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Alex Toussaint: Military School to World Famous Peloton Trainer Shares His Story

podcast September 27, 2022

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World Famous Peloton Trainer opens up about his pivotal moment on his journey to the top, fighting for and living out the American Dream.

From a troubled childhood to acclaimed Peloton cycling instructor, Alex Touissant joins The Pivot Podcast to share his journey of success, the impact military school has had on his life and how searching for validation from his father shaped who he is today. From becoming the first black trainer at Peloton to now one of the biggest faces of the movement, Ryan, Fred, and Channing engage in a deep conversation about his journey and how it all started. Alex opens up about his “troubled childhood” and being kicked out of every single school he’s ever attended. His struggles led to his parents taking a tough love approach which helped mold and ultimately change the direction of Alex’s life.

Going years without speaking to his father, Alex opens up emotionally that military school instilled principles and habits that will remain with him forever and the appreciation of hearing the words, “I’m proud of you,” from his father is the most instrumental moment of his life. From college dropout to being homeless, Alex shares how he wanted more for himself and had nothing to lose which is why one day, he took his coworker up on an offer to train a cycling class…

Since then, Alex has rode his way into history impacting lives around the world and leaving a footprint far beyond what he could imagine as a young college drop out. Mending his relationship with his father and retiring his mother, life looks a lot different each day now as he realizes the impact he has with millions of people who he is able to motivate through movement.

However, with great power comes great responsibility. Being the first Black instructor hired by Peloton wasn’t easy but the hardest time at work stemmed from the murder of George Floyd. Alex used his platform to speak on the inequality the Black community experienced, a decision that Peloton supported 100%. This support serves as one of the reasons he’s most proud to work for Peloton.

And it wouldn’t be our show, if Channing didn’t ask the important stuff! Tune into hear the craziness he asks Alex about and ofcourse getting into his personal life…Channing asks if he’s blown away with how far cycling has taken him in life and wants to know what it’s like being the center focus of so many females tuning in everyday.

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