People say booking a live class at the Peloton studios is just as hard as getting Taylor Swift tickets. I cannot confirm as I've never tried for a T. Swift concert (sorry Swifties) but I can tell you it's hard but not impossible! In this post I am going to share how to book a live Peloton Studio class and the tips and tricks I used to make it happen.
It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Peloton. I love their products and the community so much! I even purchased the Peloton Row while I was at the studios in New York this past weekend! I'll definitely get a review up of that once I've had a chance to use it. In the meantime, you can check out my reviews of the Peloton Bike and the Peloton Bike+.
How to Book a Peloton Studio Class
I asked around and did some online research before booking my first live in studio Peloton class and that research definitely paid off. Hopefully these tips help you if you're struggling to book a live class with your favorite Peloton instructor
The Peloton Studios New York classes drop every Thursday at 12 PM EST. These classes book out 5 weeks in advance, so if you're like me and need to plan for travel, you want to make sure you can book a class before making the trip out to New York. I wanted to make sure if I was spending all that money and flying out from San Diego, I needed to make it worth it!
How To Prepare
STEP 1: Make sure to buy some credits in advance. When the classes drop, they go in literal seconds so if you have to waste time purchasing a credit, after you've clicked on the class, the class will typically be gone to someone who was faster. The credits you purchase expire after one year but from what I hear from some people, you can call and ask for an extension if you plan to use them shortly after that year is up.
STEP 2: Sign on to the Peloton Studios website early. If you sign on any less than an hour before, you most likely will end up in a queue. I call this the "Queue of Death" (lol). Any time I was on this page, I never made it into a class to book. Previously, I thought the goal was to get on the queue early but a wise person told me to sign on even earlier and avoid that queue altogether. This is what worked for me.
STEP 3: Stay active on the website as you're waiting. Best practice is to refresh your browser at least every 8 minutes or so. Any longer than that and it's likely you will get kicked out and put in the Queue. I typically signed on about 90 minutes prior to the time the classes dropped. I then installed "Easy Auto Refresh" as a chrome extension and set it to refresh every 8 minutes. This kept me active while I could go around doing other things with my day. I also set my computer to not go into screen saver mode or power save mode during the time I was refreshing. I wanted to be extra cautious.
STEP 4: Refresh some more! Two minutes before the classes release at 12 PM, I turned off the auto refresh and then refreshed myself every 20-30 seconds or so. Then I used a clock with seconds to refresh at exactly 12:00 PM.
STEP 5: Book your class! Once you are in you can do a couple things. I am a huge Jess Sims fan, and because her classes are not on the bike, there are far less people who are allowed in. So I immediately filtered by instructor and scrolled all the way down to the new classes to immediately hit book.
Other Helpful Things You Should Know
Frequently Asked Questions
We stayed at the Courtyard Manhattan Midtown West. The hotel was in a great spot and it was a short 3 minute walk to the studios.
Yes! They have full locker rooms with showers, Malin and Goetz toiletries and Dyson hair dryers.
Yes! I saw so many instructors even if I wasn't in their class. They all take pics with their class afterwards so you can see them during that time or just going and going into the studio. Depending on the situation you can ask them for a selfie if they're not in a super rush!
No. You need a wrist band, which you get by checking in for a class, in order to access the studio floor. You can however, access the upstairs part of the studio where the apparel is, without a wristband. Upstairs is typically where the strength, tread and row instructors take pics after class so you may get lucky and see an instructor!
Yes and no. They let you into the studio in a tiered format. You get a card based on your status and then the cards are called in, in a certain order. So typically it's Silver Cards first which are VIP and guests of the instructor. Then Red Cards which are first timers at PSNY. Then come the Black Cards which are for people with milestones and then White Cards for everyone else. Once you're in, you do get to choose which biker tread you use but if you have a white card (or even a black card If there are a lot of first timers), chances are the front row bikes will be taken.
Overall, I had the BEST time at Peloton Studios New York. The instructors were so gracious with their time and the staff was so accommodating. Most of all, the community was like nothing else. Everyone was just so nice and so excited to be there. I already can't wait to go back!
On another note, if you have been eyeing a Peloton Bike, Bike+, Tread or Row, you can use my code for $100 off accessories! Just enter 8QYKKT at checkout! In order for this to work, you have to make sure to add the accessories to your cart prior to attempting the code. Once you have your own device, you will get a code that you can share with friends as well!