I’ve found that Peloton’s instructors can do a lot of things. They can keep you motivated when you don’t think you have another mile in your legs. They can inspire you to huff and puff on the bike against your better judgment (and usually for the better). And, most importantly, they can help you burn calories. Whether it’s because of their encouraging words or because their classes are just so dang hard, these five rides below are notorious for burning more calories than any others. Sure, every workout burns calories—I’m not here to discount that. But if supercharging your calorie-burning game is what’s going to get you motivated to sign up for these workouts, I’m happy to let them have all the credit.
Yoga Ride with Olivia Amato
This is a 60-minute full-body workout that’s low impact, beginner friendly, and will leave you feeling relaxed. If you’re new to yoga or prefer a total body workout without the strain of high impact exercises then this one is for you.
This ride features expert instructor Olivia Amato who leads riders through 15 minutes of warm up exercises followed by 45 minutes of yoga moves that focus on strengthening your core muscles. You’ll perform basic warm ups like sun salutations (trikonasana) and forward folds (uttanasana), all while stretching out your hamstrings along with other areas of the body such as shoulders, hips and back. The last 15 minutes are dedicated entirely to relaxation poses so come prepared for a relaxing end to the ride!
Bootcamp Ride with Jenn Sherman
The Bootcamp Ride is a high-intensity, full-body workout that burns up to 740 calories per hour. It’s a great choice if you want to torch fat and build muscle, but it’s not for beginners. The class starts with a warmup followed by exercises that target your quads, glutes, hamstrings and calves. You can do this on the bike or in place on the floor—Jenn Sherman uses both throughout the ride!
Afterward there are cool down stretches and then Jenn gives some quick tips on how to stay motivated at home before thanking everyone for watching!
Running Ride with Robin Arzon
This 45-minute run is a great beginner-level workout. The pace will be slower than you’re used to if you’ve been doing high intensity workouts, but it’s low intensity so the burn will be more gradual.
This workout is done outside on trails and streets with Robin Arzon, who is one of Peloton’s original instructors. She’s also a former triathlete who runs full time (and completed the Boston Marathon) back in 2014 when she was still teaching at her studio near New York City.
If you don’t have access to an outdoor space or prefer to avoid running on roads, no worries—there’s another version of this treadmill ride where Robin takes viewers through Central Park in Manhattan.
Cycling Ride with Alex Toussaint
The cycling team at Peloton is led by Alex Toussaint, a former professional cyclist who won the Tour of Rwanda in 2018. Toussaint is also one of the instructors who teaches cycling classes on the Peloton Bike and he has a good sense of humor. He’s very knowledgeable about how to use your body in motion and can help you learn proper posture and form while on the bike to ensure that you’re using all of your muscles properly. In addition, he’ll explain what muscles are working during each movement so that you know exactly where they are being used so that they stay engaged throughout the entire session.
Outdoor Running Race with Matt Wilpers
The workout is a four-mile run around the park. It’s challenging because it includes hills and you have to keep up with the music on your Peloton bike.
You burn approximately 700 calories per hour if you’re running at an average pace of 10 minutes per mile. That means this workout will burn about 2,100 calories in 60 minutes of outdoor running in addition to any biking you do afterward! You can choose how many times to repeat the Outdoor Running Race workout; each time equals about one hour of exercise for a total calorie count of 2,100 or more depending on how many times you repeat it throughout the day. This mix is perfect for those who want to be active both inside and outside their home!
I have done this mixed treading class three times so far and love how it combines two very different types of workouts (treadmill vs outside). I find that when I’m doing only one type of cardio exercise (either indoors or outdoors), my body gets bored with that routine pretty quickly — but mixing them up keeps things interesting while also keeping me motivated!
These Peloton workouts help you burn the most calories.
The Peloton bike comes with a number of workout programs, and the calorie burn can vary from one to the next. We’ve compiled a list of the best rides for burning calories, so you can get your sweat on without feeling like you’re working out longer than necessary.
- The Best Workout for Burning Calories: This ride lasts for 40 minutes and burns approximately 500-600 calories per hour. This is also one of our favorites because it has a combination of sprints and hills that keeps your heart rate up throughout the entire duration of your ride.
If you’d like to achieve similar results with an indoor cycling class at your local gym or fitness studio, consider signing up for one that’s 45 minutes to an hour long; this will allow enough time for both warmup and cooldown periods (which we recommend doing anyway).
We hope this list of Peloton rides will help you burn more calories and reach your health goals! If you want to get fit, but don’t want to spend hours in the gym, these are great classes for people who are busy and/or on a budget.