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To create their diverse workout offerings, Peloton teamed up with a number of master trainers, such as Rebecca Kennedy, New York City-based fitness expert and celebrity trainer. Women’s Health had the chance to meet up with Kennedy, and check out the new Peloton Tread for ourselves. She walked us through a number of her favorite features on the treadmill, including the use of incline and speed knobs rather than buttons, which helps Tread users glide right into their desired difficulty more seamlessly. As a runner herself, Kennedy also noted how much she enjoys the slat-belt design of the Tread: “It’s so much more cushioned than any outdoor run,” she says. “Any pain we feel outdoors is kind of eliminated because of that.”
Plus, the same “leaderboard” offered on Peleton bikes is alive and well on the Tread. That means, on the right-hand side of your screen, you’ll have the chance to see how you stack up against other Peloton users doing the same workout—which certainly ups the motivation for those at-home routines. “Whether or not you’re a runner, we tend to have a competitive nature inside us,” says Kennedy. “When you add that competitive factor, a beast is unleashed.”
Kennedy says many of the Tread workouts combine running and strength training for bootcamp-style classes: “It’s a total-body approach to fitness,” she says.
Women’s Health even had a chance to test one of her 20-minute bootcamp classes for ourselves. It involved 10 minutes of running, followed by a mix of core, glutes, arms, and leg work. The slat design of the treadmill belt did feel comfortable during our run, and the large screen made following along with the workout (and watching our score on the leaderboard) very accessible. The verdict: We definitely worked up a sweat, and having a trainer like Kennedy there to guide us along (both on and off-screen in our case) was a major motivating factor.
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Peloton Treads are now available for pre-order, and will ship on a rolling basis beginning in fall 2018. They’ll cost $3,995, plus $39 per month for unlimited access to live and on-demand classes.