Robin Arzón is the definition of a fit mom. As the Vice President of Fitness Programming and Head Instructor at Peloton, as well as a professional ultramarathon runner, she’s not afraid to work hard to be her fittest—and is inspiring other moms to get out there and do the same. She’s also a two-time New York Times Bestselling Author, and her newest book, Strong Baby, is available for pre-order and comes out in February. Finally, she’s working on a brand new project – she just announced that she’s pregnant with baby #2, so her 2-year-old daughter Athena will soon have a younger brother or sister!
We spoke to Robin about her fitness tips, family life, and more, for this week’s Meet a Mom interview:
Congratulations on your new pregnancy! What has this pregnancy been like compared to your one with Athena?
So far not too different! I was active in my first pregnancy as well. But in my first trimester with my daughter, we were in lockdown. Now, I’m in my normal routine and it’s going quickly.
What is your fitness routine like at the moment?
I try to train six days a week with one rest day where we go for a walk in the park or something like that. I train as a professional athlete two to three hours a day. I do my own strength training, kettlebells, etc before teaching. And I run around 30 miles a week when I’m not marathon training.
Wow! Would you please walk us through a typical day?
Sure! It depends, but I’m at Peloton four or five days a week teaching classes and filming. I usually wake up around 6:30, get Athena ready and my husband handles breakfast. I do skincare, journaling and then I take Athena to school or our nanny comes and I’m off to do my run and then barbell workout, which is 90 minutes to 2 hours long. I usually go into teach 1 to 3 classes at Peloton. Then I’ll see Athena, and have lunch meetings with my agent, PR team, book team and brand partners. I’m also launching a membership club so I have meetings with my developer and artist. Usually in the afternoon I’ll playlist classes for the coming week. This is assuming no photoshoot that day for press, brand partner and social content. At 6:30 we have dinner, get Athena to bed and I watch a show with my husband. I’m reading by eight and then go to sleep.
What do you love most about your job at Peloton?
It’s the best job in the world, marrying movement with technology. I think we started a revolution!
Amazing. So many of us are trying to get back into a rhythm of working out again, including on the Peloton. What’s your best piece of advice for sticking to a plan after time off?
Generally, I would say start small. What you’re able to do consistently is better than being a hard charger one week and falling off the next.
Love that – baby steps! And speaking of babies, please tell us about your new book, Strong Baby!
Strong Baby is a follow up to Strong Mama. It’s about an athlete and their journey to motherhood. Strong Baby celebrates the little athletes in our lives. It’s the journey of Athena and her friends doing squats, learning to take their first steps. The movement patterns of babies are what adults are learning to get back to!
How are you encouraging Athena to be active?
Kids are going to learn simply by being there. I don’t think I need to be prescriptive but she sees me working out all the time at home and she knows when it’s Mommy’s time on the treadmill. She’ll pick up her little stuffed animals and it’s cool to associate movement and play, and learn the concept of strength.
What are your favorite pregnancy workouts?
The prenatal program I created at Peloton is a wonderful strength and cycling program. I created it when I was pregnant with Athena. There is more a pregnant woman can do than she can’t do. In terms of modifications, you’ll need to modify anything that is on the belly once it’s visible. For instance, planks need to be modified and crunches eliminated once you have a belly. But you can always modify intensity, weight. The strengthening and maintaining of cardiovascular health is so important for mother and baby.