If there is one thing we gained from the pandemic and those months spent stuck in our homes, it's a new-found appreciation for at-home workouts.
For many people, getting to a gym on a regular basis just isn't something that fits into their routine or budget.
Luckily, working out at home has become easier with more and more online workouts, fitness apps, and accessible equipment becoming available over the past two to three years.
Connected fitness brand Peloton was one such company, launching in Australia in 2021, and while you've probably heard of the Peloton Bike, one of their latest gadgets could really take your home workouts to the next level.
The Peloton Guide – effectively a fitness-focused webcam – was launched earlier this year and I was lucky enough to be able to try it out myself.
Here are a few reasons why I think the Guide could be the perfect way to level up your home workout routine.
Can turn any TV into a PT
The Peloton Guide is intended to be used in practically any space, as long as you have a TV (sorry, no tablets or phones) with an HDMI port. The Guide is small enough to fit in most spaces and only weighs 500 grams. It comes with a remote, HDMI cable, power cable and adapter, as well as a mount.
Once set up the Guide gives you instant access to a suite of expert strength instructors, new Guide-specific strength content and workout programs, but the rest of the Peloton content library, which includes Yoga and cardio classes.
It could be the motivation you were missing
Aside from doing an actual Zoom workout at home, most of the time sweating in your lounge room isn't the same as actually having a trainer there to keep pushing you.
The Guide, however, adds its own personal training element by using AI technology to track your movements. This way you can compare your form against the instructor's during class.
There is a teardrop-shaped 'movement icon' that fills up as it counts how many exercises you complete.
If you take a break, it won't fill up, and you won't receive any 'Award Badges' which are granted when you manage to keep up with the trainer throughout each exercise.
I found it worked really well for cardio movements and anything standing, like squats or upper body weights. It didn't work as well with movements that were lying down or on the floor. Push-ups for example were a bit tricky as you don't want to crane your neck to see the tracker.
Helps you target specific muscle groups
Classes can be selected based on the Body Activity Guide. This guide shows you a silhouette of a body and highlights what muscles you have already worked on in the past seven or 30 days.
Based on this, it will suggest classes based on muscle groups you haven't worked on, so you're not exhausting the same body parts each time. The more you work a specific muscle, the bluer it will appear on the body activity guide model.
It's a great way to help put together a full body workout plan, and be able to focus on recovery and not over-exerting specific muscles over others.
Just this month, Peloton has also added a new Rep Tracking (rep counting) feature that not only counts a user's individual reps, but it also keeps track of the total weight lifted within a workout. Another great way to easily track progress at home.
You can check your form
In a gym there are mirrors, but when working out at home it can be hard to get an idea if your form is correct – something that is particularly important for strength training.
To combat that, the Guide has a 'Self Mode', where you can view yourself alongside the trainer (or stacked above.
But, if you've had enough of seeing yourself on Zoom all day, you can leave yourself in the corner or turn yourself off completely, so that you'll just see the trainer.
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