I’ve just updated this blog post on Peloton milestones. Recently, I celebrated some big milestones myself.
One, I hit ride 1,600 during a live, in-studio Power Zone Endurance ride with Denis Morton. Two, the next day, also in the studio, I had my 500th walk. It was a 30-minute Country Walk with Marcel Dinkins.
Finally, later that day I took my 650th strength class, again in the New York Peloton studios. This time it was a 20-minute glutes and legs class with Logan Aldridge.
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 at 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 focus on classes for now.
Milestone for number of Peloton classes
Each of your milestones will be broken out by the category of classes you’ve taken. These are the most common milestones that riders reach.
These increments are the same, regardless of classes you take. You’ll receive badges in your profile when you hit the following milestones:
How Peloton milestones add up
It’s important to point out a few things within this milestone structure. 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 when I hit 1,600 classes or rides like I did earlier this month? Yup, you (and I) won’t get another achievement badge until I complete 2,000 or 2K rides!
But you will get a special reminder message before that big millennium milestone, which I hit in 2020.
Instructors can see all milestones
Second, even though there isn’t a badge, per se, for ride 750, for example, or 1,450, 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.
Getting high fives for milestones
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.
Therefore, if you log onto an On Demand class for a milestone ride and the high fives start coming in fast and furious, you’ll know why!
No milestone notification when riding live
Additionally, it’s important to understand that the opposite is not true. That is, if you’re riding LIVE for a milestone, none of the other riders are notified like they are during an On Demand class.
So, don’t expect that same flurry of high fives. I know so many people get so disappointed that they didn’t get tons of high fives during a milestone ride done live. But that’s because they don’t understand this distinction.
Milestone shoutout hack
That’s why I recommend you try this Peloton milestone shoutout hack. Before you get on your live milestone ride, go into your Profile and change your location.
Change it to reflect whatever milestone ride you’re about to take. Add in a few emojis to catch peoples’ eyes, such 🎉 or 🙌 or 🎈.
Whenever I see a location changed to a milestone go by me on the Leaderboard, I always send out a high five.
Peloton milestones for consistent workouts
In addition to “rewarding” you for the 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 a 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 use your Peloton at least once in that calendar week, your streak keeps going. Right now I’ve got a 227-week streak going.
That means it’s been more than four 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)
- 125-Week Streak
- 156-Week Streak (badge says 3 YR)
- 175-Week Streak
- 208-Week Streak (badge says 4 YR)
However, Peloton keeps tabs on weekly streaks, beyond the badges you earn. Like I said earlier, right now I’ve kept a weekly streak going for more than four years. So every time I log into Peloton, it reminds me of how long this streak has gone on. That keeps me motivated to keep coming back.
Peloton milestone stickers
While you can earn badges on your Peloton profile for each milestone you reach, lots of people like to decorate their Peloton space with other reminders. For example, I’ve had a lot of people ask me about Peloton milestone stickers.
If you’re looking for actual stickers to put on your bike, check out what I found on Etsy!
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 or class 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 or take your 100th class, not “travel” 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.”
New policy on Century Shirt for app users
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.
UPDATE: According to PeloBuddy, Peloton has decided no longer to give a Century Shirt to digital app users who make it to 100 classes. In other words if you have a bike or Tread, you’re good. You’ll still get a free Century or 100 shirt.
But if you do not have the hardware, such as you’re an app user only, you can no longer get that free Century shirt. I am sorry to report this
Peloton milestone shirts on Etsy
How to get your Peloton milestone swag 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 and only if you own a bike or Tread.
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 in 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 by the time I’d reached out. 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.
Update on the Peloton Century shirt material: I understand that Peloton has changed Peloton Century shirt vendors again. Now the Century shirt is made from a polyester material–kind of like wicking material.
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.
Peloton Millennium milestone gifts
Riding a milestone at Peloton
In the past, 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 ride 950 live in the studio with Matt Wilpers in February 2020, but it was canceled.
But good news: now that the Peloton Studios have reopened, you can take your milestone classes there again. As I mentioned at the top of this article, I just got back from visiting PSNY. There, I had three milestone classes:
- Ride 1,600
- 650th strength class
- Walk 500
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.
Get a shoutout for your birthday
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.
Finally, look on Peloton instructors’ social media feeds for shout outs. Instructor Christine D’Ercole is really good about filming milestones before class and then added them to her Instagram stories.
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 the 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, log in under “My Membership.” Then, use the menu to find “Profile” and click on that.
Third, click on “View 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 your 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 February 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.