If you’re a Peloton user, you’ve likely noticed that there’s a camera attached to the monitor, and you may well be wondering, ‘can Peloton instructors see you during a class?’.
It’s a bit of a daunting prospect, especially when you’re likely getting hot and sweaty during your exercise session, but you’ll be pleased to hear that the answer is no!
The instructors can see various data from your profile – one of the reasons being that they’ll be able to give you a shoutout for your milestone rides – but they’re not viewing you through your camera while you’re working out.
The video camera on your Peloton allows you to video chat with your friends who are fellow Peloton users during a ride.
Both riders have to opt in to use this option, so you won’t be taken by surprise and entered into a video call without your prior permission.
For me personally, one of the reasons why I love Peloton is that it allows me to ride alone, in the comfort of my own home.
But if you’re looking for a more immersive and interactive riding experience, this may well be a feature that you want to explore.
An interesting fact: President Biden owns a Peloton, and the bike’s webcam and microphone features allegedly caused some headaches for security experts in the White House. Whilst the Obamas were in office, it’s thought that First Lady Michelle was provided with a modified bike to alleviate security concerns.
For the general population though, this really is less of a concern.
If you want to video call your friends on Peloton, then first of all you’ll need to visit your profile settings and enable the functionality.
To be able to start a video chat, you and your friend will have to follow each other on the app and both be present on the same class at the same time.
Then you simply find your friend’s name on the leaderboard, and press the ‘talk’ button to request a video call.
Your followers on the app will be able to view your workout history, and see your stats for any given ride. They’ll be able to see your average cadence, average resistance, distance, speed, and output.
This can prove to be pretty inspiring and motivating, but you might not be comfortable in having just anyone being able to access this kind of data.
If that’s the case, you can change your Peloton profile to private. This will you give you more control of who follows you, and what the general public can see when they stumble across your profile on the platform.
Simply put, Peloton instructors can’t see you when you’re riding their classes!
If you’re concerned about your privacy though in general, you might want to explore your profile settings so you’re in control of who can see what.
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