As I write this post, I have had my Peloton Row for four weeks. When the row was delivered, I had very limited experience on a row machine, so I set out to take and complete the You Can Row program. I wrote about Week 1 (click here for post) and Week 2 (click here for post) on the blog, as I found no other resources online about this program. I was very excited to complete the program, but unfortunately, things did not go as planned. Keep reading to find out what happened and for my review of Week 3 of the You Can Row program on the Peloton Row.
Week 3 of the You Can Row Program is made up of 6 classes, scheduled to be taken over three days.
5 Minute Warm Up Ride with Katie Wang
20 Minute Intervals Row with Alex Karwoski
5 Minute Post Row Stretch with Adrian Williams
20 Minute Hip Hop Row with Ash Pryor
30 Minute Endurance Row with Matt Wilpers
5 Minute Post Row Stretch with Adrian Williams
I really enjoyed Day 1 of Week 3. It was a fun set of classes. I enjoyed it so much, I continued with another 10 minute pop ride with Ash. Also- my form was just amazing. I had a 99% form on Alex’s ride!
Day 3 of this Week was a Hip Hop row with Ash. I liked this class and felt that I got a great workout. I noticed that I struggled with achieving the pace level of the class. I was a little frustrated by this, as my form was good, so I thought I would be able to start hitting pace goals. But as I am still new to rowing, so I am sure I will be able to reach the pace levels eventually. My form rating was 98% for this class!
Day 6: This is the day where it all went wrong. I was all set to finish the program, I had made it to the last day. I waited until the weekend when I had uninterrupted time to row, as my husband was home to watch the kids. I stretched, got on the row, clicked into the program- and the program was back at Week 1. I had logged onto the program 1 day later than the schedule called for.
No big deal I thought, I will just find the Matt Wilpers 30 minute endurance row and take it outside the program. I don’t care about the badge- I was completing this program for myself. Well, I searched and searched for the class- and I could not find it! The class was not available on the regular class line up.
I was so upset! Why would the classes from the program not be available on the regular class line up? I can’t be the only person who couldn’t take the class during the scheduled week.
I was really, really annoyed at program for not letting me complete it. I had looked forward to completing the program and Matt’s endurance row in particular. I ended up taking an Alex 30 minute endurance ride I found in the regular class lists.
My sour mood quickly dissipated. I clicked on Alex’s class… and the song playing during his intro was a Star Wars instrumental song, which made me laugh. I ended up really enjoying the class. It was a hard class- an endurance row was a challenge. I had great form (99%) and was able to hit the pace levels he called out. His stories were entertaining and the 3o minutes flew by.
I took a stretch following the ride, of course not the one from the program, as I couldn’t find it on the class list.
Review of the You Can Row program on the Peloton Row
Although I did not technically finish the program, I feel like I did. I took all the classes to build up to a 30 minute endurance row and I did complete an endurance row class (although not the one in the program). I actually can’t believe how far I have come with my form. From knowing nothing about rowing, I now feel very comfortable with my form and pushing myself on the row. As I continue to row, I feel like I am more in tune with my body an don longer have to think about each move as I row.
If you are concerned about form or don’t feel like you are enjoying the row, I highly recommend the You Can Row program. So much of the row is what you put in- your form is critical to being able to maximize your row workout. I don’t think you can just jump on the row without a good base. If you want to get the most out of the row classes, I think you have to do this program. I took this program very seriously- like an educational class and not a workout class. I moved slowly in the classes, really really slow in the beginning, and paid attention to the instructors directions about form. I developed great form as a result of taking this program.
My biggest critique is that you can’t take the program at your own pace. I was one day late taking the last class of Week 3 and it locked me out of completing the program. This is so frustrating. I couldn’t even take the classes from the program which is very frustrating. One of the things I love about Peloton is that it is an at home platform that lets you build your own workout routine, on your own schedule with on demand classes. I was simply unable to take the class on the set date because my little one decided she didn’t want to nap one day.
Even though I was frustrated that I could not complete the program, I cannot wait to testing out all the different classes available on the row.
What is your favorite class type to take on the row?
If you like this post, keep reading more on the blog:
Testing and Purchasing the New Peloton Row
Review of the Peloton Row After Taking First Class
Review of the You Can Row Program After Week 2
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