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My name: Ayesha S.
Find me on the Leaderboard: ayeshakya
I’ve been a Peloton Member since: July 2020
My occupation: Digital Product Manager
To introduce myself: I'm based in New York City but I am originally from Nepal. Before joining Peloton, I had gone 5 months without working out, largely due to the pandemic, but also because I had lost motivation to push myself to exercise. It was only when I went on a hike in the summer and struggled (my knees gave up mid-hike..) that I realized how weak my body had become and I needed to do something about it. Fast forward 9 months later, I've never been this fit, strong and motivated in my life, and I'm ready to take on all the hikes this year has in store for me.
A recent fitness achievement I’m proud of: I have been doing core workouts every time I work out, so that's usually 4-5 times a week, and I actually have toned abs now! Having a strong core has been instrumental in feeling strong.
My most frequent class taken: 10-min core strength. I try to incorporate core workout every time I work out.
My advice to other Peloton Members: Being consistent is key to achieving your fitness goals and staying strong. I was able to stay consistent largely by choosing to work out at the same time almost every day, and slowly that grew into a habit.
Instructors: Robin Arzón, Olivia Amato, Jess Sims, Rebecca Kennedy, Adrian Williams, Matty Maggiacomo
Recovery day class: 10 min Full Body Stretch. Can never go wrong with this one!
Class playlist genre: Either Pop or Reggaeton.
Post-workout snack: I usually have dinner right after a workout.
Time to workout: Between 6–7pm
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5 min HIIT Cardio Warm up with Adrian Williams
30 min HIIT Cardio with Adrian Williams
5 min Core Strength with Andy Speer
10 min Full Body Stretch with Jess Sims
I like to start my week on a high, which means getting some HIIT cardio workouts in. The moment the clock hit 6 PM, I closed my laptop and opened up my Peloton App on my Roku TV. I started off with Adrian Williams’ 5 min HIIT Cardio Warm up to wake me up, and continued with another Adrian Williams’ 30 mins HIIT cardio workout. I usually do 10 or 20 min HIIT cardio sessions, but since it is a new year, I felt like challenging myself a little bit more. The 30-minute workout was no joke and I really had to push myself, especially in the first five minutes or so. But after a while, my body started getting used to it and I was enjoying the workout! I have been meaning to incorporate more core workouts regularly, so I decided to do a quick 5 min Core Strength class with Andy Speer. I felt really awake after that, so I decided to wrap up my workout with Jess Sims’ 10 min Full Body Stretch. Stretching after a HIIT cardio always feels like the best thing ever.
5 min Strength Warm Up with Robin Arzón
20 min Pop Full Body Strength class with Robin Arzón
10 min Core Strength with Olivia Amato
10 min Year of Yes Full Body Stretch with Robin Arzón
I usually warm up to the idea of working out as the week goes by, and I was especially more energised to work out this Tuesday. Since I did a HIIT session yesterday, I wanted it to be all about strength today. For that extra motivation, I went ahead with Robin Arzon’s 5 min Strength Warm Up, followed by her 20 min Pop Full Body Strength class. I recently bought a pair of 12 pound dumbbells and couldn’t wait to start lifting those, and this workout was the best way to do it. My body was slightly sore afterwards, but in a good way, so I decided to add another workout on top of it. Remembering that it’s my goal to do core workouts more regularly in 2021, I completed Olivia Amato’s 10 min Core Strength class, and like always, her core workouts were fire! I called it a day with Robin’s 10 min Year of Yes Full Body Stretch.
20 min Full Body Stretch with Rebecca Kennedy
15 Calming Meditation with Chelsea Jackson Roberts
I was feeling pretty overwhelmed all day and was experiencing a lot of video conferencing fatigue. I thought doing cardio would help, but when I got around to it, I wasn’t in the mood. Instead, I decided to take it easy and did Rebecca Kennedy’s 20 min Full Body Stretch, followed by Chelsea Jackson Roberts’ 15 min Calming Meditation. The stretch and meditation session was exactly what I needed, and I left feeling very aligned.
5 min HIIT Cardio Warm up with Selena Samuela
10 min Pop HIIT Cardio with Olivia Amato
10 min Arms Toning class with Ally Love
I was busy with work, so I started my workout way later than I usually do. I was almost ready to skip it, but since I had taken a break yesterday, I didn’t want to go two days without working out. I started with Selena Samuela’s quick 5 min HIIT Cardio Warm up and Olivia Amato’s 10 min Pop HIIT Cardio. The cardio definitely got me out of my work mode, even thought it was late in the day. I like doing an Arms Toning class once or twice a week, so I continued with Ally Love’s 10 min Arms Toning class. It was only a 25-minute workout for me, which is shorter than what I usually do, but I was glad I did end up exercising, instead of skipping it all together.
10 min Full Body Strength Warmup with Adrian Williams
15 min Core Strength with Matty Maggiacomo
15 min Core Strength with Matty Maggiacomo
There is something about Fridays that always motivates me to exercise. I’m not sure if it’s my body’s way of signalling the start of the weekend (the long weekend especially in this case), or it’s just an excuse for me to wind down from a busy week at work and hit the reset button. I wanted to only do strength today, so I started with Adrian Williams’ 10 min Full Body Strength Warmup to get things moving. Instead of the bodyweight strength workout that I usually do, I decided to go with Jess Sims’ 20 min Chest & Back Strength workout, and my all-time fav Olivia Amato’s 10 min Core Strength workout.I have been neglecting my chest and back for awhile, so this workout definitely pushed me, but I came out of it feeling more energized.
5 min HIIT Cardio Warm Up with Adrian Willliams
10 min HIIT Cardio workout with Jess Sims
10 min Glutes and Legs Strength workout with Jess Sims
I had a pretty slow day and was very tempted to skip my workout for the day. But something about lying in bed all day, even if I was reading a book and being somewhat productive, didn’t sit too well with me. So at 8 PM, which is a little late by my usual standards, I decided to do a quick cardio and strength workout. I started off with Adrian Williams’ 5 min HIIT Cardio Warm Up, followed by Jess Sims’ 10 min HIIT Cardio workout. Maybe because I barely moved all day, the workout was intense! I was definitely serving the glazed donut look and was trying hard to keep up. Since I hadn’t had a proper leg day in a while, I continued with a 10 min Glutes and Legs Strength workout. Since I recently upgraded to 12 pound weights, doing the squats with the weights and holding for a few seconds was nearly impossible. I definitely needed to push myself physically and mentally on this one. Like after each workout, I started feeling better instantly, and that was exactly the feeling I needed at the end of the day.
I decided to take the day completely off to allow my body to rest.
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