See Why This Treadmill for Running at Home Has Runners Stoked
Posted by Jenn F. on Friday, August 17th, 2018
At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we’re always on the cutting edge of new technology, especially advancements that could benefit our patients. This latest technology offers an exercise solution that can be done from the comfort of your home. You may be familiar with Peloton for their home spin class experience, but did you know they offer a treadmill for running at home, too? Like their cycles, the Peloton Tread offers a live-stream connection to the unit’s built-in video monitor to broadcast fitness classes in real-time or on-demand with NYC fitness trainers. Peloton opened a dedicated fitness studio to keep the programming streaming. Classes fall across a broad spectrum from boot camps to circuit training, according to Men’s Health, who got a sneak peek at the new system.
A New Treadmill for Running at Home
Gear Patrol is calling the Peloton Tread “a treadmill for people who hate treadmills.” It’s comprised of 59 individual slats, smooth and cushioned, as opposed to running on one belt. Like the high-end Woodway treadmills, it promises a softer experience for feet, knees, and hips.
It’s a good-looking design that goes beyond the standard plastic and metal. The zippered panel allows space for storing small weights, resistance bands, and a floor mat. The power and speed are controlled by intuitive dials on the handrail, making you wonder why no one’s thought of this before. The 32-inch HD full-color screen makes it easy to follow along with the instructors, and the soundbar offers superb quality sound. A convenient USB port also lets you charge your devices.
The hype is thick. Noah Wintroub, the vice chairman of JPMorgan, called Peloton “the Apple of fitness.” HARO creator Peter Shankman called it “game-changing.” As it stands, there’s really nothing else like it. The company raised $75 million in funding in 2015 and went on to amass $170 million in sales for 2016 and $400 million last year. Not too shabby for a startup.
Why Are Runners Psyched About Peloton Tread?
Of course, it’s not just the bike. To explain the cult-like enthusiasm surrounding the Peloton brand, co-founder and CEO John Foley put it this way: “We’ve created an experience that people just love so deeply.” Peloton offers the energy and professional guidance of a fitness club without the invasive stares or commute. You can wear what you want, take the classes when you want, and take a break when you need it. The company has even debated offering 24/7 live-streaming programming for restless night owls.
Runner’s World had this to say about the programming: “Through this platform, you can virtually run with your friends, check out your benchmark on the leaderboard, and connect with a larger community of like-minded runners beyond the walls of your living room or home gym. And that’s the part that starts to spark excitement and makes you say, ‘Ah, I might actually need this. This might actually make my life better!'”
The top-level instructors and in-depth fitness coaching are what draws enthusiastic crowds to the Peloton brand. One of the trainers is 2014 Men’s Health “Next Top Trainer” winner Andy Speer. “There will be some more technical programming on the treadmill, with some strength and conditioning-based sprint programs with really strict work-to-rest ratios where we’re going for specific focuses for each class,” explained Speer. Some sessions will be more endurance-enhancing, while others may be more short-term power sprinting or conditioning based. Body weights and dumbbell exercises are incorporated into many of the exercises between sprints.
Other personal trainers, Robin Arzon and Rebecca Kennedy have over 15,000 and 33,000 followers, respectively. Local celebrity Matty Maggiacomo, a founding instructor at Barry’s Bootcamp NYC, is on the training roster, as is Base Camp Training founder Chase Tucker. The line-up is rounded out with Wilhelmina fitness model and boxer Olivia Amato, surfer/boxer Selena Samuela, and boot camp trainer Oliver Lee. These are all in-shape, high-level athletes who make you want to show up each day.
For people struggling to stay motivated, keep energy levels up, or stick with a new program, the dynamic personalities behind Peloton’s programming may be just what the doctor ordered. For those who want a total body conditioning program that combines gymnastics, floor work, superset weight training, circuits, running, and sprinting, it may be the perfect fit.
Where To Get Peloton Tread
The treadmills cost about $4,000 and will be available in winter 2018-2019. Pre-orders are available with a $250 deposit. A subscription to the unlimited classes costs $39 a month. The New York Metro offers multiple showrooms in Garden City, Manhasset, New York, Chelsea, Brookfield Place, and on Madison Ave. If you can’t wait to see what the hype is about, you can stop by 152 Christopher Street in New York City (10014) to sign up for classes.
Tips For Preventing Running Injuries at Home
To reduce your risk of a running injury, we recommend that you:
- Wear the right shoes for your foot type
- Make sure your shoes fit
- Replace your shoes every 300-400 miles
- Cross-train in low-impact sports like swimming and elliptical machine workouts
- Hit the weights twice a week to strengthen your calves, quads, hips, and core
- Don’t increase mileage or intensity by more than 10% per week
- Spend some time running on softer terrain like grass or dirt
- Don’t train through the pain
We’d be happy to discuss the finer points of this advice with you in person.
Call Our NYC Running Injury Experts
After your next run on your new treadmill, why not run right into our sports medicine center? We are located at 111 East 88th Street in Manhattan, in the Upper Eastside’s Carnegie Hill neighborhood. Runners appreciate our attentiveness and commitment to their long-term health. Our gait analysis center helps us discover the underlying cause of your injuries, while advanced treatments like Platelet-Rich Plasma, shockwave, and laser therapy reduce pain and speed up running injury recovery. For your convenience, we have another facility located at 10 Mitchell Place in White Plains. Click here to book an appointment at either location. For acute injuries, please call us directly.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.