I hate running but I ran on the Peloton Tread

I hate running but I ran on the Peloton Tread


– [Workout Coach] Three, two. (house music) – I have a confession to make. Running has never really been my thing. I never got the so-called runner’s high because when I run, I
normally make it, like, two minutes before I have to stop. So, in comes the Peloton,
the exercise craze that’s got a huge community over its stationary bike. Earlier this year, the company shipped its second device, a
treadmill, and I thought, if a bike can get so many
people excited about spinning, maybe it could teach me
to learn to enjoy running. And that’s why, for the past two months, I put the Peloton Tread,
and myself, to the test by signing up for my first 5K. So, I just woke up. It is the middle of February, and I’d like you to meet my new roommate. So, here’s the thing: the
only place that I could fit the Peloton Tread was in my bedroom, and even though that was really awkward, I wanted it to encourage me to
use it as often as I can. Plus, I was pretty emotionally
invested in this 5K because we’re raising money
for pancreatic cancer research, something that’s personally
very important to me as a two-time survivor. The plan is to train
three to four times a week for two months, and we’ll see how I go. (upbeat music) If you haven’t heard of the Peloton Tread, here’s how it works. The machine offers a variety of classes, like hill training, walk / run
combos, and even body workouts like arms and leg exercises and yoga. There’s even programs for 5K training, or you can stream into a
class that’s being taught live from a studio in New York. The treadmill has a 32-inch touchscreen, a soundbar across the
bottom, and knobs on the side that lets you control speed and incline. There’s a button to
jump to the next level and also another one to stop the tread. The tread has slatted
belts with rugged texture for smoother landings. Now since I don’t really run,
I can’t really compare it to other treadmills, but I will say that on the Peloton Tread, I didn’t really have any kind of knee pains that I did from other classes I’ve taken in the past. Now, it’s a beautiful piece of hardware, and it better be for $4,500. But where the Peloton
shines is its programming. There is a great variety of classes, instructor personalities, and music genres to suit your mood. And because Peloton is
teaching a new class almost every day, there’s
always something new to try. There are also a couple of
other gamification tools, like achievement badges or challenges that you can complete every month. On your profile page, you can see stats like how you’ve done the past 30 days, the fastest you’ve ever
run, or the instructors whose class you’ve taken most often. I found this to be really
helpful for tracking progress over time because it was so encouraging to see those numbers go up and
all the miles I was running, that I just really wanted to keep going. (house music) Hey, so it’s now been a little
over a week since I got this. I have run seven runs out of the past nine days. A lot more than– basically more than I did in the entire last year, I think. I haven’t really been able to
run more than two-ish miles every 30 minutes, which
I think is a good start. The fact that I can just roll out of bed, put on my shoes, and just start in my PJs if I wanted to actually helps a lot. I normally start with a
10-minute warmup walk, and then a 30-minute beginner
or intermediate class. It’s actually kind of funny how well the gamification features worked. For example, at the end of
March, I was two miles away from a gold badge and I
added a power walk session at the end, just to get the badge. Surprisingly, it was kind of
hard to get into a live class. They were either super
early in the morning or at times that I wasn’t
quite home from work yet. And when I was, it was
like body weight training that wasn’t really what I was looking for. I wish there were more
live running classes because it would have been really nice to see the leaderboards jump around. After all, Peloton is about the community and I really would have
loved to see that in action. (rhythmic house music) Update time, I look
pretty gross right now, but I’m really excited ’cause
I have to show you all. I started out at about two
miles for every 30 minutes, and today’s the first time I crossed 2.5. In fact, I hit 2.62, which is like, wild. That’s a lot more than
I thought I could do, especially since I, again, hate running. Yeah, I don’t know if I
will credit the Peloton. That would discredit myself
because I did work really hard, however, I’m a little nervous
about trying to run outside. But so far so good, I’m really excited. Guess I’ll check back in soon. The first month with
Peloton is like the week after a New Year resolution. I was consistent, I was motivated, I saw progress really quickly. Then I lost my routine. (calm house music) I just finished my run of the day. I have to admit that this past
week I haven’t been very good at keeping my runs. As you can see, this is
the entire past month since I started on February 19th. And I skipped a lot of
days in the past week. It’s just been a little busy. My bad. But the good thing is
it seems like I’m still getting faster with every run. My pace is still quite slow, but I think that if you compare it to
the very, very first time I worked out, I went up a lot. Anyway, I have now about
two, three weeks left ’til my 5K, which is nerve-wracking. Right now, the pace is
good, I think I’m just going to have to keep trying to
sustain that pace on my own since the treadmill keeps
up the pace for you. So, now that the weather is
getting nice in New York, I will be running outside
and seeing how I fare. In the final weeks leading up to my race, I actually did go and train outside. Overall, that made me feel pretty good about the training I had
been doing with Peloton. But leading up to the race, I was still pretty anxious about it. (upbeat electronic music) 7:00, we really
gotta hit the road before we’re too late. Very nervous, didn’t get any sleep. But that’s okay, let’s do it. – [Woman] I believe you can do it. – Thanks, mom. I think I’m about a mile and half, two. What do you think, Rick? – [Rick] Oh, a mile and– – Change?
– Change. – Yeah.
– Mile and a third. – Feel good, feel good, let’s do this. – [Man] Turn to the right. – [Spectator] Yes, finish strong. (crowd cheering) – Okay, I finished at 32, which is crazy. I don’t know, like after
mile two I was very winded and tired, but then I think
I saw people coming close to the finish and everyone
just felt so energized. And there was a sea of purple
shirts that just felt like, just keep going, and I did it. It’s a good day. So that’s how I went from bed to 5K, and you probably want to know by now whether the Peloton Tread was worth it. There were definitely a couple of things I didn’t love about the machine, such as how the screen
wobbles a little bit when I’m running, and the
occasional software lags that affected the stream quality. And to be honest, it’s
kind of silly to think of your treadmill as something
that could be bricked by a bad software update. That said, the best part
of the Peloton are the classes, and I found those to be
the most helpful aspect of encouraging myself to train every week. I really enjoyed how
the instructors were fun to follow along to, and
the way they carried through the class with small
talks about current events, like International
Women’s Day, or even jokes about how the weather was in New York. You can access these classes
through a digital membership for just $20 a month, which
is a lot more worth the value if you already have a
treadmill or a gym membership, or plan to run outside. So in the end, although
I never quite found that runner’s high, I am really
grateful to be able to say that I can now complete a 5K. The experience gave me a lot of confidence to go on another race. And even though it was
really ridiculous having the Peloton Tread in my bedroom, we went through a lot together and I think I’ll actually miss it. Thanks a lot for watching. It means a lot to me to be
able to share this journey with you guys, and I’d love to know what kind of tech have you
used to achieve something that you’d never thought you could do? Let me know in the comments.

100 thoughts on “I hate running but I ran on the Peloton Tread

  1. Treadmill in your apartment? Really? I'm amazed that it's even permitted – probably isn't. If I lived below you you'd be getting sued right now. How utterly selfish of you. Your parents are monsters.

  2. This is one of those devices that’s perfect if you’re just really rich and don’t care what price your treadmill costs. It’ll probably sell really well in that community.

  3. If it was $2000-$2500 it would be a hit product but double that price makes it a silly enthusiast only product. You would have to be running multiple times a day to make that worth it.

  4. I feel like whatever gets you motivated. I need to get another Samsung gear fit to wear for basketball. I use my Gear s3 watch for treadmill and running

  5. Two time survivor of pancreatic cancer and you look like you are 28? Damn how does that even happen?

  6. It's an interesting product but definitely one built for luxury. I see who could use these but it's not in my wheelhouse.

  7. Rock on. Pancreatic isn't an easy one to beat. I had testicular cancer, though, which was SUPER easy to beat. Super easy. I thank God every day that I got that one and not something else. 😉

  8. Definitely not paying $4000+

    But you're super, super, super strong for surviving cancer twice! I hope you never have to go through that again. 🙏

  9. Listen to a podcast while you run. It's a lot cheaper and really distracts from the boredom of running.

  10. This is an advertisement Duhhhh. really should be a rule about disclosure when someone does poo poo like this.

  11. its for the person who thinks they can buy fitness instead of just going outside and running

  12. Get a pair of jogging eqrphones, go outside, set your smartwatch or phone, then RUN…. Trust me, you'll enjoy it

  13. Buy a good running watch and go run outside. They add the gamification. Added bonus: You get fresh air, you can run with other people, and you save $4000. Interesting video nevertheless.

  14. PLus the other thing to realize that makes running on a treadmill so much easier, aside from not actually pushing so hard to go an actual distance, theres no rocky or hard concrete terrain, and the ai is usually very mild since treadmills are almost entirely used in doors( cause if your outdoor,s why not just run outdoors then?). So sure, I could run at full setting on a treadmill for over 2 hours, but actual running on the street in the cold or heat? 2 min lol.

  15. Meh. You'd make money instead of losing it with an average treadmill and live stream your sessions.

  16. Just… go outside. Don’t spend 4500 on a treadmill. Treadmills train your body to have bad running mechanics which will get you injured. Plus, running outside and discovering your area and training your body to accept different runs instead of formulaic, straight runs is healthier for your body and mind

  17. I am sorry, if I am a little rude, but keeping a threadmill next to your bed makes me feel sorry for where our generation is heading towards.

  18. I actually have been getting my fitness from an Xbox One and Zumba: World Party. It was the best investment ever.

  19. Zombie 5K app, go outside, meet people, get fresh air, see the sunlight, track your progress by route planning and timing yourself. $4500… no friggen way! Better spent on an actual nice bicycle and getting outside.
    You. Are. Spoiled.

  20. Xiaomi's treadmill can track many informations too.
    Get Xiaomi's smartwatch (Amazfit stratos) to monitor heartrate and VO2max.
    Both of them won't even cost $400 in total.

  21. If you have trouble running, run outside with a friend or someone else who shares your tempo. It's free, social and the conditions are actually real.

  22. What we really need is a USB data interface in the treadmill which can output speed and other stuff so we can feed this into a computer and control our VR experience with it

  23. What a complete waste of money. But if you have the money and want to waste them, why not. I would rather buy a cheap treadmilll and a wahoo ticker x heartrate monitor. Sync it with Zwift running, and do their interval training program. BAAAM saved you 3500 dollars.

  24. Peloton Tread help a non-runner train for a 5K for 5K usd ? really, thanks i would run outside and save 5K 😀

  25. Woooooaaaa !!! She is sooooo beautiful ! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 ! I love her !!

  26. Step 1. Buy a normal treadmill = 200$
    Step 2. Buy a (big) Tablet (Android or Windows 10) + Floor Stand = 300-600$
    (Optional Step) Buy a Smart Swatch or Activity Tracker = 50-200$
    Step 3: ???
    Step 4: Profit at least 3500$! (4500$ – 1000$)

    Plus: You can keep using the treadmill setup when the company goes out of business or stops running the service.

  27. I would personally be interested in VR tracks of actual picturesque locations that you could run alongside others subscribed to that same location and eventually schedule a meetup IRL to actually so that run together as a way to cap off that location and move on the the next social experience.

  28. In most of the marathons held, a 5km run in called a fun run. It’s called a fun run for a reason and I don’t think you need that much preparation for that and that doesn’t justify the 4500 dollar treadmill

  29. Great job but this product without live stream being main focus seems pointless to me for 5gs. Nice edit and review though!!

  30. Imagine buying a 4k treadmill to train for a 5k 😂😂😂 does anyone know of any islands or countries for sale? Im training for a marathon 😂😂😂

  31. Too expensive to invest in a pelton you can train at a gym and also do monthly NYRR races. 5K run 🏃‍♀️ is too easy for a $4500 machine.

  32. I want Peloton to bring out a swimming pool. I have no idea how they'll do it, but I want a pool by the side of my bed.

  33. This is the best and most honest review of the Peloton Tread I've seen so far. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your progress!

  34. The zombie running app was quite useful for me. Can’t imagine spending that much on a treadmill!!! Yikes.

  35. Thank you for sharing your story. I plan to get a less expensive treadmill for walking, and hearing your story about your health, routine, increases and even falling out of routine… really help. I feel like the realistic expectations I have for myself are valid.

  36. You trained all month for a 5k and then you went out there and just sandbagged. You had way too much energy at the finish line which tells me you are a slacker. Next video push yourself and you will get that runner's high.

  37. I want to forget I'm running though. Last thing I wanna see is another person telling me to run. Music or TV shows for me

  38. "Peloton" is Finnish and means "fearless". I agree that you have to have a lot of courage to invest 5000$ to a treadmill. I think I'm going to go running outside since it's summer at its fullest.

  39. Obnoxious product. They charge $4300 for it and you don't have the most basic features of a treadmill unless you pay them $39.99 a month. And you can't use the screen for anything else, like Netflix. $4300 is a lot, I'd consider buying it if it were functional as a standalone device, but given that they intentionally make the product useless without a subscription, there's no way I would buy it, and frankly I find the company's elitist attitude offensive.

  40. stop wasting your money on an Apple Watch! If you want to get a nice watch for the purpose of running then get a garmin forerunner 235!

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