What I Wish I Knew Before My First Peloton Class

What I Wish I Knew Before My First Peloton Class

Welcome to the Peloton family. Here’s how to get the most out of every workout.

By Colleen TraversUpdated October 19, 2022


Your Peloton equipment is here and you’re ready to hop on and see just what all the fuss is about. There’s nothing like the thrill of switching that screen on for your first class. Yet, once you do it can be slightly overwhelming. Where to go? Who to take? Help!

Here are some easy ways to master your first class and beyond. Read on to learn how to dive into the Peloton community and take the best care of your new equipment. You got this!

Gear Up

No matter which class you ultimately decide on (yes, even low impact), you’re going to be sweating a lot. If you don’t have the right workout attire already, now’s a good time to stock up. Make sure you have sweat-wicking sports bras and tops. As for pants, you’ll want long bike shorts or ¾ or full-length spandex to prevent any irritation or chafing while you run or move in the seat. For some inspiration, shop Peloton apparel and pick from some of the instructor’s favorite trends and styles.

Speaking of your bottom, if you own a Peloton Bike and are new to the sport, it might be a good idea to start with a pair of padded bike shorts. You won’t need them forever, but it will let you get used to the saddle while minimizing discomfort.

Tap Into Tags

It’s easy to spend the length of your workout just scrolling around trying to figure out which class you might want to take, especially in the beginning. That’s where Tags can be useful. Peloton Tags are groups of Members who have shared interests. Tags help foster a sense of community, but they are also incredibly handy when you want to figure out which class may best suit you. For example, if you’re a busy mom with a lot to juggle and little time to get it done, the #WorkingMomsofPeloton tag can help you find a quick workout that will maximize your effort in a short amount of time. Or, maybe you’re a veteran; the #Vet tag can tailor which instructors you’ll work the hardest for while you find others in the community who have shared experiences. Finding Tags is simple: Just search and explore right from your profile page. Here’s how other Members use Tags to connect.

Clean It Carefully

Sweat happens. And when it does, you’re going to want to clean it up. Before you bust out the cleaning supplies, make sure you’re wiping down your equipment with the right type of solution. To clean the screen, use a microfiber cloth and glass cleaner. You’ll probably want to do this about once a month, unless your screen is looking extra smudgy.

As for the rest of your Peloton Bike, Peloton Tread, or Peloton Row, wipe down handlebars and the frame with baby wipes. Harsh chemicals or alcohol-based cleaners may cause discoloration and stain your equipment. Play it safe and treat your equipment like you would a cuddly, sweet newborn! Read more tips on how to clean your home gym equipment.

When in Doubt, Start at the Beginning

If you’re still unsure of where to start, or aren’t feeling confident enough to test out a new-to-you style of class, build your foundation with beginner classes. For cyclers, there’s also the Mastering the Basics program, which over the course of six weeks will help you improve your strength and endurance and get comfortable with the Peloton Bike and the different types of classes you can take. Or, for those with the Peloton Tread, the Road to Your 5K program is perfect for first-time racers and runners. You’ll gain speed and strength as you learn how to run intervals, long runs, and sprints. Whether you decide to do a race at the end or not, you’ll be prepared to tackle any run on the Tread as you slowly increase your mileage.

Welcome to Peloton. Read on to learn more about how finding a community can help improve your fitness.