, they didn’t cut corners.
Peloton Row is strong. And although it’s not pretty or made to impress as a stylish piece of furniture that you can display in your living room like a shiny, solid wood WaterRower, its allure is more than pure looks. operate. It consists of an extremely comfortable, padded seat atop a monorail and the whole thing measures 8 x 2 feet and weighs 156 pounds. The adjustable damping system is hidden under a black cover the size of a ski boot and, of course, it sports a big, beautiful 24-inch high definition swivel screen—all the better for watching those rowing videos.
Peloton says the range height is 4’11” to 6’5″, which should be suitable for most users, and its electronically controlled resistance means every stroke is close to silent—so if you’re into Wear a pair of headphones, so you can work without disturbing anyone else in your home. It also includes a bottle holder and a place to put your phone.
Another design-friendly aspect is its high storage capacity. Hold the handle-shaped end of the rower against the wall to lean it vertically. It also comes with an included anchor to ensure it stays in place without becoming a danger to children or pets. And though it’s heavy compared to those who can ride it, I can attest that the Peloton Row was built to stand upright with ease by anyone.
Peloton’s super power rests in its ability to combine easy-to-use, well-designed smart devices with fun, engaging classes and content. Ask a good percentage of people how they made it through the lockdown during the pandemic, and they’ll credit their favorite peloton coach for keeping them sane as well as in shape.
So it only makes sense that when it comes to creating engaging, helpful classes and tutorials, the company is jumping into the rowing revolution with both feet. And although they may hold on to already well-known names like Hydro and Ergutta, which also combine unique materials with well-reviewed hardware, Peloton offers its easy-to-follow workouts for every level of rider. is relying on its ability to prepare, including those beginners.
Still, in my opinion, the most motivating piece of upcoming line content isn’t the classes, which will be anchored by the usual motivating, expert instructors, but rather a one-two punch of live interactive, personalized form feedback and post-class analytics. And insight on your technique.
For example, I may not have a rowing machine in my apartment, but I have used it several times at the gym. So it was to my great surprise that when I climbed onto the row, fastened my legs with hearty Velcro, and began my first Instructed Row class, I realized I was doing it all wrong. Yes, I was lucky to have Williams standing there by my side, but it was the live highlights that really informed my workout, and it showed me my form was wrong on the screen as I lined up.
Correct form not only helps with posture, but it will also strengthen your stroke, which in turn promises a better workout. Hydro has an online beginner’s guide that you can check out, but the fact is, once you’re on the machine and competing with other users, there’s a good chance your form will fly straight out the window. Will go As I used Peloton Row, I was amazed at how the individual calibration, which is viewed as a small box on the top left hand side of the screen, made me respond to things like pulling back too quickly, leaning back too far and too much. Will alert – my legs reach my arms before bending back to recover. There’s so much to remember!
Williams told me it took him several weeks to make sure he had perfect form when he learned how to teach rowing, so I didn’t feel as bad as I could. But as I started walking with the right movements, when my class ended I got frustrated and didn’t get a chance to improve (at least not until December!). Williams told me I had excellent posture, which I would take to heart. For those who enjoy a challenge, it’s also a great way to make your workouts easier while gaining a sense of satisfaction as you learn.
Users will also get a detailed description of their forms and metrics after the class. I love it because it helps measure individual performance over time and lets you know you’re bettering yourself every time you line up. Talk about positive reinforcement.
New rowing material and live classes
Although I only took one, introductory class, Peloton has put a lot of time and effort into putting together a crack row team for its material, and in addition to Williams and current trainer Matt Wilpers, new instructors include Olympic rower Alex Karowski and USRowing. levels are included. 2 Coach Ash Prior, others.
You can expect different levels, different learning styles, as well as guided scenic and live classes. Peloton also promises to include its Row Bootcamp for those who want to incorporate other styles.
Peloton Row may not be a ground-breaker, but for those who are ready to fully invest in this low-impact, full-body, cardio workout, it ticks all the right boxes. The Rover itself is solidly built, comfortable to use, and easy to store for small spaces. But it’s the on-screen, personalized instruction and personalized feedback that really sets it apart from its competition, allowing even complete beginners to learn, improve, and most importantly, get stronger over time. goes.
No, not every class on Peloton Row comes with a personal training session with Adrian Williams, but after my time on the machine, I can assure you that as much as you can appreciate it—you definitely need it. Won’t happen.