Power Zone Rides: Everything You Need to Know


You’ve got the power. Now you can use it to ride your way to the top.

Power Zone Training, a popular training method used by elite cyclists, is a great tool to track your fitness and watch yourself improve over time. We’re excited to give you the full rundown on this beneficial method so you can get the best results possible in Matt Wilpers’ specialized Power Zone Rides.


Power Zone Rides are focused on achieving specific output levels at different times throughout a class in order to improve your performance. There are seven Power Zones, each zone representing a target output range. These output ranges are customized for each rider (which we will show you how to calculate for yourself below). During a Power Zone Ride, your instructor will cue a specific zone, which will direct you to hit the corresponding output range on your bike. By using these customized output zones as a guide, you will be able to see and feel yourself improve as each zone becomes easier to achieve over time.

Average Output (FTP)

To start using Power Zones, you will first need to identify your 20 minute average output. This number will allow you to calculate your FTP (Functional Threshold Power) and then customize your target output for each zone using that number. Here’s how to find your average output:

  1. First, we recommend you take Matt Wilpers’ “10-Min FTP Warm Up Ride” in order to prepare for your test ride, and to get more background on Power Zones. You can access this ride on your bike or on the app under “Specialized Ride Type.”
  2. Next, find your average output by completing Matt’s specially-designed “20-Min FTP Test Ride” on your Peloton bike. This ride can also be found under the “Specialized Ride Type” section. You got this!
  3. At the end of your ride, you can find your 20 minute average output displayed on your ride recap screen.


Power Zones

Now that you’ve identified your 20 minute average output, we need to do a little math to translate that number to your FTP, and then figure out your target output for each zone:

  1. First, subtract 5% from your 20 minute average output number. This result will be an accurate estimate of the average output you could hold for 60-minutes (i.e. your FTP). For example, if your average output is 115, find 5% (115 X 0.05 = 5.75), then subtract it from the total number (115 — 5.75 = 109.25). Round up or down to find your FTP.
  2. Now that you’ve found your FTP, you need to multiply this number by the percentage ranges of all seven Power Zones to identify your target outputs. For example, using our FTP of 109 from above, we can calculate Zone 1 by finding 55% of 109 (109 X 0.55 =60), then calculate Zone 2 ((56-75%) by multiplying each by 109 to arrive at 61-82. These numbers represent your customized target output ranges for each zone, and therefore, are the output ranges you will need to hit when each zone is cued.
  3. You can print the chart below and record your calculated target outputs, then display near your bike for visibility. Note: We highly recommend calculating each percentage and recording your target output numbers before you start a Power Zone Ride.


As you continue your Power Zone training, you will likely notice each zone’s output becoming easier to achieve. Feel free to re-take the 20-Min FTP Test Ride to see if your 20 minute average output has increased. If so, you can then use your new 20 minute average output to calculate your updated FTP, and apply that number to the percentage calculations for each zone above to update your target output ranges.

Now that you’re a Power Zone expert, it’s time to get started. Count yourself in for one of Matt’s live Power Zone Rides here or find some of his past rides in the “Specialized Ride Type” on-demand section of your bike and app.

Good luck with your training! We can’t wait to watch you power through.

Have questions for Matt? Connect with him over on his Official Peloton Facebook page.


NEW! Peloton X Fitbit: Connect your accounts to stay on track


We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with one of the biggest names in wearable fitness tracking: Fitbit!

Just in time to help you hit your New Year’s resolutions, you can now connect your Peloton and Fitbit accounts, allowing you to automatically post detailed metrics from every ride you complete to your Fitbit dashboard. It’s a great way to track your Peloton progress and ensure every pedal stroke counts towards your goal.

Connecting your Peloton account to Fitbit:


  • Once you have completed a ride on the bike, tap Share, then select Fitbit
  • Log in to your Fitbit account
  • Once logged in, metrics from this workout, along with all future completed workouts, will be automatically posted to your Fitbit dashboard

Every workout that is posted to Fitbit will be logged as an exercise and will include the length of your workout, distance and calories burned, giving you a full scope of how hard you pushed.

Note: Some Fitbit devices automatically track heart rate, which will appear in your Fitbit dashboard, but will not sync with the heart rate feature on your Peloton bike’s touchscreen at this time. If you would like to track your heart rate on the Peloton bike, you will need an ANT+ compatible heart rate monitor.

Ready to ride towards your resolution? Connect your Peloton account to Fitbit today!


Connect Your Peloton Account to Strava for More Motivation


Sharing your progress with an athletic community is a great way to receive support and motivation as you power towards your goals.

Luckily, your Peloton bike can easily connect to Strava — a social network created specifically for athletes, designed to help you make the most out of every workout. By connecting your Peloton account to Strava, you’ll be able to post a recap of every ride to the Strava feed, which is a great way to share progress and stay on track.

Connecting your Peloton account to Strava:

1.) Create an account on the Strava website.

2.) You will be able to share your Peloton activity on Strava directly after you complete a workout, and from your past ride performances. To share from these screens, select Share, then sign in with your Strava username and password.

3.) When connecting to Strava from your bike for the first time, you will be asked if you’d like to auto post all of your workouts. This means that whenever you complete a workout, your performance recap will post to Strava automatically. If you choose not to auto post during this time, you can always adjust this preference later by selecting the Menu icon on the bottom left corner of your home screen, then Account Settings, then Privacy and Alerts, and then Auto Post Rides to Strava.

Even better? For a limited time, Peloton riders can get two free months for joining Strava Premium — an enhanced Strava experience.

Get connected today to start sharing your progress with athletes just like you.

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New Feature: Heart Rate Zones — A How To Guide


Our exciting new Heart Rate Zones feature allows you to heart rate train in every ride. By connecting a heart rate monitor to your bike, you’ll now be able to adjust your effort, maximize each ride and achieve specific goals by viewing your current heart rate zone on the touchscreen.

So, what exactly is heart rate training? It’s a tool — one that can make your workouts more effective and precise. Your heart rate is measured in beats per minute (BPM) through the sensors of a heart rate monitor that is strapped to your chest. The feedback from the monitor is then displayed on your touchscreen, so you can monitor your heart rate and increase or decrease your effort based on your goal.

Heart Rate Zones

For our Heart Rate Training feature, we are using the Heart Rate Zone methodology. This consists of five different zones, each reflecting a different level of effort and offering a specific benefit. The percentages of each zone are based on your maximum heart rate (MHR).


Your heart rate and current zone will be displayed in real-time on the touchscreen – so you will be able to track your effort level as you move within zones.

How to Get Started:

Start by connecting your heart rate monitor to the bike. If you don’t have one, you can purchase one here. If you do have a monitor, any ANT+ heart rate monitor will sync with your Peloton bike.

By default, your max heart rate is automatically calculated using the Karvonen formula (220 – your age) — with your age being pulled from the age you entered in your profile. If you have not entered your age, or need to adjust, you can do so in your profile settings on the bike.

Note: Your default max heart rate may not be perfectly accurate, since it will not incorporate factors like individual fitness level. As you begin your heart rate training, you may find that the levels are too easy or too difficult, and may need to adjust accordingly. To set a custom MHR, go to your Account Settings on the bike via the Menu on the bottom left corner of your touchscreen. You will see a field called Max Heart Rate, which will allow you to use either use the default calculation or enter your own custom MHR. Additionally, your MHR percentage will display on your screen as another metric that you can track during your ride. 

Once you’ve connected your heart rate monitor and established your MHR, you can start your training by taking our brand new beginner heart rate training workout series featuring Steven Little and Christine D’Ercole. This series is designed to get you familiar with heart rate zones and enhance each ride for optimal goal achievement. 

Ready to start training? Steven and Christine’s beginner heart rate training series can be found in the on-demand library on the bike under the “Specialized” ride type. Get ready for these brand-new live heart rate training classes to start on Monday, November 21st. Put your heart in every ride and get better results with every beat! 


Are these upgrades helping you pedal to peak performance? We want to know! Please send any feedback and questions to support@pelotoncycle.com, or share your thoughts on our Peloton Riders Facebook page.


New Feature: Find Facebook Friends Who Ride Peloton


It’s now easy to find friends who ride Peloton, right from your bike.

Our exciting new feature lets you connect your Peloton account to Facebook so you can find friends who are a part of the Peloton community. Adding friends to your Peloton network allows you to view their workout activity and take classes together to share the experience.

To find your friends on the Peloton bike, select the Menu on the bottom right-hand corner of your touchscreen, then select Find Facebook Friends.

Please remember that Peloton will never share any information through Facebook without your permission. If you have any concerns, please visit our privacy policy for more details.

Start finding friends on your bike today so you can experience strength in numbers as you ride with those you know and love!

Are these upgrades helping you pedal to peak performance? We want to know! Please send any feedback and questions to support@pelotoncycle.com, or share your thoughts on our Peloton Riders Facebook page.

Peloton Tech / Joining the Engineering Team

Behind every amazing Peloton ride feature is our growing tech team with the ability to deliver an incredible experience on the bike. We’ve gained so much new talent within our engineering department that we wanted to get their take on what it’s like being new to the Peloton crew. We talked with Brendan Walker, Senior Software Engineer, on his experience so far after recently joining the team.


Throughout the job hunting process, you received other offers besides Peloton. Why did you choose here?

I was looking for an opportunity where I could work on a product that excited me, as well as a place where I can grow my career. Peloton checked both of my requirements. I never worked at a startup before, so I was anxious to experience working at a smaller company. Peloton also interested me because our business is somewhat related to my wife’s profession, Physical Therapy. I’ve learned from her how significant physical activity is for everyone; to be a part of that impact is very powerful.

How is working at Peloton different than at Microsoft where you worked on Halo?

At Halo, we had to be concerned with how well our services scaled from day one. For most games, especially with a flagship game like Halo, launch day has the most traffic you will ever receive throughout the lifetime of the game. Here, we don’t have the same scale problems as Microsoft but we are slowly getting to that point. I do think there are a lot of similarities between working at a game studio and Peloton, specifically because both try to solve a similar problem: making the user experience fun. It isn’t a problem found in most tech industries, but it can definitely be the most challenging one to solve.


How is working for a smaller team of engineers different than working on a larger team?

It allows me to have a larger impact on both the product and the direction of the product. Smaller teams also enable improved communication. At Microsoft, I generally worked on small teams, but the organizations were large. For work that involved multiple teams, decisions had to go pretty high up in the organization, which led to long delays. We have a much smaller organization, so we don’t have those kind of problems.


Do you feel that you made the right choice?

I do feel like I made the best decision. Within my first two months, I feel like I have grown significantly professionally, and have been able to contribute to our services and teams. It is also really exciting to work on a product that our members are really passionate about. It makes working here that much more exciting.

What’s your favorite part about working here?

The people are great! I really enjoy working with people who are excited to work here as well, and who are both smart and supportive.


How would you describe the company culture?

We are a nimble company that enjoys a collaborative environment while solving challenging problems. We are very customer-driven as well, and are determined to make an incredible Peloton experience for them.

What’s one thing about our culture that sets us apart from other tech companies?

I think its the community that our customers helped create that sets us apart. We receive their feedback and their personal stories, which makes it really exciting to see how my work can positively impact someone’s life.

Want to join the team? Find more information on all of our open positions here.


New Feature: Gender / Age Group Leaderboard Filter

We heard your requests, and we’re excited to make them a reality. Now you can customize your competition even further with our new Gender / Age Group leaderboard filter!

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This new feature offers an even more personal experience by allowing you to tailor the leaderboard to riders with gender and age stats similar to your own. With a diverse community of riders ranging from professional cyclists to casual exercisers, focusing on competitors with similar stats can keep you motivated and pushing harder.

For example, you can choose to race against other women in their 30s, other men in their 50s, or whatever grouping is most relatable to your personal stats.

This new filter can be accessed under the Filter menu of your leaderboard. See below:


Don’t want to share your age or gender? We’ve got you covered. Access your account settings by tapping your username on the bottom left corner of the screen, and then selecting “Account Settings”. In the “Social” tab you’ll see a new option to show or hide your information. By unchecking this box, your age and gender will be hidden from the leaderboard and you will not show up when other riders apply this filter.


Check out our FAQ page to learn more.

Are these upgrades helping you pedal to peak performance? We want to know! Please send any feedback and questions to support@pelotoncycle.com, or share your thoughts on our Peloton Riders Facebook page.

Ready, set, ride!


NEW: Race your personal record during every ride

Starting today, you can now race against your own personal record during every ride. Your PR number (your best output for that particular ride length) will be displayed on the leaderboard and will be shown below you if you’re pacing ahead, or above you if you’re pacing behind.

Some key things to note:
  • This feature will now appear by default in your leaderboard. Not in a particularly competitive mood? You can easily hide your personal best by tapping in the “Filters” menu in the top right hand corner and decide to only ride with the current workout on your screen.
  • You will only be racing against a PR that you set within a class with the same ride length. For example, if you’re taking a 45 minute class, your PR from a previous 45 minute ride will display.
  • Scored another PR? Make sure to share your ride on Facebook to celebrate and tag #ridepeloton.
  • Have additional questions? Find our complete FAQ page here.

It’s you versus you—may the best rider win!



Peloton’s Tech Team takes Brooklyn for their latest team outing

Team building is a priority at Peloton; not only is it a time to show off our extra-curricular talents (hello, shuffleboard pros!) but it creates a camaraderie that enables our staff to work side by side in order to produce the best products and ideas, together. Recently, our engineer and product teams got together in Brooklyn for BBQ, shuffleboard and even some Jenga action. Take a look below at a brief photo recap of our recent Teach Team outing.







20160622-DSCF5902 (1)Interested in joining the team? Find all of our open positions listed here. 


Round out your routine with new Beyond the Ride workouts


Complement your rides with new off-the-bike workouts! Our Beyond the Ride collection, which is now live, ranges from stretching to shadowboxing and planks to pushups – all with the same convenience and effectiveness of a Peloton cycling class.


Get in gear to accomplish off-the-bike workouts with some of your favorite instructors:

Alex Toussaint

  • 5 minute lower body stretch
  • 5 minute legs, back & abs toning
  • 5 minute cardio
  • 5 & 10 minute jumpstart your day workouts
  • 10 minute full body stretch
  • 15 minute core toning

Jess King

  • 5 minute body awareness
  • 10 minute hip & lower back stretch
  • 10 minute toning at the wall

Jennifer Jacobs

  • 5 minute hip stretch
  • 5 minute towel workout for core
  • 5 minute basic shadowboxing moves
  • 10 minute active isolated stretch
  • 10 minute towel workout for legs
  • 10 minute dynamic stretch
  • 10 minute intro to shadowboxing

Cody Rigsby

  • 5 minute plank workout
  • 5 minute pushup workout
  • 5 minute lower back toning
  • 5 minute glute toning
  • 10 minute cardio
  • 10 minute lower body stretch

Beyond the Ride workouts are now available anytime on your Peloton bike and on the iPhone and iPad app—just filter by ride type to find them all.

Click here to download the iPhone & iPad app now