Peloton instructor Alex Toussaint uses the Hypervolt Plus massage gun and the Normatec Pro 2.0 compression boots to help him recover after pushing himself and his viewers to their full potential in one of his classes.
“I approach all my classes like it might be my last one. Watching Members become the best version of themselves truly inspires me to give it my all every ride I teach,” the 29-year-old told Peloton. “I want Members to approach my workout like an athlete, and leave feeling like a champion.”
Unsurprisingly, this has led to many professional athletes joining Toussaint’s classes, especially during the offseason and the heights of the lockdown. NFL superstar and New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is known to be one of them, as is his teammate, safety Adrian Colbert.
Toussaint’s intensity stems in part from his educational background at a military academy and his childhood dream to become an NBA player.
“I wasn’t good enough, so for me at Peloton, this is my way of feeling like I’m in the league in a sense. I try to bring that straight athlete approach to my class,” the Long Island, New York native told ESPN.
“I feel like for them it’s super relatable. I think the approach is super relatable. The delivery is super relatable, the music is super relatable. It makes them want to compete and want to continue to show up,” Toussaint explained his popularity among athletes.
“[…] We’re not here to twiddle our thumbs. We have 30 minutes of opportunity, which means I have 30 minutes of motivation, and you can have 30 minutes of greatness. Let’s go get it,” he described the atmosphere he wants to create.
About Alex Toussaint
Alex Toussaint grew up on Long Island, New York, but attended Wentworth Military Academy & College in Lexington, Missouri when he was a teenager. Battling depression after dropping out of college, he found a job mopping floors at Flywheel, a cycling studio in New York.
Mentored by the studio’s co-founder Ruth Zukerman, Toussaint got his first opportunity to teach in 2012. Three years later, he was recruited by Peloton’s chief content officer Fred Klein and has since become a senior fitness instructor at the company.