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Peloton’s app now pairs with third-party treadmills for some subscribers

Peloton’s app now pairs with third-party treadmills for some subscribers

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Peloton expands where you can use its app as it continues to focus on subscription fitness plans.

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Peloton is opening up its app to third-party treadmills for running, walking, or Tread Bootcamp classes. Pelo Buddy spotted a new support page on Peloton’s site announcing that the app can now record and display metrics on any treadmill that uses Bluetooth FTMS. The offer is only open to subscribers of the company’s most expensive subscription workout plan, Peloton App Plus.

To pair, you’ll start a Tread class in the Peloton app, then tap the “Connect a Bluetooth Device” option. Pick your treadmill from the list, and a green check mark lets you know when it’s connected.

Peloton says users can check their incline, speed, pace, and distance via the app during a class session. After the class is over, the app will also show estimated calorie burn and elevation gain. Also, sessions on third-party treadmills will still count towards challenges and badges.

The Peloton of today is markedly different from the one that surged during the pandemic-spurred home exercise equipment boom. The company struggled to meet that demand and then had months of cascading problems like safety recalls, federal investigations, layoffs, and high-profile departures before things quieted down again. Now, the more subscription-focused Peloton deals with much milder problems.