I know that when I first entered the Peloton world, I could have benefitted from a Peloton FAQ. With Peloton you need to get up to speed on lots of words, phrases and abbreviations, and fast.
I’ve had my Peloton since 2016. Therefore, now I understand what different Peloton words and phrases mean.
However, I realize that if you’re new to the Peloton ecosystem, you might not have any idea what instructors are talking about during class. Or, maybe you met a Peloton users in the wild. Then, that person asked what your leaderboard name was or what tags you follow.
What’s the leaderboard?
What are tags on Peloton?
So, I’ve created this Peloton FAQ or frequently asked questions. I’m providing the definitions or explanations for some of most common Peloton terms that can confuse new users.
FAQ about the Peloton Leaderboard
What is the leaderboard, aka the LB? Well, if you watch golf or racing, you know exactly what a leaderboard is. Me? I had no clue.
Basically, the leaderboard is a board (usually) that shows the position of certain competitors in a race or competition.
On the Peloton, the Leaderboard is the overlay on the screen (or the app) on the right hand side that shows your position in class as well as the position of everyone else in the class with you.
Peloton classes On Demand
I knew the term ‘on demand’ from having cable TV. Basically, something you want to watch that was recorded previously but you can queue up and press ‘play’ when it’s convenient for you.
On Peloton it’s the same.
Every class that is broadcast live is recorded and placed in an On Demand library. Sometimes instructors record classes exclusively for On Demand.
What’s the FAQ about Encore classes? Well, what are they since they aren’t the same as On Demand classes.
An Encore is a class that’s been previously recorded. However, it is being re-broadcast like a live class. Therefore, it will show up on the Peloton schedule with live classes.
When it does, the class will say “Encore” underneath it, instead of “Live.” Fun fact: when looking at the Peloton schedule on your Bike, you can toggle a switch to hide all Encore classes. This is a handy trick if you want to ride Live only.
FAQ: What’s a High Five?
When you’re in a class with other people–on the bike, on the Peloton app, on the Tread–you can double tap on a person’s picture to send them a high five. You do this as a sign of support or ‘you go girl (or guy)’ just to be friendly.
I’ll often high five people who share my tags or are from my hometown.
FYI, on the bike or Tread, you can see when people have high fived YOU on the left hand side of the screen. You can see it in the app at the bottom of the screen.
However, I have found that when I try to high five people from my laptop, I can’t see things well. So, I don’t usually send out any high fives when I do classes that way.
Yeah, I just threw that out there, didn’t I? ‘I’ll often high five people who share my tags.’ What the heck are tags?
Well, first, it’s short for hashtags.
Second, you can add up to 10 hashtags to your profile. This allows you to find people who have similar interests. Additionally, you can identify people who are in the crew or tribe of their favorite instructors.
Third, tags let you know if you have similar interests. I see plenty of tags related to colleges and universities, such as #goblue.
Fourth, you can find people who live near one another or are from the same place. For example there is a #pelotoncalifornia tag as well as ones for towns in the state.
Where do I find my Peloton tags?
You need to go into your profile settings to add tags. However, you need to do this on the Peloton hardware–aka the Bike or Tread–or the Peloton website. As of this writing, I have not been able to figure out how to work with my tags when I access Peloton through the app or my Roku TV.
When you’re in a ride with other people who share your tags, the hashtag will show up in blue under their profile on the Leaderboard. Again, this color change only shows up on classes taken on the hardware.
FAQ on a Peloton Crew or Tribe
What is a Peloton crew or tribe? This is a group of people who are a fan of a certain instructor.
For example, the #boocrew are Cody Rigsby fans. Why? Because Cody calls everyone “boo.”
You will find lots of crew or tribe-related tags associated with people’s profiles. Some examples include:
- CDETribe (for Peloton instructor Christine D’Ercole
- JSSTribe (for Peloton instructor Jenn Sherman)
- Yougettocrew (for Peloton instructor Jess Sims)
- Pushpushcrew (for Peloton instructor Hannah Frankson)
- 80screw ( for people who like music from the 1980s)
For a sample of some of the gifts from Etsy I include for the #boocrew, here you go.
Peloton homecoming FAQ
What is Peloton homecoming? It is an annual event in New York City. It is a time when Peloton users can gather together to ride, run and workout with their favorite instructors.
In 2020 and 2021 hoemcoming was done virtually. Before it was called homecoming, Peloton referred to it has the home rider invasion. That’s because Peloton bike riders, who normally rode at home, would come to New York City to “invade” the Peloton studio.
I’ve included a Peloton PR in this FAQ for a few reasons. Yes, PR also stands for Puerto Rico. But in Peloton land PR is “personal record.” Some people might refer to it as PB for personal best. To me PB is just an abbreviation for peanut butter.
People who competed in sports in high school or college understand the notion of PR. Me? I was not an athlete so PR was a new one on me.
Basically, it’s when your total output on a class that was the same length (i.e. 45-minute ride) is higher than your previous output. Then, you have a PR. When you earn a PR, you’ll get a yellow star badge in your achievements.
Output on Peloton
Have you ridden with instructor Denis Morton yet? He always says, “Cadence and resistance come together like Voltron to create output.”
Basically, as you’re riding, the cadence (your leg speed) and the resistance (the knob you turn to make pedaling harder or easier) are combining to create the output (your power), the number in the middle.
Output is the metric that riders use on Power Zone rides. Unfamiliar with Power Zone training? Here is my blog post that explains Power Zone.
Peloton achievement badges FAQ
If there’s one thing Peloton has excelled at, it is incentivizing working out. How? By giving out badges.
You get badges when you achieve a PR, you get badges when you hit a daily or weekly streak, and you get badges when you hit a milestone, such as your 100th ride or your Century Ride.
Final thoughts on this Peloton FAQ
I hope that this Peloton FAQ has helped you become more familiar with Peloton lingo. If I have missed any phrases or terms, please post a comment. Then, I will update this post accordingly.