In a year where so much of our world was separated, Peloton’s community grew ever stronger as a result of the dynamic personalities of its instructors. At the center of all of it was Cody Rigsby.
In a recent profile with The Washington Post, Cody reflects on what he’s taking away from a very long 2020.
We can be honest,” he says. “Obviously, Peloton [financially] benefited from this situation. . . . And I got to reap that success, and I’m very, very grateful for that, and it’s also kind of hard [that it happened] while so many people were struggling. . . . But I think we all, no matter how financially secure you are or what was going on, experienced a heavy amount of stress, anxiety and trauma over the past 15 months.”
“People hate working out,” he says. “They want to be distracted. Let’s be honest: I hate working out sometimes, too. So you want to be entertained. You want to forget that you’re doing something that you don’t like.”
Cody isn’t just an instructor for Peloton, though. He’s also Peloton’s Cycling Director. Cody mentioned that early on in his cycling career, he struggled to find his style and ended up emulating others. However, he soon realized that to shine – he would need to be authentic, and his stock took off from there.
“I knew that being silly was my foundation and that my purpose was to make fitness not so serious, to make it not so scary,” he says. “[People] think that they don’t know what they’re doing, that people are going to judge them, that they’re going to look stupid. So if you can laugh at yourself and then, in turn, make other people laugh at their insecurities . . . we can just really have fun with the relationship that we’re creating with our bodies and our minds.”
The entire profile goes deep in Cody’s path to becoming a top of the connected fitness instructor for Peloton, so it’s worth a read.