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Peloton Members Share Their Most Memorable High-Fives

Peloton Members Share Their Most Memorable High-Fives

When you need a boost, the community is there.

By Dana ZepedaUpdated June 30, 2020


There's nothing like the power of the Peloton community to keep you on track with regular workouts. Regardless of whether you're a newbie or a longtime fan, our Members are always there to boost your spirits, regardless of whether you're struggling through an especially tough Tabata class or celebrating your Century ride.

We recently asked our Members to reflect on their most memorable high-fives. From instructor shout-outs to virtual cheers from other riders, they had plenty to say about how the support they received from the Peloton family kept them pedaling harder during challenging times. Read on to find out more.

Glitch or Goodwill?

Scott W. assumed it was just a computer error when he saw a shocking number of high-fives during a recent ride. “Midway through, I noticed that the high-five list was really long,” he says. “I mean really long! I just assumed there was a glitch in the software. Turns out, last night was my 10th ride and that huge list of high-fives was legitimate love and support from the other riders in the class. Maybe 100 people or more saw that little notification by my name and gave me some encouragement. That, to me, is amazing and why this Bike, this community, these friends are going to change my life.”

Feeling the Love

Hopping on your Bike is a great way to blow off steam, especially when you're coping with a personal crisis. “Yesterday, my 15-year-old daughter was admitted to the hospital because of an eating disorder,” says Melanie H. “Because of visitor restrictions, she can only have one visitor at a time. So, while my husband was with her, I thought I would I try to pedal off some extra energy. I had too many high-fives to count before class even started and they continued right until the end of my ride. I know that some people don’t like high-fives and some people think they don’t matter. But, this afternoon when I thought I might break, your high-fives reminded me I wouldn't.”

We Are Family

Gretchen A. didn't have a decorated Bike or family and friends cheering her on during her Century ride. What she did have though, was a steady stream high-fives from fellow riders keeping her motivated until she reached her milestone. “No balloons,” she says. “No signs. No cheering squad. Just some classic rock jams and a bunch of high-fives from people I’ll never meet, but somehow feel like I know so well. One hundred rides in the books, 40 pounds down and a heart so full. Thanks Pelofam, you guys are the best. Onto the next 100!”

Slap Happy

If you ever ride with Cathy H., rest assured, you're pretty much guaranteed a high-five. “I cannot lie,” she says. “I love high-fives! I feel like so many people on here are worried about when or if to give high-fives. Some don’t like them. Well, I’m that girl that’s gonna high-five the crap outta ya every time. I don’t care if I’m riding with one thousand of you and it takes the whole ride. I’m gonna do it! The ability to encourage ya’ll and be encouraged and connect is just amazing in my book.”

Road to Nowhere

What started as a whim quickly turned into a lifeline for Teryn G. while sheltering-in-place. “Let me tell you a story about a girl and her Bike,” she says. “It’s not just any Bike, you see. This Bike goes exactly, precisely, absolutely nowhere. The girl wasn’t sure it would be worth the money or the space in her home. But it was new and exciting. She rode a few days in a row and enjoyed seeing a little blue dot on her calendar. Then, the world shut down. Every plan that had been made, every event on the calendar, every regularly scheduled task was canceled. And the space where that Bike stood suddenly felt so very small. But, as all of the doors closed around her, she found a window. Through the screen, before her eyes, she found a way to reach out and connect. High-fives and shout outs, scheduled group rides, and the community connection that had been lost was once again found. Her daily ride became her constant that remained even as everything else seemed uncertain. She got stronger, heart mind and body. She didn’t miss a single day for over 100 days. And the silly bike that didn’t even go anywhere at all, and all those high-fives, carried her right on through the challenges she never saw coming.”