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Platoon instructor Emma Lovewell was born into wellness, in a way – and we’re not just talking about her almost too appropriate last name. The 33-year-old grew up on the scenic island of Martha’s Vineyard, New England, where her wellness foundation began.
“My parents were hippies, and so I think they were into wellness before wellness was even a ‘thing,'” she told POPSUGAR. Her father was a fisherman, and the family also gardened and grew much of their own food. Lovewell was therefore brought up with a deep understanding of where food came from and what she ate. Her mother, a Buddhist, has been meditating since Lovewell “was in the womb” and also taught her the practice at a young age.
That’s not to say it wasn’t all always local kale: “Don’t get me wrong, we definitely had TV dinners from time to time,” she says.
Plus, even though his parents emphasized wellness values early on, the exercise never really hit the mark – which makes it all the more interesting because it’s there. that Lovewell’s career took off. She was always active, playing football and lacrosse, swimming and lifeguarding, and when she was older she became a professional dancer and dance teacher in New York. She began giving fitness classes to supplement her dance work, which eventually led her to Peloton.
“I appreciate and love the wholeness of what wellness can mean,” she says. “It’s not just what you eat, it’s also what you do with your body. It’s your way of thinking, it’s your connection to the Earth. There are so many different things that get into a good life. Movement was something that I didn’t grow up focused on. So, I think that’s maybe why I went in that direction, to learn more about that side of things .
Looking back, Lovewell’s career as a professional dancer taught her many lessons that resonate on the bike and in the fitness space in general. “There’s so much discipline involved,” she says. “When I was auditioning for gigs, I was hearing ‘no’ like 98% of the time. It’s so brutal, but you keep showing up, you keep going to dance class. You have to. It creates that aspect very resilient of your personality…that kind of discipline, I think I learned from athletics, honestly. It’s that consistency and commitment; keep showing yourself and you’ll improve. There’s always going to be someone “one of the better than you in the room. But as long as you keep showing yourself, there might be something about you that’s special, that stands out.” And that something special could be what gets you that spot on stage, that seat in a conference room, or, for Lovewell, that job on a Peloton bike.
Working in the dance industry also forged a strong mind-body connection for Lovewell, which helped her succeed as a Peloton instructor. A knack for performance also helps when your job is to sweat while training literally thousands of people in real time through four different cameras. Whether you regularly take Lovewell’s classes or those of any other Peloton instructor, it’s easy to forget that these instructors were also beginners. “But these are learned skills; you weren’t born knowing how to do all of this,” Lovewell says. An important aspect of coaching that Lovewell had to pick up on the fly? “Learning to use my voice,” she says. “I think it’s because as a dancer you just use your body…once I started giving fitness classes it was important to understand what my message was, what I wanted to say, how to say it then while moving my body.”
Lovewell has found his message – and it’s powerful, too. “I often ask people to notice how they feel now compared to how they felt 30 or 45 minutes ago, before class,” she says. “There is such a big change that can happen in a short time when you move your body and when you focus on the opportunity that is in front of you. I want people to feel better. people to feel free. I want them to feel like there’s a little more momentum in their walk and they can go through some tough stuff. Every day you run into some tough stuff, some obstacles. But if you look at them as opportunities, you can change the way your mind interprets those challenges. I just want people to feel invincible.”
Despite her success with Peloton, Lovewell still values the “wholeness” of wellness, and as such, she has a lot more going for her than just fitness coaching. She’s kept a blog since long before her Peloton days – called Live, Learn, Lovewell – where she writes about all aspects of healthy living, from cooking and gardening to adventure travel and healthy cleaning. (For example, Lovewell recently partnered with 9 Elements, a line of vinegar-based laundry and cleaning products.) She also creates content on YouTube, launched a line of jeans with denim brand Sene, and draws on his past life as a DJ to curate epic playlists on Spotify. All of these things exercise his artistic side – something not always showcased by the pop rides of the 90s.
“My mom is an artist. My dad is a writer, photographer, musician, so I grew up in a creative family,” she says. “I feel like a lot of these outlets of creating content or working in fashion and creating a line of jeans kind of fulfill that creative need that I have.”
Although Lovewell seems like a jack-of-all-trades — and a master too — it’s worth remembering that even seemingly perfect Peloton instructors (like everyone else you see in the public eye) are still working on themselves. For example, Lovewell’s next goal? “I’m actually looking for a new therapist. I’m a huge advocate for therapy, and haven’t had one in a few years,” she says. Ultimately, she’s looking for what we’re all looking for, says Lovewell: “I believe we all strive to harmonize our mental, physical and spiritual well-being.”