Today’s post is from a guest author, my husband. I have a lot of posts about Peloton, Peloton app, Peloton bike and Peloton row, but I thought it would be nice to hear what my husband has to say about the Peloton now that we have had in our home for 1 year. Keep reading for his Peloton Row Review.
Disclaimer: My Husband and I are not a professional fitness instructors, doctors or medical professionals. Check with your medical professional before starting any workout routine.
Prior Posts about Peloton Row
I have posted a lot about the Peloton Row. If you are considering purchasing a Row or are new to the Peloton Row, I have a ton of posts for you to catch up on:
Husband’s Peloton Row Review
From Levenshire Husband:
Initially, I was not sold on the Peloton Row. It was new and very expensive. Not to mention the countless reports of Peloton’s struggles as a company. With very few real-world reviews to consider, I was resigned to purchase an inexpensive rower and see if we would actually use it. However, after 2 years of near-lockdown due to Covid we were ready for another piece of exercise equipment.
I spent countless hours scouring the internet, reading articles on the benefits of rowing, the different models available, and any information I could find regarding the newly released Peloton Row. After all but dismissing the large, untested, and pricey new rower, I kept getting drawn back in by one feature – Form Assist.
As a rowing novice, I knew my form would leave much to be desired. Surely, the touted benefits of rowing would be diminished by poor form. Moreover, injury is always a risk with exercise and I didn’t want to do anything that might put me out of commission. With that in mind, I kept looking for anything remotely comparable to Peloton’s Form Assist. Not finding anything, I decided to check it out in person.
I went to a local Peloton showroom for a demo. While the machine was impressive, it was still very expensive and I was skeptical we would use or enjoy it as much as the bike. Despite my doubts, we returned to the showroom a week later to see it again and bought it.
The Form Assist really sold me and played a big role in my decision to purchase. A few weeks later, the very large and very expensive machine was delivered. The delivery tech was friendly and efficient and got everything set up quickly. Before long, we were rowing away.
The Row has a fairly steep learning curve. It took a few weeks to get my form down and truly understand the different metrics. And, unlike the Peloton Bike, there were only a few instructors and limited content. Despite my initial misgivings I could not deny that the Peloton Row delivered a good workout.
Over the following few months I found myself using the Row more and more. Now, I use it more than the Bike. While I am now confident in my form, I still rely on the Form Assist feature to keep me in check.
As for durability, we have had the machine for just over a year. At one point, the form assist went completely haywire, depicting me wildly lunging and making erratic movements that bore no relation to what I was actually doing. That malfunction lasted about two weeks. The Peloton Support team could not resolve the issue and offered to send me a replacement monitor. Then, just as abruptly as the issue began, it stopped. It remains to be seen if it will recur and if we will have any more problems.
As for day-to-day use, I really enjoy the Row. It is a challenging and interesting workout. However, it is not perfect. There are only a handful of instructors and there is not nearly as much content as for the Bike. Also, I really only like two of the Row coaches, which further limits the number of classes I take. Rowing can be monotonous, so I really only take classes with the instructors I find engaging and entertaining.
Peloton Row Review: 1 Year Later
So, after a year of owning and using the Row, would I buy it again? Yes.
The machine seems solid, the form assist is a great feature, and the instructors are engaging (at least the two I like the best). On the technical side, the drag factor is controlled electronically, whereas most traditional and less expensive rowers use a damper which is subject to changes over time. The touchscreen is large and responsive. On the downside, the speaker settings are mediocre at best. Also, because you’re constantly moving closer and then further away from the speakers, you really need to wear headphones when using it. As the content is somewhat limited, I find myself retaking classes rather than utilizing an instructor I don’t particularly care for.
I’m sure we could get a similarly rewarding workout with a less-expensive rower. However, already being a part of the Peloton eco-system makes the device attractive and integrative. Form assist is instrumental in developing my form and keeping me on track during workouts and the machine itself is attractive and solid. On the whole, I find the Row worthwhile, even with the Peloton premium.
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