Peloton Boutique / Robin Arzon’s Capsule Collection

Robin Arzon’s swagger is found both on the bike and within her wardrobe. Lucky for us, she’s teamed up with the Peloton’s Boutique team to bring you pieces that will make you want to be achieve way beyond basic. Shop the full collection here and get a glimpse below at how this next-level collection was created.

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What was the overall inspiration behind your collection?

Superheroes, vixens, misunderstood villains and thug unicorns. Basically, my team, my riders and any unapologetic hustlers we’ve picked up along the way. 

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What was your favorite part throughout the design process?

Diving deep into the visual conversation we as riders, athletes and a Peloton are having with the world. Let’s make the world look twice.

The tee is my favorite piece. “We don’t do basic” is not a slogan, it’s a lifestyle choice. Mediocrity is basic. Doubt is basic. Cruelty is basic. We shut it down with action – on the bike, in the office, at the dinner table, we can be greater than yesterday.

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The catsuit is the central piece. I believe superheroes are real & we should dress accordingly. Burgundy is the fall color. It’s the color that runs through our veins. Add sheen and a dose of swagger – the outfit is complete.

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How do you want people to feel when they wear it?

Like the baddest “B” in the room – because you are!

Robin’s catsuit can be found at our Chelsea Showroom in NYC. To purchase, please contact our team there using 1-866-679-9129 EXT. 312 or by e-mailing boutique@pelotoncycle.com.

 Ready to grab all of your favorite pieces? Shop Robin’s collection here. 

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Rider Story / Abigail Wagle

We’re proud to say that the Peloton community is comprised of riders all with unique stories that include challenges, determination and a lot of inspiration. Home rider Abigail Wagle’s story is no different. After being diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis when she was just six years old, Abigail needed to wear a brace for 23 hours out of the day for 6 1/2 years and has undergone two back surgeries. Even though she’s faced with challenges, Abigail, now 15, doesn’t let them get in her way. She still stays active and continues to build strength (sometimes hitting around 450 output numbers) using the Peloton bike. We’re so honored to have her as part of this community and we’re excited to share her incredible take on staying committed and the power of believing in yourself. 

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Why did you start taking classes with Peloton?

I started taking classes with Peloton because my mom noticed how stressed I was getting before my second spine surgery for scoliosis. We had owned the bike for a while, but I had never really gotten on it. She showed me how to clip in and set everything up and then put me on a 45 minute metrics class with Nicole. I barely finished, but I was hooked. I continued to do on-demand rides and scenic rides to relieve tension and stress. After my surgery, I took classes to build strength and confidence again.

What is your favorite part about taking class?

My favorite part about taking a class is being able to leave all the craziness of the world behind and focus only on the metrics, my body, and the music. School (and life) can get pretty overwhelming at times, but taking a class helps me to focus and ground myself. Not to mention that endorphins always feel great!

How has Peloton helped you feel better in your everyday life?

Peloton has helped me to feel more confident and strong in my everyday life. After I get off the bike I feel like I can take on the world. Doing Peloton classes made me feel inspired enough to compete in the June 2016 Dirty Kanza, a 50-mile gravel grinder bike race.

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Who is your favorite instructor to take and why?

My favorite instructor really depends on what mood I’m in! I like Robin when I’m stressed and I need a pick me up, Nicole when I’m feeling peppy, Christine when I need some inspiration, and Steven when I just want to work on getting stronger.

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We know that you’ve done amazing work by powering through physical challenges with Peloton (so inspiring!), what is your advice to other people working through the same challenges?

When I was six I was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis and had to wear a brace 23-hours per day to try and correct the two 40 degree curves in my spine. However, even after six years of bracing, my curves had still progressed to two 60 degree curves. So at age twelve I had my first spine surgery, a new process called spinal tethering (not a fusion), on the thoracic portion of my spine. Afterwards, I didn’t have to wear a brace, which was so amazing! But two years later my doctor was not seeing the results he wanted and decided to also operate on the lumbar spine. My advice to people working through similar challenges is to never give up on yourself. If I had given up on myself after my surgeries, I would have never gotten to where I am now, both mentally and physically. I learned that you need to pick yourself up and keep trying until you find something that works for you.

What keeps you committed?

The instructors, for sure! I love going on a live ride and hearing “awagle in Wichita, I see you!”. Setting goals also helped me to stay committed. This year my goal was to break 450 output on a 45 minute ride. I had to change that goal a bit to 465 because I broke 450 this August!

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If you could describe a Peloton class in 3 words what would they be?

That’s really hard! But if I had to choose they would be energetic, inspiring, and unique! I’ve taken spin classes at other studios and I’ve never experienced anything quite like a Peloton class.

Ready for more inspiration? Find our complete list of Ride Stories here.

 

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Get ready to sweat with our Back in Rotation Challenge

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It’s almost time to fall back into your fitness routine with our Back in Rotation challenge. Starting October 3rd, this four-week challenge pushes you to complete three rides each week (of any type or length).

One lucky rider will be chosen each week to win $100 towards the Peloton Boutique, with a grand prize winner chosen to win $250 towards the Boutique for completing the whole challenge.

Mark your calendar! This challenge starts in one week, so be prepared to hit the pedals. Be sure to share your goals and progress on social with #BackInPeloRotation.

Want to sweat this challenge in style? Shop all of our new fall arrivals now.

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Peloton on Spotify / Alex Toussaint’s Early Morning Wake Up Tracks

We’ve found that adding a little music to those early morning wake ups makes getting out of bed a lot easier to do. Find Instructor Alex Toussaint‘s favorite soundtrack below to help get you moving from your bed to the bike.

Ready to break an early sweat? Grab a bike now for Alex’s new Thursday morning 6:00 AM ET and Friday morning 7:00 AM ET classes.

Do you follow us yet on Spotify? Click here to stay up to date with all of our favorite tracks.

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NYC Studio Renovations / Info & Top Workout Picks

Our NYC studio will be undergoing minor renovations and will not have any classes beginning at 5:00 PM ET on Sunday, September 25th through Tuesday, September 27th. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean the sweat has to stop. You can still get a great workout in with our on-demand and Beyond the Ride workout picks found below.

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Jennifer Jacobs
10 minute Full Body Toning (Beyond The Ride)
Alex Toussaint
5 minute Abs Toning (Beyond The Ride)
Christine D’Ercole
10 minute Full Body Stretch (Beyond The Ride)
Cody Rigsby
5 minute Crunches (Beyond The Ride)
Jess King
5 minute Chair Workout for Arms (Beyond The Ride)
Hannah Marie Corbin
Chicken Fried Ride from September 8th 2016 at 3:30 PM ET
Nicole Meline
Arm Candy Ride September 14th 2016 at 5:30 PM ET
Jenn Sherman
Football Pregame Ride from September 11th 2016 at 10:30 AM ET
Steven Little
Pace Race Ride from September 11th 2016 at 7:30 AM ET
Robin Arzon
Pop Dance Off from September 12th 2016 at 4:30 PM ET
Have you tried Beyond the Ride yet? Click here to download our iOS app now. 
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Mix & matching your workouts with Jennifer Jacobs

As we continue to introduce new Beyond the Ride workouts, it’s important to find a balance between your weekly ride schedule and strength training off the bike. Find Instructor Jennifer Jacobs‘ tips on how to mix and match your rides with your favorite Beyond The Ride workouts.

First, she suggests to know what you are training for and why, then set your goals and find things that you enjoy to do in order to break a sweat. If you enjoy how you’re working out, you are more likely to stay consistent and consistency is key to see results.

Read more below on her suggested schedule on how to mix in your favorite Beyond The Ride content with your workouts on the bike. This assumes you have a solid aerobic training base underneath your feet. This base training is the foundation upon which everything else is built.

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Monday

Ride workout:

45 minute Rock Music Ride – Start the week off on a fun note with a theme ride.

Beyond The Ride workout:

Beyond The Ride “Stretch” workout

Tuesday

Beyond The Ride workout:

Focus on the full 30 minute workout below

•5 minute Planks with Cody – Work on exercises that will help you get better at moves you don’t always do.

•10 minute “Intro to Shadowboxing” followed up by 5 minute “Basic Shadowboxing Punches” – This will introduce a new skill and can help boost your confidence.

  • Finish with a 10 minute “Full Body Toning” Beyond The Ride workout (recommended 2-3 times a week.)

Wednesday

Ride workout:

  •  45 minute Rookie Ride – A lower intensity ride with upbeat music.
    Designed with the beginner in mind but open to all experienced riders.

Beyond The Ride workout:

  • Beyond The Ride 5 minute “Arms & Abs” workout – When those weights just aren’t enough to fatigue your arms.

Thursday 

Ride workout:

  • 30 minute Ride – One of my favorites: 30 minute Urban Cowboy Ride

Beyond The Ride workout:

  • 10 minute “Towel Workout for Legs”
  • 5 minute “Towel Workout for Core”

Or

Ride workout:

  • 10 minute Warm-up
  • 15 minute 80’s Climb

Beyond The Ride workout:

Beyond The Ride 5 minute “Hip Stretch”

Friday

Ride workout:

  •  45 minute 80’s Mix Ride

Beyond The Ride workout:

  • Beyond The Ride 10 minute “Active Isolated Stretching” – A different way to stretch and release.

Saturday

Ride workout:

  • 30 – 45 minute of Interval Training – 30 minute Need For Speed Ride
  • 30 minute HIIT Ride
  • 45 minute Intervals Ride

Work in cardio with either of these rides after weights to burn fat at an efficient rate

Beyond The Ride workout:

  • 10 minute “Dynamic Warmup” – To prepare your body for the work ahead.
  • 10 minute “Full Body Workout” – Circuit training using light weights.

*Intervals (alternating between low to high intensity) allows your body to burn more calories during a session. The higher the intensity, the shorter the interval/ride.

Sunday

  Rest & Recover with help from my very own tips on how to do this here!

Have you downloaded our iOS app yet? Download and find more details here. 

Still have questions about your workouts? Let us know. Feel free to e-mail social@pelotoncycle.com with any feedback and questions.

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Peloton Tech / Joining the Engineering Team

Behind every amazing Peloton ride feature is our growing tech team with the ability to deliver an incredible experience on the bike. We’ve gained so much new talent within our engineering department that we wanted to get their take on what it’s like being new to the Peloton crew. We talked with Brendan Walker, Senior Software Engineer, on his experience so far after recently joining the team.

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Throughout the job hunting process, you received other offers besides Peloton. Why did you choose here?

I was looking for an opportunity where I could work on a product that excited me, as well as a place where I can grow my career. Peloton checked both of my requirements. I never worked at a startup before, so I was anxious to experience working at a smaller company. Peloton also interested me because our business is somewhat related to my wife’s profession, Physical Therapy. I’ve learned from her how significant physical activity is for everyone; to be a part of that impact is very powerful.

How is working at Peloton different than at Microsoft where you worked on Halo?

At Halo, we had to be concerned with how well our services scaled from day one. For most games, especially with a flagship game like Halo, launch day has the most traffic you will ever receive throughout the lifetime of the game. Here, we don’t have the same scale problems as Microsoft but we are slowly getting to that point. I do think there are a lot of similarities between working at a game studio and Peloton, specifically because both try to solve a similar problem: making the user experience fun. It isn’t a problem found in most tech industries, but it can definitely be the most challenging one to solve.

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How is working for a smaller team of engineers different than working on a larger team?

It allows me to have a larger impact on both the product and the direction of the product. Smaller teams also enable improved communication. At Microsoft, I generally worked on small teams, but the organizations were large. For work that involved multiple teams, decisions had to go pretty high up in the organization, which led to long delays. We have a much smaller organization, so we don’t have those kind of problems.

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Do you feel that you made the right choice?

I do feel like I made the best decision. Within my first two months, I feel like I have grown significantly professionally, and have been able to contribute to our services and teams. It is also really exciting to work on a product that our members are really passionate about. It makes working here that much more exciting.

What’s your favorite part about working here?

The people are great! I really enjoy working with people who are excited to work here as well, and who are both smart and supportive.

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How would you describe the company culture?

We are a nimble company that enjoys a collaborative environment while solving challenging problems. We are very customer-driven as well, and are determined to make an incredible Peloton experience for them.

What’s one thing about our culture that sets us apart from other tech companies?

I think its the community that our customers helped create that sets us apart. We receive their feedback and their personal stories, which makes it really exciting to see how my work can positively impact someone’s life.

Want to join the team? Find more information on all of our open positions here.

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Rider Story / Krissy Blackwood

Home rider Krissy Blackwood has always loved the intense, endorphin-filled workouts on her Peloton bike; although the feeling of the strongly connected community is now a close rival. Before purchasing her bike, Krissy had no idea how much Peloton would change her world, in every way. She anticipated improved health, and ended up with an overall improved life.

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How were you first introduced to Peloton?

I first saw Peloton in an advertisement over a year ago. As someone who is very into fitness and cool new technology, I was immediately drawn to the bike and the whole concept of streaming live rides into my home. I finally bought the bike in January just two hours after learning of my promotion at work. I celebrated with fitness; this changed everything.

How did you feel after your first class?

I got this bike, and while nervous, I hopped onboard looking forward to pushing myself to my limit. My first class was a beginner on demand ride with Robin. I was terrified, but took comfort in being somewhat anonymous being on demand. When I was done, I was in love. Two days later, I started my live rides at 6am every day. I saw the same names on the leaderboard every single day. They were stronger than me and inspired me, yet I didn’t know who they were. I found the Facebook page, and then soon enough, real names were associated with leaderboard names. What happened over the course of the next 6 months and 200 rides was unimaginable.

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What’s your favorite part of the workout?

I adore the sweat. I long to push my body to it’s limits. I love feeling myself get stronger and watching my output grow. I love the thrill of chasing people on the leaderboard. I love watching friends crush personal records.

All aspects of my physical health have improved, from cardio conditioning to physical strength. While my heart pounds on the ride, it is also fully immersed into the friendships that have been formed from this bike. We communicate every day. Every single day we support each other, cheer each other on and push each other to achieve greatness. These relationships have brought so much more to the workouts.

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What keeps you committed?

The instructors, friends and the community. They inspire me in so many ways. They have made me a better athlete, better friend, better person. The endorphin rushes aren’t bad either.

How would you describe this community?

The most wonderful, inspiring, motivating, supportive, compassionate, selfless, people imaginable. Peloton is no longer a piece of fitness equipment for me, it is a lifestyle.  

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How has Peloton improved other aspects of your life?

Within 2 months of receiving the bike my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. The friends that I have made from this bike rallied around me and was with me every step of the way from diagnosis to death. The last few weeks of my Mother’s life were when the Peloton spirit broke new boundaries. While caring for her 300 miles away from my bike, these friends made me signs every single day. By 6am, I would have a text and hand made sign to cheer me up and start the day with a smile. Then the signs continued from Team Ohio and so many other riders I am now honored to call friends. As the days went on, the outpouring of love and support continued. I received flowers, food, dedicated rides, changed leaderboard locations, toys for my children…

These friends are so inspirational and powerful that they fueled my workouts off of the bike too. I decided to run each morning, at 6am and trespass with the #TuesdayTribe for a few weeks, streaming the live rides from the trail behind my Mother’s house. I needed my time with a team of champions even if I wasn’t on the leaderboard. I loved hearing the shout outs to my friends and it kept me going. At some point, the instructors learned about this and almost every run, they were calling me out to run faster, or would play a song for me, or just recognize that I was there. This was a game changer. I only bought a bike but I realized I had received so much more now that I was getting so much love and encouragement even when I was off of it.

Before my Mother died, some of the last few phone calls that I made were to Peloton friends. Friends who were experienced doctors, cancer practitioners, and/or who had lost a parent to dreaded cancer and could help me with their experiences. I never got a voicemail. Every call was answered on the spot. I learned so much from them and so incredibly grateful for the wisdom and help they provided.

As my Mother’s health continued to decline, we cancelled our upcoming vacations knowing that we would be away from work traveling to my Mother’s frequently. I cancelled all but one day; my birthday. I wanted to reserve one day to be happy and I knew I wanted it to be in the Peloton studio – My happy place. I asked my very first Peloton friend, if she would be interested in joining me for my birthday in the studio. We then determined we could make it a milestone ride for both of us. Then before we know it, 35 people travel in to have a mega milestone birthday party with me. Over a dozen different milestones were celebrated together in one big, in person, Peloton and joined by so many others at home! And not just was it an amazing ride, they also brought gifts, cake, champagne, pictures, but most importantly, brought bounds of love, hugs, laughs and pure selfless joy. They did this for me and many of them I had never met in person. This bike brings out limitless relationships.

My mother’s illness started 4 months ago. She passed away 2 weeks ago. One dear rider traveled to the services to give me a huge hug on behalf of our group. A ride was dedicated to my Mother where so many changed their locations to #InLovingMemoryofMargaret and Jennifer Jacobs filled my heart with love. I ran and cried my heart out streaming it live from my phone and could feel the Peloton spirit even off of the leaderboard. I really could not imagine going through this without my new network of friends, amazing instructors and cathartic workouts.

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Why would you suggest Peloton to someone?

It is a game changer. At a minimum, it will dramatically improve your health. But, it can also improve your life. The Peloton community has made me a better person physically, mentally and emotionally. Put forth the investment and the returns are immeasurable. Open your mind, body and soul and you will not be disappointed, I promise.

Inspired? Find more Peloton Rider Stories here.

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Rise & Shine: Our Instructor’s Top Morning Tips

To give your best on the bike, you need to start your day with certain essentials. We asked our instructors about their master plans for how they lay a solid foundation to set up their days for success. Read more below for insight into how they craft their top notch morning routines.

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Nicole Meline

  • Hydrate. Water with lemon, first thing. Even before coffee. Then, really good coffee!
  • Meditate. Start with stillness. I try not to go online for the first hour of the day. Even if all you have is 5 minutes, sit in the wonder of a new day. Practice gratitude. Listen. So your inbox doesn’t set the agenda for the day; your heart does.
  • Move. Yoga, core, & mobility work. Even just 10 minutes. Even better, a really hot sweat.

Steven Little 

  • I make sure to wake up an hour before class.
  • Drink coffee!
  • Grab a banana.
  • Finally, I make sure I prepare my recovery drink, with aminos included!

Jennifer Jacobs

  • I set an alarm that makes me want to get going. I love starting my day with “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers playing as I wake up.
  • I apply an eye mask ice pack on my eyes for 10 minutes as I lay lengthwise on a foam roller.
  • Finally, I have half of a banana and coffee!

Hannah Marie Corbin

  • I open up Spotify and start my, “Wake Up. Play. Enjoy.” playlist!
  • HMC eye opener: Place a drop of peppermint oil in the palm of your hands and rub them together. Gently cup them around your nose and mouth, CLOSE your eyes and slowly inhale through your nose. Be amazed.
  • Pick out your clothes the night before. Indecision plagues us all and holds the best of us up when trying to wake up and get out of the door!

Cody Rigsby

  • Eat, eat, eat! As soon as I get up I make my way to the kitchen for a big, nourishing meal. Eggs, oats, and fruit are essential for whatever the day has ahead of me.
  • Intentions – Before I start taking on my work, I take a moment to think about who I want to be and what are the intentions behind my actions for the day. Need a little help with this? Find my latest #mondayintentions video here.
  • Breathe – Taking a moment to breathe in 5 deep breaths centers me around the present and allows me to give gratitude for another day.

Christine D’Ercole

  • I prepare my coffee machine the night before!
  • I set 5 (yes,5) alarms!
  • I dig into a full body stretch upon waking!

Now ready to ride? Find your favorite instructor’s upcoming schedules here.

Wake up in style – Grab our favorite “Ride & Shine” tops here and here.

 

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