Life in the Fast Lane With Champion Sprinter and Peloton Member Allyson Felix
Words By Peloton
Get ready to train like champion sprinter Allyson Felix in our exclusive, 7-day Train Like Allyson Program. Curated by the champ herself in collaboration with our instructors, the program is available now on the Peloton App and accessible to athletes of all levels—no equipment required. Get the app now and start training, free for 30 days.
Name: Allyson Felix
Life motto: A quote from Steve Prefontaine: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
Favorite hype music: Anything upbeat! Kendrick, Beyoncé, Missy and Jay-Z are normally always in the shuffle.
Did you know? Allyson serves as a member of the Right To Play board, raising awareness for underserved children in developing regions.
Have you ever seen Allyson Felix in a sprint race?Before the gun goes off, she’s a picture of determination and focus. Eyes ahead, we can tell that she has her sights set on one thing and one thing only: victory.
On your mark…
Exhale. With the confidence of an athlete who’s been in this position thousands of times before, Allyson takes her place on the starting blocks.
Inhale. Hips up, the world narrows, and the adrenaline is crying to burst free…
An explosion of power and passion propels Allyson forward. The training she’s dedicated her entire career to manifests in a matter of nanoseconds. After all, she’s the most decorated track and field Olympian in history and a world-record holder for a reason.
On track, we are so lucky as to experience a glimpse of the superstar athlete that is Allyson Felix. But the work she relentlessly puts in behind the scenes, to perform at her peak for a race no farther than 400 meters, is what defines her true champion spirit. Drills and workouts at the track are staples in a training week—but Peloton tends to fill much of the rest of Allyson’s plan, taking strength, cycling, running and walking classes with her Peloton hardware. Even as a sprinter, a variety of rides, walks and long runs are a crucial part of establishing a strong aerobic base so that the rest of Allyson’s training can thrive. But Allyson isn’t the only Peloton Member in her household: “My husband is a Peloton diehard and rides at least once a day … and some days three times a day! He’s dedicated, hardworking and has fun. I love it, and it’s so inspiring to me.”
Sprinting is, naturally, a solo endeavor, which means that hard training sessions are just as much a mental test as they are physical. But with Peloton in her corner, Allyson truly feels part of a team. “This community keeps me going when I’m struggling to find the motivation. It’s fun to ‘see the person next to you’ on the Leaderboard. Those high fives are everything, and I love feeling that support!” Community is a through line in all of Allyson’s achievements. From gold medals at the top of her sport to the birth of her daughter, Allyson has always cited the people around her as a source of inspiration and strength. “I am blessed to have such amazing support in my family, friends and training group. But my community also includes those who have lifted me up and cheered me on through my professional career. My competitors for pushing me. Moms who shared their stories and inspired me through Camryn’s birth.”
Now, it’s your turn to be part of Allyson’s community with Peloton’s Train Like Allyson Program on the Peloton App. Designed in collaboration with our very own instructor Jess Sims, this exclusive Program takes you through a week of training inspired by Allyson’s workouts, in classes with Jess, Selena Samuela and Kristin McGee. You’ll tap into Peak Performance meditations to visualize your success before taking on HIIT runs that simulate Allyson’s own speedwork sessions on the track. Of course—as Allyson emphasized when building the Program with Jess—you’ll warm up before you get moving, cross-train with Strength for Runners classes and take time for active recovery with walking and yoga. Remember, this Program is accessible to athletes of all levels, and know that Allyson will be cheering you on every step of the way: “In Peloton classes I just love seeing the joint effort—seeing other people’s milestones and accomplishments is so rewarding!”