Hands-on Peloton Row: Pretty much what you expect

Everyone knew the Peloton rower was coming. In fact, it was rumored for so long that Chief Product Officer Tom Cortez said the edge Kayaking was “the worst hidden secret on earth”. And now that I’m already in my living room, everything feels like anti-aliasing.

What can I say? It’s exactly what I thought a peloton paddle would be. The Peloton seal is permeated throughout the product design, from the ubiquitous red accents and logo to the adjustable 23-inch HD touch screen. This is not a bad thing. Peloton equipment has always been more stylish and more convenient to your home than the equipment you’ll find in a gym. This row is much nicer than the one in my building’s fitness center, although I did slightly prefer the simpler style of Hydrow Wave for my living room aesthetic.

Class big. It measures 8 feet by 2 feet and weighs 156 pounds. It’s the first thing you see when you enter my New York City apartment, and it occupies a large portion of my living room. He. She Can They store vertically, but you still need to make sure you can lay them flat with two feet of clearance on all sides of the device for safety. Vertical storage also requires the use of the included wall mount. This can be a problem if you have an angry owner who doesn’t want you to drill holes in your wall.

Other than that, Peloton had some cute little embellishments. For starters, the seat is more sturdy than most rowers I’ve used. My tailbone is grateful. There’s also a handy water bottle and phone holder – although I wish it was big enough to hold a tablet. Some days I just want to get rid of my frustration with the very long combo – they won’t – in my K-drama.

The device is designed for people from 4 feet 11 inches, 6 feet 5 inches and up to 300 pounds. I’m a leaner person, so I can’t speak to how much the class supports people at the upper end of the height range. I imagine you might have some issues if you’re on the long side—maybe your legs are comfortably extended—but unlike the tread, which has a longer tray that people can knock on their knees when doing high-knee warm-ups, the row doesn’t. You have a lot of things to bump into.

Peloton’s strength lies in its content, and there, The Row also delivers pretty much what you’d expect. The best part so far is the Form Assist feature. When you first set up the rower, there’s a roughly five-minute calibration process so the sensors in the seat and handlebars can tell your individual strokes. Once you’re done, a small shape in the upper left corner of the screen matches your movements. If you mess up your form, the areas you need to improve will glow red.

Close-up of the Peloton Row seat

Learning to row can be challenging, and not as intuitive as running on a treadmill or pedaling on a stationary bike. A proper paddling form consists of four components: catch, drive, finish and retrieve. There are quite a few YouTube videos with fitness experts explaining these things, but the goal is to move your legs, body, then arms, and then reverse. If you are not used to paddling, it takes getting used to, and if you haven’t received any kind of instruction, you are probably doing it wrong.

Maybe you’re doing it wrong

Feedback on the model is still nascent in connected fitness tech, but it’s nice to see that Peloton has made an effort to include him in class (especially because it wasn’t a thing with his Guide strength training regimen). After the exercise, you get some useful details of the form and metrics to better understand what you need to do. I always wondered if I was doing it right, and now, if the Peloton is to be believed, I know I need to stop jumping the gun with my body during the driving part of the stroke.

The main workout screen includes beats per minute and personal speed goals. You are asked to select your skill level during setup, which then determines the speed ranges that work best for you during the intervals. These two scales are standard for rowers, but it’s always good to see the recommended range (even if you ignore them completely at the end of a long class).

A screen in Peloton Row showing figure insights at the end of a workout

But while the hardware and content has so far matched my expectations, the price hasn’t. Maybe I’m an idiot. I expected it to be expensive, maybe around $2500, which is not far from the other connected rowers. but not. The Row costs $3,195 – more if you buy accessories like mats, dumbbells, or a heart rate belt. (Accessory packages start at $75 and go up to $375.) The price includes delivery and installation but not the $44 monthly subscription. peloton Do Marketing itself as a premium brand, but that’s so much more than the competition. For context, the Hydrow Wave costs $1,495, while the Regular Hydrow costs $2,495. Other home-connected rowing machines such as the Aviron and Ergatta are similarly priced. Meanwhile, a regular Concept2 rower is priced at $990.

Peloton Row in a crowded living room

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Granted, price may change. Lord knows that Peloton subscriptions and hardware costs have been all over the place last year as the company tries to streamline its business. However, this is one of the most expensive home rowers on the market.

Pre-orders for The Row begin today for US customers who can weather the sticker shock, with shipping expected in December. In the meantime, you can access one of the 18 retail sites for a trial. Peloton says that will expand to more showrooms later this year.

Photography by Victoria Song/The Verge

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