If you do not already own one Peloton machine, you may be unlucky for a while because of the company’s logistical problems. But whether you have a bike or pedal in your home, you can still benefit from it latest feature in the Peloton app. That is, if you own an iPhone or iPad.
Peloton’s rollout of new software features for users of its on-demand fitness classes and exercise machine owners continues to confuse me, but the features themselves are actually good. Example: a beta scheduling feature rolling out in the Peloton iOS app today. Schedules are a long-in-demand tool that allows you to set up a calendar of classes, either live or on-demand, two weeks out. For on-demand training, you will see a new Schedule button below the class description (where the Stacks button is on Peloton’s website interface), and you can select the day and time. You will receive a notification when your course begins. See below for screenshots of what the process entails.
This is great! So helpful! People who use Peloton tend to be a little hardcore about creating an optimal workout routine, and this feature makes it easier for them to plan weeks with hours. It’s kind of a person’s dream. But it is also useful for those who need a little encouragement – committing to taking an hour and inviting a friend to join, eliminates some of the excuses we make to get out of training.
The social feature is not the same as Peloton’s first beta version of the software, another social feature called Sessions that allowed you and a friend to take a class at the exact same time. Instead, it’s more of a link sharing – you’re sending a friend a link to class to the course using the iOS Share Sheet, as you already could. But the invitation also includes the day and time you plan to take the class, and your friends can add it to their own schedules. (Sessions received good feedback in the beta, but has since quit. A Peloton spokesman told me he could not confirm an official release date for a Sessions launch.)
This brings me back to the way Peloton introduces new features. It’s good to hear feedback from subscribers, and I know from Reddit deep dive that Peloton members really want a planning tool. But as the recent addition of Stacks, a feature that allows you to create a training playlist, but only on the Peloton website or on a Peloton machine, the Schedules tool is so limited. This seems like an easy feature to roll out a lot, and it’s one that people have complained about, so it’s unfortunate to keep it iOS only (even just for now). And the fact that you can make stacks and schedules separately, but you can not make an overview of stacks, is bizarre! One cross-platform calendaring tool would be ideal.
I have not yet tested schedules out, but if it’s easier than adding bookmarks for individual classes and struggling to remember what I wanted to take that week, I would dare to guess that I will be wholeheartedly on board with this supplement.
The beta feature is part of an app update released on the App Store today, and is open to all Peloton subscribers.