A CLOSER LOOK: OUR SANTA MONICA SHOWROOM TEAM

Meet The Showroom Team

Blair

Blair Friley

What do you love most about working on the team? I absolutely love the culture of the Santa Monica showroom, which is one of the best aspects of my job. I come to work every day with a team who is passionate, eager, fun, humble, and who push me to be a better manager. Our showroom has a work-hard-play-hard atmosphere and a culture that has us excited to come to work!

Who’s your favorite instructor and why? My favorite instructor is a toss-up between Alex and CodyAlex, because of his incredible hip-hop playlists that push me through a workout; Cody because of his personality and one-liners that make me forget I’m in the middle of a workout.

How do you want a new rider to feel walking out of the store after just purchasing their bike? I want new bike owners to feel “WOW’d” by the retail experience and customer service we provide them at Peloton Santa Monica. I want them to feel an emotional connection and excitement for the Peloton “family” they just joined. Lastly, I want them to feel inspired and empowered by their new Peloton bike so they can be an even better version of themselves.

Team nickname: “Queen B”

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Pearce Eastwood

What do you love most about working on the team? I thoroughly enjoy working alongside the team we have, as we all benefit from each other’s personalities. A typical workday will involve a lot of laughing, leading to positive interactions with customers. The overall happiness levels in the showroom definitely result in making us more productive as a group!

Who’s your favorite instructor and why? My favorite instructor is Robin because she rides and coaches with so much passion! The effort and skill that she puts into each workout is inspiring.

How do you want a new rider to feel walking out of the store after just purchasing their bike? I want a new bike owner to feel accomplished and excited for the future. When a customer leaves our store after I have assisted them with ordering their bike, I want them to feel empowered and overcome with joy for joining the Peloton community.

Team nickname: “P$ Eastwood”

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Shannon Jensen

What do you love most about working on the team? The people! I love coming to work every day and being surrounded by like-minded people who value living a healthy and active lifestyle and are dedicated to assisting others with instilling that lifestyle.
Who’s your favorite instructor and why? Alex, hands down! The music and his demeanor is amazing. No one pumps me up more and makes me work harder. (And he’s not bad to look at).

How do you want a new rider to feel walking out of the store after just purchasing their bike? I want new bike owners to feel completely and utterly inspired!

Team nickname: “Shan-Meow”

Kristen

Kristen Schanck

What do you love most about working on the team? I love the people! I feel so lucky to work with such kind, inspiring individuals who push me to be better.

Who’s your favorite instructor and why? Cody! He keeps class fun no matter how hard it gets. My ideal workout is one that pushes me to my limit but that I also enjoy.

How do you want a new rider to feel walking out of the store after just purchasing their bike? Excited! I want this person to feel confident in the decision they just made and excited for what the future holds.

Team nickname: “Kri-Kri”

Mark

Mark Cohen

What do you love most about working on the team? I love being part of the Santa Monica showroom because our teamwork creates synergy and promotes a sense of achievement and motivation.

Who’s your favorite instructor and why? I love several instructors however I prefer Robin. I enjoy her high energy, motivation and instruction.

How do you want a new rider to feel walking out of the store after just purchasing their bike? My clients should feel happy, inspired, excited, and motivated when they walk out the door of our store. Purchasing their Peloton bike will be a life changing experience, and I want that experience to be elevated and made special through the Santa Monica showroom.

Team nickname: “Maverick”


Stay up to date with all of the Santa Monica Showroom events on their Facebook Page here.

Interested in working at one of our showroom locations? Find our complete list of open retail positions here. 
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Putting members first within the design of our heart rate feature

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We sat down with members of our product and engineering teams, Dave, Benoit, and Minxin to talk more about why it was important to design our latest heart rate feature with a user-centered mindset.

Why was this feature so important to put into motion?

Dave: As we’ve grown, we’ve observed an increase in the percentage of users who take workouts with heart rate monitors. It offers a very individualized metric, that is catered to their fitness level. While output is a core metric in the Peloton experience (and helps connect riders on the leaderboard), heart rate zone training is a great way for users to tailor their training to themselves.

Benoit: We’re not just streaming cycling classes but building experiences around them. When our instructors teach new techniques that become popular, we think it’s important to build them into our application so they become part of the experience! In a lot of ways, it’s what makes Peloton so special.

We know that this feature was a major request from riders. Is there extra excitement around creating a feature that’s highly anticipated by the community?

Minxin: Absolutely! We knew that the user experience would be elevated by heart rate zone training, and being able to develop the feature based on user feedback is inspiring!

Benoit: Every feature we build or change we really do with our users in mind but there’s always an extra bit of excitement when it’s something they’ve been waiting for! 

Dave: I personally enjoy following along with user feedback after the launch (either through the Facebook rider page or from our support team,) to see how our riders are using the feature. There is a lot to learn based on initial excitement, and it helps to further improve the feature down the line.

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How was this feature built with our members in mind?

Dave: This feature was a direct response to feedback from our users, and the traction that our heart rate zone training classes had. During the design and development process, we tested a number of different prototypes on users and people around the office, in the end settling on the simple solution that is now available.

Minxin: To keep the user experience in mind, we considered two aspects: the default framework that provides the user with guidance and the other is the customized framework where the user can achieve their desired heart rate zone training experience.

What was the collaboration process like for this feature?

Benoit: There is a lot of information we want to show our users when they’re taking a class and even with our amazing display, it’s hard to add new things without it starting to look like a dashboard. During this process, we worked very closely with the design team to make sure we show the information users want to see without cluttering the user interface.

Dave: At Peloton, we believe that ideas and feedback can come from all directions and departments. In this particular project, we worked closely with instructors to understand the philosophy of heart rate training, designers to figure out how to add it to the interface, and developers on the best way to execute.

How can riders anticipate this feature evolving over time?

Dave: Overall, heart rate zones is still a fairly basic feature. We stuck to the simple route so that we could deliver this without a complete overhaul of our in-class screen. Over time we think the heart rate feature will become deeply embedded into the experience, specifically as it relates to a user’s workout history. I also think there are opportunities to improve the display of heart rate zones in class, to help users better measure their rate of recovery and their overall heart rate stats for a specific class.


Learn more on our heart rate zone feature here

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Celebrate the 2017 Home Rider Invasion at a showroom near you!

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This year’s Home Rider Invasion isn’t just a party in NYC. We’re celebrating HRI all over the country by throwing special events at select showrooms!

Stop by a location near you to catch up with fellow home riders, enjoy complimentary drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and bumping tunes from our live DJ. You can even shop the Peloton Boutique and stock up on exclusive styles and top fitness brands.

Interested in taking a live ride alongside fellow home riders in your area? You can reach out to your local showroom manager to reserve a seat on one of our showroom bikes and join a live class streamed from our studio. Even if you aren’t in NYC, you can still get in on that celebratory energy!

For specific event info, start times, and showroom manager contact details, please visit your local showroom’s Facebook page:

Atlanta: @pelotonlenoxsquare

Austin: @pelotonaustintx

Boca Raton: @pelotonboca

Boston: @pelotonboston

Corte Madera: @pelotoncortemadera

Dallas: @pelotonnorthparkcenter

Detroit: @pelotondetroit

Houston: @pelotonhoustongalleria

Manhasset: @pelotonmanhasset

Newport Beach: @pelotonnewportbeach

Oak Brook: @pelotonchicago

Palo Alto: @pelotonpaloalto

Philadelphia@pelotonphiladelphiakop

Santa Monica: @pelotonsantamonica

Short Hills: @pelotonshorthills

Washington DC: @pelotontysonscorner

Westchester: @pelotonwestchester

Remember, together we ride…and party! Hope to see you there.

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A Closer Look: Our King of Prussia Showroom Team

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Meet The Showroom Team

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What do you love most about working on the team? Aside from working for an amazing team and being a part of such a supportive community, seeing my clients come back a few months (or even weeks) healthier, happier, and hardcore Peloton advocates is what I love most! Being able to be apart of the reason people commit to a healthier lifestyle is the reason why I love being at Peloton!

How do you want a new rider to feel walking out of the store after just purchasing their bike? I want them to feel like they aren’t just committing to a purchase but to a lifestyle. I want them to be excited about the journey they are going to start!

Who’s your favorite instructor? Ally Love! I love that her classes are rhythm based.

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What do you love most about working on the team? I love the unity and support among the employees and management. I like that Peloton offers opportunities for advancement. It’s a great culture with an awesome product!

How do you want a new rider to feel walking out of the store after just purchasing their bike? I want a new rider to feel happy and welcomed. I want them to feel excited that they just made the best purchase ever!

Who’s your favorite instructor? Jess King! She is my spirit animal!

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What do you love most about working on the team? I love working at Peloton because my team brings a smile to my face every day. We love helping people be better versions of themselves. Being a part of a community that inspires and motivates is just the icing on the cake!

How do you want a new rider to feel walking out of the store after just purchasing their bike? I want a new rider to feel like they just joined a community of riders and gained a few new friends at our showroom. Most importantly, I want them to feel confident in their purchase and in their ability to use our bike properly.

Who’s your favorite instructor? Robin Arzon! I love her energy!

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What do you love most about working on the team? Aside from the fact that Peloton has introduced me to the world of sales which is what I want to do after college, I love working here because I’m selling a product that I truly believe in. I am passionate about fitness and honestly think it is an aspect of life that can help you through anything.

How do you want a new rider to feel walking out of the store after just purchasing their bike? I want a new rider to feel completely blown away by their experience with our bike. I want them to feel like they just purchased something they cannot find anywhere else!

Who’s your favorite instructor? Steven Little. His classes have great structure!

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What do you love most about working on the team? I love the people I work beside and the community it attracts, At Peloton, all different walks of life become one family. Every day is different! I love that my job challenges me to think outside of the box.

How do you want a new rider to feel walking out of the store after just purchasing their bike? I want a new rider to feel motivated to begin their fitness journey and know that they have an entire community behind them.

Who’s your favorite instructor? Ally Love because she plays a variety of high energy music!

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What do you love most about working on the team? It’s not only a job that allows me to share my passion for fitness but also I have the satisfaction of knowing that I’m representing a brand that’s truly dedicated to making people’s lives better. Every day I’m surrounded by coworkers who generate great energy, which translates into amazing customer relationships. Peloton is not only a great workplace but also a community, one which I’m very appreciative to be a part of!

How do you want a new rider to feel walking out of the store after just purchasing their bike? I want them to feel confident and excited about their purchase and know they can reach back out to me at anytime.

Who’s your favorite instructor? Robin Arzon! She’s intense and I love it!

Stay up to date with all of our KOP Showroom events and featured window riders on their Facebook Page here.
Interested in working at one of our showroom locations? Find our complete list of open retail positions here. 
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Rider Story / Kylie Schalz

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Has Peloton helped you work through challenges?

In 2011 I suffered a spinal cord injury during a routine back surgery. I woke up paralyzed from the chest down and the first words I remember hearing from my surgeon were that I would never move, feel or walk again. I never believed these words, but instead pushed hard in physical therapy with my primary goal being to walk again. I fell in love with an adaptive spin bike while at the hospital. It had the power to spin my legs when they could not move in order to train the muscles and nervous system to eventually move again. After several weeks I was moving the pedals on my own and four months later I walked out of the hospital with the use of crutches. I now walk with the use of the cane, living and working in one of the toughest cities in the world, NYC.

Prior to paralysis I was entering my final season as a student-athlete at Oakland University in Michigan. Going from a Division 1 athlete to completely paralyzed can be incredibly defeating. I lost my identity as an athlete and searched for competition. I worked very hard to prove the medical professionals wrong and walk again, but I still found it difficult to find that athletic outlet. When I found Peloton that void was filled. I was finally able to compete on the same playing field as everyone else again. When I am on the bike my disability becomes ability and for 45 minutes I am my old self again. I can compete on the same leaderboard as the rest of the Peloton community and push past the limitations I face off the bike.

In addition to the competition, Peloton provides quite a bit of medical benefits as well. My legs get stronger every ride and the metrics Peloton provides every workout are a direct indication of my progression. Before I rode my first ride with Peloton, I believed that I had plateaued in my recovery. I would never get any stronger or be able to regain anything more. I thought I would walk with a cane for the rest of my life. Since then, I have seen an exponential progression in my Peloton metrics which has been directly reflected in my walking, balance and overall health. I jumped and jogged for the first time in 6 years just a few weeks ago and I only use a cane when walking around the streets of NYC. Peloton has given me a new boost of rehabilitation and shown me that there are no limits and proves that there is no such thing as a “plateau” in this recovery.

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How were you first introduced to Peloton?

My mom, Robin, first told me about the Peloton. She bought the bike and was immediately addicted to it. It was all she could talk about. When I went home she had me try it out. I was skeptical because every cardio I had tried to this point required significant adaptation. My spinal cord injury prevented me from being able to hop on the treadmill without someone there to watch me or jump on a bike without taping my shoes to the pedals. I had yet to find a cardio workout that I could perform at high intensity, safely and on my own. When I hopped on her Peloton bike I was incredibly surprised. This was a piece of cardio equipment that I could do. For one of the first times since paralysis I felt like my old athletic self again. Robin Arzon was spitting out some crazy one-liners of inspiration, I was competing on the leaderboard, pushing past my limitations and suddenly for 45 minutes I forgot that I had a disability. My girlfriend, Alaina, tried a ride after me and was hooked. Our first rides were all that we needed to get one for ourselves.

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What is your favorite part of the workout?

My favorite part of the workout is getting lost in the ride. For 45-60 minutes every day I, move my body and push past limits that so many said I could never overcome, forgetting completely that I have a disability. I look at every ride as an opportunity to turn ‘I can’t’ into ‘I CAN’. And when the music stops and the workout is over I cannot help but have this overwhelming feeling of pride for what I have just accomplished. Every ride I finish is a miracle. Every ride is proof that impossible is nothing. Every pedal stroke is a choice to disable my limits and leave my struggles behind. I was told I would never walk again and now I am conquering massive climbs and high intensity sprints every single day. I was told I would never feel my body again and now I can feel the burn in my quads and hamstrings every day and let me tell you it feels great!

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Who is your favorite instructor and why?

My favorite instructor varies day to day based on how I am feeling. That’s the beauty of Peloton. There are so many different personalities and coaching styles that you have the luxury of fulfilling whatever it is you are looking for on any given day. On days when I am feeling in need of a pick me up or some genuine inspiration I prefer to take Christine’s classes because she provides more inspiration with her mantra #iamicaniwillido than I think she really knows. She reminds me to turn “I can’t” into “I can” every single ride and always manages to make me crack a smile during some of the toughest climbs. On days that I am feeling like a boss I take Robin’s rides to get some serious swagger in my life. I honestly do not understand where she pulls some of her phrases from, but they are incredible. I also really enjoy Steven Little’s #HRTribe. This has been a great learning tool for me in understanding how my body and heart work and how to use them in the most efficient ways. Honestly, it is so difficult to choose. All of the instructors are fantastic at what they do!

 

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How has Peloton changed working out for you?

Working out has always been a passion of mine, but since my injury, I have struggled to find a way to push beyond my limits…until Peloton. I have found my competitive and tenacious self again. I have gone from being told I would never walk again to riding Peloton every day. My confidence has sky rocketed and I have pushed myself in so many other areas of fitness as a result. In November 2016 I climbed 103 flights of stairs to the top of the Willis (previously Sears) Tower in Chicago to raise money for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where I spent several months learning to walk again. I am also training for the Paralympics in cycling and wheelchair racing. I had always found myself saying “I wish I could…” or “someday I will be able to…” but Peloton has torn apart my fear of failure and pushed me to stop wishing and start doing.

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How would you describe the Peloton community?

When we bought the bike we knew we were getting a world-class spin bike with excellent instructors and classes. What we did not know we would also be getting was a second family. The Peloton community is unlike anything I have ever seen. It is such a safe place of positivity, motivation, and inspiration without judgment.

There is nothing better than seeing how this bike has changed so many lives across the world. Peloton means a group of riders racing together and that is exactly what this community embodies.

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

 

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What our instructors love most about Home Rider Invasion Weekend

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Christine D’Ercole

“What I loved about Home Rider Invasion last year was the opportunity to put faces with names and stories! Stories of hope, change, choice, and transformation. Stories that start with a bike, that ripple and inspire beyond the bike to change lives one ride at a time.”

Cody Rigsby

“The energy at Home Rider Invasion is infectious. A community of dreamers coming together to celebrate each other’s greatness. I can’t wait to put smiles and faces to leaderboard names.”

Ally Love

“I can’t wait to party in person!”

Matt Wilpers

“I’m looking forward to having a weekend ‘fit-cation’ with everyone in New York City! I’m most excited to meet the hardworking riders behind the leaderboard names and hear about how I can help them achieve their fitness goals.”

Jennifer Jacobs

“The best part is having the energy of the leaderboard in the studio!!!”

Steven Little

“I love being able to motivate and help so many people and then meet them in person to hear about their success stories first hand.”

Jess King

“I am most excited about putting real faces to the names on the leaderboard and hearing their stories! I can’t wait to meet you all!”

Alex Toussaint

“What I love most about the Home Rider Invasion is being able to connect with riders like they’re family. They get excited to meet all of the instructors, but I get just as excited to meet them. They are not just riders to me, they are family.”

Jenn Sherman

“Home Rider Invasion brings this Peloton experience full circle. Leaderboard names come to life. Seeing brand new friends who feel like old friends meet for the first time….priceless.”

Robin Arzon

“Home Rider Invasion weekend is a time to celebrate that we’re all bonded by sweat.”

Hannah Marie Corbin

“It’s such a blast putting faces to leaderboard names and I love hearing how unstoppable this rockstar community is!”


Have you bought your weekend package yet? Click here for more details on how to grab yours.

Make sure to reserve a room ahead of time at The Westin New York at Times Square, the official hotel of our 2017 HRI.  Advanced booking using the discounted HRI weekend rate ends this Wednesday, March 22nd at 5:00 PM ET. 

Planning to attend an HRI celebration at a showroom outside of NYC? Click here to visit our RSVP page and stay tuned for more event details.

Follow along on social with the hashtag #PelotonHRI

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Our Upcoming March Madness Rides

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Alex Toussaint’s 45 Minute Tournament Turn Up Ride on Saturday, March 18th at 5:00 PM ET

Ally Love’s 45 Minute Bracket Madness Ride on Monday, March 20th at 10:30 AM ET

Alex Toussaint’s 45 Minute Tournament Turn Up Ride on Saturday, March 25th at 5:00 PM ET

Ally Love’s 45 Minute Bracket Madness Ride on Monday, March 27th at 10:30 AM ET

Jenn Sherman’s 45 Minute Basketball Pregame Ride on Sunday, April 2nd at 9:30 AM ET

Ally Love’s 45 Minute Bracket Madness Ride on Monday, April 3rd at 10:30 AM ET


Get ready to compete for the highest output between both of Alex’s Tournament Turn Up rides. We’ll be comparing the total output from his class on Saturday, March 18th to the total output from his class on Saturday, March 25th. Get ready for a showdown!

 Click here to plan all your rides now with our full ride schedule.


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Hannah Marie Corbin’s Q&A on Kidney Health Awareness

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What is your connection with kidney disease?

My rockstar mom has had a kidney disease all of my life. It wasn’t until recent years that it became worse and it wasn’t until this last year that we started looking for a kidney donor for a transplant.

Why is National Kidney Month so important to you?

Kidney disease prevention and the goals of most fitness/healthy lifestyle enthusiasts are so similar it blows my mind! Most of the things that promote healthy kidneys are the things that I preach on a daily basis: a low sodium diet teamed with an active lifestyle to prevent high blood pressure and diabetes…oh and my personal favorite, “wine is not water!”

Millions are affected by kidney disease but so many know so little about it. My goal is to help people become more aware of how to prevent kidney disease and bring an early awareness to people who may be affected by it.

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What’s the best way that people can keep their kidneys in good condition?

A lot of the things that help healthy kidneys are a lot of the things that I preach on a daily basis: hydration, a low sodium diet, and exercise to lower your chances of high blood pressure and diabetes.

I’m preaching to the choir here, the people who have joined our Peloton community are the people who are working to better themselves, their bodies, and pass the message of a healthy lifestyle on to their children.

The missing link between desires and results are not just the workouts you put yourself through but making conscious choices to treat your body like it belongs to someone you love.

In honor of National Kidney Month and World Kidney Day, I started a water challenge which is simple and achievable in the best of ways. If you haven’t already joined me this week, start it now and never stop. Everyday, strive to drink half of your body weight in ounces of H2O to maintain healthy hydration. I have delightful prizes all week including Nuun, Goldsheep and Peloton Boutique Swag, wellwell water, snazzy water bottles, Sodium Girl Cookbooks, and more! Find how you can enter here!

How can people donate to this cause? 

To donate to this cause, I’ve set up the Ride to Fight Kidney Disease campaign through the National Kidney Foundation where the funds raised go directly towards the National Kidney Foundation to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease to millions of patients and their families and tens of millions of Americans at risk.

I’ll also be leading a ride with Peloton on Sunday, March 12th at 11:45 AM where Peloton is graciously donating the proceeds from the ride to the National Kidney Foundation.

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Do you feel a sense of community from Peloton through this?

Without a doubt. I’ve had so many people reaching out to me sending love and prayers to my mom and family and reaching out to see if they could help in any way.

I was blown away when I found out that over 20 people actually filled out a form to donate never having met my mom. I’ve been able to be the support in so many incredible journeys on the bike but never thought I would be on the other side receiving so much love.


Ride along with HMC! Join her Kidney Awareness Ride this Sunday, March 12th at 11:45 AM EST.

Make sure to connect with Hannah over on her Official Peloton Facebook Page and follow the hashtags below for more info on National Kidney Month.

#NationalKidneyMonth #WorldKidneyDay #heartyourkidneys #HMC4H2O

 

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Booking is now open for The 2017 NYC Home Rider Invasion!

Booking is now open for our 2017 NYC Home Rider Invasion weekend! Check out this year’s schedule below and more information on how to officially book your spot.

  1. Create an account on our studio website (no need to create a separate account if you already have one).
  2. Purchase our $50 Event Package, which includes one ticket to our Happy Hour Welcome Celebration at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, one credit for a studio class (on Saturday or Sunday) and one credit to attend a Beyond the Ride workout at The Westin Times Square.
  3. Book your ride and workout of choice.

Book now

 

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Questions? Click here to visit our Official HRI Facebook Event Page.

Reserve a room ahead of time at The Westin New York at Times Square, the official hotel of our 2017 HRI.

Planning to attend an HRI celebration at a showroom outside of NYC? Click here to visit our RSVP page and stay tuned for more event details.

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Rider Story / Michael Savino

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How were you first introduced to Peloton?

I was introduced to the Peloton community through one of the original TV commercials. Every time I saw the commercial all I could think was, “wow that is so awesome!”. I have taken a few cycling classes in the past and absolutely loved them although the problem that most people encounter is getting a spot (if you’re lucky to get out of work on time)! The ability to have live and on-demand classes in my home everyday was a huge selling point for me especially since I work very untraditional hours, take care of two kids, and support my wife who has recently become ill.

What’s your favorite part of the workout?

Working out has always been very important for me personally and a huge stress relief. My favorite part of the Peloton workout is a combination of the physical effort, connecting with my new friends on the leaderboard, and then after the workout, seeing how the Official Peloton Rider Page comes to life as riders cheer each other on. Having a place to be able to rely on for support and to keep you accountable for hitting your goals is an amazing feeling.

How has the Peloton community supported you?

Over the past few years my family has lost our home in a flood, multiple family members due to cancer, job losses and on top of that, my wife has faced some major medical conditions. I’m very open about the struggles my family has endured because I hope by talking about it that I will help others facing the same challenges. I want to help them realize that there’s always hope and good people in this world who will go out of there way to help complete strangers.

My wife has been dealing with her main issue, EDS (Ehlers Danlo Syndrome). This genetic issue has also led to her having CSF leaks (cerebral spinal fluid leaks), which causes a number of mental issues ranging from memory loss, passing out, confusion, and extreme exhaustion. For most people, one medical issue would be enough, but this disorder has also led to her getting semicircular canal dehiscence and an autonomic blood flow disorder called POTS. With her treatment plan in place, she is progressing although due to all of these complications, she’s now been out of work and disabled for two years.

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Honestly every day is a struggle for my wife but she is one of the strongest people I know and I am so proud to be her husband. The issues we have gone through as a family has created a lot of stress; that’s where the Peloton bike has made it’s mark. I have always been into cycling my entire life but unfortunately the past couple of years life got in the way. When I saw the first commercial for Peloton, I fell in love with the idea of it right away. I thought it was genius and with everything going on, I needed an outlet! I quickly purchased one in November, and started my journey but little did I know how much this bike would change our lives.

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Two days after Christmas this year we received a letter from the disability insurance company that they were dropping my wife’s disability benefits. It was a huge shock to us. I quickly went into survival mode and tried to figure out how we were going to be able to take care of all of the bills, put food on the table, provide for our children, while trying to pay for my wife’s medical treatments only on my salary. This is where the power of the Peloton community changed our lives and gave us an amazing amount of hope.

I put a quick post together on the Official Peloton Rider Page briefly mentioning that I was looking to sell my bike to help pay for some of my wife’s medical bills. Within 15 minutes, an extremely kind woman reached out and offered to pay for my membership fee for a month to help out so I could keep the bike. I kindly declined, thinking how nice people were in response to my post but little did I know what was going to happen over night.

I woke up to around 400 messages, not from people wanting to buy the bike, but messages from complete strangers wanting to help my family. I started speaking with two of the women and they wanted to setup a page to help my wife with her medical bills. Over the next 48 hours, donations for my wife came in from the community totaling $25,000. On top of this, the instructors at Peloton held classes to show support for my wife and our family, and Peloton’s entire company reached out to contribute as well.

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The generosity of everyone has allowed us to continue medical treatments and therapy for my wife. I am a 33 year old guy that was sobbing when this happened. I could not believe that a group of people, that didn’t know me or my family, would come together in a way like they did. The Peloton community has changed our lives in ways I cannot truly express in words. You have given us hope, shown us love and inspired us to keep going. Thank you Peloton-ians; you are all considered family to us now.

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

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