Hi everyone! A common theme of questions I get in my mailbox about the Peloton App is as follows:
- If I use the Peloton App with my own bike, will I be visible on the Leader board?
- Can the Peloton instructor “see me” if I am using the App without the bike?
- What is the deal with the high-fives?
Here are some answers:
OK, let’s first talk about the leader board. The leader board is only available if you own the actual Peloton bike. Meaning, if you use the Peloton App with your own bike, you cannot see your position vs. others during a live class. I’ve used a Peloton bike in a hotel and the leader board wasn’t a big deal for me. It showed my name somewhere in the middle of several hundred other names. Sometimes I moved up a couple of spots and sometimes a few spots back. It didn’t motivate me and while some may certainly like it, I do not miss it in the least. In fact, at the beginning of EVERY class instructors recommend that you turn it off if it is not for you. To each her own!
Can Peloton Instructors See Me?
No, Peloton instructors cannot literally see you sweating away in your living room (that would be spooky) BUT if you are using the App and taking a live class, they “see” your username and if are lucky, you get a shout-out. Here is video of my 250th and 400th ride shouts:
Give Me Five
When you take classes with the App, whether live or stream on-demand, you can now see the usernames of the other riders taking the same class at the same time. This is not a leader board (as I mentioned above) but more of an attendance list with a second tab for milestones. You can give these riders some encouragement by tapping on their name and giving them a virtual high-five. It doesn’t do much for me but if I see someone celebrating a milestone (10 day streak, 500th ride, etc.), I will slap them five.
The image below shows a list of 34 riders who where “Here Now” during one of my Peloton App rides with Emma Lovewell
I hope that this helps! If you are looking for my comprehensive blog post about using the Peloton App with your own less expensive bike, click here: Peloton App Review.
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