Pilot Guide Review: Weightlifting exercise at home, but does it cost 275?


I sit on my sofa with a dumbbell as the TV fills my face with a digital drop of sweat. My instructor Kali – fortunately more prominent on screen than me – tells me to go for heavier dumbbells as the ticker crosses the 150 kcal mark. Normally I still put the dumbbells down for a break but if I stay for the full 30 seconds there is some excitement about getting credit – plus my Strava followers will see how hard I worked. ۔ After cooling down, a box of statistics appears: Apparently my glutes endured 12% of the stress of today’s workout. Looks like tomorrow is Weapons Day.

It is raining in London on Sunday and I am lucky to be one of the first to test Pilot’s first connected power gadget. Pilot Guide, A hit new fitness webcam that tracks weight workouts at your home, checks your form and receives rewards. Just pair it with all your £ 24-a-month access Peloton subscriptions and connect the camera to your TV to be guided through one of the app’s 10 to 60 minute strength exercises. All you need is a yoga mat and some weight to fit in your room and you can filter by riding classes like instructor, class length, physical activity or difficulty.

But isn’t Piloton in rocky waters? In many ways, yes. Lockdown fitness heroes backed by Rishi Sink and David Beckham quickly became one of the big winners of epidemics, but since then profits have plummeted, sales forecasts have plummeted and the opening of its new London studio has been delayed. We had to struggle to keep up with the pace. Postponed from September to the end of this summer). But despite the rapid loss of home exercise for consumers going back to the gym, the brand insists that its guide will revolutionize fitness, form improvement and motivation at home. So how to use it? And does it cost 275?

Probably yes, if you are a beginner to lose weight who suffers from nervousness at the gym (at least in the male dominated strength corner). One of my family’s companions was a Pilot Bike Pony until the guide came along: she hates going on the run and is upset about any weighted part of the gym. Now, thanks to our new living room device, she does at least 20 minutes of weight training every other day (watching hot, sexy singles in Thongs on Love Island every night may have something to do with it). Or not).


For those who are wondering why a relatively simple webcam came up to get us both into action, the answer is that it really shouldn’t have happened. As a family, our spin bikes already cost ٹن 24 a month for Pilot, the catalog of brand strength, yoga and Pilates classes were already accessible on our phones – if we had an iPad in the room. I could have cheated. Really wanted to, and recorded every workout on a smartwatch.

But the reality is behind many of the most popular convenience devices in our modern age: We haven’t done that. And the guide makes sure that Hell makes the whole process more enjoyable, not to mention more encouraging. Whisper this, but in today’s world of Kudos Kicks and Like Button endorphins, is exercise also an exercise if you can’t show it to your friends later?


On a serious note, though, we all track our runs, our swimming and our cycles – why don’t we just want some statistics to come out after our biceps curls? Piloton says the features in the guide are about holding you accountable and that part was definitely right in my case. Movement Tracker’s credit system encourages you to stay up-to-date with the movement all the time instead of giving up before 10 seconds have elapsed, as I often find myself doing YouTube workouts (earning points as you go). And get a badge (depending on how many you have). The Body Activity feature also helps you see which muscle groups you’ve worked on earlier this week. Don’t do day

The simplicity of seeing yourself on screen is also encouraging. Anonymous exercise at home can be satisfying, but it can also encourage cheapness – the camera recognizes you as a person, watches your body movements and your instructor Compared to, of course, forced me to work hard, as happens during classes. I have a mirror in front of me. If you’re worried that the guide will see you on the couch later, though: don’t do that. The device comes with a smart black slider on its front so you can block the camera when you’re done.

And designers have thought of other simple features. The guide also comes with a mic switch, so you don’t have to worry about listening. A heart rate band to track your heartbeat on screen; And a sweat-proof remote that product managers insist you can step on without breaking it. If you dare, take your board off it.

For those who want to replicate the gym, there is a new roster of live classes, so you can book a workout in your diary and compare yourself to other class members at the same time each week. Be able to hold yourself accountable. Like Peloton’s riding classes, the live strength training feature sees Peloton’s strong instructors teach at the same time each week, Monday to Friday, and each is subsequently available on-demand. For guide users, there is also a Strength Roll Call every Friday, with five classes a week coming together in one program.


There are other series if you like the PT feel. Choose a seven-week, 12-class floor boot camp to increase strength and endurance, and choose a seven-week split program if you want to build muscle. Yes, £ 275 can be too much for some exercise videos in a life crisis. But it is definitely much cheaper than PT three times a week.

Pilot Guide prices start at 275 and Piloton membership must be purchased at the top for access to classes, starting at £ 24 per month. onepeloton.co.uk