One of the hottest topics in the Peloton world right now is when exactly the studios will reopen to the public, and what exactly that reopening will look like. Having been closed since March of 2020, Peloton has not shared much information other than saying “Summer 2022,” which has been their messaging since February of this year.
However, additional information has been trickling in from various instructors. Jess Sims shared a post on Instagram teasing an August reopening, and reiterated that timeline in a live class. There have also been more recent rumors about a soft opening in June. Peloton has also confirmed that there will be some members of the press in the studio taking live classes on June 10th.
Most recently, instructor Robin Arzón shared in a live class that once the studios are open, there will be a mix of both classes with people in the studio, and without. You can view the clip from the class via YouTube, and the transcript is below:
“Someday – I’m not saying when – there are going to be people in here. Not for all our classes, because I know some of y’all like the one-on-one. But for some of them.”
What Robin is alluding to has been a hotly-debated topic throughout the pandemic. Prior to March 2020, almost every Peloton class in the 23rd Street Studio (Peloton’s original cycling studio before they opened PSNY) had in-studio participants. This applied to cycling, running/walking, strength, HIIT cardio, Tread bootcamp (Bike Bootcamp didn’t yet exist), and yoga content. Even meditations sometimes had an audience. The only classes that didn’t have live, in-person participation were stretches (especially post-ride stretches or post-run stretches), and outdoor content (as those are pre-recorded in a booth).
So if you were a Peloton member working out from home, you could see other people in the studio doing the workout alongside the instructor. While some enjoyed this – being able to physically see the community and witness other members work hard and give it their all – others found it distracting, especially if there was someone in the front row who was wearing a loud outfit or moving around a lot.
It has been more than two years since members have taken new content with a live audience. In fact, anyone who became a member during the pandemic (which is the majority of current Peloton members) will have never taken a class with a live audience, unless they dug back into the on demand library from early 2020 or from 2019.
As talk of the Peloton Studios reopening has evolved, many members have expressed their hope that Peloton still offer classes with only the instructor and no in-person participation. Robin appears to confirm that Peloton has heard that feedback, and will offer a mix of both coach-to-camera and live participation.
Where do you stand on having in-person members in your Peloton classes? Does it motivate you, or does it distract you?
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