Peloton's Guided Stretching Videos Changed the Way I Warm Up and Cool Down

Throughout all the Peloton hype, no one is talking about what I believe to be one of the app's best features. So I've taken it upon myself to share what I think is currently Peloton's best-kept secret: the music-backed guided stretching videos.

For those who haven't taken the Peloton plunge, the app offers more than just cycling videos. The $13 membership gets you a plethora of guided workout sessions from strength training to running to meditation — and yes, stretching.

When it comes to warming up for and cooling down from workouts, I'm notoriously lazy — but the music behind Peloton's stretching videos has been a total game changer.

Peloton instructor Olivia Amato's 10-Minute Full-Body Stretch sparked this obsession. One day after a Spin session, I stumbled on the video. I was feeling tight and tired until Justin Bieber's "All Around Me" hit my ears.

I could have been looking in all the wrong places, but I feel like most guided stretching videos are set to tranquil, soothing soundscapes. It wasn't until Peloton that I realized how motivating stretching to pop hits can be. It gets my energy up before a workout and helps me push through a cooldown when all I want to do is shower and jump in bed.

If Bieber isn't your preference, you can filter through stretching videos based on music genres from alternative to classic rock to indie. Maybe a Latin flow or country vibe is the inspiration you need to loosen up those joints and feel good.

Sure, Peloton's stretching section has other awesome features, too — like how there are videos (both warmups and cooldowns!) to match just about any workout class the app offers. You can even filter through their stretching selection by the teacher or how much time you have.

Now, I no longer dread that extra 10 minutes of post-workout stretching, and my body is so much better for it.

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