What you love about a spin class: You get an amazing workout from a live instructor who pushes you to your limits (while blasting Britney).
What you love about a home exercise bike: Nobody has to see your “exertion face” or lower-back sweat.
What you’ll love about Peloton: All of the above.
The Peloton ($1,995) is a new high-end stationary bike with a near-silent belt system and magnetic resistance flywheel. (Those are fancy ways of saying it’s “quiet” and “smooth.”) But the real selling point is the built-in LED video screen that enables riders to live-stream 30- to 60-minute cycling classes straight from Peloton’s New York studio.
Users sign up for a class in advance--there are several daily--and then hop onto their bikes when it’s time to get started. If they need some personal encouragement, they can video-chat with other home riders or turn on their microphone to talk directly with the instructor.
If you’d rather work out privately at 2 a.m., you can stream prerecorded classes from Peloton’s constantly updated queue of on-demand content. But for us, the live element is definitely the draw.
After all, how often do you get to try out a trendy New York workout without actually leaving your living room?