For those new to Peloton, from time to time Peloton will remove classes from their on-demand library in what are known as Peloton class purges. These are usually unannounced, with no warning of what classes will be removed. A frequent request of members is that Peloton do what Netflix does, and post a list of “Classes Leaving Peloton Soon” to give members a chance to take their favorite class one last time. Unfortunately, this has yet to happen. The last large purge was in February 2021, when 658 rides, or ~7.5% of the cycling library was removed. Prior to that there were also class purges in December 2020, as well as August 2020 class purges.
Sometime yesterday, on August 13th, 2021 (Friday the 13th), Peloton conducted another class purge. Unlike some other purges where the reason for removal seems to be music rights, this purge appears to be centered simply around how old the classes were. This is possibly an effort to ensure an ever increasing production value of classes that are available for members. After the last purge in February, the oldest classes in the library were from September 2018. As of today, almost every single class from before April 1st, 2019 appears to have been removed from the library. Two notable exceptions to this are Robin Arzon’s 11/16/18 Greatest Showman ride, as well as an Emma Lovewell core strength class that is part of the Crush Your Core program. Unfortunately, those who wanted to do Christine D’Ercole’s 5 hour Haleakala Volcano climb series are now missing a class, as Ride #2 from the series was purged.
Given that this class purge seems to have been to remove older classes, many of the newer instructors weren’t impacted by this purge, like they might have been if it was related to music rights. Although the majority of the purge seems to have been getting rid of classes from before April 1st, 2019 – a handful of other classes that were created since then were removed as well, but they were not the focus.
Next, we’ll look at some of the stats for what was removed from the Peloton on-demand library this purge. Please keep in mind all numbers are approximate, and could be +- a few classes.
Total Number of Classes Removed in August 2021 Peloton Class Purge
Overall, around 338 cycling classes, or 3.4% of the cycling class library was purged in the August 2021 Peloton Purge. 118 Tread classes, or 5.4% of the library, was purged. There were around 270 Yoga classes removed, equaling 7.0% of the library. 124 Strength Classes are now gone, or 4.5% of the library.
One thing to to keep in mind with these purges is Peloton is adding new classes during the same time period as well. Since July 2nd, 2021 Peloton has added around 420 new cycling classes, 110 new Tread classes, 250 new Yoga classes, and 200 new Strength classes. So even with this purge, in terms of raw numbers, the number of classes in the library appears to still be growing.
Total Number of Cycling Classes Removed in August 2021 Peloton Class Purge
Looking specifically at cycling, in terms of raw numbers, Leanne Hainsby had the most classes removed – 41 classes or 5.5% were removed. The next most was Ally Love, who saw 34 classes, or 5.6% of her library removed. Then Jenn Sherman had 33 classes, or 7.0% of her library removed. Several other instructors had 20 or more classes removed, including Ben Alldis, Christine D’Ercole, Cody Rigsby, Denis Morton, Emma Lovewell, Hannah Corbin, and Jess King. Overall, around 338 Peloton cycling classes (3.4% of the library) were purged.
Total Number of Yoga Classes Removed in August 2021 Peloton Class Purge
Yoga classes were most impacted by this purge in terms of percentage of the library, with 270 classes, or 7.0% of the on-demand library removed. Anna Greenberg had ~78 classes, or 13.1%, of her classes removed. Aditi Shah had ~69 classes, or 12.4%, of her classes purged. Kristin McGee had ~50 classes, or 8.6% of her library removed. Ross Rayburn & Denis Morton both had ~2% of their class library removed. None of the newer yoga instructors had any classes removed – more indication this was a date-based purged.
Total Number of Running/Tread Classes Removed in August 2021 Peloton Class Purge
For the Peloton Tread class purge, there were 5 instructors whose classes felt the biggest impact. Andy Speer had 17 classes, or 9.4% of his library removed. Becs Gentry had a total of 40 classes purged, or 9.1% of her library. Matty Maggiacomo had 15 classes, or 6.4% removed. Rebecca Kennedy had 10 classes purged, but that was 7.0% of her library. Selena Samuela saw 17 classes removed, or 6.0% of her library. Other Tread instructors like Chase Tucker, Jess Sims, Matt Wilpers, Olivia Amato, and Robin Arzon all had a handful removed as well. However, the newest Tread coaches Adrian Williams & Jess King didn’t have any classes purged. Overall, Tread classes had 118 classes removed, or 5.4% of the library.
Total Number of Strength Classes Removed in August 2021 Peloton Class Purge
Given the number of strength instructors there are, we won’t break that down here, but you can see the chart for details. There were 124 Peloton strength classes removed in total, or 4.5% of the library.
Did you have any favorite classes that were removed in this class purge?
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