Activate Your Greatness
by Alex Toussaint
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Pub Date 10 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 10 Nov 2023
Henry Holt & Company, Henry Holt and Co.
Alex Toussaint, the Peloton star who counts everyone from Roger Federer and the Golden State Warriors to the Today Show’s Carson Daly as fans, hops off the bike and gives readers the inspiration and motivation they need to activate their greatness in every aspect of their lives.
Alex Toussaint is known for his grueling workouts where he promises “to kick your ass” – yet thousands keep coming back for more. Why? Because he might be the most motivational teacher out there right now. His mantra is “Feel Good, Look Good, Do Better.” He expects more from you, and from himself. Yet so much of what he talks about is NOT about the bike.
Alex’s enthusiasm for life is infectious –“You woke up today!” “Breathe in confidence, exhale doubt.” Because Alex knows what it is like to be overlooked and undervalued, to be the underdog. He knows what it’s like to not expect the best from yourself. The child of Haitian immigrants who sacrificed so much to give him an education, he knows what it is like to be one of the few Black kids growing up in East Hampton. After a turbulent adolescence that saw him being sent to military school, Toussaint dropped out of college and was mopping floors at a gym. A few years later, he's one of the most iconic cycling instructors on Peloton, helping thousands of users along their fitness journeys through his inspirational workouts.
Finally, Alex gets off the bike to help readers activate their own greatness in every aspect of their lives. Part self-help, part memoir, Activate Your Greatness details Toussaint’s mental and physical practices, on and off the bike, that have influenced his daily habits, fueled his motivation, and that have ultimately contributed to his astronomical success and shows readers how they can do the same.
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As a disclaimer, I've been an Alex Toussaint fan since I joined the Peloton community in 2019. If you're unfamiliar with Alex, he is unparalleled when it comes to inspiration on the bike, tread, and beyond. I thought I knew a lot about his story and his mindset prior to reading "Activate Your Greatness", but this book gave me insight and inspiration far beyond what I'd learned from taking his classes, scrolling articles about him on the internet, and following him on social media.
Alex seamlessly combines his life story with inspirational messages for his reader. He takes his motto "Feel Good, Look Good, Do Better" to a whole new level by breaking this book into the three parts and using real, poignant stories from his own life to inspire the reader to improve their own. I don't frequently cry when I read books (especially non-fiction), but I had tears in my eyes when things came full circle for Alex in the "Do Better" portion.
Even if a reader has never sat on a Peloton bike or had the privilege to follow Alex Toussaint as a person, this book a a more than worth while read. Alex's story is as engaging as it is inspiring, and his writing style is no frills and authentic. I highly recommend Toussaint's story to anyone who is looking for a little extra inspiration or is simply looking for a truly great memoir.
*A special thank you to NetGalley and Henry Holt & Company for an Advance Readers Digital Copy of "Activate Your Greatness" in exchange for an honest review*