Robin Arzón is one of the most well known Peloton instructors in the entire lineup. Her #RobinsWolfpack hashtag is one of the most popular groups on Peloton’s list. As of this writing, it has nearly 24,000 members.
Over at Fortune, Adam Lashinsky recently spent 23 minutes Robin about her journey from being a lawyer to becoming the top Peloton instructor.
I was a rising eighth-year litigator, and I thought I was going to be a career attorney. But then I fell in love with running. I was counting down the hours in my day until I could go for my run. I thought, “There has to be a way to monetize this passion.” So I began a two-year process of figuring it out, doing informational interviews and thinking about it. We tend to think of the Jerry Maguire moment where you throw the books on the floor and everything changes. But our journeys don’t work like that. The most pivotal question I asked myself, and still ask myself, was, “Why not me?” I started to do an honest assessment of my skill set. I said: “I know how to read, I know how to write. I have a nascent social media platform. Okay, what do I do with this?”
I was just trying to figure out how to pay my rent while running. I set a recurring calendar appointment for 10 minutes a day where I did something, anything, to move the needle, including just googling “how to be a sportswriter.” I was really living the story in my runs. Eventually, I ended up leaving my law firm two weeks before the London Olympic Games. I went to the London Games as a spectator and blogger. That’s how I started laying the foundation for what I’m doing now.
About six months after I left my firm, I read an article in Fast Companyabout Peloton. I had done a vision board that included companies like Apple. When I read about Peloton, I realized this was the marriage of movement and modernity. I wrote an email to John Foley, the founder and CEO of Peloton, and said, “I need to be working with you.” I had a job two days later.
The entire interview is really fascinating, and it makes me love riding with Robin even more than I do today. She’s a really great motivator for those classes when it took all the energy you had to clip in and turn the screen on.
If you want to learn more about Robin, check out her book called Shut Up and Run: How to Get Up, Lace Up, and Sweat with Swagger
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