Peloton for Kids: Is Peloton Safe for Kids

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When we got our Peloton bike in 2016, I didn’t have to think about Peloton for kids and how they might use it. Because at that time my daughters were 19 and 21. However, you may be in a very different place.

Maybe you are a parent stuck at home with your kids home from school and wondering if it is appropriate to have your kids on the Peloton. Maybe you’re trying to help your children get more exercise or doing a homeschooled PE class and .mwere wondering if the Peloton is safe for kids to use.

Well, here’s the good news. The answers are both yes and no. I’ll start with the no and get it out of the way. Technically, there isn’t a Peloton for kids. However–and here’s the yes–I’ve spoken with a ton of Peloton owners that also happen to be parents. And they’ve shared with me the best ways they’ve adjusted their Peloton for kids to use. This is both with the Peloton bike and the Peloton Tread.

Update: Peloton just announced Peloton Family classes. These are designed for families to take together. These include strength and yoga classes. Bravo, Peloton!

DISCLAIMER: This is my summarization of Peloton and kids. It is not intended to be medical advice for your child. I strongly suggest that if you have any questions or concerns about using the Peloton for kids of any age, you must speak with your child’s pediatrician or family physician for their best advice. This blog post is for informational purposes only. Again, this is not medical advice.

Safety and Peloton for Kids

One of the parents I spoke with is Robin Tillman aka #flywheelmom on the Peloton leaderboard. Since 2016 she’s run the private Facebook group called Kids of Peloton. The group has more than 1,000 people in it. It offers challenges for children to participate in and prizes. The most common age range of children participating in the challenges is ages eight to 14. FYI, it is parents in the group, not children, who are too young to be on Facebook.

Kids of Peloton

Here’s how she explains that on the Facebook page:

“To participate in this group, your child must have their own active Peloton Leaderboard name, if they are just beginning to take classes on either the bike or tread, I would love for you to be a participant in this group.”

These prizes are often Peloton merch Tillman purchased on sale with bike referral credits. Right now the challenges are specific to the Peloton bike. If you want to join, you’ll need to answer her required questions.

“Our kids need exercise just like we do,” says Tillman who lives in Central Valley, California. If your child decides to use your Peloton, she adds, “Stay by your child. I want to promote the safety aspect of Peloton for kids.”

Marilyn Scott of Pittsburgh is also big on the safety aspect. Lately, her almost six-year-old daughter has been using the Tread. The family has both a Peloton bike and the Tread. “She’s still too short to get a good fit on the bike,” she says, “But when she uses the Tread, it is always with close supervision and with the use of the safety clip.”

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This is Marilyn Scott’s almost six-year-old daughter doing a scenic run on the Peloton Tread.

Peloton safety lock

Back in the day you probably remember locking up your bike with a traditional chain lock from the nearby bike store. While you don’t need to lock up your Peloton at home, you might want to create some sort of safety lock if you have babies or toddlers around.

First, one of the best ways to keep your children safe around your Peloton is to tether it to a wall. We do this every year with a Christmas tree. You may recall seeing safety recalls from stores like IKEA with dressers that can tip over on top of young children. Therefore, tethering is a must for a heavy, potentially dangerous piece of equipment or piece of furniture.

Second, whenever you’re done riding your Peloton bike, turn the resistance knob all the way to the right. Or, in other words, turn the resistance up to 100.

As you know when the resistance is all the way up, you can’t move the pedals. This is important in case you have a toddler or baby who gets to your bike and tries to pull up to stand on the pedals. It would be tragic if the pedals were able to spin and the child fell on their face and hurt themselves. 

Third, just as you might put up gates to keep a dog or a child out of a room, you may want to do the same around your Peloton. That is, if you can’t tether it to a wall or you just don’t want your dog–or child–slobbering on your bike or Tread. 

For more about cleaning up your bike and Tread, please read my blog post on how to clean your Peloton. 

Filtering classes that are appropriate for Peloton for kids

If you didn’t know, your Peloton comes with a filtering option. It lets you find classes on both the bike and Tread based on instructor, theme and length. You can also use the filter to hide classes with explicit language. This explicit language could be in the song lyrics or from the instructors themselves.

Marilyn uses the filter all the time. “We vet classes prior to allowing her access to them,” she says. For the most part her daughter is doing scenic runs.

Speaking of scenic runs and rides, these are classes that take you on the road in places all over the world. Some parents I spoke to have said that they will set their children up with a scenic ride or run in places they’ve visited as a family on vacation. “They get such a kick out of ‘going back there’ on the Peloton,” one dad told me.

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This is what the screen looks like when you go on a scenic ride or run on your Peloton.

“We are a very active and outdoorsy family who enjoy cycling, hiking, running, and visiting the National Parks,” says Marilyn Scott. “During this time of social distancing, my daughter has been really struggling to find outlets for her energy. So she’s been asking to utilize our home gym equipment to provide that outlet.”

Here are the best Peloton accessories.

Best instructors for Peloton for kids

In addition to filtering classes based on language, you can also filter on your own. How? Through word of mouth. In fact, when I asked parents who were choosing classes on the Peloton for kids, many of them said they stick with the same instructors. These instructors are less likely to drop an f bomb during a ride–if you’re worried about such things. The fellow Peloton parents can also provide recommendations for intro classes for kids. Any class listed as beginner would be a good place to start.

At one point Jess King and Cody Rigsby had recorded so-called teen rides. Right now if you search on the bike tablet, for the word teen, you should be able to find the three remaining teen rides on the Peloton bike. (Peloton deleted the others during the great music purge of 2019.)

peloton for kids teen rides
You’ll find three Peloton for kids teen rides On Demand.

Popular classes with young riders

What are some favorite classes for the younger participants? According to Robin Tillman, Robin Arzon’s “Greatest Showman” ride is pretty popular. Many Broadway runs and rides are, too. I know that Leanne Hainsby and Ally Love have done Broadway classes. Over at the Peloton yoga studios, Ross Rayburn did a Broadway flow. And, I believe, Matty Maggiacomo, a Tread instructor, has done at least one Broadway class. 

Also popular: anything with Billie Eilish music. I know there was a Billie Eilish ride with Kendall Toole, a Billie Eilish run with Becs Gentry and a Billie Eilish yoga class with Anna Greenberg. Overall, pop is very popular.

Recommended Peloton instructors

So which are the instructors on the Peloton that you might want to introduce your kids to? My picks, based on whose classes I’ve taken, would be:

  • Matt Wilpers
  • Denis Morton (bonus: silly dad jokes throughout the class)
  • Hannah Marie Corbin
  • any of the yoga instructors
  • any of the British instructors
  • Ally Love

Sundays with Love is suitable Peloton for kids

This last instructor–Ally Love–has a series of classes called “Sundays with Love.” They’re more spiritual, if you will, than other classes. Robin Tillman says that the participants in Kids of Peloton have started doing them. This was based on what the kids wanted to do, not something she came up with herself.

“We just did a Sundays with Love ride. We did it for World Down Syndrome day,” she recalls. “Several families have family members with Down’s, and one of the young ladies picked Sundays with Love, with the theme about determination. She said she has a brother with Down syndrome, and her brother strives to do what every normal kid strives to do, and he’s just as determined to be like every kid.”

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Peloton instructor Ally Love, shown here, has a series of classes called “Sundays with Love” that is suitable for kids.

How old do you have to be to ride a Peloton

Of course, it’s up to each parent to decide if their child is old enough or strong enough to use the Peloton. Marilyn Scott of Pittsburgh likens using the bike to her daughter riding her bike outside. Robin Tillman daughters are now 13 and 16 but who were 8 and 11 when they first started using the Peloton. At that time they were too young to go to the neighborhood gym, which said you had to be 12.

For riding live at the Peloton Studios New York, here are the rules:

Cycling: at least 14 and between 4’11” and 6’5″

Yoga: at least 14

Tread: at least 16 and between 4’11” and 6’4″

The parent or guardian must be in the class with the minor participant or waiting in the lobby. You are not allowed to take another class, simultaneously.

The two times that I rode in studio with Christine D’Ercole, there were at least two or three mothers riding with teenage daughters. I’m sure because of Christine’s positive, self-love message. Be forewarned: She does curse a lot. Then again, so do I!

Peloton for kids and general exercise guidelines

It’s one thing to share with you what parents are doing with their own children and Peloton for kids. It’s another to share the advice from professionals. So I headed over the American Academy of Pediatrics website to find out their guidance for children and exercise. Here is a summarization of their best advice.

Children ages one to four

  • At least 30 minutes of structured physical activity each day
  • A total of at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily
  • Young children should be encouraged to do physical activity that builds fundamental motor skills

Children ages five through 10

  • At least 60 minutes of physical activity each day
  • Of those 60 minutes activity should be moderate or vigorous aerobic activity, on at least three days a week.
  • Three days a week children should be participating in muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening activity.
  • Activities that focus on having fun

Children ages 11 and up

  • At least 60 minutes of physical activity each day
  • Of those 60 minutes activity should be moderate or vigorous aerobic activity, on at least three days a week.
  • Three days a week children should be participating in muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening activity.
  • Encourage physical activity that’s appropriate for their age, is enjoyable and offers variety.

Kids Peloton bike

While there isn’t a kids Peloton bike per se, there are two ways you can make your Peloton work for you child. First, if your child is really a toddler or preschooler, don’t put them on the bike. Plain and simple.

But you might want to get them this Fisher Price Think and Learn Smart Cycle “spin bike” so they can ride along with you. It could be your Peloton kids bike or your toddler Peloton bike. Kids love exercising when their parents do.

Peloton for Kids: "Workout" Equipment

If your youngster wants to workout right alongside you on your Peloton, here are two cute products that can help them do that.

Second, if you child is at least 4’11” tall, you can try getting them fitted on the bike. Peloton offers a video on bike fitting. So does instructor Christine D’Ercole on her instructor Facebook page.

Basically, you want to make sure that your child can reach the pedals to clip in or put their shoes in toe cages. Of course, this tip leads to two additional questions about accessories for your kids to use with the Peloton.

Kids Peloton shoes

The first question is the most common one people ask in Robin Tillman’s group Kids of Peloton: where can I get kids Peloton shoes or Peloton shoes for kids?

The second question: how do I get toe cages for the Peloton pedals?

Let me answer the second one first. You can get those cages on Amazon.

Toe Cages for Peloton Bike on Amazon

There may be a number of reasons you could be looking for toe cages (or shoe cages) for your Peloton bike.

It could be that you don't want to use cycling shoes with Delta Look cleats--the kinds that are compatible with Peloton cleats. Perhaps you have SPD cleats on existing shoes and want pedals that can take those cleats and have cages, too.

Or you may have multiple people using the Peloton bike, not all of whom wearing cycling shoes with cleats.

Or you have guest riders from time to time who want to wear sneakers or tennis shoes when riding.

These are all valid reasons to invest in toe cages, which usually come attached to a pedal that you can screw right into the crank shaft on the Peloton bike. All of the options below are available, conveniently, on Amazon.

With toe or shoe cages, your kids can just wear their regular sneakers, running or gym shoes when they ride the bike.

Peloton for Kids: Shoe Cages

Look at women’s sizes for kids Peloton shoes

Now back to the first question about finding Peloton shoes for kids or Peloton kids shoes. I’m assuming parents are asking this because they want their children to be able to clip in using the Look Delta cleats that most people have on the bottom of their shoes.

Well, are your children’s feet are big enough to wear some of the smallest women’s sizes? If so, that’s your answer. Buy them adult shoes. That being said it is possible to buy youth sizes in cycling shoes. That’s what Robin Tillman did. When her daughters grew out of the shoes, she would sell them to other Peloton parents.

More about Peloton bike shoes

Here’s my blog post on Peloton bike shoes. It includes Peloton bike shoes sizing information so you can figure out which size of men’s or women’s spin shoes would work as kids Peloton shoes.

I’ve found cycling shoes on Rei.com, Dick’s Sporting Goods website and Amazon. Many of these include youth and small women’s sizes. I’ve shared links to some of them below. I’ve also included pictures of the aformentioned toe cages.

Peloton for Kids: Cycling Shoes and More

If you're wondering about kids Peloton shoes, I've offered a few options below. I've also include toe cage straps that you can attach to your pedals. This will allow your children to wear their regular shoes (sneakers, gym shoes, running shoes) while riding the bike.

Here is my exclusive shopping list over on Amazon. It includes many of the products I’ve mentioned above.

Can you use the Peloton app without the bike

Of course, a great way to introduce Peloton for kids to your family is by using the Peloton app. There are so many classes that you can do with your children without owning an actual Peloton. Peloton digital or the Peloton app has stretching, strength, yoga, meditation and more.

Right now, with so many parents working from home and children of all ages going to school at home, Peloton is trying to help everyone get more exercise. They’re giving people 90 days to try the Peloton app for free. Yes, you’ll need a credit card to sign up for the free trial. But if you don’t like it, just cancel before 90 days is up. Previously, your free trial was only 30 days.

Also, soon after publishing this blog post, Peloton released nearly a dozen family-friendly Peloton classes. These are classes from Peloton that you can do with your kids using the app. These include strength and stretching as well as meditation. Here is my newest blog post on Peloton yoga basics. 

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You can use a Fire Stick or Smart TV to stream Peloton content to your TV. In our house we just use an HDMI cord to connect a laptop to our TV.

Concluding thoughts on Peloton for kids

My own daughters are in their early 20s. So I really appreciate that parents of younger children who spoke with me and shared their thoughts on and experiences with Peloton for kids. Here’s the most important thing to keep in mind: the desire to use the Peloton has to come from your kids. You can encourage your children to exercise with you, which may help get them interested. But ultimately it’s up to them.

Marilyn Scott sums it up perfectly: “Our daughter is really interested in anything my husband and I are into so Peloton is just another on our long list of adventures she wants to be a part of. She’s been asking to get on the Tread since we got ours in December!”

Here is a shopping list on Amazon for some of the products I’ve recommended.

6 thoughts on “Peloton for Kids: Is Peloton Safe for Kids”

    • I believe you have to go into the Peloton app, click on “Profile” and then find “Memberships” to add another user. If not, I’ve found that the online help on the Peloton website to be very helpful.

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  1. Hi,

    I’m having trouble finding the kids of peleton Facebook group. Do I need to add Robin tillman as a friend first??

    Thanks so much, this has been a great article

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    • I’ve messaged her to ask. It could be that the group name has changed. Peloton has been cracking down on people not affiliated with the company using the name on groups etc. Will update this comment once I find out if the group has been renamed and to what.

      OK, she said that you should send her a Facebook message to ask about joining. Hope that helps.

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  2. Just had my 10 year son manage to get a buckle fracture using the Peloton. Not sure its wise to recommend children use the bike as its not like a normal bike where the pedals stop moving when you stop your feet and most children are not used to being clipped in so in his case he tried to stop the peloton without using his brake..

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    • I’m sorry your son injured himself but it’s why I have included this disclaimer with the blog post: “Note: this is my summarization. It is not intended to be medical advice for your child. I strongly suggest that if you have any questions or concerns about using the Peloton for kids of any age, you must speak with your child’s pediatrician or family physician for their best advice. This blog post is for informational purposes only. Again, this is not medical advice.”

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