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?
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