CrossFit Games competitor and para-athlete Logan Aldridge has just taken on a new title at Peloton, as the juggernaut fitness brand’s inaugural “adaptive instructor,” working to craft classes that are accessible and inclusive for individuals with different physical needs.
Aldridge, who lost his arm after a wakeboarding accident when he was 13 years old, has continually and repeatedly sought to “optimize” his physical performance, whether that be while deadlifting 500 pounds, teaching CrossFit, or taking part in Spartan Races. Having already helped to make Crossfit more accessible by making adaptability recommendations to the Open and Games, Aldridge is now eager to help others access their own resilience and resourcefulness in his Peloton role.
“Creating accessible fitness solutions for ALL abilities and empowering people to pursue their potential has been my primary focus since my arm was amputated at the age of 13,” Aldridge wrote in a recent Instagram post.
“Now, I have the opportunity to join the community that has created the most immersive and accessible fitness experience for their members expanding their offerings to ALL people of ALL abilities,” he continued. “I cannot wait to empower the 61+ million Americans and 1 billion people living with disabilities to discover their potential through connected fitness with Peloton. Let’s go!”
In a 2018 interview with Men’s Health, Aldridge spoke about how his mission is not necessarily to “inspire,” but rather to motivate people on their own journeys.
“We hear inspiration a lot, especially in the case of active amputees. Inspiring is cool—and I’m grateful to do that—but motivation is different that inspiring,” he said. “You can be inspired sitting on the coach, but when you’re motivated—you’re ready to take action and still change. Something has happened that’s made you ready to move. And I say hey, let’s move together.”
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