Cycling is great exercise: It provides a fun, cardiovascular workout that’s low-impact, eliminating the joint stresses that other types of exercise can induce. Unfortunately for riders in many parts of the country, cycling is a fair weather sport, limited to warm-weather months when the roads are clear and dry and well-lit. Indoor cycling has become increasingly popular, providing a safe, always-available alternative to outdoor bicycle riding. That said, riding on a stationary bike can be less than stimulating when done alone.
Peloton (from the French term that refers to the main group of riders in a race), the New York City-based company revolutionizing the fitness industry through technology, has solved both of these challenges by streaming high-energy, instructor-led group indoor cycling classes to its stationary bike riders across the country, all in the comfort and convenience of their own homes. Using a custom bike designed and manufactured by Peloton, the company offers up to 14 hours of live classes every day as well as over 4,000 on-demand classes, that enable members to follow live instructors from their home gym, take scenic rides, and interact with other riders in real time. The classes themselves are streamed live to Peloton bikes across the country. A typical Peloton workout lasts 45 minutes, with 20, 30, 60, 90, and 120 minute options as well.
Inside of the Peloton studio in Chelsea, NYC, the instructor leading the class is captured by four Panasonic AW-HE130 pan/tilt/zoom cameras, one mounted on a permanently installed Telemetrics TeleGlide track system hung from ceiling that helps it capture the instructor with smooth dolly-style camera motions that cover 180 degrees around the main instructor stage. The studio itself measures about 1,200 square feet and is under the control of a Telemetrics Remote Camera Control Panel (RCCP-1), an integrated control surface that enables unified command over camera robotics and shading.
The Telemetrics track system makes our class content much more dynamic. It enables us to do sweeping shots of our instructors as they teach, leading to dramatic and inspirational moments that make for great workouts.
Fifty-Seven Peloton cycles are located in the New York facility for use by riders who attend the sessions in person. A live video production control room is equipped with a Tricaster production switcher from Newtek and a Telemetrics RCCP-1 robotic camera control system. The RCCP-1 allows the Peloton staff to easily control all four cameras. Switching from camera to camera—point of view to point of view—is a simple button press, and all the physical controls allow a single operator to easily frame shots, including sweeping, smooth camera moves. “The Telemetrics track system makes our class content much more dynamic,” said Nicholas Gismondi, Manager of Production Operations at Peloton. “It enables us to do sweeping shots of our instructors as they teach, leading to dramatic and inspirational moments that make for great workouts.”
An Akamai CDN service is used for delivering the live and on-demand video classes while an Elemental Technologies video server is used to prep the classes for on-demand adaptive bit rate streaming. Each Peloton bike is equipped with a 22-inch HD video screen powered by Android software. A pair of 3-watt speakers and a 3.5 mm headphone jack or Bluetooth delivers stereo audio.
A key aspect of the Peloton experience is interactivity, both between the instructor and participants as well as between participants themselves. The progress of each rider is displayed in real time on a leaderboard that provides data for the instructor to use for coaching individual participants, giving them performance feedback or encouragement. Participants can video chat with each other using a video chat system that is integrated into the Peloton platform. Riders who are taking on-demand classes can compare their relative performance at every point during their ride to all of the other riders who have taken that same ride before, including their own previous performance.
Gismondi said the Telemetrics system has been very reliable and is regularly maintained by Telemetrics engineers via an ongoing service contract to keep it in top form. “We have the TG4 TeleGlide system cleaned and looked at by Telemetrics every six months or so, but it has never broken down or presented any problems,” he said. “The TeleGlide track system is an integral part of our studio. Taking care of it and making sure it lasts is very important to us. Who better to service it than the people who built it?”
The Telemetrics robotic camera control and track technology has helped Peloton create an inviting workout experience, from a small production studio, without the intrusion of cameras or behind-the-scenes technology, making the at-home experience seamless and immersive. With the help of Telemetrics, Peloton is transforming home workouts by bringing a world-class indoor cycling studio experience to people all across the country.
Founded in 2012, Peloton brought top talent together in its Silicon Alley headquarters to create a new concept in fitness, a world-class indoor cycling studio experience on a rider’s own schedule, in the comfort of their own home. Peloton is more than just a class, a cycling studio, and a bike. Peloton delivers a fully engaging experience with the technology to make every workout effective, and the social connection to make every workout addicting.
About Telemetrics, Inc.
Telemetrics, founded in 1973, revolutionized the robotic camera control industry with the introduction of robotic camera control over Triax. Today, Telemetrics is a pioneer of innovative solutions used in Studio, Legislative, Military, and Education. Telemetrics offers the S5 line of Pan/Tilt heads, motorized columns with the Televator, ceiling or floor mounted TeleGlide track systems and expansive software control packages with the RCCP-1 platform. Telemetrics is committed to making the most reliable, durable, and dependable broadcast ecosystem in the world…products that can be built on for decades not just years.