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Hello everyone. I am a new to Peloton and I am wondering where should I start? I am overweight and want to lose weight and get in shape. I have been taking 15 minute low impact classes everyday since late December. Do you think I would be better with a 20 minute beginner class or take a 15 min HIT classes? Should I take a stretching class each after each class or can I do it every other class? Thanks
 

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Congratulations on your new bike and great job in starting to achieve your health goals! I think you're off to a good start doing the low impact/advanced beginner classes. Once you progress (those workouts start to seem pretty routine for you), I highly recommend moving to intervals, HITT, tabata. You can get a much more efficient workout in less time doing intervals, but it's important that you don't cheat with interval training; push yourself to the max for full effectiveness. The great thing about HITT/intervals is that it revs up your metabolism, so even after you're done working out, your body is still burning calories at high state. On stretching: I stretch after every workout - so important for recovery and to reduce soreness. Even if for just 5 mins. Eventually you will want to add strength/weight training, but take it one day at a time.... For cycling workouts: when I want to really push myself, I go with Alex. T. If I want to go hard, but not to the max, I like riding with Emma L. If I want more "leisurely" rides, but still a really good workout, I go with Dennis M. or Christine D. Stretching, I am a big fan of Chase T. and Dennis M.
 

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Congratulations on your new bike and great job in starting to achieve your health goals! I think you're off to a good start doing the low impact/advanced beginner classes. Once you progress (those workouts start to seem pretty routine for you), I highly recommend moving to intervals, HITT, tabata. You can get a much more efficient workout in less time doing intervals, but it's important that you don't cheat with interval training; push yourself to the max for full effectiveness. The great thing about HITT/intervals is that it revs up your metabolism, so even after you're done working out, your body is still burning calories at high state. On stretching: I stretch after every workout - so important for recovery and to reduce soreness. Even if for just 5 mins. Eventually you will want to add strength/weight training, but take it one day at a time.... For cycling workouts: when I want to really push myself, I go with Alex. T. If I want to go hard, but not to the max, I like riding with Emma L. If I want more "leisurely" rides, but still a really good workout, I go with Dennis M. or Christine D. Stretching, I am a big fan of Chase T. and Dennis M.
Thanks so much for you help. The second ride I took was with Alex T. he is AMAZING and always kicks by butt.
 

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Though I've been cycling for many years (road and mtn, as well as Peloton), I've also had to stop temporarily from time to time due to injuries and surgeries. Based on my experience of getting back into shape, I'm going to suggest something a bit different in response to your question. When trying to get into (or back into) shape, I've found it to be important to build up endurance - the length of each class you take - before increasing the intensity through HITT or Tabata rides. 15 minute rides are a great start, but my suggestion is to continue with Low Impact rides until you can do them for 30 minutes. You might also want to check out the Power Zone beginner/endurance rides for a change up. Once you can do 30 minutes reasonably without too much difficulty or discomfort, then start including some more intense rides like HITT and Tabata. For me a 15 minute HITT or Tabata ride is not for beginners and instead is for more advanced riders who have limited time and want a very intense short workout. Just my two cents. Congrats and good luck!
 

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Though I've been cycling for many years (road and mtn, as well as Peloton), I've also had to stop temporarily from time to time due to injuries and surgeries. Based on my experience of getting back into shape, I'm going to suggest something a bit different in response to your question. When trying to get into (or back into) shape, I've found it to be important to build up endurance - the length of each class you take - before increasing the intensity through HITT or Tabata rides. 15 minute rides are a great start, but my suggestion is to continue with Low Impact rides until you can do them for 30 minutes. You might also want to check out the Power Zone beginner/endurance rides for a change up. Once you can do 30 minutes reasonably without too much difficulty or discomfort, then start including some more intense rides like HITT and Tabata. For me a 15 minute HITT or Tabata ride is not for beginners and instead is for more advanced riders who have limited time and want a very intense short workout. Just my two cents. Congrats and good luck!
Very good point. Indurance for me is key. The older I get (I'm 55) the slower I "bounce back" so indurance helps me build a strength base so I dont get hurt. Though not always as fun as getting the burdt from the intervals. Thanks for advice.
 
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