If you follow me on social media or we’ve spoken in person in the last year you are probably aware of how much I love my Peloton bike. I was in New York in October and was lucky enough to get in an in-person studio class! It was so much fun and a bucket list item for any Peloton fan. My friends with Pelotons took the class live at home and were sending me pictures of their screens when I showed up. I’m in the pink tank top in the picture below.
Classes are hard to get into so if you’re wanting to take an in-person class at the Peloton Studio, here’s what I learned:
- The class schedule opens six weeks in advance and fills up almost immediately. The most popular instructors and class types, like cycling, filled almost instantly. Be ready to book as soon as classes open. To view the schedule or book a class visit the Peloton website.
- You can see a general schedule ahead of opening but the actual schedule isn’t posted until the booking page is live. Know your availability or have it written out so that when classes are live you can quickly figure out what works for you. I was in NYC for a conference and had limited availability. I knew which classes I could attend based on the general schedule, which I didn’t realize was general, and was caught off guard when what went live was different from what I had planned to. I didn’t have my availability handy and ended up having to grab whatever I could. The class I got in was during a conference session but after all that there was no way I missing the opportunity to ride in person.
- Per my above story, I wasn’t sure of my availability, and didn’t have time to figure it out, so I was trying to be greedy and grab a couple classes so that I could later figure out what worked with my schedule. Turns out Peloton is smarter than that. You can’t add multiple classes to your cart and check out. You have to register and pay for each class before you can book something else. If you’re trying to grab multiple classes, register for the one you want most first and then go back and try to grab others. I registered for my first class, it took me no more than 30 – 60 seconds, and when I tried to grab a second everything was full. I honestly do not know how people get in back-to-back studio classes. They either have connections or know something I don’t, because classes filled up almost instantly when I registered. Granted, I visited in October which is a popular time in NYC so maybe that made it harder to take a class.
Once you’re in the studio:
- Read the entire confirmation email they send you prior to heading to the studio. I know that sounds like a no brainer, and I probably read mine when I initially received it, but didn’t refer back to it. When I visited in October 2022 they were requiring proof of a negative COVID test or your vaccine card. I haven’t had to show those items in a long time and wasn’t prepared to need them. I was standing in line outside of the studio and someone next to me mentioned their card and I was like what?! I frantically called my husband (it was 5am his time) and had him send me a copy of my vaccine card. Don’t be like me – review the confirmation email a few days before your class so you know what is needed to get in the door.
- From the moment you walk in the door they will be giving you instructions. I was so excited to be there, probably a little nervous too, and kept zoning out on their instructions. I was just looking around the studio in awe and was like crap, what did they just tell me? Try to pay attention to what they are telling you. I’m sure I missed some good stuff.
- The most important thing to remember, in my opinion, is your locker number. I threw my things in a locker, set the combination, and headed off to class. About halfway through my class I realized I had no idea which locker my items were in. Fortunately I remembered the area but I had to try a lot of lockers before I found mine. Don’t be like me. Take a picture of your locker number.
- Once you’re in the class, they tell you no pictures/videos although they don’t seem to enforce this. People had their phones out when the instructor walked in but I didn’t see any during the actual class. It is a live TV production so just keep that in mind.
And if you’ve made it this far, here are a few memorable moments from the day:
I love 90’s music and it just so happens I was in Emma Lovewell’s 30 minute 90s ride which means I knew all of the songs. This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan came on and by that point in the ride I was jamming and having a blast. The music is really loud so it feels like a concert. Emma was encouraging singing if you know the songs, which I was obviously doing. There’s a part of the song where Montell says to throw your hands in the air. I was singing along and threw my hands up only to look up and realize I was the ONLY one who had done so. Shortly after that Emma threw her hands up and the class followed. This means one of two things, either no one in the class knows that song and was not prepared to throw their hands up or I was a little too ambitious. I’m not sure if Emma followed me or if I jumped the gun but there was definitely an awkward moment where I had my hands in the air and it felt like everyone was looking at me. 😂 In that moment I had to remind myself that it’s is a live TV production and I needed to settle down and follow the instructor’s lead.
When you check in for the class you are given a card with your group number for entry into the class. I somehow ended up with group A which means I was one of the first into the room. I’m a back of the class type of girl so I immediately went to a bike in the back of the class. One of the security guards seemed confused by this and made a reference to sitting in the front of the class. I guess most people want to be in the front. I gave in to the peer pressure and selected a seat right in front. This also meant that I would be in the camera view for the production so I had to make it through the entire ride. This isn’t normally a problem for me but knowing that I would be in the camera view added a little pressure. The class doors opened 30 minutes before the live class started and there’s really nothing to do except pedal. So we were pedaling for almost 30 minutes prior to the 30 minute class. It was easy pedaling but pedaling nonetheless. Long story short, during the actual class I kept my resistance lower than what Emma was suggesting so that I would look like I was keeping up with the class. That’s dumb, I’m sure, but I didn’t want to be on camera dying or having to take a break. Lol.
Some other fun facts from the class, Emma came in 10 minutes before the class started. She is so sweet and was telling stories and talking to us. She went through all the milestones and birthdays in the room, so everyone got a classroom shoutout, she talked about her cats, told us that the instructors really are all BFFs, and we took a few pictures for the class image that is displayed in the app. There are cameras all over the room and the light on them turns red when that camera is on. That’s how the instructor knows where to focus. Overall, it was really neat to see how the production works. After class we were able to take a picture with Emma in the lobby. The studio takes the pictures and later in the day emailed our photos. Again they told us no phones but some people were still using theirs.
My picture with Emma is below. I’ve always wondered why everyone is in their socks in their pictures and I finally have an answer. It seems less weird once you’re there. The bikes require cycling shoes and you can borrower shoes from the studio if you do not want to travel with your own. They take your shoes once you leave the class and the picture line is immediately after you exit the class. So you go from class, to dropping off your shoes, to the picture line. Once you get your picture taken you can head to the locker room where your shoes are.
If you’re a Peloton fan, I definitely recommend trying to get into a live class in the Peloton studio. It’s fun to meet the instructors and see how the productions are made. Feel free to drop any questions in the comments or share tip or stories if you’ve been. Happy riding (or whatever your preferred activity is)!