But those services came with a hefty price tag. And they never included personal strength training programs that you could do yourself (without staring at a screen) at the gym. Until now.
This week, Peloton is entering new territory with the launch of new tiered app memberships, including a free (yes, free!) version featuring Peloton Gym: a coaching-led step-by-step workout plan Peloton designed pellets use equipment you find at almost any gym. Instead of following a video, you’ll watch exercises performed by an expert, then perform them at your own pace.
“At Peloton, we always aim to meet the members where they are, and I know a lot of people who miss this in their strength training routines,” says Peloton coach Callie Gullickson with Well+Good.
Peloton Gym will also be available on premium versions of the app: Peloton App One ($12.99 per month) provides access to thousands of Peloton strength, yoga and outdoor classes but limits you to three classes of cardio equipment—cycling, jogging, or rowing—per month, and the Peloton+ App ($24.99 per month) gives you unlimited access to everything.
Peloton App Free will also offer more than 50 classes based on classic Peloton videos. And, like the original app, it will allow users to track their workouts, join monthly challenges, and connect with others in the Peloton community.
No matter which version of the app you’re using, you have access to Peloton Gym. To find a workout, you choose the difficulty, the duration, and whether you’re looking for a full body, upper body, lower body, or core workout. Once clicked through, you can see an overview of the exercises included and what training concepts are used (e.g. circuit, AMRAP, superset, ladder, EMOM). “There’s really no need to guess and hesitate anymore when it comes to going to the gym,” says Gullickson.
Since you’re not watching the video, you have control over how fast you do each rep and how long you rest between sets. “You can pause your workout and you can focus more on form instead of looking at the screen,” says Gullickson. The app also allows you to listen to your own playlists on the streaming platform of your choice.
Another perk: Peloton Gym uses a wider range of equipment than you’ll find in most home workouts, as it’s designed to be used when you have access to everything in the gym. . “By combining different devices,” says Gullickson, “our members will not only work out harder, but also work out smarter.”
So, how can you get the most out of this, whether you’re a longtime member of the Peloton team or a newbie downloading the free version? Gullickson suggests using Peloton Gym under constant overload. “Pick up your balancing routine throughout the week and then try to take the same classes every week because that’s definitely how you’ll get stronger; just by being consistent with the same exercises,” she says. Each week, push a little harder for a few more reps, choose a slightly heavier weight, or shorten the rest between sets. She suggests sticking to that routine for four to five weeks and you’ll start to see a difference—which will give you the confidence you need to stick with it.
Peloton Gym starts rolling out on May 23 and will be available to all members of the app by May 25.