Hannah Marie Corbin moves through it all. She’s discovered more strength than what she thought she once had and she invites you to do the same. We’re so excited to feature her in our next installment of “Revelations Through Revolutions”.
1. What do you plan to reveal about yourself this year?
I plan to reveal that a smile is not a submissive gesture. I love
to smile and laugh, and some mistake that for weakness, or not taking
things seriously. But it’s the opposite. I smile to bare my teeth at
life and tell it I’m not scared. I laugh, because the “insurmountable”
challenges I face have no idea they’re going to get kicked in the face
and then flattened out and ridden over as if they were nothing at all
(sometimes I back my bike up to ride over them again, just to be
sure). And it’s that laughter that carries me through the most
intensely trying moments in life, and it’s what carries my riders
through the most intense moments of class. Because rest assured, just
because I’m smiling, it doesn’t mean we’re about to take it easy, it
means we’re about to kick some butt!
2. To date, what’s the most surprising thing you’ve discovered about yourself by working toward a goal of yours?
I’ve learned that I’m made of steel, like Superman, but with better
tights. But seriously, I never thought I’d find the strength in myself
that I found through seeking to become as much of a powerhouse as I
can be. This year I pushed again for the healthy lifestyle I wanted by
eating whole foods and filling all my spare moments with different
forms of strengthening and exploring my body’s limits. That might have
been a challenge enough, but then my father was diagnosed with cancer
(which he overcame, because he’s a champ), and my family started the
donor search for my mom’s kidney transplant. It has often felt like
too much: too much work, too much emotional stress, too many big
things happening that I’m not prepared for. I wanted to throw in the
towel so many times this year. But I didn’t. I used that towel to wipe
off the sweat and keep going, to continue pushing myself while being a
source of support for my family as they have always been a support for
me. I never thought of myself as the strong one. Now I know that I am
not made of sugar and spice and everything nice, I’m made of steel and
determination, and I will knock down anything standing in my way with
a smile and a wink.
3. Do you have a favorite story from a Peloton rider that has discovered something about themselves?
How could I pick just one?! There is a whole community of people
here that celebrates one another without question. Can we talk about
admirable? Because this is what I call admirable. A new rider enters,
and everyone is just there, ready to support them and help them reach
their goals. You don’t find that kind of community at the regular ol’
gym. Heck, it’s pretty difficult to find that sort of insanely
welcoming community anywhere. I feel that all of my riders have
discovered what sort of overachieving, richly competitive and
wonderfully supportive people we can be when we’re working hard
together. It’s total magic.
4. What is your best piece of advice for someone for starting a new initiative?
Don’t ask what you want; ask what you are willing to sacrifice for.
It’s so easy to daydream about the things you want and be discouraged
at the first sign of difficulty. You might say the universe doesn’t
want you to do it, but don’t fall for it! The universe probably didn’t
want fish to jump out of the water, sprout legs, and start riding
bikes either, but one fish said, “Forget that, I’m doing it anyway,”
and here we are. Now that may be a super reductive and wildly
inaccurate version of history, but the moral of the story is goals are
wonderful, but it’s the struggle that gives them value in the context
of your life. Decide what you will sacrifice for, and do it. The grind
knows just how much work you put in, and it rewards accordingly.
5.The Peloton community is proof that powerful revelations are made in class or at home on the bike. Why would you say someone should try Peloton and become part of this revolutionary community?
There is no fun in standing in one place, but taking a ride in one
place? That’s something else entirely. Feeling the strength of your
body, the surge of your own muscles (discovering you have them!), the
courage of your soul, what you are truly capable of and why it is so
much more than what others have told you…could there be anything
better? Oh, of course there is: with Peloton, you never have to do it