I'm naturally a runner but I know I need to add more strength training to my routine to make me stronger. A few years ago I was introduced to Orangetheory, a workout that combined running, rowing, and strength work and I was instantly HOOKED!
Unfortunately in 2020, my studio closed during a stay-at-home order and I was desperately seeking an alternative. Facebook knew this and started filling my newsfeed with ads for a Peloton bootcamp class, and a free trial they were offering.
I decided to try it out and start with a Bootcamp Sat 60 class and instantly became hooked!
In this post, I'll share with you all the details of what a Peloton Sat 60 is, how it compares to Orangetheory, what you need for class, and the best ways to modify if needed.
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What is Sat 60?
Sat 60 is the nickname for the Saturday 60 minute Bootcamp class taught by Jess Sims. Peloton Bootcamp classes are classes that combine both a treadmill workout with strength training, very similar to the popular Orangetheory workouts. Up until recently, it was just called a 60 minute Bootcamp, but Peloton has recently changed it to be called Sat 60, which is how it was commonly referred to by fans.
While Sat 60's might seem intimidating, they really are for all levels and are an inclusive workout. Jess does an amazing job calling out ranges for everyone, as well as ways to adapt the workout to meet your fitness level. The best way to get started with a Sat 60 is to just jump in and try one out!
Sat 60 vs. Bootcamp
So how is a Sat 60 class different than a regular Bootcamp? Well, they aren't really! They're just the longest version of the class available and one of Jess Sim's signature classes. There's a huge following for these classes and oftentimes there are over 2,000 members that take them when they're live. Crazy!
Peloton Bootcamp vs. Orangetheory
Before I did Peloton, I did Orangetheory 5-6 times a week. But when my studio closed, I was desperate to find something similar. Thanks to a Facebook ad I found Peloton Bootcamp classes and became hooked!
The classes are extremely similar to Orangetheory Tornado-style classes since you're switching every 10 minutes between the tread and floor. Obviously, there's no rowing section (yet at least!), but I've found the difficulty to be the same as an OTF class or even harder.
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Peloton doesn't have a Splat point system, but they do have the new Strive Score that is pretty similar. The higher your heart rate zone (set by your weight, age and gender), the more "Strive points" you get - pretty similar to OTF! I like to use this metric to compare between my other classes to see how hard I worked - the higher the strive score, the higher heart rate zones I was in (and usually how much more intense the class was for me).
Types of Sat 60 Classes
While the Sat 60 is always 60 minutes long, there are a few different types of classes offered.
Level Classes - Some classes will have a callout of beginner, intermediate and advanced
Music Themed Classes - These classes will be themed around a style of music, like Hip Hop or Pop. They'll have more listening game-style exercises, which are like interval workouts (chorus pickups, increase speed or incline with certain words, etc.). These workouts are great for all levels.
Decade Classes - These classes are similar to music-themed classes, but instead of themed music it's music within a decade - like the 2000s, 2010s, etc.
To do a Sat 60, you'll need a few pieces of equipment. Jess does a great job during the preshow and introduction getting you set up. You'll need:
Weight Set - I like to always have a light, medium and heavy set
Tread - The best experience I've had is using my Peloton tread, but you can modify and use a non-Peloton tread. You could even do these sections outdoors or on a Peloton bike if you don't have access to a tread!
Yoga Mat - This isn't a must-have, but it is highly recommended for when you do strength work.
Optional Reebok Deck - I used this at Orangetheory and really like it for modifications for some strength moves, especially when I was doing these classes pregnant.
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Sat 60 Schedule
Every Sat 60 has a similar schedule - the block timing might change slightly, but generally:
6 minute warmup (tread)
4 minute tread workout
10 minute strength section
10 minute tread workout
10 minute strength section
10 minute tread workout
10 minute strength section
2 minute stretch
This is kind of similar to an Orangetheory Tornado class.
How to Modify
Here are a few different ways I've modified the classes since I've started taking them. As always, please check with a doctor before doing these classes if you're pregnant or postpartum
When I was pregnant, my doctor told me that I could continue doing the workouts I was doing, including the Sat 60. She basically said that I should go by my perceived rate of exertion a.k.a how I felt.
Early on in my pregnancy, I was essentially able to do everything as written in the class (well - that is when I actually had the energy and felt good. The first trimester can be brutal!). Once I hit the second trimester and my belly started to get bigger, I started to make modifications.
The biggest modifications I'd make were with the strength portion. For core work, I'd swap out moves I felt uncomfortable with (like crunches) and swap in a move I had learn from one of Robin's prenatal core classes. I'd also do the same thing with some of the strength moves too! I also did get a Reebok deck to make floor exercises a little easier on me.
I also started to swap out the running for power walking and inclines (I did get a Fit Splint that helped me keep running into my third trimester). If something didn't feel good or feel right, I'd just take it easier. As Jess says, "No Ego Amigo" with modifying and I did whatever I had to to adjust the workout to fit my needs.
Now that I'm 2 months postpartum, I'm almost back to doing everything I was able to do pre-pregnancy, but I do need to be careful with my core still. As well as I'm still rebuilding my strength, so I like to be a little more conservative.
For the core parts, I'll try to do what Jess calls out, but if it's something like a crunch I'll swap out for a move from Robin's postnatal core workouts. I'm still not comfortable doing burpees again (then again - when am I ever?), so I'll swap out those for some squats with calf raises.
I've found that making modifications has worked out really well and it's been surprisingly easy to do. I don't feel left behind at all and am still getting a really great workout!
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While Sat 60 is a treadmill class, there are ways to modify it to the bike. You'll need a phone, tablet or tv to stream the workout since tread bootcamps can't be viewed on the bike.
When you do a Tread Bootcamp, you'll be swapping out the tread (or cardio) section for the bike. There's no official way to do this, but one way is to use the "Just Ride" feature on the bike and when Jess calls out an incline you increase resistance. When Jess calls out a change in pace or sprint, change up your cadence. Ideally the goal is to match the effort Jess is going for.
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Tread Bootcamps can also be taken outdoors if you do them on the Peloton app! I don't believe the mileage will be tracked, but during the tread portion you could mirror the call-outs outdoors (well, mostly the pace increases since you can't control the inclines). The tread sections are generally 10 minutes long so you'll want to find an area or loop you can run in for 10 minutes.
If you're looking for a full-body workout, I highly recommend checking out Peloton's Sat 60 classes. Jess does a great job constantly mixing up the workout so your muscles are always engaged and don't have too much downtime. Plus the community is amazing and you're guaranteed to get an amazing workout!
Let's workout together! You can find me on the Peloton leaderboard at #ali_van!
Frequently Asked Questions
What Level is Sat 60 For?
Sat 60 is for all levels! Jess does a great job at mentioning modifications if needed, and I've found this especially true. I've been able to keep up with these classes pregnant and postpartum.
Who Teaches Sat 60?
Jess Sims teaches the Sat 60 classes
What Time is Class?
The live classes are Saturdays at 10am EST, but they're always available on demand afterwards. I've found they're usually posted about 2-3 hours after class.
Can Digital Members Take a Sat 60 Class?
Yes! Digital members can take Sat 60s both live and on demand. The only difference is that digital members won't show up on the leaderboard so won't have a ranking, as well as won't get high fives from tread users. Don't worry, though, Jess can see digital members and give you shout outs!
Do I Need a Treadmill to Do a Sat 60?
You don't need a Pelootn treadmill to do these classes, but I will say it's a much better experience with them. I really like highfiving and showing up on the leaderboard.
If you don't have a Peloton tread, you can use a non Peloton tread or even a bike (see my modifications on how to do it).
Where Do I Find Sat 60 Classes?
Sat 60 classes are under the Tread Bootcamp section on the Peloton Treadmill and App. These classes won't show up on the bike.