Peloton Instructors – What to Know & Whose Class to Take

You’ve finally purchased your Peloton bike or your Peloton tread and want to dig into crushing some classes. But wait – who are the Peloton instructors? What do you need to know? Here are all the Peloton instructors, what they teach and a bit more about each one.

Peloton Instructors - What to Know & Whose Class to Take

Which Peloton Instructor or class is right for you?

Don’t have a ton of time? Start with this! This should help you pick your next class based on what you want out of it or how you want to feel.

  • If you want to feel like an elite athlete: Matt Wilpers (bike and tread)
  • If you want a hard workout that doesn’t actually feel so hard: Jess Sims (bike, tread, strenghth, bootcamps)
  • If you want to smile while you sweat: Adrian Williams (tread and strength)
  • If you want a fun class lead by an instructor with quite a bit of humor: Matty Maggiacomo (tread and strength)
  • If you want to be distracted while spinning (with a likely dash of Britney): Cody Rigsby (bike)
  • If you want to get off the bike feeling incredibly strong: Kendall Toole (bike)
  • If you’re looking for an OG Pelton instructor: Jenn Sherman (bike)
  • If you want to train like an Olympic marathoner: Becs Gentry (tread and strength)
  • If you want a challenging yoga class: Kristin McGee (yoga)

Want to know my personal favorites?

For a little background, I’m a runner at heart. I’ve done 3 marathons (including the Boston Marathon) and absolutely love it. I was also a college athlete so strength training is something I’ve done my whole life. Some of the Peloton instructors train more like you’re an elite athlete while others take it a little less serious.

My personal favorites are Jess Sims for boot camps (she does both tread and bike bootcamps), Becs Gentry or Matt Wilpers for tread workouts, Adrian Williams or Chase Tucker for strength and Alex Toussaint for spin classes.

Becs, Matt and Alex definitely train more like you’re an athlete while the others take it less serious (but trust me, you’ll get an insanely good workout!).

*All of the information below was found on the Peloton site, through member interviews and social pages and by personally taking their classes!

Peloton Bike Instructors

Peloton Instructors - What to Know & Whose Class to Take for the bike and tread

Alex Toussaint

Alex is someone who will immediately put a pep in your step and a smile on your face. He’s the first spin instructor I took a class from and after that one class I was hooked on spinning! He has a military school background which gives him incredible discipline and teamwork and he’s someone who has perfectly structured rides.

Fun Fact: Alex got a job as a janitor at a Flywheel studio to learn about spin and how the instructors taught their classes. He eventually asked for an audition, became a spin instructor and the rest is history!

“Feel good, look good, do better.” 

Alex Toussaint

Ally Love

Ally is a woman who does it all! She’s a model, dancer, host of the Brooklyn Nets and founder of her own fitness lifestyle brand (Love Squad) all in addition to being a Peloton instructor. Her classes are uplifting and powerful and she always tries to infuse a bit of fun into them!

Fun Fact: Ally a multi-faceted entrepreneur.

Ben Alldis

Ben used to work at a prestigious finance firm (like a few other Peloton instructors) but didn’t love the day to day and started training clients on the side. He grew up playing football, athletics, cricket and rugby and the love of fitness kept him interested in the training aspect of it. As a trainer, he became quite busy as a trainer which caught the attention of Peloton. He joined the team in the summer of 2018!

Fun Fact: Ben and Leanne are a couple!

Cliff Dwnger

Cliff is one of the London bike instructors and teaches his classes in German. He blended his love for football and his love for hip hop together to become an amazing instructor who teaches unforgettable classes. His goal is to leave members reenergized and left with no excuses for their next class!

Fun Fact: Cliff was the first German rapper to make it to the semi-finals of the ‘Voice of Germany

Peloton bike instructors

Christine D’Ercole

Christine is known as a decorated cyclist and if you’ve taken a class of hers we bet you’ve heard her talk about her strong thighs. As a kid she wanted to be a ballerina but she was told that her thighs were too big. Those strong thighs turned out to be a blessing as they’ve won her countless cycling races and a spot as a Peloton instructor!

“I am, I can, I will, I do.”

Christine D’Ercole

Cody Rigsby

Cody is a former dancer, lover of pop and a dynamic, fun loving instructor. He’s from the south, now living in his dream city – NYC! His love for Britney is something that will become evident likely in the first class you take with him and he’ll keep you smiling (and working HARD) every class after.

Fun Fact: He took his  first dance classes that his freshman year of college in a community dance center.

Denis Morton*

Denis teaches both Yoga and Spin and has a vast athletic history, something that is so helpful as a Peloton instructor! He’s done everything from college football to aerial acrobatics and even surfs, snowboards and more.

Fun Fact: Denis plays the guitar!

Emma Lovewell

Emma is from Martha’s Vineyard and has been in the fitness industry for many years. She coaches both bike and pilates and being a former DJ you’ll feel like you just stepped off the dance floor after taking one of her classes. She’s high energy and motivating, encouraging all of the members who take her class to let go of any negative thoughts. Emma is of Chinese and English descent.

Fun Fact: Emma was once a DJ and is a sponsored athlete for Under Armour.

Erik Jäger

Erik is one of the Peloton instructors based in Germany. He grew up with a love for playing and watching soccer which taught him all about being a leader as well as a team player. This launched him into a career of personal training which eventually led him to Peloton!

Fun Fact: Erik has trained some some of Germany’s most elite soccer players!

Hannah Corbin

Hannah is a dancer through and through! She teaches spin classes as well as pilates and barre. She loves her country music and often has country rides and will always remind you to stretch!

“You are a rockstar. Treat yourself accordingly.”

-Hannah Corbin

Fun Fact: Hannah is one of the OG instructors – when she started they didn’t even have a studio yet!

Hannah Frankson

Hannah is a UK based Peloton instructor who coaches from the London studio. She was a personal trainer at Equinox before joining Peloton in late 2019. Hannah models and has even trained alongside Olympic athletes!

Fun Fact: Hannah grew up a competitive triple jumper.

Irène Scholz

Looking for a class in German? Irène is your girl! Irène does everything from dance to running, to playing volleyball, lifting, and hiking. She’s someone who will motivate you to work hard and love hard and not forget to put yourself first!

Fun Fact: Irène spent years living, working and exploring South Africa.

Jenn Sherman

If you’re looking for the most veteran Peloton instructor, take one of Jenn’s classes! She joined Peloton from her NJ studio where she consistently sold out her classes. Jenn started spinning in her 30s after her 2 kids started school and she quickly was hooked. Shortly after she became certified as an instructor and started teaching. In 2013 she joined Peloton and the rest is history!

Fun Fact: Jenn Sherman is the very first Peloton instructor hired as well as the oldest!

Jess King*

Jess is a bike and (newer) tread Peloton instructor! She recently started doing tread workouts and tread bootcamps. Jess has a performance and dance background and moved to NYC to commit herself to a career in wellness and fitness. She shares that she’s spicy and sassy and her classes are full of inspiration and totally uplifting. You’ll often hear about Sienna Grace, her adorable dog, during her classes!

Fun Fact: Jess was a top 10 finalist on So You Think You Can Dance. Another fun fact: before meeting with Peloton’s founder, John Foley, about a career at Peloton, she had never been on a spin bike!

Kendall Toole

If you’re looking for someone to make you feeling incredibly strong, Kendall is your girl! Her classes are full of rock and roll (especially the classics) to inspire and motivate you. She’s done cheerleading, gymnastics, dance and boxing in her life and brings experiences from all of those to the bike!

Fun Fact: Kendall has over 7 years of boxing experience.

Leanne Hainsby

Leanne is based in the UK and teaches in the London studio. She is a professional dancer – she’s been dancing since age 3! Her playlists are always carefully curated since she believes that music is what drives us.

Fun Fact: Leanne’s been a backup dancer for Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.

Matt Wilpers

If you want an athlete focused workout, Matt is your guy! He’s a former Division 1 distance runner that brings over 10 years of coaching experience to the tread and bike. After he graduated from college he worked for KPMG and Goldman Sachs as an analyst. While working he started spinning, doing bike races and training celebrities.

Fun Fact: Matt trained Lena Dunham who gave him a shoutout on the Elen DeGeneres Show which helped launch his fitness career even further.

Mayla Wedekind

Mayla is a London based instructor who teacher her classes in German. As a surfer she coached women in the sport to find the confidence they needed in a male-dominated sport. She encourages members to look beyond their own horizons and discover other sides of life.

Fun Fact: Mayla worked as a surf, fitness and yoga instructor in Bali!

“I want to make you smile – not because you have to – because you want to.”

Mayla Wedekind

Olivia Amato*

Olivia is one of the few Peloton instructors who teaches bike, tread AND strength classes! She grew up in NYC playing sports like lacrosse, field hockey, cheerleading and track. She’s upbeat and inspiring and loves helping people step into their power and become the best version of themself.

Fun Fact: Olivia is a self described crazy plant lady (like me!).

Robin Arzón

Robin isn’t just a Peloton Instructor, she’s also the VP of Fitness Programming. She was once a successful lawyer turned runner after a past traumatic experience. She’s inspiring and encouraging and her life’s mission is to redefine and rethink possibility through movement.

Fun Fact: Robin didn’t start exercising until her 20s!

Sam Yo

Sam is based in the UK and teaches from Peloton’s London studio. He has studied both fitness and the art and brings both set of skills to his classes. He’s super motivating and loves to remind members to ask themelf “Why am I here?” to keep them moving.

Fun Fact: Sam was once a Buddhist monk!

Tunde Oyeneyin

You wouldn’t believe it by looking at her, but Tunde once weighed 200lbs as a teenager. This now tiny yet powerful Peloton instructor’s mission is to inspire and motivate other people to believe in the impossible.

Fun Fact: Tunde was once a celebrity makeup artist! If you follow her on IG she’ll oftentimes share makeup tips!

Embrace the beauty of uncertainty. It’s a place of infinite possibility.

Tunde Oyeneyin

Peloton Tread Instructors

Peloton tread instructors

Adrian Williams

Adrian is one of the newer Peloton instructors who is a competitive sprinter! He is full of joy and very lighthearted which shines in every class you take with him. His goal is to empower you to form healthy habits which we all could learn from!

Fun Fact: Adrian is a photographer. He also originally wanted to be a pediatric nurse.

“You are kind, you are powerful, you are strong.”

-Adrian Williams

Andy Speer

Andy, surprise, surprise, was a former gymnast and pole vaulter! He’s originally from Connecticut and moved to NYC as a celebrated personal trainer. He has a wide variety of athletic training from Muy Thai kickboxing, yoga, kettlebells and more. His goal is for each member to be challenged and grow after taking one of his classes.

Fun Fact: Andy was a collegiate pole vaulter.

Becs Gentry

Becs, originally from London, is a rockstar distance runner with sub-3:00 marathons under her belt. She’s someone who seems all sweet and endearing only to bring you through some of the hardest workout of your life – all with a smile on her face (and your face too!). She’s energizing and motivating and has a true love for running!

Fun Fact: Becs cut nearly an hour off her marathon time from her first marathon to her NYC Marathon debut.

Chase Tucker

Chase is a tread and strength instructor who grew up in a household of athletes in Chicago. He is one of the Peloton instructors who knew he wanted fitness to be part of his life so he majored in kinesiology in college and worked in physical therapy at a sports medicine clinic. He is full of positivity and tries to help members approach his workouts by looking at the big picture.

Fun Fact: Chase is half Haitian – his mom is from Haiti!

Jess Sims*

Jess teachers tread and strength classes as well as bike bootcamps. She’s is a former basketball player and former teacher who loves to infuse her classes with fun stories from her basketball days and life as a school teacher. She wants everyone to feel like an athlete and loves to help members through mental breakthroughs. She’s incredibly inspiring and her classes will fly by!

Fun Fact: Jess is biracial – half Italian and half black.

“You don’t have to. You GET to!”

-Jess SIms

Jess King*

Jess King is a bike and (newer) tread Peloton instructor! She recently started doing tread workouts and tread bootcamps. Jess has a performance and dance background and moved to NYC to commit herself to a career in wellness and fitness. She shares that she’s spicy and sassy and her classes are full of inspiration and totally uplifting.

Fun Fact: Jess was a top 10 finalist on So You Think You Can Dance. Another fun fact: before meeting with Peloton’s founder, John Foley, about a career at Peloton, she had never been on a spin bike!

Matt Wilpers

If you want an athlete focused workout, Matt is your guy! He’s a former Division 1 distance runner that brings over 10 years of coaching experience to the tread and bike. After he graduated from college he worked for KPMG and Goldman Sachs as an analyst. While working he started spinning, doing bike races and training celebrities.

Fun Fact: Matt trained Lena Dunham who gave him a shoutout on the Ellen DeGeneres Show which helped launch his fitness career even further.

Matty Maggiacomo

Matty is the funniest Peloton Instructor who loves to fill his classes with storytelling and humor. He believes that you don’t have to suffer through your workouts so he makes it as fun as possible!

Fun Fact: Matty is a former television reporter.

Olivia Amato*

Olivia is one of the few Peloton instructors who teaches bike, tread AND strength classes! She grew up in NYC playing sports like lacrosse, field hockey, cheerleading and track. She’s upbeat and inspiring and loves helping people step into their power and become the best version of themself.

Fun Fact: Olivia is a self described crazy plant lady (like me!).

Rebecca Kennedy

Rebecca has a long history of fitness instructing as a NYC-based fitness expert and celebrity trainer. She’s been a NFL cheerleader, USA gymnast, professional dancer and so much more. She’s all about celebrating movement and empowering through positivity.

Fun Fact: She’s modeled for Nike, Under Armour, Runners World and Health magazine to name a few!

Robin Arzón

Robin isn’t just one of the Peloton Instructors, she’s also the VP of Fitness Programming. She was once a successful lawyer turned runner after a past traumatic experience. She’s inspiring and encouraging and her life’s mission is to redefine and rethink possibility through movement.

Fun Fact: Robin didn’t start exercising until her 20s!

Selena Samuela

Selena grew up in an Italian family who all played soccer so sports has always been a big part of her life. She moved to Hawaii for college and fell in love with surfing and the spiritual side of sports. Selena eventually moved to NYC to pursue acting and became a fitness boxing coach. She also started marathon training and won her first marathon, the Nova Scotia Marathon!

Fun Fact: Selena speaks 4 languages.

Peloton Yoga Instructors

Aditi Shah

Aditi was introduced to yoga at a very young age by her parents and eventually became an instructor after spending time as a model in India. That’s where she she really made yoga a life practice and study.

Fun Fact: Aditi has climbed Kilimanjaro.

Anna Greenberg

Once she was introduced to yoga, it was like a switch was flipped and she had a deeper connection to her mind and body. Anna began accomplishing things she never knew was possible and wanted to teach that with others. She loves seeing members grow and thrive.

Fun Fact: Anna has 2 adorable dogs!

Chelsea Jackson Roberts

Chelsea strives to create an environment in her classes which leaves each person with a sense of belonging and accomplishment. She’s made it her life’s work to study the positive impact that yoga has on communities.

Fun Fact: Chelsea is a Ph. D. and former school teacher.

Denis Morton*

Denis teaches both Yoga and Spin and has a vast athletic history, something that is so helpful for Peloton instructors! He’s done everything from college football to aerial acrobatics and even surfs, snowboards and more.

Fun Fact: Denis plays the guitar!

Kristin McGee

Kristin is known as being one of the most sought after and recognized yoga instructors in NYC. She believes that taking even a few minutes for yoga each day can bring more balance and harmony to your life.

Fun Fact: Kristin is a mom of 3 boys!

Ross Rayburn

Ross began doing yoga over 20 years ago after a sport related injury. He focuses on physical healing and the inner workings of the human body to bring you a yoga class that helps you tap into your authentic self through movement.

Fun Fact: Ross has taught in over 30 is a certified scuba diver!

I hope this helps you in knowing what Peloton instructor to take next! And if you’re still in the market for a new bike or tread check out my Peloton tread review here or my Peloton bike review here!

About Jen

Jen is a mom of 3 who loves frozen cookie dough, plants and a generous pour of creamer in her coffee. Her biggest joy is helping others find joy in their life, style and home through tips, tutorials and encouragement. She also runs 2 additional blogs. Feel free to send Jen a message or join the fun on Instagram!

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