Want To Change Careers? A 7 Step Guide With Peloton’s Robin Arzón

She was an aspiring lawyer when she was held hostage at gunpoint. She survived, pivoted, and now she’s the head instructor at Peloton.

Robin Arzón
Image by Meghana Kollu / Photo courtesy of Robin Arzón
Robin Arzón
Image by Meghana Kollu / Photo courtesy of Robin Arzón

Want To Change Careers? A 7 Step Guide With Peloton’s Robin Arzón

She was an aspiring lawyer when she was held hostage at gunpoint. She survived, pivoted, and now she’s the head instructor at Peloton.

Nearly one third of American workers under age 40 are thinking about changing careers, according to a Washington Post poll. I was one of them. I pivoted from grassroots organizer in prisons to NPR’s Silicon Valley correspondent. I then pivoted again, to podcast host/owner and book author.

As a woman who devours career change stories, I can safely say: Robin Arzón has one of the very best.

Arzón is the head instructor at Peloton. An ultramarathoner and a fitness guru with fans across the world, she didn’t even consider herself an athlete just a few years ago. She was a corporate lawyer.

On Art of Power, Arzón explains why she left a very lucrative career — one she enjoyed — to chase something undefined. She wanted more. She traces her journey back to a horrific moment when, at age 20, she was held at gunpoint. I break down her path (and mine and many others) into seven simple steps. Well, simple to say, but maybe not so simple to follow. Arzón and I also discuss how her workouts have changed since giving birth to her first child.