Rumors swirl that Peloton has acquired another wearables company

Peloton has been making a spree of purchases in recent months, and rumors are now swirling that it has purchased another wearables company.

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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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Peloton begins offering employees paid time off to volunteer for candidates, vote, etc.

Peloton has announced that employees will now have paid time off that they can use to peacefully protest, volunteer for political campaigns, and vote.

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Best connected fitness products for the whole family

Few industries saw as much growth as the connected fitness segment during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the circumstances were less than ideal, we learned that we can still work and workout efficiently from the comfort of our homes. With that said, it’s definitely easier to get a solid workout in at a gym where your kids aren’t stepping in your way or pulling on your pant leg. Luckily, several connected fitness products offer workouts that your entire family can participate in. Here’s a list of some of the best to check out.

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Peloton rumors: New office in Ireland, possible EU expansion

Rumors of a potential Peloton office in Cork, Ireland, have begun to swell after the company issued a proposal request in the city. The move could employ over 700 individuals in Ireland and has led to further speculation about Peloton’s expanded operations in the European Union.

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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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Peloton temporarily closing strength studio for ‘some new and exciting things’

In a private post to members on social media, Peloton has announced it will be temporarily shutting down its strength studio to work on “some new and exciting things.” The closure is currently scheduled to run from May 27 to June 13, although new strength classes will still be released on demand in addition to scheduled encore classes.

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Peloton instructor Kendall Toole shares her journey for Mental Health Awareness Month

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, Peloton instructor Kendall Toole has opened up about her mental health journey that began when she was only 11 years old. Toole explained how she considers her diagnosis a source of power and how fitness has helped as a healthy prescription.

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Echelon riders’ account data exposed through a leaky API

Echelon is facing the same problem Peloton recently had over rider data being exposed through its API, which wasn’t properly secured. Jan Masters, a security researcher at Pen Test Partners, discovered that Echelon’s API allowed access to the account data of its riders. The data exposed included name, city, age, sex, phone number, weight, birthday, and workout statistics, and history of any other member in a live or on-demand class. The API also included some information about Echelon customers’ workout equipment including serial numbers.

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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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Apple surveys Apple Watch users on health features, mentions glucose monitoring

Apple is now sending a new survey to Apple Watch users, this time to learn more about how its consumers use it to monitor health data. Interestingly enough, the company asks if the user has any apps installed to monitor eating habits, medications, and blood glucose levels.

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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 sales grow 141% in Q3, the lowest churn in 6 years

Today, Peloton released its financial results for Q3 of fiscal year 2021, including a 141% growth in sales. According to the report, more and more people are joining the Peloton community and are sticking with it longer than ever.

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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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Tempo launches Android App with ‘My Plan’ feature

Connect home fitness manufacturer Tempo has recently expanded its app to Android and the Google Play Store. Furthermore, the “My Plan” feature within the app now gives both Apple and Android users the ability to achieve their fitness goals, whether they’re at home with Tempo or out and about on the app.

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Security researchers discover leak of Peloton members’ private data

A security researcher recently discovered that he could send unauthenticated requests to Peloton’s Application Programming Interface (API), exploiting a leak of private Peloton member data, including age, gender, and location.

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LifePro Powerflow dumbbells are a low-cost option for Peloton strength that fit in any space

Peloton CEO John Foley has said on multiple occasions that Peloton must win strength to win fitness. Outside of some overpriced dumbbells, Peloton has no hardware to pair with its excellent strength classes. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been using the LifePro Powerflow dumbbells with my Peloton strength classes.

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Peloton recalls all treadmills following CPSC warning and investigation

In April, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning for people to stop using the Peloton Tread+. This came after the tragic death of a child caused by the Tread+. Now, the CPSC and Peloton have jointly announced a recall of all Tread treadmills.

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Comment: My first year of Peloton is just the beginning of my connected health journey

May 4 was Star Wars Day for many people, but it’s my first anniversary of having my Peloton bike delivered. Although I’ve since moved on to a Bike+, I am firmly in the Peloton ecosystem, and it’s been a fantastic year.

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Peloton Homecoming 2021: keynote recap

Peloton CEO John Foley kicked off the company’s 2021 Homecoming celebration with a keynote presentation announcing some exciting new features and other news. This includes revamped programs, a Strive Score improved scenic rides, and the long-debated pause button.

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Ergatta raises additional $30 million in funding

Connected fitness rower startup Ergatta has announced an additional $30 million in Series A funding led by Advance Venture Partners and other industry leaders. Ergatta plans to use the additional funds to expand its content of game-based fitness, and further separate itself from a crowded market.

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iFit launches mental health-focused content iFit Mind

In today’s world, we have become more attuned to the fact that health and fitness extends past our physical selves. Mental health is just as important, if not more to our daily lives, our happiness, and success. To aid in this process, interactive connected fitness platform iFit has introduced iFit Mind, a new content library of over 300 workouts specifically focused on mental health.

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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 to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May

Peloton will be celebrating the heritage of Asian and Pacific Islander people throughout May with themed classes, music, and exclusive apparel. Furthermore, the company is making extended efforts to maintain a welcoming community for all people.

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Ben Alldis becomes newest Peloton Power Zone instructor

In an announcement on Instagram, Peloton instructor Ben Alldis revealed he will be joining the Power Zone Training crew as an additional member. Peloton made a similar announcement via Twitter.

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Peloton class schedule for Usher Artist Series

Peloton has released the full class and content schedule for its latest Artist Series featuring Usher. This series will partially be a part of Peloton’s Homecoming weekend taking place April 30 to May 2 and will feature a panel with Usher and Peloton instructor Ally Love.

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Amazon slashes $200 off Echelon’s EX5 Smart Connect Fitness Bike, now $1,000 shipped

From our sister site: 9to5Toys

Amazon is offering the Echelon EX5 Smart Connect Fitness Bike for $1,000.30 shipped. That’s $200 off the typical rate there and comes within $0.31 of the lowest price we have tracked. If you’ve been wanting to adopt a smart exercise bike, today’s offer could signal that now is the right time. With Echelon EX5 you’ll have 32 levels of silent magnetic resistance and a built-in tablet console that can be rotated 180 degrees for use even when you’re not cycling. Like competing brands, Echelon offers live and on-demand classes for beginner and pro riders alike. Learn about Echelon’s massive growth over the last year at our sister site, Connect The Watts. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

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Rower comparison: NordicTrack vs. Hydrow and more

As the ability to assemble your own versatile home gym grows easier with each new connected fitness product, we strive to keep you in the know about what products are currently available and what sort of fitness technology is at your disposal. One of the established fitness machines to recently gain a lot of popularity is the rower, due to its storability and low-impact training. We’ve compared a diverse group of premium rowers from fitness brands like Hydrow, Ergatta, NordicTrack, CITYROW, and LIT Method to help you see where they differ. We’ll begin with NordicTrack vs. Hydrow, and go from there.

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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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Peloton Bike+ upgrade first impressions: Great hardware, but a poor installation experience leaves me with a damaged bike

Back in January, I decided to upgrade to Peloton’s Bike+ and sell my Peloton Bike. Because of Peloton’s long delivery delay, the installation appointment was set for April 19. I had tried to get moved to an earlier appointment, but there was nothing available. I received the delivery window on Saturday, so I was very excited to have it delivered today.

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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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US Consumer Product Safety Commission issues warning to stop using Peloton Tread+

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning to stop using the Peloton Tread+.

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Smart home gym comparison: Tonal vs. Tempo and more

As a global pandemic accelerated an already booming home fitness industry, consumers are seeing more and more tech-savvy home gym options available to them. We at CTW continue to widen our focus and detail as many of these products for our readers. This includes products like the Tonal, Tempo, FORME’s Studio Lift, and NordicTrack’s Fusion CST. Each of these connected home gyms offers its own unique features and design. Let’s begin with comparisons of Tonal vs. Tempo and go from there.

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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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Peloton begins beta test of new Instagram story sharing options

In an email to its members, Peloton detailed new options for sharing works to Instagram in a new beta feature.

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Comment: Tonal fundraising signals larger emphasis on connected strength is coming

On March 31, Tonal announced that had raised another $250 million in a Series E funding round with a valuation of $1.6 billion, putting the company in unicorn status.

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Peloton Closet shuts down after cease-and-desist letter from Peloton

Peloton Closet, the popular Peloton community for finding apparel worn by instructors, has shut down after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Peloton.

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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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Images hint at a new NordicTrack mirror gym

A Google image search for NordicTrack Fusion CST has revealed a potentially new product from the fitness company that features a mirrored at-home gym unit. Several images have surfaced that suggest NordicTrack has a new mirror fitness product set to debut, perhaps just not yet.

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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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