Peloton brings AI to strength training – and it's much cheaper than you'd expect

Woman working out using Peloton Guide
(Image credit: Peloton)

Peloton has released a new strength-training tool, Peloton Guide, which uses motion-tracking and AI to help monitor your movements and progress. It's also surprisingly cheap at $495 / £450 / AU$750 for the device itself, plus a monthly membership fee of For $12.99 / £12.99 / AU$16.99 for classes.

Peloton's bikes and treadmills are enormously popular, but also famously expensive. The Guide (a voice-controlled camera equipped with motion sensors that connects to your TV) is far more affordable, and comes bundled with the new Peloton Heart Rate Band – a device that we've been expecting since Peloton acquired sports wearables company Atlas back in March this year.

Peloton Guide unit underneath a TV

(Image credit: Peloton)

As you follow a workout on-screen, the Guide's Smart Camera Technology will allow you to directly compare your form with that of the instructor in real time, allowing you to make changes and corrections on the fly. There's also a Body Activity tool that will show which muscles you've worked recently, and suggest workouts to try based on the groups that need training.

The system is voice activated, so there's no need to reach for the device's remote to control the service, and the camera has both a physical mute switch and a lens cover so you can be assured of privacy between workouts.

Peloton Guide will launch in the US and Canada in early 2022, and UK, Australia, and Germany in 2022. The subscription fee covers up to five people, and if you already have a Peloton All-Access membership, you'll get it thrown in for free.

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Home strength training can be tricky for beginners, due to the risk of injury. Using improper form can be dangerous, and without a trainer to guide you (as you'd have in a gym) it's possible to lift in a way that's ineffective or outright dangerous.

Although not a complete replacement for an experienced personal trainer, Peloton Guide appears to be a useful starting point, with the Smart Camera helping you spot if your form is starting to weaken.

It's not the only smart strength training tool around, though. Just a few days ago, Tempo (the company behind the AI-powered Mirror) revealed its own home strength training system, which took direct aim at Peloton with a price tag of $395 (about £280 / AU$520) for the hardware, plus a subscription fee of $39 (about £28 / AU$50) per month.

Woman using Tempo Move

(Image credit: Tempo Move)

Rather than giving you a camera and asking you to provide the weights, the Tempo Move includes a set of dumbells and plates, and uses your phone's camera and depth sensors to capture images of your form. As with Peloton Guide, you'll get real-time feedback on your performance on your TV screen as you work out, though we're not sure yet whether you'll be able to see an image of yourself that you can compare directly with an instructor.

We'll be putting the two devices and services to the test as soon as we're able, and will bring you a full comparison so you can make the best choice.

Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of TechRadar's sister site Advnture. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better)