How to get an instructor shout out during your Peloton workout

…aka say my name, say my name!

It is the holy grail of Peloton, the elusive “shout out”. It’s one of the things that makes Peloton truly interactive and the part of the magic that keeps us coming back for more. With so many people on the leaderboard, how do you stand out? Here are a few tips to get yours.

Take a live class. This may be obvious to most but if you’re brand new it may be unclear. The instructor can only shout you out if you are on with them in real-time.

Choose your class wisely. The rides with the most live riders are going to be the hardest to get a shout out in. Do a little research and see how many people are “counted in” on the schedule to get an idea of how popular the ride is. Shorter rides during the weekdays are probably the lightest so if that can work for your schedule, you may have better odds.

Ride for a meaningful milestone. While you may be super psyched about your 32nd ride in a row, you’re not necessarily going to be recognized for it live. Instructors are managing a leaderboard of hundreds if not thousands and getting to everyone is impossible. 100, 200, 300, etc. are most likely to get noticed and if you’re lucky maybe the 50’s too. Birthdays are also a good way to get recognized, so make sure the date is correct in your profile.

Spread the word. Don’t be shy to tell your tribe, change your #location, and make it a thing. When enough people do so, instructors notice. More importantly do the same for other people! Most of the time, you get what you give when it comes to this community.

Have an easy to read leaderboard name. If your name is long, has a lot of numbers or no capitalization, it can be hard for an instructor to spit out out while leading a class. If you’re willing to alter your Pelo-identity try to use real words or phonetic spellings so it is easy to read and to say. And yes, you can change your name without losing all your stats.

Join class early. Live classes usually start 3 or 4 minutes prior to the recorded session and when the “lights go down”. During this time instructors casually chat with the people in studio. They also scroll through the leaderboard to see who is on and give quick shout outs. It might not quite be the same as getting it during that final hill but it is nice to know they see you and it can give your entire workout a boost.

Tweak your ride numbers…slightly. Say for example your kid accidentally takes your 200th ride without switching out of your profile – you are not completely out of luck for the next 99 rides. You can go in and delete it and you will still show up under the instructor’s list of milestones. But please don’t abuse this, that would defy the purpose of a shout out!

Share it. If you don’t get the shout out you were hoping for, do not take it personally it will not happen every time. If you left still craving a little attention for all of your hard work, post about it on the Facebook instructor’s page or tag them on Instagram. Express your gratitude for Peloton, the instructor, and your community. Be authentic and you’ll like get some extra love.

Have any other tips for an epic shout out? Share them below!

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