Peloton Instructor Kendall Toole Shares How To Create A Killer Workout Playlist

If you think a jolt of caffeine from a steaming cup of coffee is the only thing that wake you for the day ahead, then you've never taken a Kendall Toole Peloton ride, where music and movement combine to get your body going in the morning — or any time of day. Each ride takes you on another adventure through things you never thought your body could do — right in the privacy of your own home. The music is an integral part of the journey, as you get lost in it and let your body and your drive take over.


Of course, Toole also knows there are some days when you're just not feeling it, and that's why she is there to get you feeling it. However, she also lets you know it's okay to have an off day, and you can feel good for just showing up and trying. "I'm excited that through Peloton I get to call that out and say, 'I know you see me being bubbly and happy all the time, but there are really tough days.' It's just part of the human experience," Toole told Bustle.

Here's how to create the perfect motivating playlist for your next spinning or cycling session, according to Kendall Toole.

Kendall Toole chooses the right tunes for the perfect Peloton playlist

Kendall Toole knows all about off-days, as she has built an entire Peloton community where the focus is on mental health. Taking lessons from her own experience suffering from OCD, anxiety, and depression, Toole has created a series of mental health rides (via Self) and other motivational rides where music is key.


Sometimes, the music can even take on a theme, as she explained on the Peloton blog. "I create theme rides from recent experiences I've had, films or shows I'm currently watching or even browsing our music library," Toole said. "For me, it all goes back to what could create the best story and journey to ride to."

While choosing music for a ride, Toole admits to running into some difficulties, including time constraints and Peloton class structure. "The hardest part is getting all the music I want to fit within the time limit," she says. "Not to mention making sure the music matches up with the timing of the efforts and recovery periods to be the most functional for the body as well." However, she knows what she likes, and her favorite genres are "edgy rock and bass-heavy hip hop and EDM," she said.


She also knows the two things in a song that get people smiling and moving even if they don't think they're ready. "A good beat drop and a heavy bass always get it correct," Toole told Bustle. "And you've got to sprinkle in nostalgia. It just shakes you up — that memory train and those good vibes always come through."