It seems the treadmill doesn’t elicit the same fear as it once did.
According to ClassPass, the international fitness class booking app, treadmill workouts are the single fastest-growing category of workouts this year.
ClassPass analyzed more than 60 million reservations made in 2018, and found that there was an 82% increase in classes that incorporated treadmills from last year. These classes, which typically have one instructor, rows of treadmills and (often) mood lighting, go by names like High 45 (at Mile High Run Club), Precision Running (at Equinox) and RP Speed (at RacePace).
You might start seeing this trend beyond studio fitness and into home gym equipment: Peloton, the company best known for its interactive at-home bike workouts, is offering pre-orders of its new Peloton Tread, a treadmill that can live-stream classes with its attached screen for a cool $3,995 + delivery.
Another trend ClassPass identified, and that we started to track in 2016, is the growing number of classes booked that are less than 45 minutes long. In 2018, ClassPass users were 33% more likely to book a class that’s 44 minutes or shorter this year, compared to 2017.
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