I love the Peloton platform, if you haven’t figured that out yet but my other posts. After I purchased the bike four years ago, I cancelled my gym membership and have no regrets. One challenge of using at at home workout platform like Peloton is that picking your classes and workout schedule is all on you. When I first bought the bike, the only classes I took were on the bike. I was so excited to use the bike and got so into the bike classes that I forgot about strength classes and yoga and everything else offered on the platform. I began incorporating other classes into my routine, but I recently purchased a Peloton row. One of my concerns when I purchased the row was how would I add the row into my workout routine. When I just owned the bike, deciding my workout was easy- cardio would mean hoping on the bike, weights or yoga would mean I pick a class from the Peloton platform. I have settled into a new routine now that I have had the row for a few months and wanted to share my schedule and the guidelines I use to help me set up my routine.
If you have never heard of Peloton, it is a platform with many types of exercise classes offered both live and on demand. Peloton classes can be floor workout or classes that go along with equipment (Peloton row, bike and treadmill). I began using the Peloton platform after I purchased the bike, but you could also use the platform for all of the floor classes (classes not on the Peloton equipment). Examples of floor classes are barre, yoga, pilates, strength, core and even dance (there are so many classes, I can’t even name all of the different classes available). There are many different instructors, with different teaching styles, different music selections and all different lengths of class times. I am a huge fan of Peloton- both the equipment and the huge array of classes. I am able to workout at home and never feel like I am missing my gym experience.
Disclaimer, I am not a professional fitness instructor, doctor or medical professional. Check with your medical professional before starting any workout routine.
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Who am I?
I am not an athlete, a body builder, a runner or a yogi. I am a somewhat in shape, nearing 40 year old mom of two. Prior to having my first child, I went to the gym regularly, attending weekly weight lifting and yoga classes. I purchased the Peloton bike a few months after my first child was born. I knew realistically I would never be able to get to the gym like I used to with a young child at home and working full time as a lawyer. I wanted to invest in some equipment to have at home to replace my gym membership. I quickly fell in love with the bike and cancelled my gym membership.
I used the Peloton bike and the workout classes for years until I was pregnant again. During my second pregnancy I was not as consistent with my workouts. As soon as I got the all clear by my doctor, I started using the bike (albeit, very slowly and gently). I was out of shape, missed exercising and had 40 pounds to lose.
It was about a year after I started working out again that the Peloton row was released. At that point I was working out regularly on the bike and trying to incorporate more weight lifting. After four years of using one piece of equipment at home, I was excited to add another piece of equipment to my home gym. I purchased the row at the end of December 2022, with delivery in early January.
I have lost the 40 pounds of baby weight gained during my second pregnancy and I am feeling good about my body. I am not trying to lose any weight. I want to be healthy and strong for me. I also need to be healthy for my kids, and be able to chase them and play with them all day.
Peloton workout schedule
Here is how I worked out last week.
|Sunday||15 Minute Pop Punk Ride (3/28/23 Cody Rigsby), Extra 10: Low Impact Ride (2/27/23 Cody Rigsby) 5 minute Post Ride Stretch (3/17/23 Camila Ramon)|
|Tuesday||20 minute Yoga (3/29/23 Ross Rayburn), 10 minute Bare (Hannah Corbin 4/3/23)|
|Wednesday||5 Minute Warm Up Row (11/10/22 Ash Pryor), 15 Minute Rock Row (2/14/23 Alex Karwoski), 5 Minute Core Strength (3/8/23 Andy Speer), 5 Minute Post Row Stretch (2/10/23 Katie Wang)|
|Friday||2 Minute Just Row (I used as my warm up), 20 Minute HIIT Row (4/7/23 Alex Karwoski), 5 Minute Cool Down Row (11/10/22 Matt Wilpers), 5 Minute Lower Body Stretch (3/22/23 Callie Gullickson)|
|Saturday||AM Workout: 3o Minute Yoga Flow (12/21/22 Ross Rayburn), 5 Minute Core Strength (3/22/23 Tunde Oyeneyin)|
PM Workout: 30 Minute Sweat Steady Ride (4/8/23 Jess King), 5 Minute Post-Ride Stretch (3/3/22 Jess King)
Peloton Workout Schedule: all the details
Over the last few months, I have developed my own schedule using a few simple guideline. Since I quit my job, I have made it a priority to workout, even if that means getting up at 6am to work out. It is hard to get a workout in during the week if I do not get up early to work out. Any other opportunity I get, like if my husband can leave work early, I try to squeeze in a workout.
Weekends: I normally have more time to workout on the weekends and have the chance to workout during the day (rather than early in the morning) because my husband is home to watch the kids. Although I enjoy my early morning workouts, it is nice to eat a meal, digest and then workout, which I get to do on the weekend. I like to do a challenging bike class each weekend, like a sweat steady with Jess King. I really love the new Peloton row, so I found it easy to keep picking a row class rather than diversify. So, my first guideline for working out is that on the weekends, I workout on the bike.
Weekdays: Each week I consistently take a yoga class, normally on Monday, but sometimes it is on Tuesday. Last Sunday night my little one did not want to sleep through the night, so I could not get up early Monday morning to take my yoga class. So, I made sure Tuesday to get up and workout.
I love the Peloton yoga classes. I have gone through phases of the different instructors that I like. But I am always consistent that I like to start each week with a yoga class.
During the week, I use the row. This is how I was able to change my workout routine when I added the new Peloton Row to my workout routines. Unless I see a bike ride I really want to take live, I hop on the row. This takes the question out of which piece of equipment I use- weekdays I use the row, and the weekends are for the bike.
Two Workout days: Sometimes, but not often, I get to work out twice one day. That happened this week. I got up early to take a yoga class on the weekend, and then I was able to work out in the afternoon because we did not have any big plans for the day with the kids. I love double workout days- I get the best of both, I had a chance to take a relaxing yoga and warm up my body in the morning and then sweat it out with Jess King on the bike in the afternoon.
Why 5 minute classes are just the BEST in my Peloton Workout Schedule
What I like about the Peloton platform is that when I work out in the morning, I can easily add on a five or ten minute class when my kids decide to/randomly sleep in. I will take my Yoga class then listen to hear if any kids are stirring. If I don’t hear anything, I will add on a class. So you will see in my workout schedule, I have days where I add on 5 minute workouts.
The five minute stretches, cool downs and warm ups, are excellent ways to add on to your workout and help your body. Five minute cool downs really make a difference in my workout and I am so glad when I am able to add on to my workout and help my body post workout.
My row and bike are in a small sitting room attached to my master bedroom. There is no door to this room, so when I wake up in the morning, if I am doing a floor workout or a yoga class, I go into my living room/kids playroom to work out. I keep a few pieces of equipment hidden under a chair to use for my morning workouts. These are the key workout pieces that I need to do basically any floor workout on the platform.
Here is the equipment I keep hidden for my workouts:
Yoga mat. I have several workout mats. My favorite are these very thin mats. I find thicker mats can slip on my floor. Here is a link to one I like:
I use the mat for yoga, barre, stretch and weight classes. A mat like this will get a ton of use in your home gym.
Yoga Blocks. I use yoga blocks in pretty much every yoga class I take. If I can’t do the position exactly as the instructor is directing, I have my blocks to assist me. These blocks are inexpensive but so very useful in yoga classes.
Weights. I try to take weight lifting classes at least one a week. So clearly, having weights in various weights is necessary. I have some Peloton weight which I keep in my home gym, but downstairs I have to hide my weights under a chair so my kids can’t find them. I really like these Amazon weights for their smaller profile and fun colors.
Over the years I have bought weights at different weights as I needed them, so I have an odd, mismatched collection. If you are just purchasing your first weights, I love this set from Amazon:
You do not need a lot of equipment to use all of the classes on the Peloton platform. With just these pieces, you can take any floor class.
Peloton Workout Schedule as a SAHM
Using an at home workout platform has been great for me, as a working mom and as a stay at home mom. As a working mom I had little time to workout and never would have time to get to the gym- even now as a stay at home mom, I also never have the time to get to a gym. But knowing I have a platform with basically endless workouts, I have been able to consistently workout on my own schedule. All of my weekday workouts are done before the kids wake up, but that is what is working for me at this time in life.
The hardest part of using a platform like Peloton is that you have to pick your own workout schedule. I had trouble diversify my workouts when I first got the bike- all I wanted to do was take bike classes. So my best tip if you are new to Peloton is to remember to diversify your class selection. You can easily start by adding on a 5 minute core or stretch go any class to help you diversify your workout.
I have simple guidelines to help me pick out classes- I like to ride the bike on the weekends, take 1 yoga class earlier in the week and take row classes during the week. Any other class (like a weight or a core class) that I can add on to my workout before the kids wake up is just a great extra.
This is the schedule that works for me. How have you developed your at home workout schedule?
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