I’ve discovered that getting off the Peloton studio waitlist is the best way to get into classes at Peloton Studios New York.
I haven’t tried this method at the Peloton London studios. However, should I get across the pond to take classes, I’ll let you know if it works.
Anyway, I’ve been trying for weeks to get into a class at Peloton New York City.
The process of going through the Peloton online class booking system is ridiculous and frustrating.
Never once have I managed to get into a class on the day a new week of classes is released. Even the waitlists that day filled up fast.
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Getting on Peloton studio waitlist later in the week
While it was understandably frustrating that I could not get into any of the classes I tried to book each Thursday, I’ve learned something important: as it gets later in the week or, frankly, the month, people cancel their spots.
And suddenly waitlist spots open up. Granted, these spots are for a few days later.
However, if you have flexible travel plans, it would be wise to continue to check the studio website and see if there are openings in the coming days and weeks.
For example, on a Tuesday I was able to get myself on the waitlist for two classes on the coming Saturday at PSNY.
There were two other classes with waitlist spots available, too.
How to get off the Peloton waitlist for studio classes
Because so many readers had questions about the Peloton class waitlist after I first wrote my article about the Peloton Studios reopening, I wanted to share what I’d learned from my own experience.
Two waves to the waitlist
It used to be that people got off the waitlist in two waves. One, in the days before the class you could get an email saying that you got in, like the message I got below.
About 24 hours in advance, I got an email stating, “You’re in!”
That part is still true.
And two, it was day-of. That is, if you were still on the waitlist the day of the class, you would show up an hour early, get your buzzer and pray to the Peloton Gods that you got in. While the system sort of still works that way, there are some marked differences.
In fact, I just read something on the Official Peloton Facebook page. It tells me they’ve changed the system.
Day-of waitlist at Peloton Studios
So, basically, if it is 12 hours before your class and you still haven’t gotten an email confirmation that you’re in, plan to go to the studios the next day. You’ll want to show up one hour before the class begins.
If you’re on the waitlist, they’ll let you in the studio doors. Then, you’ll check in at the front desk.
After that, you’ll take a seat in the lobby area. At about 30 minutes before class begins, they start canceling spots for any no-shows. Then, they start moving those waitlist people–YOU!–into classes.
In the beginning, aka when the studios first reopened in 2022, it was on a first come, first served basis that people got off the waitlist. Now, people who’ve been lately tell me that it is random. Still, I would suggest being one of the first in the door. I mean, why not?
Take the first spot off the waitlist you can get
My last time at the studio, I was on the waitlist for a Denis Morton yoga class. When I checked in, they offered me a spot in Matty’s class.
They said it was a run class.
I don’t run so I declined.
Shouldn’t have done that.
Turns out it was a walk plus run. Once I figured this out, I went back to the front desk.
Unfortunately, the class was now full.
Pro tip: if you get to the studio on one waitlist and are offered a spot in another class, take the spot.
I still regret not taking that spot in Matty’s class!
Some people have gotten off multiple waitlists in the same day.
One person I know got into three classes in a single day. In fact, so did I.
Timeline of day-of waitlist
If you get to the studio more than one hour before your class begins, you’ll have to wait outside. In fact, when I first arrived at the studio for a 10:30 class (at 8:30), there was a line outside. So, I joined the line.
The very nice person at the front door told me that in order to get in on the waitlist, I had to come back exactly one hour before the class began. Truth is, so do people who have a confirmed spot in the class. Peloton doesn’t want you loitering in the lobby.
Pro tip: if you get there early, head to the Whole Foods next door.
Take the escalator up to the second floor, where there are tables and chairs overlooking 10th Avenue.
You can hang out.
When I returned at 9:30, they opened the door, checked me in, asked to see my vaccination card (update: they’re not still checking vaccination status) and it was off to the races.
Keep checking the Peloton studio website for class openings
We’ve already established that bookings open each
Monday Thursday at 12 noon Eastern. And they often fill up within minutes.
However, life happens and people cancel. So, if you’re going to be in New York City, check back on the studio website.
A class that previously was full may now have a waitlist open. Or, even better, there is room to book an actual class versus getting on a waitlist.
I’ll tell you that once I got on one waitlist, which happened on a Tuesday, I booked my trip to New York City for the coming weekend. This involved booking a flight and a hotel.
And then I stalked the Peloton studio site relentlessly. When I tell you I refreshed it at least once an hour, I’m not exaggerating.
And by the time I got on my flight to New York City on a Thursday, I was on the waitlist for four classes. By the time I got to my hotel, I was on the waitlist for two more classes.
On Friday, I got notice that I was off the waitlist for a Denis Morton Power Zone Endurance class for Saturday.
And by the end of Friday, I was off the waitlist for two more classes. Finally, on Saturday, I ended up taking three cycling classes.
There was the aforementioned Denis class.
Then, a Jenn Sherman class (which I got off the waitlist for the night before). And a Hannah Corbin cycling class.
The next day I got off the waitlist for a walking class in the Tread studio and then a strength class.
Be wary of day-of waitlist spots on the website
One final thing about stalking the Peloton Studio website for waitlist spots: if you see a red waitlist spot for a class happening within the next hour and you’re in the city, don’t rush over and try to get in.
I’ve learned that the studio website defaults to the red waitlist button when it’s under an hour until a class starts. I don’t know why it does this. All I know is that during my last visit, I saw this happen–yes, I was still obsessively checking to see if I could get into other classes.
And when I saw one popup for 30 minutes in the future, I rushed to the front desk and asked to get in. That’s when I learned that, nah, it’s a bug in the system and there really aren’t any waitlist spots left. I can’t believe, almost a year later, that bug is still there. So, don’t get your hopes up like I did.
Here is my take on the in-person experience at Peloton Studios NYC.
Final thoughts on getting off the Peloton class waitlist
You’ll need persistence and patience when dealing with Peloton classes and either booking them or trying to get on the waitlist.
One final tip: make sure you have your class credits purchased ahead of time. With the yoga and strength studio, there are only 6-8 spots. When a waitlist place opens in one of those, it can be gone in seconds. So, if you don’t have class credits at the ready, you may lose out.
Having learned first hand that you can actually get off the waitlist, that’s probably how I’ll go about booking classes in the future. In fact, my birthday is in December.
Thankfully, it falls on one of the days of the week that Peloton has classes with live participants. So, I’ve got a plan mapped out for trying to get into as many classes in NYC for my birthday so I can have a great albeit sweaty celebration at Peloton.
If you have any other questions about navigating the Peloton class waitlist, let me know.