Peloton has created a fitness phenomenon with its Bike, Tread, Guide and recently released Row machines. The company offers a range of classes that cater to various fitness levels and goals, including Strength, Cardio, Yoga, and Meditation.

As a Peloton member, you have access to a supportive community that keeps you motivated to reach your fitness goals.

In this blog I will guide you through starting your Peloton journey, explaining the importance of creating an account, selecting the right gear, and using Peloton’s various features and programs.

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I’m Ali from Champagne and Coffee Stains and I was there too when I first started. However I’ve been a Peloton user for over 4 years now and know all the tips and tricks.

You can learn more about me on my About Me page.

It took a lot of research and trials and errors in figuring everything out, and my goal with this blog is to provide easy to follow guides and tips.

I have also used Peloton throughout different life stages including using the bike and tread postpartum so will include tips on prenatal and postpartum Peloton classes, how I use classes with marathon training, and more.

How to Get Started on Peloton

Whether you have a bike, treadmill, rower, guide or the digital app, you’ll still get started the same way.

If you’re brand new, you’ll want to check out my guide to Peloton for beginners. This will help you get set up with an account and set up your preferences. Still deciding between the bike or the tread? Here’s how to Peloton Bike vs Peloton Tread compare and which is best for you.

Do you have a song you like to workout to? Here is how you can request a song to play in a Peloton workout.

Trying to figure out where to put Peloton? Here are some ideas on how to make a Peloton room in a small space.

When you order a bike directly through the company you’ll get the bike delivered. Here is what to expect with Peloton bike delivery.

You’ll also get the treadmill delivered to your home if you order through Peloton. Here is what to expect with Peloton treadmill delivery.

Peloton Account

When you get started with Peloton you’ll need to create an account. There are a few ways to get a free Peloton membership or a discount like the Peloton military discount or the Peloton Nurse Discount.

Creating an account includes creating a leaderboard name (the username that the instructors and other members will know you as). You can change your leaderboard name as many times as you’d like!

If you decide you no longer want to have a subscription, here is how to cancel your Peloton membership.

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How to Afford a Peloton

You might be wondering how to afford a Peloton. The good news is you don’t need to pay for the bike, tread, or rower all up front.

There are many financing options available and here is my experience with financing my bike with Affirm.

Peloton Subscription

When you sign up for Peloton it starts a subscription. Here is the difference between the Peloton All Access Membership and Peloton Digital.

You might be wondering, Can you use Peloton without a subscription? The answer is yes – but in a limited way.

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Bike Fitting

The trick to getting the most out of your rides is to make sure your Peloton bike fitting is correct.

If you would like to have a professional help you, you’ll want to have an expert on Matt Wilper’s Team Wilpers fit you.

Here is my experience getting a Team Wilpers Bike fitting and how it improved my ride and Peloton output.

When you’re pregnant you might find that the Peloton bike isn’t as comfortable. Here is how to fit your Peloton bike while pregnant.

Peloton shoes are extremely important with the bike and you’ll want to make sure your shoes fit just right. Here is a Peloton shoe guide and how to tell if they fit correctly.

Peloton Bike Tips

I have had my Peloton bike for over 4 years and have learned all the tips and tricks!

If you’re new to Peloton and trying to decide which bike will be best for you, check out our comparison of the Peloton Bike vs Bike Plus. This will give you the exact details of each bike, and what the differences are.

You’ll want to make sure you keep your Peloton bike in great shape so make sure you clean your Peloton bike often.

If you have a Peloton bike and want to convert it to the Bike Plus with a swivel screen, you can get the Pivot Peloton bike accessory to easily do that.

There are also Peloton accessories that make the bike more enjoyable like lights, fans, and cell phone stands. There are also a lot of Peloton accessories on Amazon available.

Peloton Treadmill Tips

The Peloton tread is an amazing piece of equipment! It is one of the best treadmills on the market. Here is everything you need to know about using the Peloton treadmill.

You will also want to make sure you maintain the treadmill every few months. Here is how to clean the Peloton tread.

Peloton Strength Training Classes

Beyond the Peloton Bike, Peloton Tread and Peloton Row there are also strength classes.

The Sat 60 Bootcamp class is an extremely popular Peloton Tread class that instructor Jess Sims teaches. This combines strength and tread workout, similar to Orangetheory.

Peloton has expanded these class offerings to the bike with Peloton bike bootcamp classes.

Peloton also offers a variety of Peloton Pilates and Peloton Barre classes that are good low impact workouts.

Peloton also offers adaptions for their classes like Peloton standing core classes.

If you like to have a workout schedule, look into using a Hardcore on the Floor monthly schedule that combines both cardio workouts on the tread, row and bike with strength training.

Peloton recently released a new workout called Peloton Gym that allows you to workout with Peloton at the Gym.

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Peloton Prenatal and Postnatal Classes

Peloton has a great prenatal program that includes classes from when the instructors were pregnant themselves. This is a complete list of Peloton prenatal classes with links to all the classes.

Working out while pregnant can look very different and each trimester can be different too. Here are my tips to working out on Peloton during the first trimester and the schedule I used when I was pregnant.

Working out in the second trimester will also look a little different. Here is how to work out during the second trimester with Peloton.

As the pregnancy goes on, you’ll need to adjust the workouts. Here is how to workout on Peloton during the third trimester.

After you’ve had your baby, Peloton offers a full range of postpartum classes that include Peloton pelvic floor classes and postpartum safe exercises.

If you’re not ready to share the exciting pregnancy news, there are ways to hide Peloton prenatal and postnatal classes.

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Working Out with Peloton

When you work out with Peloton there are many features that are the same on the Peloton bike, Peloton treadmill, and Peloton row.

All the equipment allows you to pause Peloton workout.

Inside classes you’ll notice that you can high five Peloton members and might even get a shout out from a Peloton instructor!

The leaderboard appears for every class and is based on the highest output. Here is how you can improve your Peloton output.

Peloton has personalized metrics like the Strive score to compare your effort across classes.

Under leaderboard name you can join different Peloton hashtags to join virtual communities.

As you take classes, you’ll start to earn Peloton badges for different workout milestones and accomplishments. After you take 100 classes of a type of class, you’ll earn your Peloton century club badge.

One popular feature is to do multiple Peloton classes in a row. Here is how to set up a Peloton stack of classes.

If you want to use the Peloton without a class, you can use the Peloton Just Workout feature on the treadmill, bike and rower.

Peloton Classes

There are a few different types of classes on Peloton. When you first start a workout, you might get the option to start a Peloton Session.

This gives you a chance to do a private ride with only a few users showing up on the leaderboard.

There are also options to do Peloton on demand and live classes.

Peloton is always adding new features to the Peloton bike and app so keep an eye out!

If you have a favorite class and notice it is missing, you might be wondering “why is my favorite Peloton class missing“? There are a few reasons it might not be available anymore. One of the reasons might be a Peloton class purge, which happens a few time a year.

How to Get Entertainment on Peloton

If you’re not in the mood to take a Peloton class there are other options.

You could read your kindle on the Peloton by turning the entire screen into a kindle reader.

Or, you could stream entertainment and watch TV on Peloton. This is a new feature and lets you watch netflix on the Peloton bike without jailbreaking the screen!

If you like the outdoors, I would recommend doing a Peloton scenic ride or a scenic run on the treadmill.

Peloton Gear

When you do a Peloton workout there are some gear you’ll want to get to get the most out of your workout.

A heart rate monitor for Peloton workouts is important because it will customize the calories to your workout effot. You could also use a Garmin watch or Apple watch to do that.

You might be wondering if Apple or Garmin is better for Peloton and the answer is it depends on how you plan to use it.

In addition to the cardio equipment, you’ll also want to get a weight set to use in strength classes. Here is how to find the best weights for Peloton.

You might be wondering how to sync different devices with a Peloton bike. If you have an Apple Watch or Garmin they both can pair with the Peloton equipment.

Here is how to do it:

In addition to watches, you can also sync your Apple Music and Spotify with Peloton.

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How to Recover After a Peloton Workout

After you workout with Peloton, you might want to look for how to revover after a Peloton workout.

Peloton has various low impact and stretching classes like Peloton foam rolling classes. These are a great way to stretch and recover after a hard workout

Peloton Community

There are many ways to get involved in the Peloton community. To find your favorite instructor’s group, look for their Peloton Facebook Group.

Within each Facebook group they will often have monthly Peloton Apple Ring Challenges that are free to participate in.

Training for a Race with Peloton

Peloton offers a lot of classes that will help runners train for a race. If you’re training for a marathon, Peloton’s marathon program Road to 26.2 will be perfect for you.

If you are training for a half marathon, here is how to train with Peloton for a half marathon and recommended classes.

You can also run outdoors with Peloton and still get credit in the Peloton app. Before you take an outdoor run, make sure you change your settings in the app to hide your running route on Peloton.

Peloton and Social Media

Peloton connects to many social media platforms.

How to Take an In Person Peloton Class

If you are visiting New York or London, you will want to stop by the Peloton studios to take a live class! Here is how to take an in person Peloton class.

How Peloton Compares to Other Workouts

Peloton is often compared to other workout. Here is how it stacks up against many other popular workouts:

Gifts for Peloton Fans

If you’re shopping for a Peloton fan there are plenty of great ideas out there!

The easiest and most popular gift would be a Peloton gift card. If you want to be more personalized, you could get them Peloton apparel.

There are also many custom Peloton gifts available like customized clothing, stickers, tumblers and more.

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Holiday Classes

During the holidays you’ll find special holiday themed classes! These classes are available on the bike, tread, floor and more.

Traveling with Peloton

It’s easy to keep your Peloton streak going when traveling. If you fly on Delta, Delta offers Peloton classes in their inflight entertainment system. Here is how to find Peloton Classes in the Clouds on your next flight.

Here are tips to never miss a Peloton workout, even when you’re traveling. If you need more ideas, here is how to keep your Peloton streak going.

More Peloton Resources

If you are a Peloton fan, make sure you check out Peloton Power Zone classes.


  • Ali Van Straten

    Ali Van Straten is the founder and journalist of Champagne and Coffee Stains. She is a Peloton expert, certified running coach and certified nutrition coach. Champagne and Coffee Stains provides information and resources on Peloton Interactive, running and recipes.