6 Months With Peloton: My Favorite Rides and Recommendations (Plus, Workout Schedule)

Out of everything I own, me Peloton is my favorite (and most expensive) purchase. I dedicated a year of my life to saving up for the bike and have not regretted it for a single day.

The only con of the Peloton is my inability to stop talking it about! I love telling people about the amazing instructors, rides that made me cry (in a good way), and how my fitness level has never been higher.

Not mention that I love all aspects of the app, not just the bike. After 6 months I am 296 classes in and I haven’t found a class I didn’t enjoy. I love taking my favorite instructors on long walks, try a new power yoga flow, try a sleep meditation, or even try a barre class.

So now that you know that I love talking about Peloton, let’s dive into my favorite rides and workout recommendations. If you aren’t interested in purchasing a bike or a tread, the Peloton app is still absolutely worth the $12.99 monthly fee. The app comes with all the same classes as the bike like barre, running, stretching, yoga, strength, meditation and more. Like I said above, I love using the app regularly for walking and meditations.

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My Favorite Peloton Must-Haves

When I ordered my Peloton, I actually went to Amazon to buy new pedals. Now, there is nothing wrong with Peloton’s pedals, but I knew I wanted SPD clips for my spin shoes that I already owned plus I knew I wanted pedals that had cages on them so my boyfriend and friends could use the bike without commenting to buying shoes.

  • Venzo Fitness SPD Pedals with Toe Clips & Cleats – These pedals are perfect. I had the Peloton delivery guys install them for me (took 2 minutes) and the cages work perfectly. Plus, the clips that many seem to struggle with are easy to clip in and out of. You can get the ones I have here.
  • Supermats Heavy Duty Equipment Mat – Even though I just bought an expensive bike, I still want to save money where possible 😀 Instead of getting the Peloton bike mat, I ordered a similar, heavy duty mat from Amazon for a fraction of the price. You can get the one I have here.
  • Neoprene Dumbbell Hand Weights – Speaking of me being cheap with certain things, the Peloton weights are so expensive! I got a pair of Amazon Basic 5-lb weights on the cheap. You can get the ones I have here.
  • S’well Stainless Steel 17 oz Water Bottle – Love this bottle! It is seriously the prettiest thing I own and is the perfect size to get me through a spin class. You can get the one I have here.
  • TIEM Slipstream – Indoor Cycling Spin Shoe – These might not be for everyone, but I am obsessed with my Times. They are super conformable and perfect for my wide feet. I have found the more narrow shoes actually make me feet go numb mid ride so I knew I needed something different. You can get the ones I have here.
  • Bike Seat Cushion – The Peloton bike seat is not for the faint of heart – that narrow seat hurts your butt like nothing else! I have gotten used to the seat by now but this cushion was a lifesaver during my first few months of riding. You can get the one I have here.

My Favorite Peloton Rides

These are my all-time favorite rides and the ones I always recommend to new riders. They are so fun and challenging with great music and an instructor that keeps you in it to the end. I love an instructor that talks (am I only the one?!) – I find this distracts me from the grueling task at hand and makes me feel like I’m riding with a friend.

  • Robin Arzon’s 30 Minute Lizzo Ride from 8/2/19 – This is my absolute favorite and the first ride I recommend to anyone who asks. It’s a studio ride with a great class who are all so into Robin and the music. The front row is high-fiving and having the best time and Robin is so incredible at hyping both the studio and home riders up! Not to mention the playlist is absolute fire all from our girl, Lizzo.
  • Robin Arzon’s 30 Minute Greatest Showman Ride from 11/16/18 – As someone who had never listened to the Greatest Showman soundtrack before this ride, it turned me into a fan! Robin is passionate about the music and is one of the most inspirational rides I’ve taken.
  • Cody Rigsby’s 30 Minute Britney Spears Ride from 7/15/19 – This one is going to HYPE. YOU. UP! As a Britney Stan, this ride is everything you could want and more. All the hits and Cody is so entertaining during the ride, the 30 minutes flies by and guess what, you’ve just PR’ed!

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My Favorite Peloton Strength Classes

I’m all about pairing my cardio routine with regular strength classes.

  • Sam Yo’s 10 Minute Arm Toning from 6/9/20 – I am obsessed with all of Sam’s strength classes. I feel like a lot of people sleep on his classes, but they are a must. He always incorporates boxing punches and jabs which I love and I can always feel his classes the day after.
  • Robin Arzon’s 10 min Arms & Shoulders Strength from 3/30/20 – For just a 10 minute class, the one is an absolute scorcher. Super low impact, but a great muscle builder.
  • Selena Samuela 20 min Full Body Strength from 6/23/20 – This one is SO GOOD. Truly a full body that works as cardio just as much as strength. You’ll definitely feel this one the next day!

My Peloton Workout Schedule

Monday: 20-minute Arms and Shoulders + 20 minute walk
Tuesday: 20-minute ride + 10 minute Core Workout
Wednesday: Active rest day (Stretch, meditate or walk)
Thursday: 15-min tabata ride + 10-min Core Workout
Friday: 20-minute Glute & Legs Strength + 20 minute walk
Saturday: Active Rest Day (Full body stretch, love Chase’s stretch classes)
Sunday: 30 minute low impact ride + 10-min Core Workout

What are your favorite Peloton classes? Let me know in the comments below!
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Glowing Skin Super Food Fennel Salad (Keto, Whole30, Paleo)

This lemon fennel salad is filled with healthy fats, fiber and a ton of Vitamins all of which perfectly align to get your skin glowing. Each ingredient was picked to taste incredible but also with purpose.

Walnuts are high in Vitamin E and higher in antioxidants & in Omega-3s than almost any other nut. Because of this, walnuts help fight inflammation in the body and keep your gut healthy. The antioxidants & Omega-3s also play a great role in your skin’s look and texture by strengthening the membranes of skin cells and locking in moisture and nutrients. In addition to keeping your skin beautiful, this also helps to keep out skin damaging toxins for beautiful, glowing skin.

Lemons are filled with Vitamin C, citric acid and antioxidants. All of this helps with digestion, gut health, hydration and is rumored to help with collagen restoration! Vitamin C also helps fight off toxins and free radicals from the skin, so in addition to this salad, add a little lemon juice to warm water every day.

Love it or hate it, this herb is packed with skin benefits. As another ingredient that is high in Vitamin C, and parsley is said to help in the creation of collagen, which helps to give skin its structure and strength. Parsley also contains compounds that help with digestion and getting rid of bloat which is super important for your gut’s health.

Like parsley, a little bit of mint can help reduce bloat and assist in smoother digestion. This super herb has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties as well as a high content of salicylic acid, all of which help to calm skin and prevent acne. Mint is also packed with antioxidants which as we know fights against free radicals, leaving you with clearer and youthful skin.

In the recent years, celery has become the hottest new trendy in juicing. But hey, you can eat it too! In just one talk of celery, you are getting Vitamins C, A, & K, beta carotene, flavonoids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. So what does that all mean? You are reducing inflammation, supporting digestion which helps your gut health, and protecting yourself against free radicals and toxins – all of which make your skin and insides glow.

Olive Oil
Olive oil is a staple in most diets (including the ever beautiful Mediterranean diet) and for good reason. EVOO is rich in oleic acid which has been proven to reduce inflammation in the body. Olive oil also contains high amounts of Vitamins E&K plus a whole host of powerful antioxidants which help protect against toxins and keep the skin hydrated and glowing.

Zucchini is a delicious and versatile fruit (who knew!) that works well in almost all dishes. It works here as well with its high amount of antioxidants, Vitamin A, Zinc and carotenoids – all of which help improve upon your skin’s look and texture. Zucchini also has a great mix of soluble and insoluble fiber which allows for easy digestion and assisting overall with a healthy gut.

Now for the star of the show, fennel! Fennel is packed with skin and health nutrients that help it punch way above its weight. This veggie also contains high amounts of Vitamin C & antioxidants which help fight toxins, reduce inflammation, and create collagen, both creating a youthful skin texture.

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Glowing Skin Fennel & Zucchini Salad
Serves 4


  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon pink salt, plus more to taste
  • A couple of heavy grinds of freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup good extra-virgin olive oil (as Ina Garten would say)
  • 3 large fennel bulbs, greens cut off, first layer peeled off and thinly sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, thinly sliced 
  • 2 zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 handful roughly chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 handful roughly chopped mint
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped

How to Make the Salad

  1. Whisk or blend together lemon juice, salt and pepper while slowly drizzling in the oil until it is completely blended in with the other ingredients. Since this is a simple dressing, give it a taste and see if you need any more salt or lemon juice to really make it pop.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the dressing with fennel, zucchini and celery. Fold in parsley and walnuts. If you are looking for an extra depth of flavor and dairy doesn’t disrupt your skin, add a little Parmesan just before serving.

Tips from Someone Who Has Made This a Ton

  • This is my go-to dressing for all of my salads and can be made ahead and stored in the fridge. I’ll toss it into the salad about an hour or so before serving.
  • If you prefer to cook the zucchini and not eat raw, sauté or steam the slices until soft.

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