I Hate Running on the Treadmill, but This App Changed My Mind Big Time
There's something about running on a treadmill with tired limbs in front of fixed, unchanging scenery (aka the monitor) that makes me want to skip out on it every time (the StairMaster is more my jam). Sure, I listen to pump-up songs. Sure, I am fully capable of completing a workout. But for me, it never quite seemed to stick. That is, until I tried the Peloton Tread.
I'll break down the cost right off the bat and explain why the treadmill, from the same company that created the Peloton Bike, is indeed wonderful, but you don't necessarily need it to enjoy classes. Peloton Tread costs $4,295 (or $179 per month for 24 months) plus a $39-per-month membership fee to access running, walking, strength, etc. sessions (the bike, in comparison, costs $2,245 or $58 per month for 39 months and the same membership fee).
Note: Peloton paid for my treadmill along with accessories like weights, a heart rate monitor, and a workout mat — and I used it for two months. If you were to buy Peloton Tread, you'd stride on a rubber slat belt that's easier on your joints (at least for me) with an iMac-sized screen in front of you broadcasting whatever session you were streaming. It runs smoothly and looks like a fine piece of machinery — even my dog tried hopping on more than once. But there's an affordable digital app that gives you access to (almost) the same library of live and on-demand classes for $20 a month. I'll get to more about the classes later.
I would highly recommend booking a Peloton Tread Studio Class to try out a Peloton Tread yourself and see if it's worth the price. My experience was so good that, when they picked up my press loan after two months, I continued my membership with Peloton and switched over to the digital app. I personally can't afford the treadmill at the moment, but I wanted a way to keep up my momentum. Ahead, check out why I'm now willing to spend almost $20 per month for the app and how it all changed my view of running.