My first experience on the original Peloton bike went all wrong. For one thing, I could not for the life of me figure out how to unclip the shoes (it’s actually crazy easy, I learned after watching this vid), but I struggled to find my footing metaphorically, too. Don’t @ me, but the very first ride I did on the Peloton was not a class, but a bike tour through Portugal. (For the record, it was lovely and challenging and meditative, but as I’d come to experience soon after, not the secret sauce that keeps Peloton users coming back—more on that later.)
It wasn’t until my spouse, of all people, who also was getting into a regular routine spinning post-preschool drop-off or on his lunch break, suggested I pick a ride based on the music: “There’s this guy who loves Britney Spears. You should try that.” I cued up the search bar and typed in Britney. Boom, some guy named Cody Rigsby appeared. (Reader, forgive the fact that I’d apparently been living under a rock up until this point.)
This particular Cody ride was marked as intermediate, and though I was firm in my beginner status, I thought if anything merited a decision to push myself, it was a playlist chock-full of Britney tunes. I clicked my shoes into place and adjusted my bike shorts (I got a pair with extra padding—gamechanger). As “(You Drive Me) Crazy” piped through my headphones, I cranked the resistance—but Britney wasn’t the reason my workout had extra oomph.
No, it was Cody—a New Yorker, a Britney mega-fan and a guy famous for his fanbase, known as the #BooCrew. (It’s 100,000 members and counting—the name nods to the pet name that punctuates his iconic and encouraging mantra: “It’s not that deep, boo!”)