If you can’t live a day without your Peloton, you’re in luck -- Delta is now offering Peloton workouts 35,000 feet in the air.
You won’t be clipping into a bike or anything like that, so check your cleats. Instead, Delta’s workouts are the slow and gentle kind you can do right from your seat. Think stretching when you’re feeling cooped up or meditating when you’re having a hard time sleeping in an upright position on that redeye flight.
Called “Classes in the Clouds,” these programs are available on long-haul flights and made exclusively for Delta passengers. There are five routines to start, between five and 20 minutes in length. It’s the first time Peloton workouts have been made available outside their app.
This collaboration is a win for both the airline and the fitness company; it enhances the entertainment options Delta can offer from the seat-back screen and it introduces customers to Peloton workouts that aren’t contained to a stationary bike. Peloton's regular offerings already include strength training, yoga, running and walking, some which don’t require any special equipment beyond an app on your phone.
When you land, Peloton will also refer you to a hotel with Peloton equipment in the fitness center. There’s also a Made-for-Travel section of the members-only app with Peloton workouts meant for small spaces (like a hotel room) or even outdoor runs so you can get out and explore.
Still, Peloton fans would like even more for fitness time, with some Twitter users asking for bikes in the Delta Sky Club Longue or in a section of the plane. It’s not a bad idea trying to squeeze one more workout in while you’re waiting for boarding. They do have showers in the lounges, after all, and meals for after you’ve burned those calories.
As for a bike right on the plane? For an Atlanta to Johannesburg flight or Detroit to Seoul, movement is a must to prevent medical conditions like deep vein thrombosis, where blood clots form in your legs from sitting too long. Instead of a little stretching, how about an entire ‘90s ride with Robin Arzón?
For now, biking in the clouds is still a pipe dream, but prototypes do exist through projects like Transpose, where Silicone Valley has partnered with Reebok and Peloton for a new in-flight experiences with mini-gyms. Maybe we’ll get there in the near future, but for now, at least you can get a nice stretch while you’re waiting for the little bag of pretzels.