Last month I decided to take a break from my usual cardio-first workouts and jumped into following the Hardcore on the Floor strength calendar. I'll admit I don't naturally gravitate towards strength workouts because I prefer high intensity (it's the runner in me), even though I know strength training is really good for me.
My goal this entire pregnancy is to not only be healthy, but also to build healthy habits that I can carry into my postpartum life. I've been reading the book Atomic Habits (highly recommend BTW!) and that's been a huge help in helping me identify my current habits and working on improving and adding new good habits.
Strength training and recovery are 2 new habits I'm working on incorporating into my routine. Over the years these are 2 things I've always neglected, and it's ended up leading to me becoming injured especially when I run. My hope is to start making these a habit in my workout routine so once baby's born I'll have a good base to begin running again, and continue to add these workouts in.
Obligatory Note: Before you jump into any new workout routine (pregnant or not), make sure you check with your doctor first.
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What is Hardcore on the Floor?
Before I get too far - let's talk what Hardcore on the Floor exactly is. It's an unofficial Peloton community on Facebook that provides recommended daily workouts to do (or stacks). There's generally a recommended type of ride to do (they not also suggest power zone rides), and then a list of 2-4 classes to do. The workouts are generally broken into:
- Active Recovery Days (Yoga, Pilates, Stretching, etc.)
- Arm Days
- Leg Days
- Full Body Days
You can do as much or as few of the workouts as you want - it's a no pressure calendar that's meant to be more of a guide than a required set of workouts.
The Hardcore on the Floor Schedule
This month's calendar was almost the same each week:
- Monday: Leg Day
- Tuesday: Arm Day
- Wednesday: Active Recovery
- Thursday: Leg Day
- Friday: Arm Day
- Saturday: Full Body
- Sunday: Active Recovery
Each day would have a suggested ride, suggested core class and then 2-3 classes.
I don't know how the admins do it, but the classes they recommended always paired perfectly together. There wasn't a lot of duplicate moves in each of the workouts and at the end I felt so sore and accomplished!
My Pregnancy Modifications
For the most part, the only modifications I made were to the suggested core classes and I swapped them out for Robin's prenatal core classes. I did mix in a few of the prenatal strength classes and HIIT ride once or twice to learn about proper form and get exercise ideas. Otherwise, I was able to follow the calendar every day.
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Hardcore on the Floor Review
I ended up doing the calendar almost every day and honestly fell in love with it more and more each day. Having the workouts already picked out for me was so helpful so I didn't have to think or spend 500 hours scrolling through and picking out which class had the best playlist...which totally guilty of doing quite a few times!
Another thing I also really liked is that there's no pressure on this like some other challenges can be. It's really up to you how much (or little) you do each day. I had a few days where pregnancy was kicking my butt and I needed a rest day and it was so nice to feel no guilt about missing a workout.
The most challenging part for me was doing the yoga and active recovery days (I am so not flexible - it's the runner in me LOL) and even though I struggled, I still made an effort and ended up enjoying these classes. Will I do yoga every day for the rest of my life? No, but this calendar has taught me that adding it in once a week really does help. I've noticed the weeks that I do yoga my hips hurt less and I don't have as much round ligament pain so it does seem like it's helping.
This calendar also helped me really get out of my head with trying to always PR or max out my efforts. I always struggle mentally during pregnancy watching my running pace decrease or my output on the bike go down. By not making the bike or my cardio a focus it really helped me mentally be able to enjoy my workouts that much more.
It was also nice to try out some new instructors. Before this calendar, I had never taken a class with Ben or Andy and now they've quickly become 2 of my favorite strength instructors! It's been fun to change it up from my usual go to Jess Sims strength workouts (although I still love her!)
Hardcore on the Floor Tips
My biggest tip if you're going to do this calendar is to stack your classes the night before. I found that stacking the workout made it so much easier the next day because I just had to hop onto the bike and my classes were ready and loaded.
The admins will usually release a click-able version of the calendar so all you have to do is click the link to the workout and add to your stack! Super easy!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Need to Do All The Workouts?
Nope! You can do as much or as little of the workouts as you want to. The calendar is just a guide and recommended
What is the Hardcore on the Floor Hashtag?
The official hashtag is #Hardcore but #HardcoreOnTheFloor is also used
How Often Do Calendars Come Out?
There's a new calendar released every month
How Do I Find the Calendar?
The calendar is posted in the Hardcore Facebook group and pinned to the announcements at the top.
When Are the Calendars Released?
Calendars are released on the first of the month in the Facebook group.
How Long Do the Workouts Take?
The workouts can take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the classes you choose. I generally did a 20 minute ride, 5 minute prenatal core, the suggested stacked classes (usually 30-40 minutes), and then a 5 minute stretch.
Do I Need to Do All The Workouts at Once?
Nope! You can break up the workouts as you want to do them. Some people like to do the cardio portion in the morning, and then the strength at night (or vice versa). Personally I like to do it all at once because once I'm done working out for the day I more than likely won't return to finish LOL
What Level is this Calendar For?
This calendar is for all levels. Some of the classes were intermediate level but they did include modifications.
I'd love to know if you've tried the Hardcore on the Floor calendars!