Turn your TV into a guided workout experience and see yourself grow stronger with the Peloton Guide — right in time for summer.
Peloton instructor Matty Maggiacomo would like you to think about your fitness as if it were a temple. Not so much something you figuratively worship, but the literal physical space reserved for that reverence. Picture three columns holding it up. You’ve got your cardio, you’ve got your strength, and then you’ve got your flexibility.
“If you’re just doing cardio, it’s not going to stand. If you’re just doing strength, it’s not going to stand,” he explains. “You still need your cardio and you still need your flexibility. Or if you’re just doing yoga, great, you’ll be incredibly flexible. But will you have the strength or the endurance?”
In other words, hopping on your high-tech stationary Peloton machine alone may not be quite enough, at least not if you’re looking to truly build a rounded fitness regimen, especially after such a long winter and all the malaise that likely accompanied it.
“You need to expand your horizons and really tap into everything that we have to offer. It’s now all under one roof.”
Maggiacomo is alluding to the new Peloton Guide, of course. It’s the first connected strength product from the leading interactive fitness platform in the world: an AI-enabled device that easily links to televisions, providing Peloton members instant access to a suite of expert instructors and the much-beloved Peloton content library. It also happens to be Peloton’s most accessibly-priced hardware product yet.
Strength has been the fastest-growing discipline for Peloton. The community for it is one of Peloton’s largest, numbering nearly 250,000 members strong (pun intended) in both unofficial groups and tags dedicated to the category. Accordingly, over the last couple of years, the New York-based brand has witnessed the interest in its strength content explode.
In an effort to create more engaging encounters that will help Peloton members stay motivated, the purpose of the Peloton Guide is to demystify strength training; to create a whole new way to train.
How does it make strength training more appealing to beginners and experts alike? By using machine learning to enhance the celebrated Peloton strength class experience. What’s more, the Guide leans on this type of AI, which uses data to identify patterns and make decisions with minimal input from an engineer, to invite Peloton members to chart their movements and progress.
“The Peloton Guide wouldn’t have even been an option 10 years ago,” Maggiacomo tells us. “I am blown away with what they have created here.”
He points to some of the technology the Guide is equipped with, part of Peloton’s game plan to provide its members with an unrivalled opportunity to better comprehend and complete their strength movements.
To aid those Peloton members in actually seeing the demonstrated exercises through, and following instructors for an entire class, it includes a Movement Tracker. To allow them to compare their form to an instructor’s in real-time, and choose how to view themselves to quickly make corrections and adjustments, it’s got a smart-camera-driven Self Mode. To show them which muscle groups they recently worked, on and later recommend lessons concentrated on the muscle groups that need training, it features Body Activity.
Oh, and to stay focused on workouts and control the Guide hands-free, it’s voice-activated.
Though responsible for having pioneered connected and technology-enabled fitness in the first place, as well as the streaming of immersive, instructor-led boutique classes, the Peloton Guide further aims to evolve users’ understanding of the Peloton business itself — and its identity.
“We have always been known as Peloton the bike company. Slowly but surely, people are realizing that, no, Peloton is a fitness company. We’re not neglecting any of the verticals,” Maggiacomo says. “For the folks that are really big fans of our strength content, this brings the strength content to life in a way that we haven’t seen or experienced before.”
This is just the beginning for Peloton strength, too. Peloton expects to update and enhance Peloton Guide round-the-clock by constantly training the machine learning model on new movements and disciplines, and by adding new instructor-led training programs and classes.
Maggiacomo pledges the Guide will keep getting smarter, so it can grow stronger alongside Peloton’s members.
“The Peloton Guide is going to be a tool that will continue to develop with you and your fitness. I think that’s the most exciting thing about it: the potential of where it’s going to go.”
You can learn more about how to get involved with Peloton Guide here.