Peloton Instructor Tunde Oyeneyin Spills the Details On Her Morning Routine
Just before Tunde Oyeneyin ends our Zoom call for this interview, she encourages me to try her latest Peloton Bike Bootcamp class. The class in question is currently rated an intimidating 8.6 out of 10 on the platform's difficulty scale, and when I take her up on the challenge, I find that the bodyweight section includes jump squats with heel clicks, push-ups, and so many burpees, I literally lose count. Not only was the class rough but it was filmed at 9 a.m. and Oyeneyin's energy was palpable through the screen — not to mention her lip gloss remained on point to the end. So how in the world does this powerhouse find the mojo to motivate others at that hour of the day and how does she look so good doing it?
It turns out, Oyeneyin starts laying the groundwork for a successful morning the night before. "The truth is I'm a night owl — I teach later sometimes so I go to bed later, and you have to wire yourself for that, so you're maybe having a little bit of caffeine or an energy drink, and when you're on camera, there's an adrenaline that washes over you," she says. "But then you get home and you lay in bed and you're just on that high, so I really had to find natural ways to bring myself down."
In order to cultivate a calming environment, Oyeneyin often runs a hot bubble bath, lights some candles, and listens to music — or the drumbeat of New York right outside. "I love to open up my window to hear the city traffic," she says. "Sometimes I read or listen to a book on tape." (Related: How Tunde Oyeneyin Overcame Self-Doubt and Body Struggles to Become a Peloton Phenomenon)
What Oyeneyin tries hard not to do is fire off emails on her phone or log into Instagram — a habit that she's picked up from fellow Peloton instructors. "Actually Cody Rigsby taught me this and we held each other accountable for a while," she says. "Becs Gentry is also really great — she does not allow phones in her bedroom. I'm not that good, but I don't allow myself to open social media, email, or text for the first hour that I'm awake."
Oyeneyin carries this tech-free policy through the morning, which allows her to remain present and put things into perspective for the rest of the day. "I realized that nothing is actually that urgent because an hour went by and life went on without me answering my email," she says. "So it sets the tone for me — I'll get to the things that are actual emergencies and then I'll get to everything else eventually."
With her phone off limits, Oyeneyin's mornings are freed up for activities that matter most — like walking her beloved miniature pinscher/Chihuahua mix, Cesar. She also uses the early hours to create a mood through music — a habit she says has lately been heavily influenced by the recommendations of fellow Peloton instructor Jess King and the platform's producer of music programming, DJ John Michael. (Related: Workout Playlist Need a Refresh? This Spotify x Peloton Collab is Your Answer)
"I love listening to house music in the morning when I'm getting ready," says Oyeneyin. "Mainly Rüfüs Du Sol and I'm on Lastlings right now — it kind of puts you in a trance. And I love listening to Black Coffee. Between Jess King and DJ John Michael — the benefit I have is that I'm friends with these people and I text them. I'm like, 'give me a song' and John Michael will text me something and I listen and I'm like, in this state of not being able to move because the music is so good. And then he goes, 'yeah I figured you were ready for that one,' because he's like, slowly bringing me in."
While Oyeneyin can usually take her time in the mornings to set a vibe, she does occasionally have to be at the Peloton studio bright and early to prep for those 9 a.m. classes (and she occasionally even subs for instructor Matt Wilpers in his regular 6 a.m. slot). When she needs to look alive for class, she has a few tricks up her sleeve.
"What wakes me up for morning class or for any class is the [Revlon] ColorStay Skin Awaken 5-in-1 Concealer that I'm obsessed with," says Oyeneyin, who's partnered with the brand. "There's caffeine in there and vitamin E so it helps you feel awake and look refreshed. I always say it's like a sip of caffeine for your undereyes, it makes everything come alive." She's also a fan of the Revlon Oil-Absorbing Volcanic Rollerball (Buy It, $13, amazon.com), an oil-blotting tool that went viral, which she credits for keeping her skin looking perpetually fresh. (Related: This $10 Oil-Absorbing Face Roller Went Viral On TikTok — And It's Back In Stock)
When it comes to concealing one of the biggest telltale signs of tiredness — under-eye circles — Oyeneyin, a former makeup artist, has some expert advice. "It all comes down to application," she says. "I think a lot of times when somebody has darkness under the eye, the thought is to pile on a lot of product. After 15 years in makeup, one of the biggest tips I'll share is when you pile on the product, you get rid of the darkness, but then you create unwanted texture that looks cakey under your eye. Start in thin, sheer layers, and then work your way up — less is more."
Another crucial component of Oyeneyin's morning routine is, of course, picking out the perfect outfit, whether she's running to meetings or prepping for an on-camera class. "Sometimes I have a plan, but we feel different in our bodies every single day," she says. "So sometimes you put the outfit on and you feel like you'll feel more confident in something else. And I allow myself to listen to my body. For the most part, I might have an idea of what I'm going to wear and then I let the day lead. If I'm bursting with energy and I want to draw attention to myself, I wear something brighter. If I'm feeling strong, maybe it's black. If I'm feeling confident, maybe it's black and red. I think different colors give off different energies and I allow myself to go with that."
The last aspect of Oyeneyin's morning routine that varies day to day is what's on her plate — and in her mug. "Bulletproof coffee is my go-to but I've also just entered this new world of matcha so we'll see where that leads me," she says. "Breakfast is dependent on my workout. If I'm going to wake up and do cardio, I'll wait to eat. If I'm gonna wake up and strength train, I'll have a little bit of something — that could be a banana, it could be a piece of gluten-free toast with almond butter on top. Food is fuel, and so rather than waking up and following a determined flow, I think about what I need for that day. If I'm going for a long run, I'm going to eat avocado because it's high in fat and that'll sustain me. So it really is a science…and sometimes I wake up and I'm just craving a McMuffin, so I listen to my body." (Related: How Peloton Instructor Tunde Oyeneyin Takes Care of Her Skin On and Off the Bike)
Whatever is fueling Oyeneyin's contagious on-screen energy for those early classes seems to be working wonders, so it's safe to say her intuition is spot on — and if any of her a.m. habits make those bootcamp burpees feel easier, they're definitely worth stealing.