If there is one area of training that is more difficult than the training itself, it’s getting the nutrition right. As a competitive distance runner, triathlete, and cyclist, it’s easy to say that countless workouts and races have been sabotaged due to poor nutritional choices. To stay on the right track, here are my top five tips that I have learned through my nutritional successes and failures.
Discover What Works: There is no “one size fits all” answer to what you should or should not eat before, during, or after a workout or race. You need to experiment, read labels, and ask questions.
Know When To Experiment: On easy to moderate workouts days, those are your days to experiment with nutrition and figure out what makes you feel good during training.
Trust Your Gut: On hard workout or race days, rely on established nutritional routines that have succeeded in making you feel good during training and racing. If you try something new and different, you drastically increase the chances of something going wrong. For example, the morning before every hard workout or race, I have my normal oatmeal with a little brown sugar, a couple sips of coffee, and water because I know these options have proven to make me feel my best beforehand.
Caloric Intake: Not going to sugar coat this, but body weight absolutely matters. In endurance sports, you want to weigh as little as possible without sacrificing your ability to perform. Skin and bones will not move your body very fast. Vice versa, you can be the strongest person in the field but get absolutely killed because you are using all that strength to carry your excess body weight around. So monitoring caloric intake (even if just roughly) matters.
Keep It Simple: You have to balance eating whatever you want with caloric intake and meeting the nutrient demands of your body. The result (for me at least) is eating simple, natural, nutrient-dense foods as this is the only way I will feel full without overeating. For example, baked fish and vegetables is one of my favorite dinners. That said, you better believe that there are no fancy sauces on any of that beside a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon. That would needlessly raise the caloric intake of the dish and cause me to overeat so that I would feel too full.
Find even more training tips from Matt over on his Official Peloton Facebook Page here.
Next week, Ally Love clips into her 100th ride since joining the Peloton team. Find out what she’s learned along the way.
100 rides is such a big milestone. What have you learned over your past 100 rides at Peloton?
Whoa, 100 rides came fast! I’ve learned that the path is different for everyone and while we all may arrive at a milestone, the most important thing is that we all eventually get there. I’m proud to have been introduced to a family that is game-changing. The support of not only the community and loyal riders but my fellow instructors has been phenomenal. I’ve fallen in love with cycling beyond what I ever thought I could; it blows my mind!
Has the Peloton community pushed you to new goals as an instructor in any way?
Our community, our family, pushes me to work harder in class. I take every class like the riders do. I make a promise and I keep it: I work just as hard as you do. So I’m reaching new PR’s, high outputs, and overcoming fatigue, laziness and my own excuses now more than ever.
Any advice for riders out there looking to reach their next milestone ride?
Honestly, milestones are great rewards but they only last a day. I love to celebrate crossing the finish line but I put every race in perspective; one finish line is only the beginning of another start line. I like to use a milestone to reflect on what you’ve learned and how that knowledge can positively affect your path towards the next one.
What are you looking forward to in your next 100 rides as an instructor?
Meeting more riders and having new riders join in on the movement. I’m looking forward to getting mentally stronger, gaining more knowledge and just riding. It’s my way of life now, so I’m going to live!
What’s the best piece of advice you can give to riders to stay motivated while working toward their goals?
We all get uncomfortable, face discouragement and feel resistance but what makes us human is the opportunity to create space, change trajectories and find support to overcome, conquer and own that discomfort until its no longer a challenge.
1. Get fly gear.
2. Put it on while listening to ______ (Beyonce, duh).
3. Think about the possible regret you’ll feel for skipping versus the mad endorphin high.
4. Get out the door and do 10 minutes. Once you’ve started, you will finish.
6. Surround yourself with inspiration. “Do epic shit” is written on a post-it on my bathroom mirror AND the title on my alarm alerts. Write your story.
7. Remember why you started. Identify the “why” and the “how” will follow.
And some days, you really just need to rest and watch Love Actually. That’s cool. But that’s not every day, baby. Choose wisely.
*This excerpt was taken from Robin’s book, SHUT UP AND RUN.
That’s right. We’ve added even more workouts to our growing Beyond the Ride collection. This new batch offers more short-form content focused around toning and stretching — all with the same immersion, convenience and effectiveness you know and love.
Check out these brand-new workouts on the Peloton app for the best experience, or access them all on your Peloton bike.
Jess King’s 20 minute Total Body Workout
Jennifer Jacobs’ 5 minute Arms Toning & 5 minute Mobility
Robin Arzon’s 10 minute Abs Toning & 5 minute Stretch
Matt Wilpers’ 10 minute Advanced HIIT
Hannah Marie Corbin’s 10 minute Lower Body Toning & 5 minute Abs Toning
Have you been working hard? Show us on social with the tag #beyondtheride.
Have you checked out the app yet? Click here to download.
Cody Rigsby’s 45 Minute Celebrity Breakup Ride on Monday, February 13th at 10:30 AM ET
Robin Arzon’s 45 Minute Cupid Shuffle Ride on Monday, February 13th at 5:30 PM ET
Jenn Sherman’s 45 Minute V-Day Sucks Ride on Tuesday, February 14th at 8:00 AM ET
Matt Wilpers’ 45 Minute Country Love Songs Ride on Tuesday, February 14th at 10:30 AM ET
Ally Love’s 45 Minute Love Yo Self Ride on Tuesday, February 14th at 4:30 PM ET
Christine D’Ercole’s 45 Minute Power of Love Ride on Tuesday, February 14th at 5:30 PM ET
Jennifer Jacobs’ 45 Minute First Wives Club Ride on Tuesday, February 14th at 7:30 PM ET
Alex Toussaint’s 45 Minute Love & Hip Hop Ride on Tuesday, February 14th at 8:30 PM ET
Click here to plan all your rides now with our full ride schedule.
Show some love with our brand new Valentine’s Day tanks and tees. Click here to shop this collection now.
Escape and refuel with Jennifer Jacobs’ new Tropical Kick smoothie recipe. Grab this mix on the menu at our NYC studio or find the full recipe below to make right in your own kitchen.
1 orange peeled and blended
1 handful spinach
1 scoop of whey protein
1 banana frozen
Ready to go? Plan your next class with Jennifer now.
Get ready to show us your best effort in our February Training Program. On the first of each month, we’ll be updating this collection to provide a fresh routine. Including a mix of rides, Beyond The Ride and Beyond The Ride Yoga workouts, this line-up is designed to help you train smarter and more effectively with your favorite Peloton instructors. Get started with January’s program and look forward to updates every month.
The training program consists of 9 recommended classes per week (so you’ll see 36 total classes in the collection, shown in order). We recommend the below programs for each fitness level:
2-3 classes per week
4-5 classes per week
5-6 classes per week
Make sure to cool down and accompany each session with our recommended stretches included in the program.
Ready, set – #trainpeloton
Are these upgrades helping you pedal to peak performance? We want to know! Please send any feedback and questions to email@example.com, or share your thoughts on our Peloton Riders Facebook page.
Jennifer Jacobs’ 45 Minute Cheerleader Ride on Saturday, February 4th at 7:30 AM ET
Robin Arzon’s 45 Minute Halftime Hits Ride on Saturday, February 4th at 9:30 AM ET
Ally Love’s 45 Minute Kickoff Ride on Sunday, February 5th at 8:30 AM ET
Jenn Sherman’s 45 Minute Big Game Ride on Sunday, February 5th at 10:30 AM ET
Click here to plan all your rides now with our full ride schedule.
Represent where you’ll be cheering from this weekend with our brand new city tanks and tees. Click here to shop now.
Meet the Showroom Team
Before Peloton, Eryl had been a banker for 17 years. During Eryl’s time in Banking, he was able to learn and grow personally and professionally. He is passionate about Obstacle Course Racing, Mountain Biking, and White Water Rafting (in the Andes Mountain)! Fun fact: his family pet is a Sugar Glider!
Why he loves working with Peloton: “We are an innovative company that pushes for cutting edge ideas that change lives for the better!”
Born and raised in New Jersey, Mark was a high school athlete. He graduated Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, and worked nearly 20 years as a Pharmacutical Sales Representative.
Why he loves working with Peloton: “I enjoy guiding people to the best decision for their health and fitness…and Peloton is the best decision.”
An innovative and motivated individual who found his love of fitness after graduating high school, Pheniel has a passion for maintaining a healthy lifestyle which is displayed through his jovial personality. He is always smiling and loves to make others smile. He recently graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a B.S. in biology and wants to continue his education in either medicine or nutrition.
Why he loves working with Peloton: “Peloton is revolutionizing fitness by bringing a complete workout to your home. It’s an innovative way to help individuals maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
Currently a college student at Florida Atlantic University in the ROTC program, John was a high school state record holder for power lifting in three events, a football player and loves healthy living and working out.
Why he loves working with Peloton: “I love helping people achieve their fitness goals and Peloton is a great piece of equipment that will actually get you to not only achieve your goals but surpass them.”
Lindsey’s passion for indoor cycling started in 2013 when she started taking classes and it led her to lose thirty pounds. A few months later, she obtained her instructor certification and worked at the front desk of a local spin studio. In December 2016, her family bought a Peloton bike as a gift and it has taken her passion of indoor cycling to the next level. It’s a dream for her to be working for Peloton, a brand that personally impacts her life, mind, and body!
Why she loves working with Peloton: “Peloton truly changes lives.”
Having always been an athlete, Brooke began competing in Ironman triathlons in 2011. Realizing that health and wellness through nutrition and physical activity is her passion, Brooke became certified in holistic nutrition through The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Working for Peloton has allowed Brooke to help people focus on being the best version of themselves each and every day.
Why she loves working with Peloton: “Peloton helps people become their very best version of themselves.”