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Testing the new Peloton Guide strength training device

Photograph courtesy of Peloton

I tried the new Peloton Guide to find out.

As someone who’s always gravitated towards cardio, from dancing as a kid to running and doing a spin as an adult, I’ve always found strength training boring, I slack often with my reps and I use the lightest weights available (and I have weak upper body and core to show it).

So when I got the chance to try out the Peloton Guide, I was eager to find out if this new gadget could turn me into a bodybuilder, the kind who never misses leg day and has a do-you-even -elevator-brother attitude. After all, Peloton Bike+ got the world (myself included) hooked on spinning at home, and the fitness company’s sales skyrocketed during the pandemic as a result (until, well, * this * moment on the sex and the city restart). But can its new launch attract the same hype?

Guide, which launches today, is Peloton’s connected strength training that works with an AI camera system that you connect to your TV. Using machine learning, Guide’s camera tracks your movements and progress in pre-recorded strength classes (with live classes coming soon). While Peloton has long offered strength training classes on its platform, Guide-specific classes feature motion tracking that monitors you as you complete your reps.

Photograph courtesy of Peloton

When Peloton came out with Bike+ and Tread, I jumped on the bandwagon. I became a fanatic of the daily rotation and it intensified my passion for thrilling workouts. I was hoping for similar results with Guide and committed to doing at least one strength workout a day.

A few minutes later, I immediately remember what I never liked about strength work: it’s slow and a bit boring for me, and even using 10-pound weights because my heavy option gives my arms feel like noodles – especially at 15. pounds is what the instructor uses as a lighting option. Push-ups and planks the next day are also challenging.

But one thing I didn’t expect was for the Guide to tap into my competitive nature. Watching the Movement Tracker’s sweat meter increase with each repetition makes workouts feel like a game. able to make any necessary adjustments – although I wish the guide could provide real-time feedback on improving my form.

As a beginner, seeing my progress on motion tracking pushed me to complete each set to the best of my ability. I’ve come to view Guide as a product that’s most beneficial for strength training beginners like me, and Peloton Instructor Matty Maggiacomo agrees. “It’s a great tool for beginners because I remember when I started I didn’t even know the difference between a squat, a lunge, and a deadlift!” he says, adding that Guide’s workouts will appeal to people who gravitate towards Peloton because they lack the confidence to do strength workouts in a gym — and I feel seen.

One week of workouts complete, I’m definitely not addicted to strength training yet, and can’t say I’m looking forward to doing a Strength Guide class the same way I used to run and spin with others Peloton products. But I’m starting to see the call. While it’s obviously too early to see or feel any real results, that slight soreness I notice in my shoulders and biceps when moving throughout the day and the awareness of my quadriceps muscles after finishing all the squats in a lower body class are both gentle reminders of the work I’m doing to get stronger. And those seven completed strength classes? That’s more than I’ve done in years.