What is a Peloton app subscription?


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Bring a spin studio experience into your home with a Peloton App subscription. It’s the choice for anyone who doesn’t have room in their budget (or living room) for a Peloton-branded bike or treadmill. Find out everything you need to know about Peloton’s most affordable access.

What is Peloton App Membership?

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A Peloton app membership allows individuals to access the Peloton platform without investing in expensive equipment. It simply allows users to access thousands of Peloton-branded workout classes. In other words, you can take Peloton classes for less, using any generic gym or home workout equipment as needed. You can access courses from your phone, tablet, TV, or web browser. Since the subscription is for your personal use only, you can only stream on one device at a time.

A Peloton App subscription allows users to join the cult craze without investing in expensive equipment.

A subscription to the Peloton app costs $12.99 per month. Unfortunately, the company does not offer an annual price. You can, however, sign up for a 30-day trial period to test membership. You’ll need to enter your credit card information, but you won’t be charged until the end of the trial period if you decide to keep your subscription. Peloton also reminds you seven days before the end of your trial to cancel if you do not wish to continue the subscription.

Main characteristics

  • Live lessons: With a subscription to the Peloton app, users can access live lessons on their preferred screen, whether that’s a phone, tablet, computer or TV.
  • Training diversity: To keep workouts varied and fresh, the app offers a diverse mix of workout types including Indoor Cycling, Running, Walking, Bootcamp, and Strength. There are even audio-only outdoor classes. In addition to live classes, Peloton also offers on-demand content.
  • Monitoring and planning: The Peloton app tracks users’ workouts and offers a weekly view of upcoming workouts. Once enrolled in a course, it will appear in your timetable. You can also track activities outside of a class structure.
  • Guided training: Users can also sign up for workout programs geared toward specific fitness goals.
  • Challenges: The Peloton app offers challenges that users can participate in for extra motivation. These include everything from streaks to monthly distances.

What can you do with a subscription to the Peloton app?

A subscription to the Peloton app offers a more affordable way to join the craze. Most importantly, the app provides structure and guidance for pursuing a healthier lifestyle. With a digital Peloton account, you can train with others and access the largest fitness community. You can track metrics, participate in challenges, and turn exercise into a long-term habit.

Peloton App vs Peloton Bike and Tread: what’s the difference?

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Any form of Peloton membership has the potential to help users achieve their fitness goals. However, a digital membership is very different from buying a Peloton bike or tread. For starters, a Peloton App subscription is considerably cheaper. The lowest tier bike costs nearly $1,500, and that’s not all. Even after spending the money on gear, you still have to pay a monthly fee to unlock courses! Peloton All-access membership currently costs $44 per month.

The digital membership differs from the more expensive experience in that you don’t need a unit of Peloton training equipment to use it. On the other hand, an All-access subscription includes access to apps. The most expensive membership also gives everyone in your household individual access to classes, metrics, class rankings, and recommendations. If you have multiple users in your home, the price may seem more appropriate.

Peloton vs other fitness apps

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The Peloton experience is as expensive as it is popular. Branded equipment is no small investment, and the additional monthly fees are no small change either. The brand’s pricing structure reflects the price of in-person spinning classes and the unique studio experience. Whether this price is calculated for you largely depends on how much value you place on these features.

Enter the Peloton app membership. A much more affordable option (although still not cheap for some), this membership offers an economical doorway through which to enter the Peloton community. Users can still access live classes, record metrics, and track their progress over time.

Peloton offers a robust experience, but that’s not the game’s only name.

But Peloton isn’t the only name in the game. Fitness apps are more popular than ever, with many people looking for guided workouts they can do at home. Some apps are device-dependent, such as Apple Fitness Plus. Apple’s fitness app only offers recorded classes, so you don’t get the same community experience you find on Peloton. Apple Fitness Plus doesn’t offer organizational features like stacking classes or Peloton’s calendar view of scheduled classes. Likewise, Peloton offers a lot more filtering options when searching for classes, including a very useful difficulty metric. Apple does offer a few unique features, however, including unique audio experiences and onboarding to users with an Apple Watch.

Chris Hemsworth’s Centr is another choice for those looking for a more holistic experience. The app features workout programs developed by Hemsworth personal trainers and other fitness professionals, covering everything from pilates to interval training. Centr also promotes balance and wellness with features like mindfulness classes and mental health content, as well as nutritional guidance and meal planning.

FAQs

If using a Peloton bike or tread, an all-access subscription is required. Otherwise, digital membership is a great option.

Unfortunately no. You will need to pay a monthly subscription to access the full platform of courses and features.

You can connect your Apple Watch to your Peloton experience through the Peloton app. Read our dedicated guide for more details.