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Pregnant Peloton instructor Robin Arzon defends 'vigorous exercise' routine

The athlete, who is expecting her first child, recently did a bench squat of more than her body weight.
/ Source: TODAY

Ever since Peloton instructor Robin Arzón announced her pregnancy during a live-streamed class in September, she’s been inundated with well wishes and support on Instagram. But occasionally, the mom-to-be will read a comment that makes her head spin.

“It’s usually about how I shouldn’t be working out so hard,” Arzón, 39, told TODAY Health. “Any time I receive something like that, it lights a fire in me to stand in my power and to show the strength of a pregnant body. I didn’t relinquish being an athlete when I became pregnant.”

Arzón, who is also the vice president of fitness programming at Peloton, trains six days a week, two hours a day — and has no plans to slow down. Just recently, she did a back squat of more than her body weight!

“Vigorous exercise is actually beneficial for both mother and baby,” the ultramarathon runner revealed. “I was never going to kick back.”

Peloton instructor Robin Arzón is expecting her first child.
Peloton instructor Robin Arzón is expecting her first child. Peloton

When Arzón was struggling with fatigue during her first trimester, she drew on her experiences training for 100-mile races.

“I’d tell myself, ‘Just do 10 minutes and you can always hit the eject button if it’s not working,'" Arzón explained. “But often times, once you get moving without any preconceived notions as to how far, how fast or heavy — you might do more than you anticipated initially.”

It should come as no surprise that Arzón never stopped at the 10-minute mark.

“I gave myself that permission, but I always end up doing much more,” she laughed.

Arzón and her husband, Drew Butler, 42, are keeping the sex of their firstborn a surprise. The lawyer-turned-fitness expert said she likes not knowing and is just excited for what the future holds. She's maintained that same relaxed attitude throughout her pregnancy.

“I believe that women need to trust themselves and drown out the noise,” she shared. “That’s what I’ve done. I have blinders on and I don’t receive the fear. I don’t engage with it. I’m gonna rock this.”

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