Probably almost as soon as you got your bike or Tread or logged onto the Peloton app, you found yourself asking, “What are Peloton milestones?” That’s because during a class you heard an instructor say something like, “Wow, we’ve got a lot of milestones today. I hope I can get to everyone” or something such.
I know that on some of my first Peloton rides, I was unsure what this milestone business was all about. Instructors were throwing out “Happy 50th” or “Happy 200th” like it was someone’s birthday. They were also wishing people Happy Birthday, but I’ll get to that later.
I soon discovered that instructors were wishing all this happiness in something called a shout out. And when you reach certain milestones on your Peloton, you (usually) get a shout-out from the instructor leading the class.
So what are the Peloton milestones
If you’ve ever wondered what the Peloton milestones are or which ones you’ve achieved, all you have to do is look in the tablet on your bike or Tread. Or in the Peloton app to see which achievements you’ve reached. To do this you’ll go to your Profile. Look for Recent Achievements.
There you’ll see the “badges” you’ve earned for completing a certain number of classes or rides. You’ll likely see other badges, too, but let’s focuses on classes for now.
Milestones for number of Peloton classes
Each of your milestones will be broken out by the category of classes you’ve taken. Mine go from Cycling Milestones to Cardio Milestones.
First, let’s start with number of rides or classes. That’s the most common milestone that users reach. These increments are the same, regardless of classes you take. They are:
How Peloton milestones add up
It’s important to point out a few things within this milestone structure and the badges you see.
First, milestones in increments of 25 happen only before ride 100. After that, they go up by increments of 50. That is until you hit ride 500. Then they go up by 100s until your 1,000th ride or your Millennium ride.
After that, you get a badge for every 500 rides. So hit 1,000 classes or rides like I did earlier this year? Yup, you (and I) won’t get another achievement badge until ride 1,500! But you will get a special reminder message before that big millennium milestone.
Second, even though there isn’t a badge, per se, for ride 750, for example, or 1,150, which I’m about to surpass, instructors can still see that achievement during a live class. Therefore, it’s possible for you to get your shout out for reaching that landmark, even if no “reward” shows up in your profile afterwards.
Finally, if you happen to be taking a milestone ride On Demand–meaning, it’s not a live class–obviously, you can’t get an instructor shout out. However, other people in the class get notifications when someone joins the class and has reached a certain accomplishment. This gives them the opportunity to give you a high five instead. So, no shout out but at least you get some recognition for what you’ve achieved.
Peloton milestones for consistent workouts
In addition to “rewarding” you for number of rides or classes taken, Peloton also celebrates your accomplishments based on how often you’re working out. They call these streaks. They appear in your profile as blue rectangle (daily streaks) or a blue semi-circular stamp or symbol (weekly streaks).
Maybe you’ve seen this when you booted up your bike and saw a message like in the picture below. “You’ve got a 115-week streak going.”
There are two kinds of streaks. There is the daily streak and then there is the weekly streak. However, with this latter streak, you also get into yearly streaks.
Daily streak accomplishments
There are a limited number of daily streaks that you can earn. They are:
- 3-Day Streak
- 5-Day Streak
- 7-Day Streak
- 10-Day Streak
- 20-Day Streak
- 30-Day Streak
- 45-Day Streak
- 60-Day Streak
I once had a 90-day streak going and I was so bummed that I didn’t earn any additional accolades for this. I mean, I knew I’d worked out for three months straight. And that’s awesome all on its own. But it was a bit disappointing that no more daily streak “tokens” would be forthcoming.
FYI, if you take a ride On Demand and you’ve got a daily streak going, expect to receive a ton of high fives. Peloton will alert other riders of your achievement.
Weekly streak achievements
Just like daily streaks, Peloton will reward you for working out regularly each week. You don’t have to work out every day in a week to earn a weekly streak landmark.
As long as you used your Peloton at least once in that calendar week, your streak keeps going. Right now I’ve got a 115-week streak going. That means it’s been more than two years that I’ve let a week go by without riding my Peloton cycle, or doing yoga, or a stretch or meditation class or something else using the app.
As far as how the weekly streaks go that earn you a badge, here’s the breakdown:
- 3-Week Streak
- 5-Week Streak
- 10-Week Streak
- 20-Week Streak
- 30-Week Streak
- 40-Week Streak
- 52-Week Streak (badge actually says 1 YR)
- 60-Week Streak
- 70-Week Streak
- 80-Week Streak
- 90-Week Streak
- 104-Week Streak (badge says 2 YR; it’s the last one I’ve earned so far)
- 125-Week Streak
- 156-Week Streak (badge says 3 YR)
- 175-Week Streak
- 208-Week Streak (badge says 4 YR)
Special events badges and rewards
Sometimes you can earn special badges and rewards for taking specific classes. Examples might be a Turkey Burn ride on Thanksgiving or an artist series, like the amazing two for one Prince class that Ally and Emma taught on the bike.
You can also earn special badges if you take a certain number of Peloton classes during a certain special occasion or with a theme, like Black History Month or Asian Heritage Month.
Finally, have you opted in to any of the Peloton challenges? Usually, there is a monthly challenge for days working out or number of miles ridden–at least on the Peloton cycle. In summer 2020 there was something called the Pelothon. That was a ton of fun.
At the start of each season, they’ll usually throw out a 30-day challenge. Once you work out for 30 days straight in that month, you’ll get a special emblem for completing the challenge. These challenge crests appear separate from the special event badges mentioned above.
Peloton doles out what it calls social badges. These are green hexagons with swirls in the middle. To me they look like cells dividing. You earn these for working out with “friends.” And “friends” being your followers on Peloton.
The social badges are:
- Dynamic Duo (you and a friend taking the same class together)
- Three’s Company (workout with two friends)
- Pack (three friends working out together)
- Squad (working out with five friends)
- Flock (10 friends all taking the same class at the same time)
- Swarm (working out simultaneously with 20 friends)
It’s probably because I do Power Zone training–and participate in regular Power Zone team challenges that I’ve gotten the Swarm badge 1,047 times and the Flock badge 216 times. Currently, I have over 1,200 “friends” so pretty much every time I clip in or join an class on the app, I have at least a few “friends” in there with me.
You get milestones for all the Peloton classes you take
Most people are the most familiar with the concept of the Century Ride. That would be your ride number 100.
In reality a century ride is a 100-mile ride but on Peloton, they use a different century calculation. You celebrate a century when you hit 100 rides, not 100 miles.
Anyway, when I first got my bike in 2016, the only century you could get was on the bike. Now, though, there is so much more to the Peloton than just a cycle.
There is the Peloton Tread. There is Peloton yoga. And, there is Peloton strength on the app among other kinds of classes. Each of these disciplines has its own “century” to celebrate.
For example, when I hit 100 classes in Peloton yoga, Ross Rayburn gave me a shout out. But he said something like “100 practices to Leah is Pawsome” or something like that. That’s because when you “do” yoga, it’s actually called a “practice.” So I’ve heard 100 practices for yoga. I’ve also heard 100 classes for strength and 100 runs for the Tread.
What happens when you reach 100 rides
When you reach 100 rides, Peloton celebrates your success by sending you a free tee shirt. It’s called the Century Club t-shirt, because you’ve now reached the Century Club.
It took me a year to reach my century ride. I’ll never forget it. I was riding with Jenn Sherman. To help ensure I got a shout out, I’d changed the “location” information in my profile to say something like “100 rides today” with lots of exclamation points.
It got her attention. Because at one point in the ride, she said something like, “Now Leah is Pawsome, you lead us in the next effort. Today is your 100th ride and that’s a lot to be excited about.”
As I mentioned earlier now everyone can earn a Century Club shirt. But you can only earn it once. So, because I got to 100 first on the cycle, that’s how I earned my 100 ride shirt. That meant that when I hit my century in yoga, yeah, I got a shout out and a badge in my profile but that’s it.
How to get your Peloton milestone century shirt
Peloton is supposed to send you an email with a promo code once you surpass 100 rides or 100 classes–the first time. Like I mentioned you can only qualify for a century shirt the first time you hit 100 classes in the same discipline.
Since I hit 100 rides back in 2017, I don’t remember exactly what happened. But I do remember that I never actually followed through and got my free shirt from the Peloton boutique. I realized this earlier this year (2020) and got onto chat support on the Peloton website.
Well, guess what? Peloton still made good on its offer to send me my free Century Club shirt, some three years later. They could see that I’d far surpassed that landmark–in fact, I was close to 900 rides. Shortly after ending the support chat, I got an email with a link and a promo code for my free shirt (see picture below).
So, does Peloton give you a shirt for 100 rides? You bet they do–even if it’s after the fact like with me.
About the Peloton Century shirt
Around the time I hit my 100 rides, I’d heard some bad things about the Century shirt. Maybe that’s why I’d held off getting it. For example, people were asking how the shirt fit or what kind of material it was made from. All the reviews were negative.
It was too small. The material is rough. It shrank in the wash. Also, at that time you had to pay $7 for shipping, just like you do when buying from the Peloton Boutique.
No more. The Century club shirt is 100% free. And shipping is 100% free, too.
Thankfully, the company changed vendors for the t-shirts by the time I got mine. It fit perfectly–I wear a large, I got a large–and the material was a soft cotton. Here’s a picture of me wearing my shirt.
However, with the rush of people buying cycles in spring 2020, I understand there is a backlog on filling Century t-shirt orders. Some people on the Pelotoncycle sub-Reddit have reported that the shirts are sold out or taking forever to ship. But that’s the only complaints I’ve read–waiting to get the shirt. Everyone who complained did eventually get theirs.
What about the Peloton Millennium milestone
The other big milestone that you can reach on your Peloton is the Millennium. That would be 1,000 rides or 1,000 classes. Basically, it’s the only other class “achievement” that has a fancy name. So, Century and Millennium.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a Millennium shirt or anything beyond the symbol that appears in your profile, basically saying, hey, kudos to you for hitting the 1,000 milestone.
However, there is a vendor on Etsy selling Millennium badge magnets that you can attach to your bike! I’ve included them with other Peloton milestone gifts you can consider buying yourself or someone you know who loves their Peloton.
Peloton milestone gifts
Because Peloton milestone gifts from Peloton are limited to the free Century Club shirt, I wanted to give you other options. Therefore, I’ve tracked down a variety of Peloton milestone swag, from shirts to stickers to those aforementioned badges.
Riding a milestone at Peloton
In the before times, it was a big deal to get to the studio to be able to ride or run in person on your milestone day. I did this at least once.
In addition, if you couldn’t get to the New York or London studio, you could ride your milestone at a Peloton showroom. For example, I took my 900th ride at the Peloton Pittsburgh showroom, which was the closest one to me, right after New Year’s 2020. I was supposed to do ride 950 live in studio with Matt Wilpers in late February, but it was cancelled.
Unfortunately, you still can’t ride your milestone at either the studio or a showroom. That’s still not being offered. It’s probably no surprise since any live classes of late have no one in the class with the instructor. And it’s understandable, too.
Other ways to get a shout out
So how do you get a Peloton shout out? Well, I’ve already covered the milestone rides and classes extensively. When you hit a certain number of classes, you can hope for a shout out.
But, to be honest, now that there are classes with thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people riding live, your odds of getting a shout out have decreased significantly. So ride your milestone ride for you, not for the shout out.
The other way you can hope to get a shout out is to ride on your birthday. Pro tip: make sure you’ve got your gender and your age opted into your profile. I learned the hard way, once on my birthday. Because I didn’t have that showing, there was no way for the instructor to know it was my birthday. So I didn’t get a birthday shout out.
Perhaps one of my favorite birthday shout outs comes from Denis Morton. He always congratulates people on another lap around the sun. So cool.
Frustrations with achievement milestones
One of the things I really wish the Peloton interface had was a way to see which day and in which class you reached certain milestones. Like I wish I could tap the badge on my tablet or touchscreen, and it would automatically tell me this information.
For example, I remember clearly what day I rode my ride 450. I was in studio with Christine D’Ercole. I can look on my calendar and see what date it was, and I know it was a 60-minute class. She gave me a shout out, too. Clearly, I can remember her saying, “Where is Leah is Pawsome?” and me busting into a smile from the second row.
But I don’t remember which class it was. And, sadly, that ride was purged soon thereafter during the great ridge purge of 2019. So, I’ll never know. Well, at least I have the picture I took with her afterwards.
Sidebar: Downloading your Peloton data
You may not realize that it’s possible to download your Peloton data. Why would you want to do that? Well, for example, if you want to figure out when your “pelo-versary” is. That would be the anniversary of your first Peloton ride.
One year I was curious to know when mine was. I mean, I knew we’d gotten the bike in November 2016. And at first I wasn’t interested. But, I wondered, when did I actually take my first ride? Well, here’s how you find out.
First, head to the Peloton website.
Second, use the menu to find “Profile” and click on that.
Third, click on “Workouts.” On the top right of the screen, you’ll see an oblong button that says “Download Workouts.”
Finally, download your workouts.
All of the information will go into a CSV document, which you can open in Excel. From there you can see when you peloversary is, based on that first ride (mine is 12/18/16).
In addition, you can use this Excel spreadsheet to add up or get a sum of all the miles you’ve ridden since that first class (I’m at 9,293.31 miles) and even the number of calories you’ve burned. Mine is 294,973. Wow.
Finally, I was able to use that Excel spreadsheet to find that aforementioned 450th ride with Christine on Feburary 17, 2019. It was a 60-minute 80s ride.
By the way, for an accurate count of your calories burned, always wear a heart-rate monitor when you ride. See the image below for an explanation of that.