The world of sport has long produced an inspirational story, giving us characters with personalities as captivating as the sport itself. From those who have chased lofty goals to those who have inspired others to embark on their own fitness journey, these are the athletes who prove competition is second to the act of doing; that what really matters isn’t the PBs or accolades that accompany our name, but the way we conduct ourselves in the everyday moments. One such athlete who has transcended the realm of sport is CrossFitter Logan Aldridge. After losing his left arm at the age of 13 after a wakeboarding accident, Aldridge reframed his mindset and learned to embrace his new body. Now, Aldridge is an accomplished para-athlete, known for pushing his personal and physical boundaries and motivating countless others in the process.
Whether it’s mountain biking, Spartan Racing, or taking part in CrossFit, Aldridge is ever the accomplished fitness enthusiast. He’s even set impressive weight-lifting PRs, such as deadlifting 500 lbs and doing 245lb cleans. Now, Peloton has enlisted his services to become the fitness platform’s inaugural “adaptive instructor,” creating classes that are inclusive for individuals with different physical needs. At a time where more of us are looking to fitness classes available on-demand and online in the wake of the global pandemic, it’s a move that speaks volumes of the need to make fitness accessible to all.
In a recent Instagram post, Aldridge explained: “Creating accessible fitness solutions for ALL abilities and empowering people to pursue their potential has been my primary focus since my arm was amputated at the age of 13.”
He added: “Now, I have the opportunity to join the community that has created the most immersive and accessible fitness experience for their members expanding their offerings to ALL people of ALL abilities.” As Aldridge added, “I cannot wait to empower the 61+ million Americans and 1 billion people living with disabilities to discover their potential through connected fitness with Peloton. Let’s go!”
As he explained to Men’s Health US in an interview from 2018, “My life’s purpose now is to motivate others. We hear inspiration a lot, especially in the case of active amputees. Inspiring is cool – and I’m grateful to do that – but motivation is different than inspiring.” He added, “You can be inspired sitting on the couch, but when you’re motivated – you’re ready to take action and still change. Something has happened that’s made you ready to move. And I say hey, let’s move together.”