Though 2020 was the peak year for at-home fitness classes, and gyms and fitness studios have long since reopened their doors, two international companies are trying to keep Aussies exercising at home.

Italian fitness company Technogym officially launched in Australia this month with its smart indoor exercise bike, and popular US brand Peloton has announced it’s bringing its stationary bikes here too, in the second half of 2021.

Their expansion follows a rise in the popularity of high-tech home workouts – particularly for Peloton – even prior to Covid-19. However, the pandemic has undoubtedly helped the industry continue to boom.

So, with both tech bikes available in Australia by the end of 2021, what are the advantages of getting one?

Technogym’s main point of difference is its built-in entertainment system – via a 56-centimetre tablet console. It’s got Netflix, Youtube, TV channels, social media apps, news and games. Or you can use it to access a range of both live and archived cycling classes, as well as one-on-one trainer sessions and off-bike bodyweight workouts.

At $4590 for the Technogym Bike, it is not what you’d call affordable. However, once you’ve forked out for the bike, the monthly subscription is only $39 for live-streamed and on-demand classes.

Peloton has been growing in popularity since its New York debut in 2014. Last month, the company announced it was launching its bike – and a newer model, the Peloton Bike+ – in Australia later this year.

The New York-based fitness-tech company counts celebrities like Lizzo, Miley Cyrus, Hugh Jackman, Alicia Keys and Venus Williams as fans. Beyoncé has been using it for years – and she’s even curated a playlist of classes for the service.

As with Technogym, Peloton’s central console can be used to access thousands of workouts, as well as playlists and real-time motivation from trainers. The workouts cover a range of disciplines, from indoor cycling and running (either on a treadmill or outdoors) to strength training and yoga.

The Peloton Bike and Bike+ cost $2895 and $3695 respectively, with monthly all-access membership at $59 per month. The company also plans to open Peloton showrooms in Sydney and Melbourne so you can try before you buy.