Jennifer Jacobs’ top tips for rest & recovery

We believe that the time you take to rest and recover is just as important as the work you put in on the bike. Recovery doesn’t mean being lazy or loosing track of healthy eating habits; take time do something that you enjoy so you’re even more ready to go the next time you clip in. Find instructor Jennifer Jacobs‘ top tips below to find out how to recover well after a workout and on your days off.


When it comes to muscle recovery after a heavy day of lifting in the gym or from teaching two or more classes a day, I take the next day off to allow for muscle recovery. Here are some of my favorite things I like to do.

  • Enjoy some good food and the outdoors with a picnic in the park
  • Grab some vitamin D at a pool or on the beach
  • If you’re competitive (like me!) play a game of pool or cards with friends

How I aid my body throughout my workout schedule:

Get shut-eye: I get 8 hours of shut-eye

Hydrate: I drink 3 liters of water daily

Protein shakes: I supplement with protein after a workout with a 2:1 ratio of carbs to protein to speed up muscle recovery.

Stretch every day: Dynamic stretches (stretching as you are moving) before and active isolated stretches (gently assisting your muscles into a deeper stretch than static stretching) after a workout. You can find dynamic and active isolated stretching Beyond the Ride workouts with me on our iOS app. Learn more here.

Deep tissue issue: I roll out sore muscles with a foam roller or I take time to get a massage.

Ice, ice baby: I apply ice packs to sore muscles for 20 minutes to help them recover faster.

Take a breather and then grab a bike with Jennifer! Find more of Jennifer’s insights and tips over on her Official Peloton Facebook page. 



Peloton Boutique / Nicole Meline’s Capsule Collection

Nicole Meline teamed up with the Peloton Boutique to help us rebuild our wardrobe in a big way. Now that she’s back on the bike, we’re excited to celebrate her comeback with her brand new capsule collection centered around revival. Read more about her collection below and grab your favorite pieces online now. Click here to shop now. 

Has Peloton helped you revive your life? We want to know. Share your story on either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the tag #HowIRevived for a chance to win a free ‘Namaslay’ tank or t-shirt from Nicole’s collection. Winners will be chosen Wednesday, August 24th 2016. Find complete contest rules here. 




What was the overall inspiration behind your collection?

REVIVE. These outfits are inspired by revival, reinvention, and recycling. The clothing we put on every day reminds us that we can be many different versions of ourselves. We choose a tone and an attitude for work or a workout simply by the way we get dressed. And we’re immersed in a consumerist culture that tells us buying stuff will solve our problems. I designed outfits that allow us to purchase mindfully—high quality workout wear that inspires and outlasts our fiercest workouts, brings out our strength and generosity, and supports artists who make beauty out of garbage. That’s what I try to do every time I get on the bike.

NAMASLAY. My favorite translation of the yogi greeting “Namaste” is “the light in me honors the light in you.” We’re made of the same stuff. Let’s cultivate the best of it. But actively, with intention, focus, hunger. Nama-slay: the ferocity in me salutes the ferocity in you. In solid gold. We’re a sweat tribe. Warriors for love. We fight for what matters. We compete to push each other to greatness.

What was your favorite part throughout the design process? 

My favorite part of the design process was introducing Jill Foley and Julie Whisler, our Peloton boutique directors, to active wear brands I love and also introducing growing brands like Sprigs to Peloton for the first time. Jill and Julie have built an amazing design and manufacturing network, and the tanks and tee’s are about to become your favorite top.

Can you tell us a little bit behind each piece of the collection?

I designed the Namaslay tank and tee and chose a desert theme for the outfit just before my bike crash earlier this summer. Having lost ability, and having fought back toward it, and still learning to walk the tightrope between acceptance and refusal, I believe more deeply in the beauty of deserts and in finding peace through strength. Koral Lustrous Leggings are super-hero status. I wear them when I want to surprise myself. What might you do in gold-dipped legs?

I love the Teeki Deer Medicine leggings for so many reasons! They are amazingly lightweight, soft, breathable, flattering, and made of recycled water bottles! The skull reminds me of one my favorite artists, Georgia O’Keeffe, a New Yorker obsessed with making beauty of stark, dry deserts.

The Sprigs headbands are lightweight, perfectly stretchy secret weapons: Ride hard. Save your blowout. Or manage that mop. In (double-sided!) funky prints. Now go conquer the world. 

Ready to revive on the bike with Nicole? Find her upcoming rides here. 


Our Instructor’s Gym Bag Essentials

Just like us, our instructors are always on the go. Between classes and the rest of their busy schedules they make sure to have all of their favorite go-to gear in tow. Find out what your favorite sweat professionals need to carry with them to keep them feeling their best.

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Jenn Sherman

  • A white bandana
  • My Baby Lips lip balm
  • Vitamin Water Zero, Squeezed Lemonade flavor.

Christine D’Ercole

  • Journal and pen
  • Aveda energizing oil
  • MUSIC!

Steven Little

  • Lacrosse ball for rolling out muscles
  • Amino acids supplements
  • Heart rate monitor

Jess King

  • Tea Tree oil wipes
  • Ruby Woo MAC Red Lips
  • Lucky Mermaid charm

Hannah Marie Corbin

  • Lacrosse ball, to release tight muscles whenever I have a few spare moments.
  • Electrolyte tabs – The battle for hydration is real…
  • Small container of coconut oil – Lips, skin, you name it! You never know when you’re going to need it.

Nicole Meline

  • Caeden Linea In-Ear Headphones
  • Sprigs Slinks headband
  • Dry Bar Triple Sec
  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Ruby Woo Mac Lipstick
  • FRESH travel perfume – Grapefruit Citrus

 Ready to catch them on the bike? Find all of their upcoming classes here



#PelotonSummerSix Challenge Recap

We made it!

We’re beyond proud of our riders who stayed strong during the #PelotonSummerSix Challenge. And while the burn may be over, you can still bask in your accomplishments with these #PelotonSummerSix statistics.

Summer_Six_Challenge_InfographicThanks to everyone who rode with us all summer long, and be sure to stay tuned for more upcoming challenges to keep you moving.


In the Kitchen / Ali Maffucci’s Basil Pesto Zucchini Pasta with Green Beans and Chicken

We’re interested in keeping your workouts challenging and your go-to healthy meals simple. We’re featuring another summer recipe from home rider, Ali Maffucci of Inspiralized, that packs a lot of flavor in only a short amount of prep time. Find the full recipe below.

9G7A3736Basil Pesto Zucchini Pasta with Green Beans and Chicken

Time to prepare: 10 minutes / Time to cook: 15 minutes / Serves: 2


For the pasta:

  • 1 cup trimmed and chopped green beans (chopped into 1.5” long pieces)
  • 1 boneless chicken breast, chopped into 1/5” thick cubes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 medium zucchinis, Blade D, noodles trimmed

For the pesto:

  • 3 cups basil leaves, packed
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • optional: 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

Want to learn more on The Inspiralizer? Click here.

How to prepare

  • Start by spiralizing your zucchini noodles, and prepping all other ingredients.




  • Place all of the ingredients for the pesto into a food processor (or high speed blender) and pulse until creamy. Taste and adjust, if needed, and set aside.


  • Next, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add in the green beans and chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Let cook for 5 minutes, then add in the garlic and cook another 5-10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink on the inside.


  • Add in your pesto to a bowl with your spiralized zucchini and toss making sure to cover all of the noodles thoroughly.


  • Finally, plate your noodles and top with the chicken and green beans.



Love Ali’s top? Make sure to find it online at the Peloton Boutique.

Find more recipes like this one in Ali’s next cookbook, Inspiralize Everything, available this month!

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Follow along on Ali’s official site, including all of her best recipes, by clicking here.






NEW: Enjoy even more Beyond the Ride workouts

We’re excited to launch a new collection of Beyond the Ride workouts to round out your routine off the bike. With more workouts focused on warming up, targeted toning and cool down methods, you’re sure to stay engaged from head to toe.


This new set features specialized content designed to complement your cycling from the minds of Alex Toussaint, Jennifer Jacobs, Cody Rigsby, Jess King, and Christine D’Ercole. You can watch them wherever you go on the Peloton app (free for home riders!) or on your Peloton bike.

Alex Toussaint

  • 5 minute Abs Toning
  • 5 minute Cardio
  • 5 minute Stretch

Jess King

  • 5 minute Cool Down Stretch
  • 5 minute Chair Workout for Arms
  • 10 minute Cardio

Jennifer Jacobs

  • 5 minute Basic Shadowboxing Punches
  • 5 minute Arms & Abs Toning
  • 10 minute Full Body Toning

Cody Rigsby

  • 5 min Shoulder Toning
  • 5 min Crunches
  • 10 min Bike Stretch

Christine D’Ercole

  • 5 minute Intro to Core
  • 5 minute Intro to Plank
  • 10 minute Full Body Stretch

Be sure to stay tuned — even more Beyond the Ride workouts from your favorite instructors are coming soon!

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Rider Story / Mike King

As a home rider since the very early days, Mike King put faith in Peloton knowing that it would be something that had the potential to change his life. Today, he’s reaping the benefits from the goals he continues to set for himself every time he clips in for any of his, on-average, 250 annual rides. We’re honored to have Mike as part of our community from the start and excited to celebrate his story below.

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How were you first introduced to Peloton?

I had been living in downtown Seattle close to my regular spin studio and had been riding several times a week. We decided to move out of downtown when our daughter was born two years ago. At that point, I started looking for a replacement spin studio and found the recently funded Peloton page on Kickstarter. I was instantly sold on the metrics, leaderboard, on-demand classes and the fact that it fit seamlessly into my busy lifestyle.


How did you feel after your first class?

I felt great. It truly replaced the in-studio experience and in many ways, it was better! I enjoy tracking the numbers and the ability to export the metrics from all my rides is very important to me. This was something I couldn’t get from an in-studio class.


What’s your favorite part of the workout?

The start! I try to warm up before the ride and hit the start at full speed. It is the only chance I have to get my name at the top of the leaderboard. For the rest of the ride, I try to stay in the top 10% of everyone else on the ride. Many times I’ll be in an all-out sprint at the end of the ride just so I can rank 23rd out of 230 riders.

What keeps you committed?

This last fiscal year I posted a calendar next to my bike and wrote two goals at the top: “250 Rides” and “Top 10% Rank”. As soon as I completed a ride, I would write down the number of miles I rode, calories burned, and my rank among all the other riders. The calendar was a daily reminder of my goal and I was able to chalk up 250 rides last year.


How has Peloton changed your lifestyle?

It has become a regular part of my routine. When work gets busy the best thing for me to do is to hop on my bike and ride. I love the fact that I can take a class at 4:00 am PST and have a coach in New York City calling me out on the live stream. Peloton keeps me motivated and has become a big part of my daily life.