Revelations Through Revolutions / Hannah Marie Corbin

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
alone.

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Revelations Through Revolutions / Jess King

Jess (1)This week Instructor Jess King unravels her goals, deep insight, and the relentless pride that she has for the Peloton community. Take a glimpse into what she’s revealing about herself in this week’s Revelations Through Revolutions feature.

1. What do you plan to reveal about yourself this year?

This year I am going to reveal my life’s purpose: I am MAGMA from the Earth’s core that initiates radical transformation for myself and others. The magnitude of this responsibility and it’s possibility fuels me in a weighted, wide-eyed way. To admit, even to myself, that this power exists deep within my core is a revelation within itself. The rumble began last year. I felt a stirring, a heated discomfort in my comfortability. Life was good, is good! But why not better? Why not more? We are allowed to have it all! This year, it is my commitment to you to hold the mirror and your hand and politely dismiss these limiting belief systems we have created to keep us safe, to keep us put. 2016 is the earthquake that is sending us all running (…riding) for a new, fresh landscape.

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2. To date, what’s the most surprising thing you’ve discovered about yourself by working toward a goal of yours? 
For as long as I can recall, there has always been a strong force that has been persistent, present, calling me (at times yelling at me) to keep going. Achieve. Succeed. Create. Invent. Conquer. (Or maybe that was just my mother?) I have discovered the immeasurable value in stillness & reflection. The Universe is made of opposing forces and it is because of these polarities that the Earth, and all of its moving parts, find balance. It’s time now to accept that slowing down is ok and an inexcusable part of the formula for dream weaving. There is so much to be heard from the silence, so pardon me while I power down to power up.
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3. Do you have a favorite story from a Peloton rider that has discovered something about themselves? 
The inherent nature of a peloton is connection and community. The words “team”, “tribe”, “flock” and “family” all surface when I close my eyes and feel into the resonance of the word “peloton”. However, every now and then someone must pull away from the pack and lead. I have seen it happen countless times in our Peloton. A rider, a mom, a survivor, an individual rider emerges from the formation and fearlessly charges forward. Maybe fearLESS is not the word here for fear is one of our greatest motivators. Yet, they maintain steadfast & strong and climb the leaderboard as if their life depends on it. Sometimes, it does. I have witnessed so many Riders shatter belief systems and records that leave our engineers baffled. Could these outputs be true? Yes. They are. Because you can not measure the human spirit and that my dear friends, is what fuels our pack. To answer this question: no I cannot name a specific rider that sticks out in my mind. To do so would deny thousands deserving recognition for their bravery and leadership. Leaders, you know who you are. Big applause. Believers, turn it up and go baby, go!
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4. What is your best piece of advice for someone for starting a new initiative?
The unknown is always intimidating and not intended to be navigated alone. Call in your tribe and ask for support in your adventure. I am a firm believer in the power of manifestation. Thinking about      (fill in the blank)      is the first degree. Writing it down would be the second and speaking it out loud is the third. I challenge you to speak your dreams/goals into existence by telling others how they can keep you accountable and demanding their support towards your efforts. It takes an army (or a Peloton).
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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?
Peloton is like nothing you have ever done, known, or seen before. I can say this with absolute confidence and conviction. The workout unearths a fountain of sweat saltier than the ocean. The ride is equal parts work/play, love/hate, courage/surrender. The mindset shifts; dissonance for resonance, unimaginable to tangible, untapped becomes unstoppable. Our leaders are athletes and dreamers educated in the art of curiosity. We, as coaches, not only know who you are but love you, genuinely and personally. I am wholeheartedly invested in your transformation and when you’re not there, I miss you. Our technology is not only revolutionizing fitness, but lives. It keeps us connected and accountable. Peloton is a fantasy actualized for my only-child self. I now have a global family of like-minded individuals to keep me dreaming bigger, stretching farther, and reminding every single day how blessed we all are. It only seems appropriate here to say thank you. I am honored.
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Revelations Through Revolutions / Nicole Meline

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Every new year we put new initiatives in place for ourselves. Whether large or small goals, they ultimately allow us to reveal things about ourselves that we’ve never been aware of before. We see this happening throughout our riders over and over again by way of the work they commit to on the bike paired with our inspiring roster of Instructors. We sat down with Instructor Nicole Meline to talk more about what she plans to reveal, what motivates her and how she sees our community revealing themselves everyday on the bike.

  1. What do you plan to reveal about yourself this year?

This year, I want to practice courage. I want to discover and reveal the courage to trust my own voice and vision for all its funk. I want the grit of a pioneer and the faith of an inventor who believes in working to carve fresh paths, perspectives, languages. The courage to weave the streams of crazily diverse passions—movement, music, science, food, poetry— into a single, thriving river.

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2. What’s the most surprising thing you’ve discovered about yourself by working toward a goal of yours?

There are no expiration dates on your dreams and all the magic is in revision. Last September I raced my first Ironman triathlon in Mallorca, Spain. 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile (marathon) run. Twenty years after I first dreamed about it. Ten, twenty years ago I would have never imagined I would be mining the kind of strength I’m after at this moment in my life. The dreams that are deepest in you—the daring feats you want your body to be capable of; the art, the work, the love you want to create—are your spiritual DNA. You want them because you were made for them. Your world deserves to see you accomplish them. If you feel like a late bloomer, if you’re writing a second or third or 70th chapter, that means you’re bringing more of yourself to it and your experience and expression will be richer for it. A first marathon at the age of 60 means a helluva lot more than at 20. So refocus, revise, reinvent the means, but be stubborn about your dreams. The world needs them.

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3. Do you have a favorite story from a Peloton rider that has discovered something about themselves? 

One of our Peloton riders is living with a Stage IV cancer diagnosis and wrote me a few months ago to tell me how Peloton shapes the way she’s facing her battle. Every time she gets on the bike she gets a glimpse of how strong she is; she drowns her anxiety and stress in sweat, gets lost in the music and the rhythm of the pack, and finishes the ride with deeper, grittier resolve to fight hard and fight well for her life. She’s paying more attention to the simple fact that she can ride, she can move and feel the rush of her body’s power, than she is to the Leaderboard right now (but I have a feeling that will change). Her rides are acts of gratitude, and defiance. I am fiercely proud I get to be in her wheelhouse.

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4. What is your best piece of advice for someone for starting a new initiative?

Know that you already have what it takes. Learning or mastering something is simply a process of unearthing ability and skill you already have. Get curious about your perceived limits, your edges; that’s how you push them.

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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?

Peloton is a revolution. We stand for carving out time in our day to loose our breath, feel our edges, sweat fiercely, and expand our hearts and our vision. We’re rebelling against sedentary mediocrity. We know that in those moments of breathless intensity we get flashes of inspiration about what we’re building with our lives. Our vision expands, and sharpens. We experience these moments collectively, in a single moment as we ride live as one peloton spanning the globe, or in a collection of moments on our own time, united in one ride. We carry each other; we’re carried by each other. And we’re learning each other’s stories, dreams, goals, creating a network of possibility. There are so many reasons our workouts are ideal and can be modified for anyone. We celebrate the idiosyncrasies of who you are, where and how you move. We’ll meet you on your level, and reach with you for the next.

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