Best Peloton Tread Classes To Take In 2022 (Updated)


I’ve used peloton tread for almost a year and I have found some of the best workouts that I think you will like.

If you’re a runner looking for performance, or maybe you want to burn as many calories as possible, In this article I will show you my favorite picks for tread workouts up to date.

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Best Peloton tread classes to try in 2022

Currently, there are over 2,950 peloton tread classes that range from beginner to advance level. The difference in the difficulty level is mainly predicated on the workout intensity and duration.

In a nutshell.

  • For better performance, I recommend doing speed, tempo, and interval runs.
  • These peloton tread classes focus on high-intensity and improve your VO2max, which helps to run faster and longer.
  • For weight loss, I recommend doing long-distance running such as Endurance runs, Progression runs, and recovery runs.
  • These workouts keep your intensity around 60-80% o the maximum heart rate, an intensity at which you are burning large amounts of fat.

Before you turn off the screen and jump on your tread to test them out, I like to remind you that before each class, it is recommended to spend 5-10 minutes on separate warm-up workouts.

Here is the list of my top picks.

1. Advanced HIIT Run

Peloton HIIT Run (with Becs) is for everyone who is already comfortable with interval running on the treadmill and wants to get to the next level.

I like this class becasue Becs keeps insanely short recovery, but long enough to make sure you catch your breath.

The running part takes anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds where you go fast, followed by the same recovery time (walk or slow jogging).

The number and type of interval will depend on the class you choose. I recommend trying a few because she does have many options.

For example.

  • One class can start at 60/60 (60 seconds ON and 60 seconds OFF), and with each interval, both the running time and recovery time go down by 10 seconds.
  • This is by far the best peloton tread class for performance becasue you get out of breath and improve your anaerobic threshold.

From what I’ve noticed, Becs uses a lot of this 1:1 ratio in her running classes.

I like this concept because it helps you to stay focused, and you come in with a clear objective.

Once you are done, that’s it.

Picture from peloton HIIT run with Becs
Credit: Peloton

This class is perfect for people who:

  • Don’t have much time on their hands
  • Want to get better at running
  • Want to finish off their strength class with a 20-minute interval running session

2. Tempo Run

A peloton tempo run is all about running as fast as possible and being able to maintain that speed for 45 minutes. This is more advanced and I would not recommend doing it for overweight beginners.

(You can find peloton tempo run by filtering classes by the “speed” tab and scrolling down the list.)

I recommend taking a class with Becs and Tobias (German speaking). Becs starts slowly from a 9-minute warm-up and then she jumps straight into the 35-minute run.

I like this tread class becasue there are no hills and no speed intervals, which is what I was looking for during my marathon training to improve my stamina and endurance.

Treat it like an assessment and come back to it once every 2-3 weeks to see how is your progress going.

For example, if you managed to continue running with an average of 7 mph for the whole class, come back next time to beat that time.

This class helps you to see how good have you become at running and how effective was your training prior to that run.

I would definitely recommend doing that class on the day when you’re rested and recovered (similar to when you take a peloton FTP test on the bike).

This class is perfect for people who:

  • Want to run faster
  • Prepare for their first 5k or 10k

3. Advanced Interval Run

I recommend doing the peloton Advanced Run class with Selena Samuela, especially If you looking to train for performance. Selena is one of the hardest peloton instructors that I know.

Her class is all about heart rate zone 4 and 5. Her intervals go are much longer than Becs, and her rest isn’t in a 1:1 ratio.

  • She starts off the class by adding a 1% incline on the tread and asks for 13 minutes warm-up.
  • After the warm-up, she kicks start with 6 minutes of fast running, followed by a 2-minute recovery (walking or jogging).
  • This type of training is brutally hard, but it can elevate your running game to the next level.

If that’s not enough, she also asks you to increase the incline level as you run.

To be honest, this is the hardest part because when you’re running fast, even 1-2% higher elevation makes a huge difference.

The good news is that if you run with her for 2-4 weeks, running on a flat surface will feel like walking.

peloton tread interval run

This class is perfect for people who:

  • Wants to run longer distances
  • Train for a marathon or half-marathon

4. Advanced Hills Run

If you’ve been running with Selena, you know she kicks the butt.

In her advanced 20-minute hills run she takes you up the hill for a solid 3-minute run, followed by a 1-minute recovery.

  • Here, she starts the class from a 4% incline, and every minute she adds 1% more.
  • After 3 minutes, you reduce both speed and elevation back down for your 1-minute recovery.
  • In this workout, you won’t be sprinting too much.

And to be honest you don’t need to because even regular pace running at 4-6% incline is hard enough by itself.

Running uphill changes your biomechanics and engages different muscles, compared to a flat race. You’re using more of your gluteal muscle and gastrocnemius-soleus complex (calves).

I’ve included this class in my peloton glute workout list, which I recommend you read.

This class is a great option for people who:

  • Train for trekking or hiking event
  • Want to work more on their calves and glutes

5. Endurance Run with

For endurance runs, go with Matt Wilpers. He spends all class running at the same pace. However, he gradually builds up the incline. The class is divided into 4 parts.

  • For each part, you add more incline, followed by base level.
  • So it gets really challenging, especially in the second half as you start to go over 3% elevation.
  • There are no speed intervals, which is great if your goal is to be able to maintain a long-distance run.

Endurance run is one of the peloton classes that burns the most calories. I like to do this class, especially on the days when I don’t do any other workouts.

If you like to combine running with other strength or stretching sessions, I would choose something shorter than that.

I can recommend this tread class for all levels of fitness because Matt doesn’t give you a set speed. This means you can stay at your own pace.

You can really push the envelope to see if you can maintain the same tempo for 45 minutes or just keep it as a more recovery jog.

This class is perfect for people who:

  • Work on their muscle endurance and stamina
  • Wants to stay in fat burning zone and maintain their heart rate

My thoughts

For me, peloton tread classes aren’t just like a regular running class. You can choose the class based on your fitness level and your desired goal.

I like that each session is different, and together with access to the leaderboard, you can track your progress.

You cannot use the peloton tread without taking a class

Unfortunately, peloton added a “tread lock” to the treadmill, which means you need to be logged in and have an active membership to take the classes.

The company started to implement a safety lock that will be available for all the treads. This means you cannot use the peloton tread without a subscription.

I like that they update their tread classes regularly, even after it’s a safety issue. Before, you could use “just run” mode, but right now, this feature is disabled.

Conclusion

  • Peloton adds multiple classes every day to its workout library, which makes it an ultra-valuable resource for anyone who loves to run.
  • The list above is my personal suggestion based on my own experience.
  • This means I will come back to this post in the nearest future with an update to keep you guys informed.

Michal Sieroslawski

Michal is an exercise physiologist (MSc) and a veteran endurance athlete. He loves to experiment and share his successes and failures to help busy men and women who want to lose weight.

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