Peek into a Peloton spinning class in New York's posh Chelsea neighborhood and it'll look like most other indoor cycling classes. Sixty stationary bikes are clustered in a dark room, loud music blares to get the heart racing, and a mic-ed up instructor motivates riders.
Except this class has one major difference: Instructor Jen Sherman isn't just talking to riders in the classroom. She's also monitoring metrics for riders in places like New Jersey, California, Massachusetts and Kansas. "Jamie in Wichita, good to see you this morning," she says.
"There's an energy in the studio that's amazing, but when you factor in that you've got people that are riding with you from all over the country — all over the world at this point — it just takes it to another level," Sherman says.
Peloton CEO John Foley explains how they do it. "This is also a television production facility. There are five cameras, one of which rotates on a track around the room," he says.
Peloton bikes come outfitted with a custom waterproof tablet, enabling home riders to watch the action in Chelsea live as well as monitor their own metrics. It also ranks each rider's output on a virtual leader board.