Does Peloton Have An Elliptical Machine?

No, Peloton does not have an elliptical machine. At time of publishing, there have been no rumors or announcements made that Peloton will be working on an elliptical either.

To cut to the chase – No, there is not a Peloton elliptical.

Peloton has stated how one of their goals is to “win cardio”.  To date, they have tried to do this through their existing devices like the Peloton Bike, Peloton Treadmill, and the rumored Peloton Rower.  Their next focus is on Strength through devices like the Peloton Guide.

Will Peloton Make an Elliptical Machine?  Does Peloton Have an Elliptical?

There are no known plans, or reliable rumors, that Peloton is working on an elliptical machine.   At time of publishing, there is no Peloton elliptical machine.

With that said, in 2021 Peloton acquired the Precor brand and their suite of devices.  There are Precor ellipticals – so in the future, it is possible these could be running Peloton software.  If Peloton were to make an elliptical, it would probably not require an extra monthly subscription if you own a Bike or Tread – as Peloton allows you to use one device of each category on the same subscription.

Is Peloton working on an Elliptical Machine?

Peloton CEO John Foley has alluded to the fact they always have lots of interesting devices being worked on in their research & development lab – so it’s quite possible there could be one in development.  However, even if they are working on in an R&D lab, that doesn’t necessarily mean it would be released – a lot of factors go into Peloton picking & choosing what devices to release.

There have been one-off reports of Peloton delivery team members hinting that a Peloton elliptical is in the works – but these have not been the most credible reports, and there has never been any supporting evidence to back this up.

Can you use the Peloton App with an Elliptical?

There is nothing stopping you from running the Peloton app on a mobile app while using an elliptical – so technically, yes, you can use a Peloton app with an elliptical machine.  This would allow you to watch or listen to any Peloton class on a phone or tablet while working out an an elliptical.  This might pair especially well with the Peloton Outdoor Run, so that you can listen to your favorite instructor while on an elliptical.

To do this, simply download the Peloton app to your smartphone – it’s available for both iPhone and Android.  Once you have the app downloaded, you have access to the tens of thousands of Peloton classes – and can play any of them from your phone or tablet.  You’ll need to place your device on the elliptical so you can see the class – just make sure you can still see the console if you need to adjust the resistance of the elliptical.  The Peloton app does not provide a way to record speed or power data natively into the Peloton app, but you are able to connect an external heart rate monitor to record data.

Peloton instructors generally structure their bike classes by calling out both cadence (the speed you pedal, or rpm your feet are moving) and resistance (how hard it is to turn the pedals).   most ellipticals will have a resistance adjustment you can use to map to the resistance a Peloton coach calls out – you’ll have to figure out for your specific device what the appropriate level of resistance mapping is for the resistance called out on Peloton.  However, there won’t be a cadence you can change on the elliptical machine.  You can fix this by either adjusting your speed, or if the elliptical you are using has an adjustable incline, you could change the incline as the instructor changes the cadence.

Best Peloton Classes for Elliptical Trainers

If you have decided you want to try using a Peloton workout with an elliptical trainer, Peloton’s on-demand class library has tens of thousands of classes to choose from – and there are dozens more being added every day.  It’s somewhat of a personal preference, however, here are some classes that might be worth trying out if you are new to the platform.  Both Peloton bike classes and Peloton Tread classes would work.

Bike Bootcamp & Tread Bootcamp Classes

Both the Peloton Bike & Peloton Tread have bootcamp classes available, where you alternate cardio with strength segments. One thing to keep in mind with these classes is you’ll need some extra strength around the elliptical to do these workouts, as you’ll be jumping between the elliptical and the floor to alternate your strength sections with minimal transition time (although there is enough time for people to change their cycling shoes).  Some classes will have the strength segment be body weight only, while others might require free weights & dumbbells. This might be more of an issues depending on if you are working out in a home gym vs a public gym.

HIIT Classes or HIIT & Hills Classes

HIIT classes, or high intensity interval training, are a popular type of class on the Peloton Bike.  Many instructors like to throw these tough workouts in their routine from time to time, and are much more difficult than other workouts like low impact or recovery rides.

Tabata Rides

Tabata classes are a specific type of HIIT workouts – you can read more about the differences between HIIT and Tabata here.  Like a HIIT class, these are sure to work up a good sweat.

Climb Rides

If you’re looking just for a slow, consistent (sometimes grueling workout), try a Peloton climb ride.  These will generally have you at a higher resistance but much lower resistance to try to simulate what it’s like climbing up a hill.  In fact, Peloton instructor Christine D’Ercole has a 5-class series that simulates her ride up the Haleakala volcano in Hawaii – many members train to take all 5 classes back to back for an epic day of training.

Peloton Vs Elliptical. Difference in Workout Between Peloton Bike & Elliptical (Calories Burned, Muscles Worked, Intensity, etc)

While many see session on an elliptical providing a more low impact workout than a Peloton Bike or any other spin bike, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything about the quality of the workout itself.

Does a Peloton Bike or Elliptical Burn More Calories?

As far as how many calories you would burn on an elliptical compared to a Peloton bike – it depends on the class type you are taking, and a number of other factors.  Different studies have come to different conclusions as to whether you burn more calories on an elliptical vs a spin bike – but both are great workouts which can increase your calorie burn and work up a good sweat.

Does a Peloton Bike work different muscles than an Elliptical?

There are slightly different muscles involved.  The elliptical is seen as being easier on your knees, hips, and other joints as compared to a Bike, Treadmill, or other stationary bikes.  In addition, On the Peloton Bike, your arms (and core) are involved simply by ensuring you don’t fall into the handlebars. When using an elliptical, your arms are more involved as they are actively working to move the handles back and forth.  This is why some people look at a workout on the elliptical as being more of a full body workout, as it tends to be more of a workout for your upper body.

Peloton tries to solve this by their Bike Bootcamp classes – where you spend half the class on the bike, and the other half on the floor doing strength moves.  Peloton has a similar style of classes for the Tread workouts called Tread Bootcamps – just replacing the time on the bike with time on the Treadmill.

No matter whether you choose to do your workouts on a Peloton Bike, Peloton Treadmill, or Elliptical machine, you should be able to target muscles like your glutes, calves, and hamstrings, depending on which class you pick and how you adjust your cadence and resistance.

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Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis is the creator & founder of Pelo Buddy. He purchased his Peloton in 2018, and uses all the different devices: Peloton Bike, Tread, Row, and Guide. He has been involved in the fitness industry for more than a decade - previously co-founding the websites Mud Run Guide & Ninja Guide. You can find him on the leaderboard at #PeloBuddy.

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