Get to Know the Sunday Routine of Peloton Co-Founder John Foley

It's a doozie

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The New York Times recently caught up with John Foley, CEO of Peloton, to discuss his Sunday morning routine. Predictably, it’s a doozie. Here are some key takeaways:

  • Foley wakes up around 6 a.m. and drinks 40 sips of water from the bathroom sink, using his hands.
  • He likes to drink a pot of Dunkin’ Donuts French vanilla coffee while listening to Cowboy Junkies Radio on Pandora.
  • He lives in the West Village with his wife and two kids, and they had limited space to fit their new Peloton Tread. Foley stuck it in his downstairs bathroom. He runs down there once a day.
  • After a kid’s activity (soccer game, ice skating) the family likes to go to a pancake spot called Hudson Diner.
  • Foley heads over to Peloton’s under-construction HQ at 34th and Ninth to tour the company’s future digs.
  • Friends come over for sushi and Manhattans. They order from a place called Amber West Village on Christopher Street.
  • He sings some country music to his kids as they head to sleep.

This Sunday syllabus is absurd, but no more ridiculous than any other in the “well-adjusted celebrity takes on a day of the week” genre. In the past, we’ve written about why it’s important to A) take famous itineraries with a grain of salt, and if you can’t do that, to B) not take them personally. It’s unlikely that Foley does all of this every Sunday, but even if he does, don’t start judging your 11 a.m. wake-up and all-day groutfit — especially during a pandemic.

A couple notes on the particulars, though. For one, the hand-scooping hydration method is a head-scratcher. There’s a lack of evidence to support the theory that drinking water in the morning is better than doing so later in the day. (Plus, how does that work from a hygienic perspective? Either your hands are dirty, or you clean them and they taste soapy.) Elsewhere, it’s refreshing to learn that even the co-founder of Peloton doesn’t have a absurd amount of space for his Peloton apparatus, as the brand likes to market in the subway ads.

The piece also provides a fascinating reminder that Peloton is opening up its global headquarters in Hudson Yards, right near Equinox, in an area with massive developments and big 10-year plans — all of which ground to a halt with the arrival of COVID-19.

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