This class by Robin Arzón sets out to teach us how to build mental strength. I had a love-hate relationship with this class that definitely skewed toward hate. Let’s get into it.
Who Is Robin Arzón
Robin Arzón is a fitness expert who works for Peloton as a head instructor and also holds the position of VP of Fitness Programming. She’s an ultramarathon runner and wrote two books with one on the way: Shut Up and Run, Strong Mama, and Strong Baby (upcoming, 2023). Basically, she’s a busy woman with a lot on her plate.
An inciting event for her, highlighted in the MasterClass, is her 2002 experience as a hostage alongside 40 others.
What Robin Arzón’s MasterClass Covers
Arzón’s MasterClass focuses on finding mental strength, covering topics like mantras, journaling, and paying it forward.
This course is 11 lessons long and spans 1 hour and 15 minutes. It’s what I refer to as a bite-sized MasterClass. It covers information on a macro-level without ever getting too deep. While some MasterClasses that are shorter like this one leave you feeling as if the course was neglected, this one felt perfect at a little over an hour in run time.
The classes you’ll find in the MasterClass with Arzón include:
- Meet Your Instructor: Robin Arzón
- Hustle and Grit
- Overcoming Mental Blocks
- Know Your Worth
- Food as Fuel
- The Joy Metric
- Reinvent Yourself
- Find Your Purpose
- Find a Superhero
- Why Not You?
- Pay It Forward
MasterClass prices have largely stayed the same over the past few years, sitting at $180 for their membership. More recently they have segmented membership types. If you notice, the loss of features at the $180-tier actually leads to a more expensive membership. To get the same features you were given at $180 originally, you now have to pay $276. Personally, I do not find this to be worth it and I’m unsure how strict their limitations on screen-sharing are but that is enough for me not to renew my membership come the middle of this year when I’d be upgraded to the Family $276 membership automatically.
Here’s a quick overview of the price tiers. You can find more information on costs on their site:
- Individual – $15/mo or $180
- Duo – $20/mo or $240
- Family – $23/mo or $276
This class comes with a 36-page guidebook. It rehashes the information covered in the video portion of the MasterClass just in a pretty, printable package. I don’t find the guidebook is necessary to get everything out of this course but I do find it useful to download all the guidebooks that come with MasterClass for future reference. This cuts back on having to click through lessons until you can find where the specific information you’re after is located within a course.
What We Liked
There were a few things I liked about this MasterClass, namely that it was led by someone who knows the principles of teaching and also because it offers actionable activities.
Arzón is a header instructor in her day-to-day career path which makes her naturally inclined to teach. This makes the course easier to follow and learn from as a student.
This MasterClass provides a series of activities you can do on your own or as you follow along with the course. Some MasterClasses are very theory-based but this one definitely gave you the tools to take steps yourself to complete tasks associated with the lessons. To me, this makes a MasterClass much more useful
What We Didn’t Like
Honestly, I wasn’t a fan of this course. However, I narrowed down what I didn’t like into two main points: the girl boss vibes it exudes and the fact that there wasn’t much real substance given.
Girl Boss Vibes
Arzón is a real girl boss with the vibes to confirm it. I think the right audience will benefit from her personality and the information in her course. I think myself at sixteen through eighteen would have benefited. But I’m past that ‘vision-boarding my way to success’ stage in life that we often hit around senior year of high school through the first year of post-grad.
No Real Substance
Journaling and doing vision boards are very basic-level self-help stuff. I didn’t walk away with any more tools than I’d already picked up from other self-help videos and books I’ve consumed previously. There just wasn’t much here.
How to Get the Most Out of This Class
This isn’t a MasterClass you need to sit down with pen and paper and consume like a calculus lecture. Toss it on in the background, pop in some headphones, and listen as you fold laundry. This MasterClass reminds me a lot of the self-help videos you’ll find from lifestyle influencers. While it has applicable activities and ways to view mindset, it just isn’t… It’s so hard to put into words how much I think you should watch this MasterClass but also how much I don’t think it’s worth the time.
Who Is This MasterClass Best For?
I think this is a good MasterClass to get yourself out of a rut. Let’s be real, sometimes we need to sit down and make a vision board or journal about life to try and sort out a way out of a bad mental spot. Do I think the information in this course can be found from a YouTube lifestyle influencer with a self-help bent? Absolutely But if you have the MasterClass membership for other reasons, may as well watch this one.
Who Is This MasterClass Not For?
If you don’t enjoy the girl boss energy or the mindset of journaling, vision boarding, and other feel-good self-help principles, this may not be a good class for you. While I think we can all benefit from this type of self-help and self-love at some point in our lives, when you’re not in a place where you need it it does tend to come across as detached from reality.
Similar MasterClasses You Might Like
If you like Robin Arzón’s MasterClass, you’ll likely enjoy the following:
- Donna Farhi – Yoga Foundations
- Jon Kabat-Zinn – Mindfulness and Meditation
- RuPaul – Self-Expression and Authenticity
- Matthew Walker – The Science of Better Sleep
- Joe Holder – Fitness and Wellness Fundamentals
Final Takeaway – 5/10
If we’re being honest, this MasterClass doesn’t offer much. I didn’t hate it by any means, however, I did find myself rolling my eyes at it. Personally, I think a MasterClass with a psychologist or another professional would be much more useful.
My personal prediction is that this MasterClass was sponsored by Peloton on the down-low. Why else is a Peloton executive “special” enough to be given a MasterClass alongside bestselling authors, scientists, and other notable people. Peloton also felt very upfront and center throughout the course which gave me salesy vibes.
That might be a bit harsh… There are other MasterClass instructors who aren’t world-renowned necessarily. I think Arzón just gave me a less than satisfactory impression and came across as a very girl boss, vision-board your way to success type which doesn’t sit well with me.
At the end of the day, only you can determine if this MasterClass is worth your time. I always recommend viewing the trailer and if you like that, dip your toe in with the Meet Your Instructor course.