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The peloton continues to take steps beyond the ECG with Guide, a camera ($ 295) that brings strength training to the team. It adds a new all-inclusive $ 39 monthly subscription (with a $ 24 promotional offer) that adds exercise tracking and core-focused classes to the plethora of yoga and bodyweight exercises already available in Peloton’s $ 12-a-month digital service.

The navigation unit itself looks a lot like Facebook Portal TV or your old Xbox Kinect. It has a versatile magnetic mount that can be placed on a flat surface or folded out to attach around the frame of your TV, which should make it easy enough to position where it can reach your workouts. It uses a 12 megapixel wide-angle camera, which is plenty of pixels to deliver 4K video streaming of yourself. It can be connected to any HDMI port and comes with a newly opened Peloton heart rate monitor and remote control for browsing menus and adjusting the TV volume.

Normally, your video feed will be on display next to the Peloton trainer, so you can monitor and adjust your shape as needed. But you can minimize yourself so it’s easier to see the coach’s movements, if you want.

When you start an exercise that supports Movement Tracker (they are marked with the Peloton water drop symbol to make it easier for you to find them), you will see a lot of information about what this particular exercise will cover, both when it comes to target muscles and exercises that participate. The peloton is trying to bridge the gap between regular bodybuilders and those of us who do not know the difference between hammer curl and bicep curl. (Honestly, they are a little different.)

You can preview the exercises, including a short video exercise, and even see which muscle groups are experiencing the burn. I felt a lot of it was unnecessary, but it was mostly out of the way – which was what I wanted. I know how to make planks, please.

We’ll be going deeper into the guide soon, but let’s get into the important part of a new addition to the Peloton, these measurements. With a single camera, and no LIDAR or infrared, it does a great job of framing you in a workout and monitoring your movements around the space.

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The main selling point of the guide is that it is checking your form for you. Now I might have been too optimistic to hope for harder love from the Guide. I’ve been to a few HIIT (high-intensity training) workouts, both in person and through pandemic zoom calls, and I well remember the trainer telling me to lift my hips or pull my shoulder blades in more when they would relax me. The guide only takes care of your movement in the broadest sense to ensure that you follow the teacher. It will not tell you what you are doing wrong – or how to fix it.

However, compared to group training with a human trainer, the Peloton monitoring system is always monitored you, not the others in the class. When live courses come in the next few months, all of this could work a little better – communication with the coaches is what many Peloton fans swear by. Perhaps this could ultimately offer the best of both worlds, with human communication and advice along with the guide’s constant vigilance.

When you follow the exercises, the movement symbol will fill up. When I had fulfilled my exercise obligations, I heard a “ping” when I went over to the next exercise. I went through three different categories and clearly my form was correct enough 19 out of 20 times. (This is not a perfect stage because I wanted to take some pictures in a press kit, okay?) I felt pretty good about it. I’ve never considered myself a gym person, but I’ve had a lot of workouts. In the end, I seemed to be very much ahead of the group that the Peloton seems to be promoting this device. To be honest, I wanted heavier weights and harder exercises during my presentation.

Peloton Guide is another tool that tries to bring a connected camera into your home, which has its own privacy concerns. You might be comforted by the fact that Peloton says that nothing is uploaded because all the processing takes place on the device. In addition, there is a cover that you can slide over the camera lens and a microphone switch on the back. But like noted, there is some concern in terms and conditions as Peloton states that it may use your biometric data (including facial scans) in the future. This could be as innocent as identifying separate users in the same home, or something completely different.

The company is considering adding the ability to share your tracking data to speed up improvements and eliminate errors, such as those sharing requests you receive with voice assistants. On that note, Peloton has added a basic voice assistant, in beta, to the manual, which ensures that you can pause, cancel, or otherwise control your workouts when the included remote control is not nearby, or one of your kids is experiencing meltdown. during Core Exercise. However, this is not the most interesting assistant and I would have to bark my commands and ever-blurry sounds to make it work.

I appreciate the depth of data and custom that Peloton has inserted into the manual. During practice, the support was a little too loud for me and despite having only a comprehensive knowledge of Peloton’s software, I was able to find a sound mixing option, middle practice, and increase the teacher’s voice. This attention to detail is rarely found in fitness videos and software. My time with the guide was short, but Peloton will need to make sure the manual offers enough to cover start-up costs and even more expensive subscriptions. Can it convince current Peloton subscribers to pay more?

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