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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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