First Glimpse Of The Peloton Rowing Machine
Peloton confirms it’s releasing a connected rowing machine with a fleeting teaser at its Homecoming 2022 keynote
Hot on the heels of its last new piece of fitness kit – the Peloton Guide workout camera – Peloton has announced it will be launching a rowing machine in the near future.
While there’s no official details on when the Peloton rower is expected to be available or its price, at least rowers can finally look forward to a time where they, like runners and cyclists, can use a top-class cardio machine with an outsized HD screen on it to screen guided workouts.
If that appeals, start saving now, because it’s likely the Peloton rower will follow the lead of the Peloton Bike and Tread by being very expensive – the cheapest Peloton Bike is currently £1,345 (reduced from £1,550) and the Tread is £2,445 (reduced from £2,545), and that’s before you consider the £39.99 monthly subscription you need to access the classes.
Peloton’s machines are expensive for sure, but undeniably impressive. We rate the Peloton Tread as one of the best treadmills available, and the Bike delivers the best home spinning experience you’ll find on any exercise bike.
If you’re unable to wait for the Peloton rower, there is already an excellent Peloton-style rower on the market in the Hydrow, which costs £1,995, has a monthly sub of £38 for its classes and tops our best rowing machines list. There is also the Echelon Smart Rower which connects to a partner app full of guided workouts that you can watch via a tablet or phone mounted on the machine. The Hydrow is closer to a Peloton-style experience, while the Echelon is more affordable at £949.
The Peloton rower was announced as part of the company’s keynote speech, with the major software announcement being that Peloton users will soon be able to schedule workouts with friends so you can all sweat together. Another new feature is the ability to track outdoor workouts including running and cycling in the Peloton app, so they will be counted towards Peloton challenges and streaks.
New accessibility features for the Peloton Tread were also announced at the keynote. Blind and low vision users will be able to use Google’s TalkBack feature to navigate the machine, and get feedback on their speed and incline during workouts.
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Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.
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