Being somewhat new to Peloton, I don’t know a lot of what it was like pre-COVID-19 from a class perspective, but I’ve taken enough of the live classes to know that I don’t care if Peloton ever has in-studio riders again.
I don’t know Peloton’s plans once all of the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, but one has to wonder how their use of the studio will change in the future. Is not having riders in the studio easier on the technology team? I can imagine that the instructors prefer to have a live studio audience because it can give them energy, but there are times when instructors had to call people out live on camera.
One of the aspects of Peloton’s live studio rides that have been perfected is feeling like you are there and the instructor is teaching the rides just to you as an online rider. It involves the proper camera angles, the proper eye contact, the proper call outs at home, etc.
When there are studio riders, by design, they can easily become the focus of the instructors.
A month ago, there was a Reddit thread around the same topic.
This comment perfectly summed up my feelings:
An empty studio isn’t something most of us would have realized we wanted until it was an option. What do you think? Leave a comment below.