You may have noticed I have been a little Peloton obsessed since I got my bike about 5 months ago. I have been loving the cycle classes, yoga classes and stretch classes. I have also become “enamored” with my fave instructor Denis. I take both his cycle and yoga classes religiously. When we planned a quick getaway to NYC this week, I knew it was my chance to get into the Peloton NYC studio to take a live class and meet Denis of course.
Visiting Peloton NYC
To back up at bit, I had no idea that there was a huge subculture within Peloton users of different fan groups and interests. Each instructor has their own facebook group of fans that discuss their favorite classes and love for their trainers. There are subgroups for “Peloton moms”, “Peloton runners” and “Pelowinos” to name a few. Each of these groups has thousands of of members who talk to each all day long about Peloton. It’s really remarkable and overwhelming. Denis apparently has quite the fan club as well. Taking a live class at Peloton NYC is every Peloton user’s dream. Groups of fans literally plan pilgrimages to take classes together.
I discovered that Denis wasn’t teaching a cycle class while I was in town but would be teaching a yoga class. Well, sign me up! I literally logged on exactly when the class opened to book my spot. I may have also convinced my husband to take an earlier train up from DC so I could make the class.
Getting ready to head to class, I was like a nervous teen on her first date. So silly! The trendy sheik studio was filled with fit fans who oozed that NY confidence. I tried to act cool myself but when I turned around and saw “my Denis”, I turned into a nervous blob saying something really silly which I now cannot even remember.
I walked into the yoga studio that would be filming our class live to broadcast to the thousands of Peloton users. It was really fascinating to see behind the scenes of the production value and all that goes into filming. Phones and photos were not allowed inside the studio. The yoga mats are all perfectly spaced and we were instructed not to move them. There is a large clock counting down the class so the instructor knows exactly how to pace the class and stays perfectly on schedule.
My class was actually 2 live classes-A 30 minute Vinyasa flow followed by a 10 minute quad focused class. I was still a little nervous as the class started but Denis was very kind and welcoming to us all. I am not sure I have spent so much effort trying to make sure I held those poses correctly as I did that day! Denis “makes suggestions, you make decisions”.
After class, I chit chatted with Denis and the other participants a bit. Apparently, many visitors to the studio want photos with the instructors and it’s part of their job to indulge the fans. He was very gracious and kind and I took full advantage of the photo opp even getting Denis to sign my cycle shoes. Next time, I will absolutely hit the cycle class.
I am thankful I had the chance to visit the studio and meet my fave instructor. Although I felt a little silly, it was a blast. Now when I see him looking back at me on the screen, we will both know we had that moment. Ha ha! Peloton NYC I will be back!
Ever taken a class with a celebrity trainer or instructor? Were you nervous?
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