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"I have never been more sick in my entire life," the cycle instructor said on his Instagram Story Thursday

By Katie Campione
February 04, 2021 11:05 PM
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Cody Rigsby
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Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby announced Thursday that he has contracted COVID-19.

The 33-year-old posted an update on his Instagram Story, saying that many of his followers had asked about his absence from social media over the past week.

"Unfortunately I've been dealing with COVID-19 for the past two weeks," he said in a video.

Rigsby went on to encourage his followers to take the virus seriously, saying that he has been very ill.

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Cody Rigsby
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"I have never been more sick in my entire life," he said. "It is a very real virus."

The cycling instructor said he still has lingering symptoms, including extreme fatigue and a cough, adding that "for the most part I'm doing a lot better."

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While he'd hoped to be back on the bike by Friday, he said he will be taking another week to recover.

"I promise I will be back on the bike as soon as I possibly can," he concluded.

A spokesperson for Peloton told PEOPLE in a statement of Rigsby's diagnosis, "Like our community, we can't wait to see Cody back to his healthy self and inspiring our Members through his classes on the Bike and mat."

"To confirm, Cody did not contract COVID-19 at Peloton through person-to-person contact. We have very strict protocols in place to keep our teams safe and healthy while working in our studios, and all of our team members diligently follow the guidance of local governments, the CDC and other public health agencies."

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