Hardest Peloton Instructors 2021 (From toughest to easiest)


I’ve been getting great results with peloton by selecting the right type of workouts and instructors that can push my limits. I figured it’s time to dust off the keyboard and show you which peloton instructors are the toughest and help you choose the right ones for your goals.

In general, choosing the toughest peloton instructor will depend on the type of class you do. The hardest peloton trainer for cycling is Olivia Amato with her Interval rides. She is former lacrosse and track and field athlete, as well as a two-time all-state field hockey player.

I’ve been using peloton since 2019, and one thing that I’ve learn that always moves the needle is your ability to choose the right instructor (which often means the hardest).

NOTE: This article is about the hardest peloton trainers, not the toughest peloton workouts. I’ve already written about the “hardest peloton classes“, which I recommend you read.

Hardest Peloton Cycling Instructors

In general, you know which instructors are the toughest by filtering cycling classes by their difficulty level.

However, this will only show you the top of the iceberg because peloton has over 10.000 rides and about 200 of them have difficulty above 190.

Here you can see the list of the 5 hardest peloton cycling instructors.

NameNumber of ridesAvg difficulty
Olivia Amato3098.3
Christian Vande Velde148.2
Kendall Toole4138.0
Robin Arzon4077.8
Ally Love6087.6
Hardest peloton cycling instructors

Who is the hardest Peloton bike instructor? As a whole, the hardest peloton bike instructor is Olivia Amato. She teaches over 300 rides and her average difficulty level is 8.3. Her toughest classes are HIIT and Hills, which are interval climb rides where you keep adding resistance.

I usually get the best outputs with Olivia because most of her workouts include climbing and being out of the saddle. Standing positions allows you to generate more force, but are the most taxing on the body.

I also find that her personality allows me to push and challenge myself. Olivia turns every class into a long-distance hike, which I like.

I used to love Tabata classes with Robin but I wasn’t getting enough intensity for the long haul until I started training with Olivia. Now I only ride with Olivia and all my PR are with her.

The second toughest peloton cycling instructor is Christian Vande Velde. He only has 14 rides but all of them are extremely difficult.

He is the retired American professional road racing cyclist who raced in the Tour de France neck and neck with people like Lance Armstrong.

He can definitively motivate you to work hard. Each of his rides is a good endurance challenge because he pushes you for the whole 45 minutes.

Even his cooldowns are like a race. My average output during Christan rides is above 300 watts.

What about the easiest instructors? Overall, the easiest peloton cycling instructor is Mayla Wedekind because most of her rides are low-impact, beginners, and recovery sessions that range between 5.0 to 7.0 in the difficulty score. She also teaches a lot of warm-up and cooldown rides.

Hardest Peloton Strength Instructors

Peloton strength is the second most difficult and most diverse class category after cycling. Choosing the hardest peloton strength coach will ensure you’re not wasting your time and you always get a good workout.

Here you have the list of the 5 hardest peloton strength instructors with the number of rides and average class difficulty level.

NameNumber of classesAvg difficulty
Jess Sims2337.9
Rebecca Kennedy2867.7
Tunde Oyeneyin177.4
Chase Tucker2077.0
Adrian Williams1506.7
Hardest peloton strength instructors

Who is the hardest peloton strength instructor? In short, the hardest peloton strength instructor is Jess Sims because she teaches over 230 strength classes and over 180 have difficulty levels above 7. Her most difficult weight training class lasts for 45 minutes and includes a variety of functional movements with heavyweights.

Jess also has several 20-minute strenuous workouts where she includes several complex exercises, done back to back, with minimum to no rest.

She also includes many kettlebell-style exercises like Turkish get-ups, clean and press, or armbars.

Those movements kick my ass every time because they require functional mobility and strength. They are tough, and if you choose the right weight, you can get out of breathing right off the gate.

The second toughest peloton strength instructor is Rebecca Kennedy.

She teaches over 280 strength classes (the most from all peloton instructors) and 170 are intermediate to advanced. Rebecca specializes in bodyweight strength workouts.

I love to train with her because she uses a lot of animal movement style workouts where you don’t need any weights.

What is an animal movement workout? Overall, the animal movement workout is a combination of yoga, martial arts, and functional training. It involves exercises named after specific animals as bear crawls, frog jumps, gorilla walks, and more. They help to improve your strength, as well as mobility.

What about the easiest instructors? In short, the easiest peloton strength instructor is Matty Maggiacomo because he teaches a lot of 10 to 20-minute workouts that are beginner-friendly. He has longer break times and spends a lot of time emphasizing the right technique and form.

It’s great for beginners, but not if you’re looking for a tough class.

Hardest Peloton Tread Instructors

As a whole, running is harder than cycling because it burns more calories, as well as has a higher impact on the muscles and joints.

Studies have shown that endurance training for marathons is one of the most difficult sports (Esteve-Lanao et al. 2017).

Below you have the list of the 5 hardest peloton tread instructors.

NameNumber of classesAvg difficulty
Olivia Amato2107.6
Jess Sims1547.2
Becs Gentry4447.1
Matt Wilpers2306.9
Selena Samuela2836.6
Hardest peloton tread instructors

Who is the hardest peloton tread instructor? In short, the hardest peloton tread instructor is Olivia Amato because most of her classes are high-intensity interval training runs with a difficulty levels above 8.5. Her toughest class is a 45-minute Hills Run where you increase speed as well as tread incline.

Olivia’s HIIT runs have higher work to rest ratio where you will run for 3-5 minutes around your lactate threshold, followed by the recovery time.

Minimal breaks, high incline, and take-no-prisoners mindset. Choose her if you want to PR your next tread session. Please don’t be fooled by her innocent look. She will kick your ass while keeping a smile on her face.

The second most challenging peloton tread instructor is Jess Sims. She has over 150 tread classes and 70 of them have difficulty levels above 7.5. She specializes in 45-minute Hill Runs, as well as Interval Runs.

She also teaches the class called “The Fastest Mile”.

What is the fastest mile on the peloton? Overall, the fastest mile on the peloton is an assessment-style class without incline or speed recommendation designed to make you run at your best and beat your record in running 1 mile under 11 minutes. It starts from a progressive 8-minute warm-up.

This is the perfect class for everyone who likes short but intense runs.

Who is the easiest peloton tread instructor? In general, the easiest peloton tread instructor is Matty Maggiacomo. He mainly does Recovery runs and Intervals for beginners. His tread classes on average are between 4 to 6 difficulty levels.

Hardest Peloton Bootcamp Instructors

I think peloton Bootcamp is the most challenging workout available because it’s a combination of cardio with weights.

You can read in detail about the science behind “peloton bootcamp” in my article here.

Here are the top 5 peloton Bootcamp instructors.

NameNumber of classesAvg difficulty
Jess Sims1818.6
Olivia Amato437.8
Chase Tucker1247.7
Andy Speer1157.4
Rebecca Kennedy777.2
Hardest peloton bootcamp instructors

Who is the toughest peloton Bootcamp instructor? In short, the hardest peloton bootcamp instructor is Jess Sims. She specializes in 60-minute full-body classes with a difficulty level of around 9. Most of her bootcamp workouts alternate between interval run for 5-10 minutes, followed by 8-12 minute full body exercises using heavyweights.

Her workout split between cardio and strength is around 40 to 60. This is the most challenging 60 minute class on the peloton.

She dominates bike Bootcamp, as well as tread Bootcamp.

What I like about her Jess Bootcamp sessions is that she also includes several high-impact and plyometric moves like jumps, burpees, and tuck jumps.

This is a great alternative for strength training that boosts muscle power, strength, balance, and agility.

The second hardest peloton bootcamp instructor is Olvia. She has 43 Bootcamp classes altogether, but only 3 of them are for beginners.

Instead of focusing on full-body, she does a lot of body part splits combined with cardio (e.g. Legs and Glutes, Core, or Arms and Shoulders).

Who is the easiest peloton Bootcamp instructor? In general, the easiest peloton tread instructor is Selena Samuela because most of her Bootcamp sessions are for beginners. She teaches a lot of Bootcamp core workouts where she mainly uses her body weight, together with lightweights.

Hardest Peloton Yoga Instructors

When I was choosing the hardest peloton yoga instructors I needed to remind myself that yoga is not like cycling or running classes where you assess difficulty levels by their intensity.

Yoga is more about a range of motion because you can be the stronger guy or gal in the room but without good mobility, you won’t be able to perform certain asanas.

Here are my top 5 peloton yoga instructors ranked by difficulty.

NameNumber of classesAvg difficulty
Ross Rayburn5296.5
Anna Greenberg5596.5
Kristin McGee5976.2
Denis Morton3685.9
Marianna Fernandez1575.5
Hardest peloton yoga instructors

Who is the most difficult peloton yoga instructor? As a whole, the hardest peloton yoga instructor is Ross Rayburn because he teaches some of the most difficult 30 minute Power Yoga classes. Most of his advanced sessions include a good mix of arm-balancing poses, inversion poses, and backends.

Apart from teaching some of the most advanced yoga poses like headstand, scorpion, or even handstand, Ross has many 45-minute Vinyasa style Yoga Flow classes where you move from one pose to another, with minimum time to rest.

One thing that I like about Ross is that he gives a hard class but doesn’t intimidate people. He always gives alternatives for people who are not quite there.

The second most difficult peloton yoga teacher is Anna Greenberg. She goes with Ross neck and neck because they both have an equal number of advanced and intermediate classes.

However, some of the Yoga Flow last for up to 60 minutes.

Conclusion

In short, the most difficult peloton instructor is Olivia Amato. She is one of the top four peloton instructors that teaches bike, tread, and strength classes. Plus, most of her workouts are advanced and intermediate, regardless of the class category.

Please remember that most of the peloton instructors specialize within specific categories so choosing the hardest one isn’t always that simple. This will depend mainly on your mobility, fitness level, and personal goals.

Michal Sieroslawski

Michal is an exercise physiologist (MSc), nutrition coach, Ashtanga teacher, and fitness blogger. He shares his successes and failures to help busy men and women squash down 20, 50, or even 100 pounds of fat without leaving their home.

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