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As Peloton moves to compete with Apple Watch, details emerge for its upcoming heart rate armband

Update: we’ve dug into the app and have a ton of screenshots of the armband UI

Bloomberg released a piece today with new details on Peloton Interactive’s upcoming heart rate armband. With Peloton’s acquisitions of two wearable device companies (Atlas and Latitude 32), its recent release of the new Strive Score, and further limited connectivity the Apple Watch, a new Peloton heart rate wearable seems imminent. Here are the new details just discovered:

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Amazon Prime Deals for connected and home fitness

Amazon Prime Day is here, and we’ve collected all of the best deals for connected and home fitness. Whether you are looking for a new bike, treadmill, dumbbells, kettlebells, smartwatch, or other accessories, there is a lot here. Many with huge discounts of 20% to 30% off or more. This list will continue to expand and be updated through the next few days, so make sure to check back often!

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ICON Health & Fitness officially announces name change to iFIT Health & Fitness Inc.

ICON Health & Fitness recently announced that they are changing their name to iFIT Health & Fitness. iFIT is their software platform that runs on all of their devices and delivers thousands of on-demand and live classes. The name change could be for many reasons, one of which is their belief and commitment to the importance of the connected fitness space.

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Jesse Corbin’s coming-out iFIT workout (Exclusive First Look)

On Monday June 21 [EDIT: the date has been pushed back to Tuesday, June 22], iFIT will be releasing a special workout in their Heart To Heart series, in which iFIT trainer Jesse Corbin discusses the trials and triumphs of his coming-out journey.

During the 30-minute workout, users will walk, run, and hike alongside Corbin through and beyond the Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah as the iFIT trainer covers a range of topics including how he learned to accept himself, embrace his unique journey, and reconcile his faith with his sexuality.

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NordicTrack S22i Studio Bike on Sale through Amazon for $1799 (Reg. $1999)

Amazon is offering the NordicTrack S22i Studio Bike for $1799 with free shipping. The NordicTrack S15i Studio Bike is also on sale through Amazon for $1599 (Reg. $1799). The free shipping and free returns from Amazon really makes this an exceptional deal as shipping will cost $200 extra if you purchase these bikes through Nordictrack themselves.

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Normatec Pulse 2.0 review: the king of recovery tools

I’ve known about Normatec Pulse 2.0 for a long time now as I’ve seen them used for years at every professional and amateur athletic competition. And with dozens of friends who swear by these compression boots, I had to try them out myself.

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Peloton adds 2 new strength instructors: Callie Gullickson and Rad Lopez

Peloton announced this morning that it has added two new “strength-focused” instructors, Callie Gullickson and Rad Lopez, to its roster. Both coaches already have multiple sessions scheduled this week, including each of their premiere classes.

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Peloton CFO reveals new info on the Peloton Tread and Strive Score

Peloton CFO, Jill Woodworth, just revealed lots of updates this week on the state of the Peloton Tread and Tread+, the future of Strive Score, improved delivery times, international expansions, and a whole lot more.

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7 reasons I love Peloton Power Zone classes

Peloton’s Power Zone class training is similar to heart rate training in that there are various zones that you train in. However, instead of using heart rate data to determine your zones, you use your power output to determine your zones. So today, I want to cover seven reasons why I love Power Zone classes with Peloton.

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Hydrow Rower Alternative: Save $1,500+ with the Concept 2 Erg

The Hydrow Rower might be one of the most well-built, beautiful, and elegant-looking rowers on the market. Hydrow also has some of the best rowing classes available. However, with a $2,245 price tag alongside an additional $38 monthly membership, Hydrow can also be tough to fit in a budget. This is especially true for those already paying for a connected fitness service like Peloton. Here’s a Hydrow alternative that will save you $1,500 (or more) off the cost.

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This Month in Peloton: Stock, Mood classes, and new strength device [June 2021]

In this monthly Peloton news recap, we cover last month’s Peloton stock, the new Mood Classes, a new Peloton strength device “The Tiger” in the works, the Champions Collection… and much more!

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iFIT adding new Cardio and Strength Series featuring Alex Morgan

iFIT has two new upcoming series with professional soccer player and Olympic champion, Alex Morgan. Both a cardio and strength series, designed for beginners, are currently scheduled for release on June 3.

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Peloton Memorial Day Sale: $400 off refurbished original bike

Reports on social media and Reddit indicate that Peloton is offering its Digital Members the chance to buy a refurbished original Peloton bike for just $1,495. This offer is only available while supplies last and for certain zip codes, so you will need to act fast as these will likely go quick.

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Connected Fitness Memorial Day Sale Guide: Mirror, Hydrow, Tempo, Nordictrack and more

Connected Fitness Tech is on SALE this Memorial Day weekend. So this page will cover all of the discounts, updated throughout the weekend, for those of you looking to make some new additions to your home gym. Hydrow, Mirror, Tempo, Nordictrack, FitBit, Echelon, MYX Fitness, and more are all on discount!

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Velotowel review for the Peloton Bike: Simple and sweat-free

Today, we will be taking a look at all three Velotowel accessories designed to keep your Peloton Bike and Peloton Bike+ clean and sweat-free. These items include the Velomat for underneath the bike, the Framewrap to protect the bike frame, and the Aerowrap for the handlebars, which can also be used as a face towel.

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Hyperice Vyper 2.0 review: good vibes

The Vyper 2.0 by Hyperice is the second edition of the vibrating foam roller. It’s designed to help relieve muscle tightness, soreness, inflammation, and increase joint range of motion through self myofascial release.

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Peloton is testing new handheld Gadget called ‘The Tiger’

The New York Post reported that their sources have revealed Peloton is currently testing a new handheld gadget called The Tiger for a possible release or reveal planned in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Irene Scholz becomes first Peloton instructor to leave in over a year

German Peloton Instructor Irene Scholz has announced she is leaving Peloton via posts on her Facebook and Instagram accounts. This makes Scholz the first instructor in over a year to leave Peloton, which sees very little coach turnover year after year.

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The Peloton Tread Has a new safety feature: ‘Tread Lock’

Even before Peloton complied with the demands of the USCDSC for a voluntary recall of the Peloton Tread and Tread+, Peloton announced they would be developing a new safety feature requiring a pin code. This new feature now has a name (“Tread Lock”) and looks ready to be rolled out as an update for all Peloton Treads very soon. [Edit: it is now released]

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Peloton Strive Score: How to set (more accurate) heart rate zones

The Peloton Strive Score is a newest personal metric to help evaluate your effort during each class. The Strive Score is based entirely on how long you spend in each heart rate zone. Since your heart rate zones are based on your max heart rate (MHR), it’s in your best interest to have the most accurate estimation of your MHR in your profile settings. While Peloton gives you an estimated max heart rate based on your age, it can be very inaccurate. So here are a few methods that you can use to get a more accurate MHR to set more accurate heart rate zones.

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Is Peloton headed to France next?

During a town hall today hosted by Club Industry, the new GM of Peloton Commercial (and CEO at Precor, which Peloton now owns), Rob Barker, briefly mentioned that French language classes were on their way to Peloton. No timeline or other details were provided, but given the company’s international growth goals and upcoming entry into Australia, is Peloton headed to France next?

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iFIT adds new Costa Rica Walking Meditation Series

After May’s initial release of the new iFIT “MIND” category, iFIT has already released several more series that you can now take on your NordicTrack, Proform, or iFIT app. The latest of which is the Costa Rica Walking Meditation Series.

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Kemtai: A new web-based fitness app and ‘Tempo’ competitor

There’s a new online fitness app jumping into the highly competitive connected fitness space: Kemtai. Kemtai promises to transform your laptop or desktop into an advanced, motion-tracking digital personal trainer, complete with real-time personalized feedback and guidance.

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Short and tall Peloton riders: The Adjuster is essential [Review]

While I have tried many nice accessories for the Peloton Bike, very few can be considered must-haves. But for short and tall Peloton riders, The Adjuster by Top Form Design is absolutely essential. Now that the brand has released a new version for the Peloton Bike+, I was finally able to review it myself.

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Peloton Strive Score: Everything you need to know

Peloton’s big Homecoming Event kicked off with CEO John Foley announcing several new features and updates. The biggest of which is the brand new Peloton Strive Score. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about this new personal metric.

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Hypersphere Mini review: big massage in a mini ball

The Hypersphere Mini is a vibrating massage ball designed help you dig bit deep into your muscles to help release tension and improve mobility in your shoulders, lats, neck, hips, and more.

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Peloton Bike vs. Peloton Bike+: 16 Differences you should know

When you are considering the differences between the original Peloton Bike vs the Peloton Bike+, there are a lot of things to consider besides the $600 price difference.

In fact, there are at least 16 differences between the original Peloton Bike and Bike+. Some of which are well known, but others which are not. And so we are going to go through the entire list so that you know everything you should to figure out which bike is best for you.

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Peloton CEO gives update on Tread/Tread+

This afternoon, Peloton hosted its Q3 earnings call following the release of its shareholders report. While the letter to shareholders gave zero update to the current controversy surrounding the safety of the Tread and Tread+, Peloton CEO John Foley cleared the air immediately.

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This Month in Peloton: a quick recap of April

April gave Peloton a beating of a lifetime… with numerous new lawsuits to deal with, enormous widespread media coverage of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s decision to classify the Tread+ as unsafe for use and push for their eventual recall, Peloton’s stock continuing to drop, and the list goes on and on

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NordicTrack: How to save $199 (or more) on any bike, rower, or treadmill

If you are thinking about buying a NordicTrack bike, rower, treadmill, or the CST Fusion, here is an easy way to instantly save $199 (and potentially $450 if you need to return the equipment within 90 days!).

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NordicTrack S22i vs. Peloton Bike+: What you need to know before you buy

Today, we will review both the NordicTrack S22i and the Peloton Bike+ and take a look at what makes these two premium bikes similar, as well as 24 of the biggest differences between them that you should know before you buy.

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Peloton’s biggest problem is not its treadmill

Peloton is having some major trouble this week, with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission issuing a warning for those with the Peloton Tread+, asking those who have children or pets to stop using it and suggesting Peloton begin a recall of the product entirely. 

While this issue may or may not cause a long-term problem for Peloton, as the company is strongly fighting back on this, stating that “the Tread+ is safe for the home when used in accordance with warnings and safety instructions,” it is part of a larger issue and familiar pattern that I’ve noticed over the past year, which is that Peloton is terrible with community communication.

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Hands on: Sync your Apple Watch to Peloton with Watch Link

With Peloton recently removing the ability of Apple Watch users to pair with the Peloton Bike+ for any classes besides cycling, I was on the hunt to discover whether there was any other way to synch my Apple Watch to Peloton.

Luckily, I quickly came across the Watch Link. (See below to get 10% off!)

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[Updated with a statement from Peloton] Peloton cuts back on Apple Watch support

Official statement from Peloton:

“Apple GymKit is designed to work with equipment-based cardio workouts. However, Peloton recently implemented GymKit with Bike Bootcamp, a multi-disciplinary class type that combines strength and cardio, which the feature does not support. Members can still use GymKit to sync their cycling-only workouts to their Apple Watch from the Bike+.”

One of the selling points of upgrading to the newer, upgraded, and more expensive Peloton Bike+ was the inclusion of the Apple Gym Kit, an Apple platform that makes it very easy to pair the bike with your Apple Watch to see your heart rate and have your workouts directly imported into Apple Fitness and Apple Health. 

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HidrateSpark Review: HidrateSpark 3 vs. STEEL

Staying hydrated is one of the most important yet underrated ways to improve your health, feel great, and perform at your best… and today we are going to review the HidrateSpark Water Bottle that can help you track your daily water intake.

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Peloton goes all-in on Pilates

Peloton announced this week that they have added five additional Peloton instructors to the Pilates Roster, and have also uploaded 20 more On-Demand Pilates Classes to the Peloton App.

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