Do you remember the moment you found your true calling? For Tunde Oyeneyin, it happened when she took her first indoor cycling class in 2015. After a childhood and adolescence struggling with her own body image and self-esteem, Tunde embraced fitness as a way to work on her physical and mental health. But it was at that cycling class, with the dim lights and powerful beats of the music that transported her to another world, and she knew she was meant to motivate people in becoming the best version of themselves.
Tunde’s career didn’t begin in fitness, though. Before she became a Peloton instructor, motivational speaker, founder, and author, she had a lucrative beauty career. She left it behind to pursue the world of fitness as a Peloton instructor, but it wasn’t overnight success for Tunde. She didn’t nail her first Peloton audition… But Tunde didn’t give up.
Tunde was first introduced to the world of indoor cycling after hearing Kelly Ripa talk about it on TV. She decided to check out a studio in New York City. After dropping $40 for all the essentials to take the class, she said she started judging herself for spending that much on a work out. But then the music started.
Tunde reflected back on that class. “I’m sitting there and three minutes into the class I’m in a state of euphoria, like I’m in another world,” she continued, “I unclipped from the class and I’m walking back to my hotel room and my walk turns into a skip. My skip turns into a hop, and then I start laughing and crying all in the same moment. It’s like this blue wave flashed over my body from my fingers to my toes and within a matter of five seconds, I saw my life’s trajectory flash in front of me.”
Without even knowing what Peloton was yet, Tunde had a clear vision of what was ahead for her. “I knew after taking my first cycling class that I’d be cycling for the rest of my life. I knew that I’d be teaching it, and I knew that I’d be teaching it on the world’s biggest platform, able to impact the lives of millions of people. I didn’t even know what Peloton was and yet I knew this vision and I saw it with certainty. Never in my life was I’m more sure of anything.”
Intuition and Doubt
That moment after her first cycling class was a message. Tunde shared, “I think that we’re all given messages, all the time. I think it’s an intuition thing.”
“From a very young age, I think we have intuition. It’s innate, it lives in us. And then from a very young age, people start to block your intuition,” she continued.
Before she found her calling as a cycling instructor, Tunde faced doubt about her path, but now she recognizes that as a sign. She explained, “I was in the space of doubt and I think that people fear doubt. I think most people think that doubt is a bad thing. While doubt does not feel good, it is not pleasurable or comfortable for any of us, I think that doubt is your body’s way of signaling that a course correction is about to happen. It’s your body’s way of signaling change needs to come in…When doubt enters, listen to the call. The beauty of uncertainty is infinite possibility. When you don’t know what’s next, anything can be next.”
Tunde’s new book, Speak: Find Your Voice, Trust Your Gut, and Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, is a memoir about all the moments that led her to where she is now, from the joy and triumph to the loss, trauma, heartache, missteps, and missed opportunities.
“If those lessons can help to inspire someone or even meet someone where they’re at, my hope is that you pick up this book and the book meets you exactly where you are at within your struggle or your journey, and you see yourself in me,” she continued, “And my hope then is that you then close the book empowered to grab the pen that writes the next page chapter in your life.”
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I hope you’ll press play to hear the full conversation with this woman who inspires so many, including me, to keep going, growing, and reaching for where I want to be. Join her on Peloton for her series of motivational rides, and also don’t forget to grab a copy of her book, Speak: Find Your Voice, Trust Your Gut, and Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.