Peloton: everything you need to know, workout streaming service

When you think of Peloton, you probably think of at-home spin workouts – and of course, there are plenty of those – but there’s so much more to the subscription workout service.

Here, we aim to answer all the questions you might have about Peloton, from pricing and availability, to exercise bikes, free trials, and mobile apps.

Updates: In May 2021, Peloton announced that it was recalling both its Tread and Tread+ treadmills for safety reasons. The treadmills are no longer available for purchase, and anyone who owns one is advised to stop using them immediately and contact the company for a refund or (in the case of a trade-in) repair.

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Where is Peloton available?

Right now, Peloton is available in the US, UK, Canada, and Germany. There are plans to bring the exercise service to other countries in the future, and you can register for updates to know when it’s rolling out.

How much does Peloton cost?

Peloton Digital Membership is a cheaper option, costing $12.99 / £12.99 per month. It gives you access to a full range of classes and workouts on your phone, tablet, or smart TV via the Peloton app.

Peloton All-Access membership costs $/£39 per month and gives everyone in your household access to the full range of workouts and classes via any supported device. This is the membership you will need if you decide to buy Peloton Bikes.

Can I get a free trial of Peloton?

Yes, you can try Peloton Digital for free for 30 days. You’ll need to enter your payment details, but you won’t be charged until the trial period ends, and you can cancel at any time.

Peloton: everything you need to know, workout streaming service

Do I need a bike or treadmill to use Peloton?

No, it is not necessary. A Peloton Digital subscription gives you access to thousands of workouts that you can’t follow with just an exercise mat, hand weights, or any equipment.

You can follow an exercise bike and treadmill workout with a non-Peloton-branded treadmill provided you can see a tablet or TV screen (Peloton’s own treadmills are not available for purchase after the recall). There are also outdoor running programs that you can follow with the Peloton app for your Apple Watch.

Peloton’s investment in its own hardware means you have an HD touchscreen on the front, plus a sound system, camera, and microphone. Peloton Bike Plus can also automatically adjust resistance during exercise.

How are Peloton’s bikes?

There are two indoor cycles: Peloton Bike and Peloton Bike Plus. Both are high-quality stationary exercise bikes with built-in HD screens and speakers so you can follow an instructor-led workout. They are also equipped with a camera and microphone so you can chat with friends while riding.

Both can be purchased alone or as part of a set with accessories such as hand weights, floor mats, and chest strap heart rate monitors.

We’ve put together a guide detailing all the differences between the two, but the key things to note are:

  • The Bike starts at $1,895 / £1,750, while the Bike Plus starts at $2,495 / £2,295.
  • Bike Plus has a large screen, which can be rotated 360 degrees.
  • Bike Plus also has auto-follow resistance.
  • Bike Plus has a more powerful sound system and a higher resolution camera.
What about Peloton's treadmills?

What about Peloton’s treadmills?

In May 2021, Peloton issued a recall for both of its treadmills following a fatal accident involving a child, as well as several other accidents that resulted in injuries. If you own a Peloton Tread or Tread+, you are advised to stop using it immediately and contact the company.

If you own a Peloton Tread+ (the more advanced model, which was only available in the US) you can request a full refund.

If you own a Tread (which was affected by a less serious safety issue involving the screen), you can either return the treadmill for a refund or request an engineer to repair it. None of the machines are currently available for purchase.

The original Peloton Tread was launched in 2018 as a high-end running machine with a large screen and a shock-absorbing slatted belt. In 2020 the company announced a new, more affordable treadmill, and the original machine was called the Peloton Tread+.

The new Peloton Trade was launched in 2020 and was available for purchase in the US, UK, and Germany.

What platforms is the Peloton app available on?
The Peloton app is available for Android (opens in a new tab). iPhone (opens in new tab), iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Amazon Fire TV (opens in new tab) is) and Fire Tablettab), and Roku.

What are the alternatives?

There’s no shortage of home workout services right now, but the one you’re most likely to consider as an alternative is Apple Fitness Plus. To help you make the right choice for you, we’ve put together a complete guide to Apple Fitness Plus vs. Peloton. Covering all the important differences between the two.

If cash is tight, Nike Training Club (opens in new tab), now free, offers home workouts that cover strength, cardio, and flexibility.

If you have a Fitbit device, a subscription to Fitbit Coach will give you a wide range of personalized workouts that fit perfectly with your training goals.

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