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Hi Ladies and Gentlemen. I'm sorry if this has been addressed somewhere, but I'm new to cycling and Peloton. I'm a month in, and coming to the end of my 3rd week of the 6 week "Mastering the Basics" program they offer. I'm looking for some suggestions on a weekly program that will keep my rides fresh, challenging, and recovery, all in the same week once I complete my 6 week course. I also incorporate my boxing routine which is a heavy bag workout twice a week. Like I said I'm new and have no idea how to set up a program. I saw that they have a 4 week Tabata program but I don't if doing a program like that every day is good for me right now. Any input is appreciated.

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Welcome Steve!

One program which is very structured is called "Discover your Power Zones." It is a four week program and they tell you exactly which rides to take. I recommend this program.
 

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Hi Steve. Yes, I agree. The Power Zone program is a good one. You'll take what's called an FTP test to establish your fitness level and then they guide you through everything. You're pretty much guaranteed to see an improvement.

This is one area where I think Peloton should do more e.g. more programs for people looking for structure or to achieve certain goals like lose weight, get faster, get better at climbing, etc. Even for general fitness I would recommend people vary their rides and do low impact/recovery rides vs. going hard all the time but Peloton doesn't really say that anywhere.
 

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Welcome Steve!

One program which is very structured is called "Discover your Power Zones." It is a four week program and they tell you exactly which rides to take. I recommend this program.
Thank you Gina
 

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Thanks Gina! I just started the Power Zones program this week and love it so far. The FTP test was tough, but worth it. Hopefully I'll see a difference at the end of week 4.
 

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Love this suggestion as I am new as well. Should I wait until my heart rate monitor arrives before doing this test?
 

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No, you don't need a heart rate monitor to do the FTP test. Definitely do the test when you're well rested, hydrated, feeling good, etc. and then make sure to do a 10 minute FTP warm up ride immediately beforehand. They'll explain how it all works there. Once you have your FTP, your power zones will show up on the screen which makes it easy to follow along with the PZ workouts.

Good luck!
 

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I have a question. I did the FTP and the Power Zone test. Then I got a heart monitor from Peloton.

I must have done a poor job at the test, because my heart rate monitor is behind my power zone. For example my power zone says I am in Zone 5 and the monitor says Zone 3.

Should I just go with the heart rate monitor? It says the zones right on the monitor!
 
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