How To Turn On Peloton Treadmill?

Peloton fitness company offers spin bikes and treadmills as well as thousands of live and on-demand fitness classes, all of which can be done at home.

If you have never used a Peloton treadmill before, chances are you don’t know how to operate it.

Well, the process is so easy and only takes less than a minute.  

Follow this step by step guide on how to turn on Peloton treadmill and use it for the first time safely.

Without further ado, let’s get right into it!

How To Turn On Peloton Treadmill? – Step by Step Guide

Peloton treadmill picture from my home gym set up

The first step to turn on the Peloton tread is to,

1. Plug in the power cord

Connect the treadmill power cord into the power jack located on the back of your Peloton tread, just above the rear stabilizer.

Then, plug the power supply into the wall outlet and look for the LED light to turn green, indicating it’s connected correctly. 

2. Turn on the power button 

The next step is to turn on your Peloton tread by pressing the power button at the back of the touchscreen. 

3. Attach the safety key into place

Before you can start using your Peloton treadmill, make sure your Safety key is already in place, as it is necessary to turn on the treadmill. 

The key usually has a clip that allows you to attach the key to your activewear for safety purposes. 

If the safety key is detached, the slat belt will immediately stop moving and the tread will lock.

To start running the tread, reattach the Safety Key. Insert the magnet end into the gap under the center button, run the cord through the groove around the center button, and place the clip next to the magnet.

4. Connect your Peloton to Wi-Fi

Peloton treadmill picture from my home gym set up

All Peloton treadmills require an active Wi-Fi connection to sign in and access the live and on-demand classes. Once you’ve turned on your Peloton machine for the first time, you’ll be prompted to connect to Wi-Fi. 

To do so, select your Wi-Fi network and enter the network password. 

If a WiFi network is not available, use an Ethernet cable to connect to a Local Area Network (LAN). Pull the back panel off the touchscreen mount to access the Ethernet port.

5. Sign-in with your account

When logging in to the Peloton treadmill for the first time, you need to set up an account.

Make sure to have your Subscription Activation Key or the login information you set up when you purchased the Peloton Tread.

Select your local timezone and tap “Getting Started.” Enter your email and password for your Peloton account. Select the membership-associated account and tap “activate“.

Once a subscription is activated and associated with this Tread, any user can log in and access the subscription content.

6. Start walking/running

Peloton treadmill picture from my home gym set up

Do not start the tread before stepping onto the running surface. Step onto it from the rear, using handrails for balance. Avoid leaning in and putting your full weight on the handrails.

Press the CenterButton to wake the tread. 

Next, you need to adjust the Peloton parameters.

To control the Peloton tread, there are multiple ways to increase and decrease speed and incline. 

The first way, which you will likely use most, is to rotate the knobs on either side.

The left knob controls incline and the right knob controls speed. It takes a bit of practice to get used to how much you need the knobs to rotate to get to the speed or incline desired, but you will get more accurate with practice.

Turn the speed knob located on the right side forward to increase speed in increments of 0.1 mph. Turn it backward to decrease the speed.

Turn the incline knob on the left side of the tread forward to increase incline in increments of 0.5 percent grade. Turn the knob backward to lower the incline level.

How to use peloton screen?

Peloton treadmill picture from my home gym set up

The Peloton Tread gives you a lot of metrics on its screen. On the left is your current incline percentage, with the instructor’s suggested incline range above it. 

Similarly, on the right side is your current speed in miles-per-hour, with the suggested speed range. You can hide these suggestions if you want, by pressing the arrow next to them. Between these two (current incline and speed), you can see your current mile pace as well as your total wattage output(This is a combination of your speed and incline level). 

Your rank on the leaderboard is by total wattage output.

Live workout library

Most Peloton classes will include warmup and cooldown.

You can select live classes from the schedule or choose from on-demand classes. 

Filter by instructor, class length, class type, and more. Select More for a Scenic Run or Just Run experience.

Peloton’s schedule also includes a variety of different kinds of classes. Class types may include the following:

Run/Walk: cardio-focused classes taking place entirely on the Tread.

Bootcamp: a combination of cardio segments taking place on the Tread and strength segments taking place off the Tread.

Floor: a combination of strength, flexibility, and cardio segments taking place off the Tread.

How To Use Peloton Heart Monitor?

Using the Peloton App, you can connect a Bluetooth-enabled Heart Rate Monitor to the app and start tracking your real-time heart rate in every class.

Before pairing the Heart Rate Band with the device, ensure the Heart Rate Band is properly fastened around the forearm, snug enough to stay put, but not so tight that it hurts or cuts off circulation. 

Turn on the Heart Rate Band by firmly pressing the display to wake it.

Peloton treadmill picture from my home gym set up

Now it is time to connect your Peloton tread Heart Rate Monitor, 

  1. Navigate to the Heart Rate Monitor connection modal. 

You can find the modal by joining a class or by tapping on the time in the top right corner of the touchscreen and selecting ‘Heart Rate Monitor’. 

  1. Next, select the “Connect” button located next to your Heart Rate Monitor.

Once you start wearing a compatible heart rate monitor, you’ll see your current heart rate and Strive score on the left side of your screen. 

Peloton’s Strive scores are concepts meant to reflect how hard you trained during your workout.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are a number of steps to take in order to safely turn on Peloton Treadmill and start using it for the first time.

You just need to follow these basic rules, and in just a couple of minutes, you can start using it:

  1. Plug the power cord in and unlock your treadmill.
  2. Make sure you have your Safety key in place.
  3. Select your parameters.
  4. Walk, jog, or run at your desired pace.


Can you use a peloton treadmill without membership?

Absolutely you can. However, if you ever cancel your Peloton membership, the only thing you’ll have access to on your Tread is the Just Run option. 

There would be no instructors, no scenery, just metrics on the screen.

Where Is The Peloton Treadmill Power Button?

The power button is located on the back of the Peloton touchscreen. 

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