Happy Hump Day, friends!
Well, I’ve received so many questions lately about the Peloton app which I LOVE (I love both the questions and the app!), so even though I just did a Peloton App post in July, I thought I’d update it here today (it sounds like those New Year’s Resolutions are still in full swing!!).
I’m going to repeat a bit of info just because it’s still applicable, but I’m going to add to it as well. This is me by the way, trying to do yoga on the Peloton app…with Poppy on my mat. Ha!
Early in January, I asked you guys what you wanted more of and one of the most trending topics was “health and fitness”. That prompted me to ask you on Stories what apps you use for working out, and I would say that probably 85% of the responses were the Peloton app. The second place suggestion was Beachbody on Demand. I did sign back up for Beachbody (I had cancelled my subscription) and have done a few of their barre classes recently, but I’m very open to your suggestions about that app as I did it originally years ago, but it’s changed quite a bit. I’d love your feedback in the comment section.
In the meantime, let’s talk about the Peloton app since it’s my fave and clearly a favorite for you too.
First things first…
You do not need a Peloton bike to have the app.
I want to make sure that’s clear!!!
You do not need the bike to have the app. In fact, I NEVER use the app when riding my bike (I use the TV monitor that comes on the bike). I only use the app when doing other things. So, even if you do not have a bike, I totally, totally, totally think you should consider the app.
When it comes to CYCLING, here is what I love:
Favorite instructors: Robin, Alex and Leanne
Favorite classes: any sort of “themed” class (like the Whitney Houston ride), ’80s or ’90s Pop Rides and I love their interval rides
Hardest classes that kick my butt and therefore are probably the best for me: Tabata with Robin
Length of classes I like: 30 to 45 minutes
When it comes to YOGA, here is what I love:
Favorite instructors: Kristin, Dennis or Anna (I have been doing Kristin’s yoga for TWENTY years! I was so excited when she joined Peloton!!)
Favorite classes: intermediate or advanced Power Yoga, but I also love an intermediate or advanced flow as well
Other Faves: I love their yoga library where they break down poses in five minute increments so you can really learn and perfect different specific poses.
Length of classes I like: 45 to 65 minutes
I also think the more you cycle and run, the more you need things like yoga to balance you out. I sometimes fall into the bad habit of not stretching enough after really working my legs, and for me, there is nothing better than yoga to correct that. I sometimes only take a 10 or 15 minute class after a long run or cycle just to make sure I’m good and stretched.
When it comes to OUTDOOR, here is what I love:
Now, please note, I don’t run on a treadmill, so I do the OUTDOOR running classes, but there is an entirely different section for treadmill running workouts that you could totally use at your home or local gym.
Favorite instructors: Robin, Adrian, Andy or Rebecca
Favorite classes: intermediate or advanced intervals
Other Faves: I also love that if you’re not already a runner, you could do one of their walk/run combo classes to prepare you
Length of classes I like: 30 or 45 minutes
Make sure you also check out my GUIDE TO RUNNING post right HERE if you’re interested running. I talk about how I use this app to help me be a better runner. If you are not a runner at all, they even have walking classes or guided “how to learn to run” classes for you.
When it comes to STRENGTH, here is what I love:
Favorite instructors: Andy, Adrian, Emma or Robin
Favorite classes: You can do whole body or work specific parts, I almost always like to target my upper body (arms/back/chest)
Other Faves: I like to do the quick 5 minute ab workouts every day.
Length of classes I like: 20 minutes
When it comes to STRETCHING, here is what I love:
Favorite instructors: Leanne or Emma
Favorite classes: Legs!! Any sort of lower body stretch.
Other Faves: I always stretch after cycling or running!! These quick little workouts are the perfect way to end a workout.
Length of classes I like: 5 minutes
When it comes to BIKE BOOTCAMP, here is what I love:
Favorite instructors: Jess Sims
Favorite classes: Intermediate with either full body or arms
Length of classes I like: 45 minutes
So, doing BIKE BOOTCAMP classes is relatively new for me, but LOVE THEM!! You basically cycle for about 10 minutes and then hop off the bike and do 10 minutes of strength and then hop back on and repeat. I love the variety, I love getting my heartrate up high and then hopping off to do strength, I love that it’s an all-encompassing workout…I love it! They have Tread Bootcamp classes and other types of bootcamp-related classes too on the app.
So, that’s a nice little variety, right? I will say this, when Kensington and Smith were little, I did a lot of Pilates, so I was super excited when Peloton launched their new Pilates classes a few months ago, but I’m not really a fan. I’ve tried several and to me, they’re a bit basic. I’m going to keep trying them, but if you’re asking me my opinion, I’ve seen Pilates done better on other apps/Pinterest. Peloton shines at yoga, but I’m underwhelmed by their Pilates.
One more little thing, I bought these arm weights and am over the moon about them! I wore them yesterday for the first time when walking the dogs and they worked perfectly. They’re only one pound each (and come in a variety of colors), but they’re easy to add to whatever workout/walk/chore you’re doing. They’re velcro and are just an added bonus to your yoga, dog walk, tread run, etc.
For me, I really try and do some sort of workout every day of the week (the older I get, the more I enjoy working out daily), but I loved what Jess Sims said the other day during one of her bootcamp classes. She said that we need an arsenal of workouts because you don’t wake up every day wanting to do the same thing. I love doing yoga, lifting weights, running, doing a bootcamp, but just Friday, when I woke up, I wasn’t in the mood for any of it, so I just walked Yankee instead. I think if we have that toolkit and variety in place, then when we’re not feeling something, we can easily swap it out instead of just not being active.
If you love your Peloton app too and want to share your favorite classes and instructors, please do so!! I’d love to try some new things! I like to keep my Peloton handle private, but occasionally, I’ll cycle under @mixandmatchmama. If you want to connect with other people, feel free to leave your handle in the comment section too! If you have any Beachbody on Demand suggestions for me, please share those as well!
Have a great day, friends!!! See you tomorrow. xo