Peloton Lanebreak Turns Bike Rides Into Video Games

Ask any Peloton user what they like about their bike, and most answers would probably include some reference to a Peloton instructor rather than the bike itself. It’s been written many times before, but it’s worth noting again: Peloton’s big draw is a combination of the instructor personalities, pick-me-up mantras, and music playlists. As the company wades through the hardware muck and a massive corporate restructuring, its special sauce—and source of recurring revenue—is still its software platform.

So it makes sense that Peloton’s first big new feature in a long while is a software feature. What’s more interesting is that it involves no instructors at all. The new feature is called Lanebreak, and it turns a Peloton bike ride into a game. Think Mario Kart meets Peloton; riders pedal along a floating virtual track, encountering prompts and challenges along the way. Lanebreak was first announced last summer, and some subscribers were able to access the software then in its beta form. Now it’s rolling out as a software update to Peloton bikes in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, and Australia.

You can check out the competition in between rides, but not during.

 

Courtesy of Peloton

Peloton is hardly the first digital health and fitness app to deploy gamification to keep people engaged. For Peloton, it might be a way to lure subscribers back to the bike, if their exercise equipment has morphed into a piece of non-performance art in their living rooms in recent months. It’s also a way of allowing users to interact more with Peloton software. Lanebreak charts a virtual path through a bike ride, giving visual cues for you to constantly adjust your cadence and resistance, instead of just having an instructor shout through a 2D tablet. As Eric Min, the chief executive of virtual cycling app Zwift, said in a recent WIRED article, maybe relying solely on instructor-led video content isn’t scalable or creative enough.

view website
my sources
webpage
Discover More Here
Learn More Here
company website
click for info
Read Full Article
his response
click over here
take a look at the site here
more tips here
helpful resources
check out this site
look at this website
have a peek at this site
the original source
Continue
visit our website
visit this website
go to this website
pop over here
Home Page
Recommended Reading
these details
advice
try these out
check my reference
her comment is here
useful link
Resources
hop over to here
click this link here now
blog link
Continue Reading
site
more information
read this post here
learn this here now
check my site
More hints
additional hints
this article
why not try here
hop over to this web-site
her explanation
read review
 

Peloton isn’t putting Lanebreak front and center in its bike app, which suggests it’s still a feature that’s meant to complement the main classes. The feature lives under the More Rides tab, where Scenic Rides are buried too. Lanebreak workouts range from 10 to 30 minutes long, and like instructor-led classes, they include playlists of popular music.

Courtesy of Peloton

In my brief experience using Lanebreak so far, I noticed options for workouts set to David Bowie remixes, some Dua Lipa, and a lot of David Guetta. The interactive mechanics are broken down into Beats, Breakers, and Streams. Users are prompted to adjust the bike’s resistance knob in order to navigate to the correct lane and hit fast-changing cadence and resistance goals. The Breakers mechanic was oddly fun, both visually and audibly; I was encouraged to “charge” the breakers to 100 percent of capacity by, well, pedaling faster. And I found myself wholly engaged in a short 10-minute Lanebreak class—which is to say, I didn’t check my smartphone once during the ride.

richardmcoffman435
Uncategorized

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.