How Real Members Choose Which Peloton Instructor Is Right For Them

How Real Members Choose Which Peloton Instructor Is Right For Them

We don't play favorites, but...

By Dana Meltzer ZepedaUpdated June 30, 2020


One of the biggest draws of owning a Peloton Bike or Tread is having access to dozens of world-class instructors in the privacy of your own home. However, the sheer volume of elite teachers can sometimes seem overwhelming, making it difficult to find your favorite instructor among so many fantastic choices. That's why we turned to our community to weigh in on how to find your perfect match (without losing any motivation!) during the early days of your Peloton sweat sessions. Here's what they had to say.

Don't Be Afraid to Dabble

Finding the right teacher to keep you on track with regular workouts doesn't necessarily need to be a time-consuming process. “I like trying out different instructors via five minute classes,” says Julie M. "It’s enough time to get a bit of a sense of them without making a huge commitment.”

Move to the Music

There's no denying that music can do wonders for your motivation, especially during those last few minutes of a big hill. Cranking up your favorite tunes is always a great way to get pumped, regardless of whether you're a novice or a seasoned rider. “What I’ve learned in a year?” says Rodger R. "Depends on your mood. I’ve done all the classes, all music, lots of instructors. That’s my opinion.”

Look Into Your Heart

Sometimes finding an instructor to help you crush your goals is simply a matter of looking at the numbers. “I look at my heart rate and output,” says Stephanie A. “The higher those go, the more motivated I am. I have definitely found two instructors that keep me going at a way higher level than the others.”

Try and Try Again

Every workout is different, which is why member Chris H. recommends giving every single instructor a least two times. “You won't know who you like until you ride with them,” he says. “Your first ride with someone could be really good or really bad. To get consistency, you need repetition. I took every instructor two times to find my favorites.”

All For One means One For All

There are plenty of reasons why Peloton's All For One rides are a fan favorite, but one is they build an undeniable sense of camaraderie. “Each instructor has one song that they pick and they coach through it so, at a really high level, you can get a sense of their tone and style,” says Lisa K. “It's not foolproof, but narrows it down from 12 people to five or six that you connected most with.”

Pretend You're On a First Date

Everyone is nervous the first time they clip into their bike or step on the tread for a run or ride with a new instructor. But treat each class like a first date and you'll rarely be disappointed. Just like finding your soulmate, finding a great instructor is all about managing expectations. “Instructor choice is personal and based on a variety of factors,” says Tom A. “One is personality. Does their approach resonate with you? Some instructors are able to tap into what you need or want, while others simply don’t connect. And since we are remote – even on a recorded ride – perceived sincerity is a huge thing.”

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