A few months ago we finally got the Peloton treadmill. We had been debating this decision for months prior to purchasing it. If this is you, I hope this post help answer the big question – “Is the Peloton worth it?” with this Peloton tread review!
If you’ve been around here for a while you know we’ve been using the Peloton bike for a couple years. You can check out my full Peloton Bike review here! I am not a biker but I have absolutely loved all of the workouts and pretty much all things Peloton since being introduced to it in 2016.
When they released the Peloton tread and all of the treadmill classes, I was so excited! I’m much more a runner (I’ve run a handful of marathons including Boston and countless half marathons, 5Ks and everything in between) so I was pumped to try out their tread workouts.
Can you use the Peloton app with any treadmill?
First things first. If you have a regular treadmill, try out the classes with whatever treadmill you own to ensure you like it!
We had a regular treadmill so I decided to start doing some of the tread workouts on our treadmill and just streaming it through my phone. I am not a huge fan of treadmill workouts because I’d rather just go outside but having the capability to do them at home while the kids sleep is huge so I tried them out.
Turns out, I LOVED them. In true Peloton fashion, the workouts fly by! The instructors keep you entertained and there’s enough variety in all of the classes to not feel like you’re taking the same class over and over.
I did my first tread workout back in October and then I spent the next 7 months spending WAY more time on our basic treadmill streaming Peloton classes than I did on our actual Peloton bike! I was seriously hooked.
What’s included in the Peloton Subscription?
There are so many varieties of workouts with the Peloton subscription. Once you have it, you can stream all of their classes whenever you want. They have a ton of different types of classes from yoga to stretching to strength work which I’ve done a lot of.
You don’t even necessarily need any of the Peloton equipment in order to benefit from their app! You can run outside or use a different stationary bike or treadmill or just do their strength workouts. There’s tons of options!
There’s also bootcamp classes which have been my favorite. I love doing a mix of cardio and strength workout which is exactly what the bootcamp classes are. If I’m short on time (or short on energy like during my 3rd trimester of pregnancy), I would do a 20 minute bootcamp workout. Those consist of a 10 minute run on the tread followed by 10 minute strength workout on the floor.
There’s a ton of 20 minute beginner bootcamp classes so this is a great place to start if you’re new to working out or running! I am planning on starting those again after I am cleared to workout after having this baby.
Is the Peloton Tread worth it?
This is the burning question! I kept asking myself that over and over before getting it. Yes, I could stream all of the Peloton classes on my regular treadmill so why would I need to spend the money on a new (expensive) treadmill?
There’s one KEY thing to make it worth it and that is how you change the speed and incline. On our old treadmill you would push a little button up, up, up (or down, down, down) to increase your speed or incline.
When you’re just doing regular runs at one pace this is perfectly fine! Prior to doing Peloton workouts I typically used my treadmill to knock out 3-5 miles at one pace. I would maybe increase or decrease it a little bit off and on through my run but for the most part I wasn’t messing around with it a lot.
When you’re doing actually workouts like interval training, hill workouts or sprints and your drastically changing the speed for a short periods throughout your entire run, pushing a button repeatedly is really annoying.
Now let’s be clear. It’s doable. I did it for 7 months. And it was fine! But it got old after a while.
With the Peloton, you change the speed and incline using rolling knobs. You simply roll the knobs forward or back to increase or decrease your speed and incline. In one motion you can get to the speed you need to be which makes a huge difference!
You can also just push the button in the center to jump one full center. So if you’re running at 4.2, you can push the center button and it will jump to 5.0. Push it again and it will jump to 6.0. Same thing for the incline.
AND it speeds up much quicker than my old one. It’s not too fast where it’s dangerous but it picks up quickly to get you to the speed you need to be at for your workout.
Honestly that one little feature made our entire purchase 100% worth it! I was no longer getting frustrated by pushing a button (or holding it down) continuously throughout my workout or finally getting to the speed I was supposed to be at only to be told there’s only 5 seconds left in that interval. It’s quick and easy and keeps running fun!
The belt is also a huge improvement from my old one with the shock-absorbing rubber slat belt and ball bearing system designed for the most low-impact training experience at home.
Similar to the bike, you can stream their classes live or take pre-recorded classes. I have yet to do a class live but one of these days I will!
If you’re a competitive person, you’ll love the classes. There’s a leader board so you can see how you compare to everyone who has taken (or is taking) the class. Your output (speed, incline, etc) will be compared to everyone else and you’ll be ranked on where you compare.
How much is the Peloton treadmill?
The Peloton treadmill starts out at $4,295. This includes the cost of delivery and set up (which took like 20 minutes total)!
There are different packages you can purchase which include things like weights, exercise mats, heart rate monitor, etc. We chose to just get the basic package since we had already gotten quite a few of those things when we bought our bike.
BONUS just for P+S readers – Use the code RBTZJU to get $100 worth of accessories (we got the mat + weights when we joined!). ENJOY! (In full disclosure, I will receive a discount on my next purchase through Peloton.)
You also need to get the monthly subscription for $39 a month to stream classes. This is good for multiple profiles (both Rishi and I have a profile and so does our nanny).
It is definitely an investment but one that is totally worth it in my mind. After spending 7 months on a basic treadmill I was blown away by all of the little additional features the Peloton has.
How big is the Peloton treadmill?
Total: 72.5” L x 36.5” W x 72” H
Screen: 32” diagonal
Slat Belt: 67” L x 20” W
Step-up height: 11.5”
(Specs taken from Peloton’s website.)
I also got this Gym and Fitness Equipment Wipes to wipe down both the bike and our treadmill after workouts. We spent a ton of money on these machines so I want to make sure that they stay in good shape!
I hope this Peloton treadmill review helps you know if the Peloton treadmill is right for you! Be sure to check out Peloton’s site for even more info and don’t forget to use the code RBTZJU to get $100 worth of accessories if you purchase a treadmill (or bike!).
As always, thanks for reading!