This post is all about the best instructors on the Peloton app.
We’ve had our Peloton bike for almost six months, but I’ve been using the Peloton app for longer than that.
At the time of writing this post, I’ve done 217 workouts from the Peloton app, ranging from meditation, to cycling, yoga, strength, barre and even an outdoor run.
Because there’s so much to choose from when you use the app, today, I wanted to share my favorite instructors and why I like each of them. Of course, who you like is going to be totally based on your personal needs and style, so this is subjective. There’s something and someone for everyone on Peloton. (Side note: You don’t need the Peloton equipment in order to use the app, and there’s a 30-day free trial, if you want to give it a go.)
By the way, if you haven’t checked it out yet, head on over and read my review of the Peloton app, I wrote after completing my first 100 workouts.
The best instructors on the Peloton app
I’m only giving you my top choices for the programs I take the most. I haven’t done enough of the bootcamps, runs or cardio workouts in order to choose a favorite there, so we’ll stick with cycling, strength and yoga for now.
For cycling …
I’ve tried the majority of the cycling instructors. I think they all have something to offer, but the following folks are my top choice depending on what mood I’m in …
Cody Rigsby is my favorite Peloton instructor, hands down. He’s not for everyone, but I absolutely love his style, stage presence, over-the-top humor and entire engaging persona that he puts on when he teaches a class. Cody is a former professional dancer, and he does a lot of dancing on the bike, and he knows the words to almost every pop song. It’s a real show watching him on screen.
Let’s be clear: He is silly, he keeps it real, and he will most definitely tell jokes and ask you if “the wig is on tight” to make sure you’re keeping it together during a ride. Sometimes he makes mistakes, and he owns it, and I’m so okay with that, because you can literally never get mad at Cody. And I will say that most of the time, when I go to do a ride, I choose a Cody “30-minute Pop” ride or “30-minute Intervals and Arms” ride, because those are my preferred formats.
My favorite rides with Cody have been his “Britney Spears” ride and his first “Cody XOXO” ride. I always laugh and dance during the ride and leave the bike in a great mood, with a funny new “Cody-ism” to share with Dave once I’m done.
Ride with Cody if you want to have fun, feel good about yourself and laugh, while working out.
Robin Arzón is a vice president at Peloton, and she is one of the originals. She’s a hardcore athlete, and she is super motivational. She talks a ton during the ride, but I don’t mind it, because what she says is always about finding your strength within, working really hard through uncomfortable moments in order to grow and choosing to be present and positive in everything you do.
Dave thinks Robin is a little too much for him, but I know when I show up to a Robin ride, I’m going to feel empowered and totally driven to succeed on the bike and off. Her classes are pretty hard and she usually chooses great music ranging from pop to hip hop to latin. My favorite ride with Robin is her amazing “Hamilton” ride.
Ride with Robin if you want to feel truly inspired to improve your life off the bike, as well as on it.
Alex Toussaint is a very well-spoken, concise and solid instructor. His workouts are usually on the harder side, and he often teaches to a lot of hip hop music. I know when I am going to take an Alex ride that I will be working hard, because he’s demanding.
He doesn’t sugar-coat anything, and he expects a lot from riders. I like that he is so consistent, and he always delivers a great class from beginning to end. I won’t say that I am giggling and dancing during an Alex ride, but I am going to get in a great workout, and I’m going to feel very accomplished at the end.
Ride with Alex if you want to train hard and feel like a real athlete, while breaking a major sweat.
Leanne Hainsby is a Peloton instructor out of the U.K., and here’s why I like her: She is so incredibly informative about everything going on in the ride. She will tell you how many efforts you have throughout class, she will tell you exactly what’s coming up, and she will give you all the right numbers and metrics so you feel truly informed. She’s also witty.
She always chooses house music that I’m maybe not familiar with, but I enjoy riding to. I also think Leanne does the best “arms” portions in the “30-minute Intervals and Arms” rides out of everyone, so I like to take that type of class with her. Her classes are moderate to hard. If you’re new to Peloton, I think she’d be a great place to start, because she tells you so much and gets you set up for success.
Ride with Leanne if you want to be encouraged and challenged in a “cheeky” way, while getting in an awesome workout.
- Jess King has so much pizazz and style, and I really enjoy her cute high-pitched voice. But to be honest, she doesn’t always have the best music for my tastes, so I don’t ride with her as often.
- I also like Kendall Toole when I want to work really hard, because her classes are always very difficult, but once again, she doesn’t always have the music that I like.
Side note: Dave has done way more rides than me (he’s at more than 200 rides alone), and he really likes Emma Lovewell, because she has the best music for his taste, and she’s pretty chill. I prefer more of a performance from my cycling instructor, but not Dave. If you’re on the laid-back side and want to listen to the music and focus on yourself more, I’d maybe go with Emma Lovewell too.
For strength …
I’ve tried all the strength instructors, and there are a couple that I actually dislike. I won’t mention them, but I will definitely (strongly) recommend the following folks …
I think that Jess Sims is definitely the best and most popular strength instructor on the Peloton app. She’s a former collegiate athlete and teacher, and she gives great instruction and comes up with challenging workouts. Her workouts are not complicated, but they are not easy either. Her workouts go by so quickly, and I really enjoy them. She also has a lot of good catch-phrases that are memorable. My favorite Jess Sims workout is any “30-minute Full-Body Strength” with dumbbells.
Andy Speer is a solid strength instructor. He’s a little bit goofy, and he somehow manages to show that side, while also delivering a killer workout. He uses simple moves in great sequences so you always feel the burn. I’m a big fan of his strength classes. And he just makes you feel welcome.
- Robin Arzón also has great strength workouts, and so do Matty Maggiacomo and Selena Samuela.
- If you’re brand new, I’d start with Robin or Matty, because they give excellent beginner instructions for your first bodyweight or weightlifting sessions.
For yoga …
There aren’t a ton of yoga instructors on the platform. Based on the classes I’ve taken, they are all good. Here are my top choices …
Denis Morton is probably my favorite yoga instructor, because his voice is so soothing, and he’s so laid-back. He also has a 10-minute twisting yoga flow that I’ve repeated over and over again, more than any other workout on Peloton, because it feels so good on the body. Denis has a calming presence, and he gives great coaching and instruction. He’s not boring, but he’s subtle, which is exactly what you want when you do yoga. He’s my top choice, for sure.
Aditi Shah is a solid yoga instructor. She talks a little fast, but she has some clever combinations and keeps it interesting. She isn’t as soothing or calming as the others, so I would choose her for more of a power yoga situation.
Kristin McGee is a true yoga expert, and you can expect expert instruction in her yoga classes. She’s super fit, mobile and makes you feel good when you flow with her. She also has a calming presence, a peaceful voice and she comes up with great sequences. Namaste!
- Chelsea Jackson-Roberts is also pretty enjoyable, and I’ve liked all the yoga and meditation classes I’ve done with her.
And that concludes my post about the best instructors on the Peloton app. As I said, there is something for everyone, and who I like the best may not be who you like the best. But this post is hopefully a resource to help you get started. Keep moving my friends!
Thanks for reading this one. Come say hi to me on Instagram, if you want to see some of the Peloton workouts that I’m doing each week too.
Other posts you may like …
- How do you know if a workout is right for you?
- Review of the Peloton app after my first 100 workouts
- How to schedule your week of workouts
- How to work out at home safely (and effectively)
Questions of the day
Have you tried the Peloton app?
What qualities do you look for in a good instructor?