Peloton Row: What You Need to Know

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I’m updating this article on the Peloton Row because a few things have happened since I first wrote it. One, we know that Peloton announced pre-orders for the Peloton rowing machine in September. That’s when I wrote the original version of this article.

Two, while we were told that deliveries would start in December, Peloton started delivering the rowers right around Thanksgiving. So many people were sharing pictures on social media of them on their new rower.

Three, I tried out the Peloton Row during my visit to the Peloton NYC studio in October. I loved it.

And four, not only did I end up buying the Row, but it was delivered today. So, I wanted to update you on my experience about getting the rower delivered.

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What you need to know about the Peloton rower

I sent a long list of questions to Peloton about the new rower, instructors, rowing classes and more. While they could not answer all of my questions, they did answer a lot.

So, the purpose of this article is, hopefully, to answer any lingering questions about the Peloton rower. In addition, I’ve included the questions Peloton did not or could not answer. However, I’ve done some digging, whenever possible, to get you the answers you seek. 

What is the Peloton Row?

If you’ve ever wondered, “Is Peloton coming out with a rower?” then this is your answer. Meet the Peloton Row.

Like its competitor the Hydrow rowing machine, the Peloton rower is a rowing machine with a touchscreen tablet that broadcasts classes.

When is the Peloton rowing coming out?

As I mentioned pre-ordering began in September and deliveries started ahead of the anticipated December 2022 date. I got mine on November 29th, so just a few days after Thanksgiving.

Will Peloton be delivering the Row?

As far as who will be delivering the Peloton rowing machine, here is what the Peloton FAQ says about deliveries:

“Your new Row will be delivered to your home and set up by our team of professionals. We’ll place it in the perfect spot you’ve already picked out, finish assembly, connect it to power and Wi-Fi and walk you through the basics…”

However, my Row came via RXO, an XPO subsidiary. Unlike many people who’ve complained on the Official Peloton Facebook page, I had a very good experience getting my Bike Plus delivered by XPO.

And the same happened with RXO–a positive and professional experience.

Row delivery with RXO or XPO

After Peloton emailed to let me know it was time to schedule my Row delivery, I chose my date. Then, like with my bike, I was able to figure out the tracking page for RXO. Technically, it’s called the RXO Order Tracker.

The day before delivery I logged on. I tracked my order using my phone number and my delivery date. It showed a 13-hour delivery window, which, of course, is ridiculous.

I recalled that the Peloton email had said that I would get an automated call after 4 p.m. the day before delivery. But when that didn’t happen, I opened the Chat window on the RXO site. They informed me that, actually, the automated call would come between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. the night before.

At 6:08 p.m. I got the call letting me know that my delivery would be between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. the next morning. Also, the delivery driver would call me when they were about 30 minutes away.

After that the RXO website updated to show my delivery window.

Finally, at 8:38 a.m. the next day, the driver called, and within 30 minutes the truck was in my driveway.

The very square box in the truck contains rowers. They’d already offloaded mine and the box is in the bottom left of the photo.

You can see they had a lot of deliveries that day. I counted four Bike Plus machines and at least three other rowers.

There were two delivery people for my rowing machine. They were able to get everything into my house and set it up in under 30 minutes.

The Row was ready to use. Then, they removed all of the boxes and trash, and were off to their next delivery.

FYI, I tipped them both $15 for their time.

Can you buy this rower on Amazon?

As you know Peloton recently debuted the Peloton store on Amazon. While you can buy apparel, accessories and shoes on the Peloton Amazon store, the only hardware for sale is the original Peloton bike. 

Peloton hasn’t said if they will be selling the rower on Amazon.

How much does it cost?

Peloton has priced the rower at $3,195. This includes the delivery and setup.

Like other Peloton products, there are add-on accessories packages. This includes:

Starter package at $3,270. The Row Starter bundle includes the rowing machine, a Peloton squeeze water bottle and a mat for under the Row.

Select package at $3,520 $3,220. The Row Select bundle includes the Row, a Peloton squeeze water bottle, mat for under the Row, workout mat, Peloton heart rate monitor and two sets of dumbbells.

Ultimate package at $3,570 $3,270. The Row Ultimate accessories bundle includes the Row, a Peloton squeeze water bottle, mat for under the Row, workout mat, Peloton heart rate monitor, three sets of dumbbells, two yoga blocks and yoga strap.

Update: During the Peloton Black Friday sale, they were offering $300 off accessories with the Row. Because my credit card was charged on November 24, I was able to chat with Peloton support and get Peloton to honor the $300 off accessories package.

Therefore, I was able to order the Ultimate package for just $70 out of pocket, plus tax. I understand that the super long mat that goes under the Row is currently back ordered until early 2023. But I’m hoping the rest of the accessories get here soon.

Also, I was able to try out the Peloton workout mat when I took Logan Aldridge’s glutes and legs class live at PSNY. I was super impressed with how cushioned the mat was on the hard floors. It might just end up replacing my Manduka pro yoga mat for working out.

FYI, you can buy the accessories mentioned above all on Amazon.

What are the rower’s specs?

Here’s what you need to know about the size, weight and more of this rowing machine.

One, it has an eight foot by two foot footprint. So you’ll need to make sure you have enough room for it.

Two, the machine weighs 156 pounds. By comparison the Peloton Bike weighs 135 pounds and the Peloton Tread (not the original Tread Plus) weighs 290 pounds. 

Here is what the set up Peloton Row looks like in my exercise room. This was before I did the form calibration and took my first class.

Three, it stores upright. It comes with a Peloton branded anchor that you’ll mount on the wall to hold it. In fact, Peloton will not mount this anchor or bracket when delivering the Row.

However, if you don’t put it in a room with at least eight-foot ceilings, you won’t be able to store it vertically. Maybe that doesn’t matter to you, though.

peloton rower stored upright

Four, the Row comes with a swivel touchscreen tablet. In fact, in the press images I received (and have included throughout this article), it looks exactly like the touchscreen on my Bike Plus. And, in fact, it is the same size (24 inches) so I’ll bet it is. 

This article focuses on how to swivel the Peloton screen.

Strangely, the screen has a camera on it like the Bike Plus. Weird since Peloton has discontinued your ability to video chat during class.

peloton rower swivel screen

User specs for the rower

Five, Peloton has height and weight limits for this equipment. It says you need to be at least 4’11” tall or no more than 6’4” tall to use it. Also, the maximum weight is 300 pounds. 

Also, the “pedals” where your feet go on the rower can accommodate feet as small as a women’s size 5 and as large as a men’s 13.5. And, no, you don’t need special shoes. Sneakers will do.

Now, keep in mind the bike also has similar minimum and maximum height and weight requirements. However, there are plenty of Peloton members bigger and smaller than this who use the equipment successfully. I’m not sure why Peloton includes these specs about users.

Trying out the rower in a Peloton showroom

During a recent trip to the Peloton Studios New York, I made an appointment at the Peloton store across the plaza in Hudson Yards. There, I was able to try out the Row. Bottom line: it was awesome. Check me out in this picture here.

leah trying peloton row at store

In the meantime, here is my article about Peloton store and showroom locations.

Who are the Peloton rowing instructors?

Currently, I’m in the middle of a power zone challenge on the Peloton bike. In a class last week, instructor Matt Wilpers mentioned that during college, he rowed for his school.

So, it’s no surprise that Matt is one of the new Peloton rowing instructors. In fact, there are two existing Peloton instructors now teaching on the rower. One, Matt. And, two, Tread and strength instructor Adrian Williams

New Peloton instructors

In addition, Peloton has added three new instructors to their roster specifically for rowing. They are:

  1. Ash Pryor
  2. Alex Karwoski
  3. Katie Wang
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Who is Ash Pryor?

Ash (short for Ashley) Pryor is the founder of the Relentless Rowing Academy. According to the Black Coaches and Rowing Association, Pryor is also the owner of Relentless Fit Factory, LLC,  a gym that focuses on body positivity and inclusive practices for everyone. The goal is to provide affordable, competent training for black and brown people by black and brown people. 

In addition, Pryor is a former Big 10 athlete. Finally, she has worked at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, overseeing Ohio State’s women’s rowing.

Who is Alex Karwoski?

Alex (short for Alexander) Karwoski is a member of the Senior National team of US Rowing. He’s also an Olympic rower, having participated in the 2016 Olympic games. He was an alternate for the 2020 Olympic rowing team. Karwoski also rowed for Cornell University as an undergraduate.

Who is Katie Wang?

Katie Wang is a former Barry’s Bootcamp instructor. People who’ve taken her classes there loved her. I’m sure we’ll love her at Peloton, too.

What kinds of classes will be on the Peloton rower?

As of right now Peloton says there will be instructed rowing classes, rowing bootcamps, guided scenic rowing classes and, eventually, live rowing classes. These latter classes are slated to start in 2023.

scenic rowing on peloton

However, as I wrote in my review of the Peloton Studios New York reopening in 2022, it’s not clear where the Peloton Row classes will be taught. Will Peloton swap out one of the existing four studios at PSNY in Hudson Yards for rowing? Or, will they create space somewhere else for those classes? 

Also, it’s not clear if members will be able to take live rowing classes in person. For example, we now know that all bootcamp classes are filmed on the days members are not in the studio. So, it will be interesting to see if the rowing bootcamp classes end up without live, in-studio participants.

Will Peloton rowing classes be on the app?

I’ve gotten conflicting answers to this question. On the one hand, Peloton is saying that app-only members will not have access to rowing classes. I saw this on the Official Peloton Facebook page today, when someone asked the question.

peloton answer about row classes

On the other hand, the Peloton website says that you have to have a Peloton all-access membership to use the Peloton Row. Well, I have an all-access Peloton membership to use the bike. 

And that all-access membership also gives me access to classes on the app, my RokuTV and the Peloton website. So wouldn’t it make sense that I would have access to rowing classes, too? Finally, the press release that Peloton sent out said this:

“Existing All-Access Members can access content on the Peloton Row at no additional cost.”

I’ll keep asking about this question until I can get a straight answer.

In fact, one of the questions I asked Peloton (which they could not answer) was if the rowing content would be like the Peloton Guide content. That is, it would be exclusive on that platform for a certain amount of time and then it is released to the entire Peloton ecosphere. They didn’t answer so, like I said, I’ll keep asking.

Other details about the Peloton rower

Like all Peloton hardware, the Peloton Row comes with a 12-month limited warranty. Also, you’re eligible to add the 48-month extended warranty aka the Peloton protection plan. 

More about the Peloton warranty here.

Also like Peloton hardware, you can use a 30 day home trial to check out this new rowing machine. After 30 days, if you don’t like it, Peloton will take it back and refund your money. I used this home trial when I bought the Peloton Guide.

Is the Row compatible with the Apple Watch or ANT+ heart rate monitors?

Peloton tells me that it is compatible with both the Apple Watch and ANT+ heart rate monitors, using Bluetooth. This is great to know if you use the Scosche ANT+ heart rate monitor like I do.

Here is my review of the best Peloton-compatible heart rate monitor.

Finally, I’m told that, like the Peloton Guide the rower will help you with form check. Also, it will tell you which muscles you’re using throughout class. So, if you’re looking to work specific parts of your body in addition to getting a great cardio workout, the Row has it all.

Peloton rower vs Hydrow vs Concept 2 rower

If you’re trying to decide between this rower or those made by other companies, here are some side by side comparisons to consider.

Price of Peloton vs Hydrow vs Concept 2 rowers

Peloton Row: $3,195 plus $44/month all-access membership

Hydrow: Hydrow Wave is $1,695 plus $38/month membership; The Hydrow original Rower is $2,495 plus $38/month membership 

Concept 2: About $1,200 on Amazon

Size of Peloton vs Hydrow vs Concept 2 rowers

Peloton Row: Eight feet by two feet, 156 pounds

Hydrow Rower: 86″L x 25″W x 47″H, 145 pounds; Hydrow Wave Rower: 80 inches long X 19 inches wide, 102 pounds

Concept 2: 96 x 24 x 14 inches, 57 pounds

Classes on Peloton vs Hydrow vs Concept 2 rowers

Peloton Row: Guided rowing, bootcamps, scenic rowing

Hydrow Rowers: 3,000-plus classes of rowing, strength, yoga and more

Concept 2: No classes available as it has no screen.

What else would you want to know about Peloton rower vs Hydrow vs Concept 2 rower? Post a comment and let me know.

Final thoughts on the Peloton rower

So, why did I decide to buy the Peloton Row? My hope had been that I would do rowing classes on the Peloton app using the less expensive Concept 2 rower. Both of my daughters have this rower at home, along with a Peloton bike. They use the rower to do the Tread bootcamps. And, instead of running, they row.

However, since it’s not clear how long Peloton will be keeping the rowing content exclusive–and I really wanted to add a full-body workout to my routine–I decided to go for it. Call it an early birthday or holiday present for me.

3 thoughts on “Peloton Row: What You Need to Know”

  1. Concept2 sells a cell-phone-sized bracket so you can use some apps as you row. It would also seem simple to build a bracket for a tablet for the same purpose.

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  2. I have a concept 2 RowErg at home. It’s really the preferred training machine for rowers. So, it always confuses me when they don’t allow us Concept 2 people to hook up via Wi-Fi, no Concept 2 does not have a tv screen, but it does have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and a small digital screen. I’d love to use peloton app for rowing but I’m NOT giving up my Concept 2.

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    • Thank you for letting me know. So you can pair your Concept 2 with your Bluetooth heart rate monitor? Appreciate this additional information.

      Leah

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