Peloton has lots of classes beyond the bike! Here are the best Peloton classes and instructors for cycling, running, strength, and yoga.
My husband and I gifted each other a Peloton last January as an early Valentine’s Day gift last year (super romantic, I know) and WOW, we are glad we bought it when we did. Who would have known our whole world was on the verge of shutting down and a Peloton would be really hard to get just two months later. (And still hard to get over a year later.)
Before we actually bought the Peloton bike, I used the Peloton app for 3 months and just propped my phone up on the stationary bike at the gym. I was shocked how much I enjoyed it, since I wasn’t really into cycling previously. Because cycling was one of the only workouts I could do given my running injury, we decided to splurge and buy the bike for our house after trying an official Peloton bike in Pinehurst on a vacation.
If you’re unfamiliar with Peloton, it’s an online workout class subscription. While you can get the app and take all of the classes from there, they’ve also made a stationary bike with a screen attached. They’re known for incredible cycling classes, so the bike is pretty popular since it completely elevates the experience. You can also buy accessories like bike shoes, a yoga mat, etc. Peloton has also come out with a treadmill, and since they also have tread classes as part of the subscription, that’s a pretty great piece of equipment too (maybe one day we’ll get that!).
I’ve gotten more use out of it than I EVER thought I would, especially during the pandemic since our gym was closed for a long time. I’ve especially loved it for the convenience since becoming a mom; I can hop on for 20 or 30 minutes while Thomas naps.
I’ve done more cycling classes than any other type of class, so I shared my peloton favorite instructors and classes. I also included notes from others who shared who they loved and why!
Tunde’s classes are probably my all-around favorite for cycling. Her classes are super hard but they fly by since she has good music and a great class structure. I also love her personality. She’s upbeat, motivating and gives great coaching and form cues.
Olivia comes in 2nd place as an all-around favorite! Her classes are HARD HARD HARD, she has great music and her personality is upbeat without being annoying. I find Tunde gives a little more encouragement to keep going and gives more form cues which is why I like Tunde just a little more.
Cody’s classes are always a good time and he ALWAYS makes me laugh. If I don’t feel like working out, Cody’s classes are my go-to since they’re so fun. He has great music too. I like his Pop Rides, his XOXO rides and his Interval & Arms rides.
Robin is known for hard, classic workouts with great coaching.
“I took Robin’s recovery ride from early March 2020 right around the outbreak of the pandemic. It’s been my 20 minute staple ride ever since.”
“The music brings me joy, her words are calming and just a simple reminder of good.”
“She has really classic workouts, and she also has a GREAT pregnancy collection that I loved for my stage of life.”
“I love her Greatest Showman ride!”
I love love love his Power Zone classes. While I don’t like his music, others do so that’s just preference. As a runner, I especially love Matt’s classes since they’re formatted similarly to a lot of my marathon training workouts.
“The Power Zone Endurance rides remind me of long runs and the endorphins from them!”
“He has killer playlists and does a great job motivating us with words of encouragement and the science behind the madness.”
My husband loves Alex’s 30-minute classes since they’re really tough and have great music. Others said:
“I really like Alex’s classes for pushing me outside of my comfort zone.”
“His classes are inspiring and motivational.”
Kendall has GREAT music and a good class structure.
“I especially like her themed music rides where it’s all one artist like Billie Eilish.”
“Her 45 minute Metallica ride is my all time favorite!!”
I haven’t taken any of her classes but others said love her!
“She reminds me of spin classes I used to take in the studio.”
“Her playlists have great energy and she uses a bit of tough love. She is my favorite!”
I haven’t taken her classes myself, but if you like themed rides, lots recommended her Beatles ride. I’ve heard great things! She’s British and a lot of people love her accent.
“Her classes are so well formatted and she never stops pedaling to just “talk”. I absolutely cannot stand when instructors STOP pedaling during the pushes!”
“Her playlists are the best and I love her energy. It’s upbeat, but mellow, which works for me. And her classes are medium difficulty for me!”
Off the bike, people love her Crush Your Core program.
Ally has a cult following! Most of her classes are incredibly difficult and she always has great music. She’s known for being positive and upbeat! Her Sundays with Love are a popular inspirational ride.
Her energy is more low-key than most and I appreciate her for recovery or low impact rides.
“Chelsea has an incredibly calming personality and brings a sense of peace no matter what chaos is happening in the day outside of that class.”
I really liked her prenatal yoga classes and want to try her postpartum classes. She has a lot of non-perinatal classes as well.
“Kristin is a down to earth person and I love that her classes feel that way too.”
I haven’t personally taken Dennis’s yoga classes, but lots of people said he has great flows.
In addition to yoga flow, people highly recommended the Barre and Pilates Collections.
Best Peloton Treadmill and Run classes
Peloton tread classes are very popular since they help beat treadmill boredom. I don’t have the Peloton Tread and haven’t had access to a treadmill since COVID started so I haven’t tried any of the classes. And, when I run outside, I like to listen to music so I haven’t tried the outdoor run classes either. But, I got some feedback from others which I shared below!
There are also Tread Bootcamps where you run and follow them by strength. I haven’t done them, but I like the below idea someone shared in my Facebook group!
“Love the bootcamps. In the summer I would set up weights in my driveway and just do the treadmill part on the road in my neighborhood. Wish we had space for the tread, but I also know I mentally need to run outdoors and don’t want to be tempted to stay inside all winter.”
“Matty is a complete joy!”
“His tread/run classes are great! They fly by!”
“I love her running philosophy!”
“She makes running seem approachable to everyone.”
“She recently started teaching tread and she is incredibly motivating.”
“Her classes are great for anyone but especially new runners.”
Best Peloton Strength Classes
My go-to peloton strength classes are 10 minute workouts that I can tack on after a ride or run, usually arms toning or a legs/glutes workout. Ally, Tunde and Olivia are my go-to’s for those. A 10 minute strength class is practical fitness goal for me lately, but there are strength classes that are longer. Below is what other people had to say about the other instructors’ strength classes.
“I really like the setup of his classes. He often does circuits where you end up doing 100 of an exercise which is a great challenge.”
“She keeps a good paced workout, and holy smokes, what a workout, every time.”
“His running workouts are just as good as his cycling classes! He’s encouraging but not bubbly which is a nice change from others.”
“The outside running turkey trot was awesome – great music, great coaching and it felt like he was out there running with you.”
“She does hard core workouts!”
“I’m not sure how she makes her workouts look so easy because they are hard.”
“Her HIIT classes are great! I’m always sore after her classes.”