Robin Arzón Tips for a successful stroller run with your daughter: photos

Robin Arzón only rides with kings – and that includes her little girl Athena.

That’s why the Peloton Chief Instructor and Vice President of Fitness Programming loves it when the Baby Joggers Summit X3 helps her do “double duty” and have her 17-month-old daughter in tow while she jogs.

Arzón, who has teamed up with Baby Jogger to create a limited edition design of the stroller, tells PEOPLE that she “loves knowing I’m doing my exercise without having to sacrifice time for it [Athena].”

“For me it’s about the mentality of a hustler and the efficiency of royalty,” she says. “So if I can do double duty, that’s it [great]. Sometimes she sleeps in the jogger. She loves it.”

Before she “crossed curbs from the West Side Highway to the reservoir in Central Park,” says Arzón, “she didn’t know what to expect” when it came to running with Athena.

Like many parents, Arzón admits she never used a jogger before welcoming her little one. Now that the ultramarathon runner has plenty of experience, she shares tips for new parents ready to take their jogging stroller for a spin.

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With the added resistance of a child in a stroller, as well as the added weight of other baby and walking gear, Arzón says parents will “want to adjust their pace.”

“I wouldn’t get too hung up on splits or any tempo specifics in terms of training. I think actually the best workouts you can do with a jogger are speed workouts,” she shares. “Or interval-based workouts, where you jog a certain amount of time and then walk a certain amount of time. Or run fast for a minute and then walk for a minute.”

“With the resistance, you definitely feel like you’re trying harder even at this slightly slower pace,” she adds.

The mother-of-one also says it’s important to “mind your alignment” when running with a jogging stroller.

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“You obviously have something you’re grabbing that you wouldn’t normally grab during a run, so you want to make sure you’re maintaining neutral alignment as much as possible,” she advises. “Ears over shoulders, shoulders over hips and core tight. And you want to hold the jogger to keep the baby safe.”

As you gather essentials for a run, Arzón reminds parents to pack lightly to avoid extra resistance. “I’m used to leaving the house as easily as possible. Even with Athena, it’s like two diapers, some wipes, a snack, and I have my phone and keys. I try to keep it super, super simple,” she says.

As for Athena, the strong mom Author whose follow-up picture book strong baby comes out in February, says she’s “very used to the whole process” and is looking forward to the outdoor runs.

“The faster I drive now, the more it interacts with me,” says Arzón. “So she sort of turns her head and giggles. So I know she appreciates the higher speeds.”

Aside from accompanying her mom to workouts, Athena also enjoyed another of her mom’s favorite things: listening to Beyoncé!

“She says a lot of words,” says Arzón of her daughter’s new milestone. “Recently heard the new Beyoncé album, [Athena] said: ‘Wow.’ So I can attest that she has good taste in music.”

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