What Peloton instructor Tunde Oyeneyin tells herself when she doesn’t feel like working out


“I was so certain that that opportunity was mine. I felt it within every inch and every fiber of my being,” she continues. “I’d never been so certain of anything in my life.”

Oyeneyin was devastated, but giving up was not an option. She put on her bike shoes and got back to work. At the time, Oyeneyin was teaching at a cycling studio in Los Angeles. 

“There were 49 bikes in the studio. I would go on to that podium and I would teach as though I was leading a class full of 49,000 people. And it was this mind manifestation of knowing that an opportunity was coming, and that I was going to stay ready,” she says. 

Eight months later, Oyeneyin auditioned again — and landed her dream job.

“I love pushing power. I love tapping into new strength every day,” she says.

Of course, Oyeneyin is human. And there are some days, she’d prefer to cuddle on the couch with her dog, Cesar, rather than work up a sweat. 

“When I don’t feel like exercising, I tell myself, ‘OK. Let’s just do 10 minutes. What I find is, 10 out of 10 times, I tell myself I’m going to workout for 10 minutes and then my workout far surpasses that,” she says.

Oyeneyin notes that Peloton offers a wide range of 10-minute classes. The platform also just launched Peloton Gym, a free section in the Peloton app, with step-by-step workout plans designed by instructors. There are also tutorial videos.

“I wish Peloton gym had existed when I first joined the gym,” Oyeneyin says.

When Oyeneyin is asked to share advice for those embarking on a wellness journey, she draws from her mantra, “Your mind is your strongest muscle.”

“We prioritize the food and eating part. But you also need to train your mind — the way you think about yourself, the way you feel about yourself,” she says. “Otherwise, you won’t be able to appreciate the changes in your body. You won’t see them. Everything starts with the mind.”

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