Peloton Row Hands-On: Here’s What It’s Like To Use This $3,195 Rowing Machine

Platoon beeps, get ready. The new Peloton Row is finally available to order and it wants to be your gateway to this popular, super-buzzing workout. The highly anticipated Peloton rowing machine joins the other home gym equipment in the company’s arsenal, such as the famous (and infamous) Bike and Tread, and will ship sometime in December — just in time for the holidays.

We had the chance to see the Row ourselves and got a personal training session from Peloton’s own charming (and buff) Adrian WIlliams, who will also be one of the main instructors who will be teaching rowing lessons to come.

Ready to go full Peloton with this low-impact/full-body workout? Here’s a sneak peek at the company’s latest fitness innovation.

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The new Peloton Row costs $3,195 and includes delivery and installation to your home. It is now available to order online and shipping will start in December. You’ll also have to jump for an All-Access membership to view classes and content, which will cost you an additional $44 per month.

Sturdy, quiet and safe, the Peloton Row lives up to its name

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Through its ups and downs in pop culture, from those crappy ads to the demise of Mr. Big, Peloton is known as a solid investment for anyone looking to upgrade their home gym. So it should come as no surprise that when the company decided to focus on making its first exercise rower, they didn’t cut corners.

The Peloton Row is solid. And while it’s not ornate or designed to impress as a stylish piece of furniture to display in your living room like the glossy, solid wood WaterRower, its charms lie more in function than in sheer form. It consists of an extremely comfortable padded seat atop a single monorail and the whole measures 8 x 2 feet and weighs 156 pounds. The adjustable damping system is hidden under a black ski boot-shaped cover on its side and of course it has a large, beautiful 24-inch high-definition swivel screen – all the better for watching those rowing videos.

Peloton says the range height is 4’11” to 6’5″, which should suit most users, and the electronically controlled resistance means every stroke is nearly silent – so if you put on headphones you can train without bother someone else in your house. It also includes a bottle holder and space to store your phone.

Another design-friendly aspect is the high storability quotient. Just grab the handle-shaped end of the rower to lean it vertically against the wall. It also comes with an included anchor to ensure it stays put without posing a danger to children or pets. And while it’s heavier than many who ride it, I can confirm that the Peloton Row is made to be easy for just about anyone to lift upright.

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Peloton’s superpower lies in its ability to combine easy-to-use, well-made smart equipment with fun, engaging lessons and content. Ask a good percentage of people how they survived the lockdown during the pandemic, and they’ll give credit to their favorite Peloton coach for keeping them healthy and in shape.

So it only makes sense that when it comes to creating engaging, useful lessons and tutorials, the company would jump right into the rowing revolution. And while they may be catching up to already well-known names like Hydrow and Ergatta, who also combine unique content with well-reviewed hardware, Peloton counts on its ability to tailor its easy-to-follow workouts to suit any rider, including those beginners.

But in my opinion, the most inspired piece of the upcoming Row content isn’t the lessons, which will be anchored by the usual motivational, knowledgeable instructors, but a one-two punch of live interactive, individual form feedback and post-class analysis and insight into your technique.

For example, I may not have a rowing machine in my apartment, but I have often used one at the gym. So it was with great surprise that as I climbed onto the Row, fastened my feet with the sturdy Velcro, and started my first Instructed Row lesson, I realized I was doing it all wrong. Yes, I was lucky enough to have Williams there by my side, but it was the live highlights that really informed my training, and it showed me where my form was wrong, right on the screen as I rowed.

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Proper form will not only help with posture, but it will also strengthen your stroke, which in turn promises a better workout. Hydrow has an online beginner’s guide that you can browse, but the fact is that once you’re on the machine and competing with other users, there’s a good chance your form will go straight out the window. When I used the Peloton Row, I was amazed at how the personalized calibration, which is perceived as a smaller box in the top left corner of the screen, would warn me about things like retreating too fast, leaning too far back, and over-reaching. my arms before my legs bent back for recovery. There’s a lot to remember!

William told me it took him several weeks to make sure he had the perfect form when he learned to row, so I didn’t feel as bad as I could. But once I started following the correct moves, I was bummed when my class was over and I didn’t get a chance to improve (at least not until December!). Williams informed me that I had an excellent attitude, which I will take to heart. For those who like a challenge, this is also a great way to gamify your training while gaining a sense of accomplishment as you learn.

Users also get a detailed overview of their form and statistics after the lesson. I love this because it helps measure individual performance over time and lets you know you’re improving every time you row. Talk about positive reinforcement.

New rowing content and live lessons

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Although I’ve only taken one introductory class, Peloton has put a lot of time and effort into putting together a great rowing team because of the content, and in addition to Williams and current instructor Matt Wilpers, there are new instructors including Olympic rower Alex Karwoski and USRowing Level. 2 coach Ash Pryor, among others.

You can expect different levels, different teaching styles and guided landscape and live lessons. Peloton also promises to record its Row Bootcamp for those who want to include other genres.

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The Peloton Row may not be groundbreaking, but for those ready to fully invest in this low-impact, full-body, cardio workout, it ticks all the right boxes. The rower itself is solidly built, comfortable to use and easy to store for smaller spaces. But it’s the individualized on-screen instruction and face-to-face feedback that really sets it apart from the competition, allowing even complete beginners to learn, improve, and most importantly grow stronger over time.

No, not every class on Peloton Row comes with a personal training session with Adrian Williams, but after my time on the machine I can assure you that as much as you appreciate it, you definitely won’t need it.