r/pelotoncycle Dec 04 '21

Hide workouts from followers Community

I want to hide my workouts from my followers because I don’t like comparing myself with my friends who work out much more than I am. I currently have an injury and am trying to workout less. I’d love to not have to remove them as followers as they are still my friends and I’d also rather not tell them it’s triggering my disordered sense of self.

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u/pocketmonster pocketmonster Dec 04 '21

I would suggest just making a hashtag like #RecoveringInjury as your main tag and then not worrying about it! I hurt my knee in June and made #KneeRehab my main tag and that made me feel better about not doing what I was before and letting people know I wasn’t at 100%.

Edit: look, here’s a popular one! https://members.onepeloton.com/tags/RecoveringFromInjury

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u/Basic_bitch82 its_angie_pie Dec 04 '21

Love this!! Can we find one for #10montholdneversleeps and #whenhedoessleepsisterwakesusup 😂😂

I have a friend who tries to outdo me- I try to outdo myself but someones I want to say, check the time I took the ride.. It’s 4am because the damn baby doesn’t sleep lol!

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u/cdn_twitch Dec 04 '21

Ohhh I need to use #kneerehab to go along with my #fatguysgetskinny

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u/pocketmonster pocketmonster Dec 04 '21

Haha yea!! I’m sure you’ll find others to commiserate with!

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u/RealHillary GlRLgoinNowhere Dec 04 '21

I love that idea. I always high-five those kinds of hashtags—just glad to see them on the ride.

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u/shihtzu_knot shihtzu_knot Dec 04 '21

I did this after both my surgeries this year. I also found a lot of fellow knee surgery recovery buddies that way.

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u/pocketmonster pocketmonster Dec 04 '21

That’s awesome!

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u/thelittlemiss WorkItOutMissy Dec 04 '21

I love that hashtag, I used it when I was recovering from an IT band injury.

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u/QuintupleTheFun Dec 05 '21

I did this for COVID recovery! My doctor ordered me to not raise my HR more than 80% of my max, and my HR at baseline was already much higher than it was before COVID, so it definitely didn’t take much effort to spike it. It helped me feel not so inadequate with my low outputs.

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u/FittestMILF Dec 04 '21

Maybe you should make a new profile to hide your workouts?

I highly doubt your friends are checking your outputs. And if they are, I doubt they'll judge you or compare.

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u/ringoinsf Dec 05 '21

Personally, I've never checked the output of my friends, not even a single ride. Output depends on so many factors other than level of fitness (bike calibration, weight, etc) that I just don't care.

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u/Bchach Dec 05 '21

Same here on this one…I actually don’t know why I follow anyone now that I think of it. Lol

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u/speedyr64 Dec 04 '21

I would like to hide workouts from my boss. They follow me and sometimes when it’s slow at work I’ll do a body weight workout, because there is literally nothing to do but look at my phone. She has called me out on it 🤣

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u/Spare_Heat_4650 Dec 04 '21

Unfollow them and make your profile private. Tell them you decided to terminate your membership for the time being?! 😂

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u/speedyr64 Dec 04 '21

😂 this could be an option 😎

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u/Spare_Heat_4650 Dec 04 '21

IMHO It takes a significant amount of time I don’t have to search and look at someone’s profile and their workout history. I just follow people and see what they’re jumping into next for motivation when I don’t know what ride to take. I don’t really look at their stats nor do I care to, because everyone does what they can do that day and I don’t judge. Some days I crank out 80 mins of work, others I just do a 5-10 min meditation. Taking care of yourself, exercising or recovering from an injury, takes precedence over anyone else’s opinion on your lack of workouts. And to the haters: YOU DO YOU, BOO.

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u/kittenlikeunicorn Dec 04 '21

I check my two friends workouts sometimes to get inspiration, because we have the same taste in music and they usually text me when we happen to do a ride at the same time. But I freak myself out and get into a negative mindset thinking they look through my workouts.

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u/Spare_Heat_4650 Dec 04 '21

Sounds like you have very supportive & motivating friends you should be open with about your current limitations based on your injury. Good friends will always understand and be happy for what you accomplish or not. And if they don’t I’d reconsider that friendship.

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u/notevenapro chrisdoubleu Dec 04 '21

IMHO It takes a significant amount of time I don’t have to search and look at someone’s profile and their workout history.

Three clicks and about 15 seconds. That is all it takes.

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u/Spare_Heat_4650 Dec 04 '21 edited Dec 04 '21

If you remember that person’s exact LB. If you have a bunch of followers it’s a pain in the behind because you can’t search by name.

ETA: at the end of the day, the only one who should care about their workout history is the person doing the workout. I’m not paying anybody other than Peloton to track my workouts. If I have to worry about someone tracking how I’m doing they better be offering some positive feedback and congratulating me on taking the proper steps to be able to continue on my journey. I’ve lost daily and weekly streaks many times just to recover from a procedure, injury and also because life happens.

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u/Science314_ Dec 05 '21

Yeah but you have to care. I think lost people only compare themselves to themselves. It’s any effort I would never bother to do.

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u/frankiejayiii Dec 04 '21

Acceptance is happiness. When we accept that the opinions and perceptions of others about us cannot be controlled; it makes us happy. Focus on ourselves and our happiness. A real “friend” doesn’t truly care how much you’re doing nor do they compare or get competitive unless you invite that kind of banter into your life. The only person who “cares” about how much or how little you are doing is you. People are truly self consumed.

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u/Snoo57923 Dec 04 '21

Exactly. That "See, no one cares" meme comes to mind.

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u/shihtzu_knot shihtzu_knot Dec 04 '21

Dang. This is some good advice. I’d give you an award but I don’t have any.

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u/Previous-Forever-981 Dec 04 '21

Not to be snarky, but do you really think they are going into your workouts to look at what you are doing? I am following a few people, but never bother to check out their workouts. I would expect they have better things to do than compare their workouts to yours.

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u/RealHillary GlRLgoinNowhere Dec 04 '21

Good for you for taking care of your body—that’s a great step.

I’d like to believe that your friends either don’t check or would support you. But if you won’t go private, could you create an alternative profile for a while? Or run app classes for a minute or so?

I’m not saying that you should do these things, I’m just trying to figure out a workaround.

I do wish we had privacy settings that had more incremental controls.

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u/kittenlikeunicorn Dec 04 '21

My profile is private but because they follow me, they can see my workouts and outputs. I try to see these negative behaviors that I have and when I start to have these feelings, I try to intervene right away so that they don’t go out of control. I would love to keep them as followers, but it really affects me wanting to work out because I know they can “see” my workouts and also very much see when I’m not doing them. I have a meniscal tear and back injury, so I am very limited with rides and classes currently and it’s so frustrating. I just want to shift mindset to positivity and not compare.

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u/GothicToast Dec 04 '21

I have friends that absolutely crush me on output. I’m talking double my output. So I know the feeling of being like “Damn. I suck. They know I suck.” But we all have to start somewhere. There is zero shame in that. Some people have injuries (like you) while others don’t. Some people have easy calibrated bikes and others have hard calibrated. Your output and your progress are you own. Be proud of your own progress. But if having eyeballs on your workouts is bothering you, just remove them from your followers and go private.

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u/sprinkles202 Dec 04 '21

I frequently ride “with a friend” for motivation. We are at near-identical fitness levels, but I’m several inches taller and correspondingly heavier. And yes, my output is consistently higher when we ride together, and it means absolutely nothing. I harbor no delusions that I’m any “better” or “more fit.” I’m just taller!

If that same friend said that she didn’t want me seeing her info because it’s hurting her mental health, I’d be sad that she felt that way but I’d comply with her wishes in a heartbeat. That’s what true friends do!

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u/RealHillary GlRLgoinNowhere Dec 04 '21

I hear that. I think a lot of us can relate. I wish there was a better solution.

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u/money-rocker Dec 04 '21

I feel you, but isn't there a good side to your concern. Just like a personal trainer holds you accountable so does pton. Do what you can now and let this fuel you in the positive direction. Good luck.

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u/Myrtle1962 Dec 04 '21

I totally understand and keep my profile private and deliberately maintain very few followers.

However, I am the opposite. My friends don't ride w/ me because I'm older yet I crush their output. I tell them it could be that my bike is easier or that it is because I'm taller than they are. But...I can tell they don't want to ride w/ me (they avoid my requests to ride together...tell me I'm an animal). I don't care about their output vs. mine!! It is just about riding together.

About privacy: What someone here suggested a while ago is to make up a new LB name and ride under that name (don't share it with your friends).

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u/meowlina13 Dec 05 '21

The only time I look at friends’ workouts is to: A. See what class they took and ask them if they liked it. B. See if a class has a badge.

Guarantee your friends aren’t looking at you/your profile and judging your output or how often you workout. Outputs are so highly variable based on so many factors. It’s not a competition.

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u/grandma-shark Dec 04 '21

I don’t have any followers for that reason. It’s not a social app for me.

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u/florenceforgiveme Dec 04 '21

I deleted everyone. It was so freeing! If they ask I’ll tell them I didn’t like the number comparisons that I do without thinking. They’ll understand.

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u/Sockigal Dec 04 '21

Everyone is at a million different levels of fitness and our individual levels are constantly changing. Plus bikes are calibrated differently so my workout isn’t going to match someone else’s anyway. The leaderboard is really there as a motivational tool so you can high five people. It’s really all about improving your personal fitness. My favorite coach, CDE says, “Turn the leaderboard on its side and Imagine everyone helping each other with hands on your backs crossing the finish line together.” I’m sure your friends are there for support not to compare.

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u/NashvilleJM Dec 04 '21

I feel you on not wanting others to see your outputs and all. I’m new to working out and new to peloton. I have a friend who just purchased one too and she’s killing it. But I have to admit she’s in a lot better shape than I am starting out. I’m instead focusing on my improvements instead of feeling like I should be in a certain spot, stat-wise. If your friends even looked at your stats, I’m sure they would just be proud of you for doing what you are doing. Until they tell you otherwise, assume they’re cheering you on.

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u/thelittlemiss WorkItOutMissy Dec 04 '21

I think the best option here is to keep your account where you’ve added friends but set up a separate, private, account (if you have all access, you can set up multiple accounts on the bike) where you can do rides without fear of being judged.

Like others have said, a majority people here probably don’t look at their friends rides / outputs and if they do, it’s to see which classes they’ve taken. We’re all at different fitness levels, have different bike calibrations, etc. so judgement based on output is silly but I can understand why it could raise feelings of insecurity.

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u/doritazoulay Dec 04 '21

I would like to do this too but only because I would rather not have my boss see when I’m on my bike. Like an idiot I followed him and he followed me back. 🥴

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u/TosaWilke Dec 04 '21

I would just delete friends. If they are your friends, you can be honest. Say at this point in your fitness journey you need to turn the focus inward and heal. You can always re-add friends when community and competition are inspiring again.

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u/AnnikaIngrid Dec 05 '21

I truly think it would benefit you mentally to unfollow them. But if your not comfortable with unfollowing, then either make another profile or use a hashtag that speaks to you. You can use a new private profile for only cycling classes and the other profile for other classes. Also, you can use the pause feature purposefully. At the very least using the pause feature will remove your leaderboard rank.

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u/Ommmmom Dec 05 '21

There should be this ability to hide workouts because some ppls bosses follow them 😳🤣

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u/infraspinatosaurus Dec 05 '21

This sounds like a heavy weight to carry. I don’t have any advice but I want to wish you well with both healing your injuries and figuring out how to get past this issue.

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u/Forward_Specialist19 Dec 04 '21

Yooooo! I love how being able to check on my friends is motivating to me but as their friend I would never look at their stats to question what they are doing. If they work out much more than you they already know everyone’s path is just their path. Real friends won’t judge and even the ones you question as “real friends” most likely do not care enough to check on what everyone is doing.

You do you and enjoy what you do. Putting your body in motion is a lot more than a ton of people even get to say. To be doing that AND coming back from injury is just that much more impressive.

I get that our minds are always our worst enemies. It should be our biggest supporter but often our biggest critic but I would suggest getting out of your own head and focus on what you know YOU need/want to be doing. Screw the rest

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u/Future_Dog_3156 Dec 04 '21

I can see which workouts my followers did but not their output or rank, although I haven’t looked. There is a little notation on a workout my follower did to entice me to do it too but I don’t see their output or anything. There are so many people that do each workout that you can’t really scroll through to check AFAIK.

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u/pickausername147653 Dec 04 '21

It is there and you can see it. I have a friend who has the app but not the bike, uses a different one, and obviously I can’t see her output or rank. Not sure if app users can see output of bike users. But I can see the rank and output of the people I follow who have the bike

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u/rachelbluetoo Dec 04 '21

I’m an app user and I can see all the stats of bike users. But I never really look at them because they’re meaningless to me.

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u/Psychological_Bid139 Dec 04 '21

There’s a setting to make your profile private

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u/sprinkles202 Dec 04 '21

But won’t that only hide your profile from non-followers? Sounds like OP wants to maintain their followers as followers but hide profile from them, and I’m not sure that can be done.

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u/kittenlikeunicorn Dec 04 '21

Yes exactly

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u/Psychological_Bid139 Dec 05 '21

Ah learn something new every day, thank u!

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u/wmhampton Dec 04 '21

I don't think there's a way to do this - I think having followers is meant to share those kind of stats, I don't think there's sort of an in-between.

The only workaround I can think of is that when you take classes on the app, you don't have stats - just the Pass/Fail of having taken the class. So you could set up a private profile on your Bike to take the classes (with no followers) and save stats for yourself, but simultaneously "take" the class through the app on your profile with followers - your followers will see which classes you've taken, but they won't know your output. I think that's what u/RealHillary is suggesting.

That's a lot of extra work, so I guess is just up to you whether it's worth it or not - it sounds like it might be for you?

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u/mynameisnotshamus Dec 07 '21

Why have followers then? Can you just get rid of them?