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Many of us cooped up at home have health and fitness on the mind, whether we’re telling ourselves we’ll finally get started on that at-home workout routine or eagerly filling up our ClassPass calendar with livestream classes.
Even before social distancing, I preferred at-home workouts. I enjoy doing them first thing in the morning to start my day on a good note. I like the occasional jog to clear my head or a heart-racing HIIT class with a friend, but I tend to prefer Pilates-based sculpting exercises that strengthen and define my existing figure, not melt it away.
Like most women, it has taken me a long time to learn to love my body, so I want workouts that help me stay healthy, feel strong and highlight what I already have. I typically work out at home with Obé Fitness, a 28-minute home workout program, but occasionally find myself scrolling through a variety of HIIT, dance and yoga classes. For equipment, I like to keep it simple: a mat, 2-pound hand and ankle weights and resistance bands.
When I heard about P.volve, the online fitness program that exclusively focuses on strengthening and sculpting the body with resistance-based and low-impact movements, I was intrigued.
I was given a P.volve trial subscription to test out, along with the P.volve Transform Kit, which includes the brand’s most popular equipment to level up your workout.
Read on to find out what I thought when I tried this workout program for myself.
What is P.volve, and what makes it different?
P.volve is a digital full-body workout program that uses resistance-based, high-intensity, low-impact movements to strengthen, sculpt and energize your muscles, much like Pilates. It’s not focused on breaking a sweat or endless reps, but is instead about good form and making precise movements that tone hard-to-reach muscles. Ideally, the end result is a strong core and defined muscles.
But unlike Pilates or barre, P.volve focuses on enhancing the movements you’re already doing in everyday life, not ones designed for a fancy machine or ballet-inspired choreography. P.volve prioritizes as few repetitions as possible in order to incorporate multiple movements per workout.
Every P.volve workout can be done using only your own bodyweight, but the brand does create equipment you can use to get the full benefits of the workouts. The program recommends starting with the p.ball, light ankle weights and 2-pound hand weights. The p.ball, unique to P.volve, is a small inflated workout ball attached to an adjustable elastic band that adds resistance to your inner and outer thighs while elongating the muscles of the legs and glutes.
Each week, the P.volve app curates a list of suggested workouts for you based on your fitness goals. The workouts range from 19 to 60 minutes in length, and they focus on different muscle groups. You can also search for specific workouts by length, body focus and equipment, or start one of P.volve’s series programs like “30-Day Evolution” or “21-Day Butt Lift.” You can use the P.volve app to set goals, get a custom plan, track progress and find nutrition and recipe guides.
P.volve pricing plans start at $19 a month for full access to all of the workouts, personalized workout plans and recipes. There’s also a six-month plan for $102 and a one-year plan for $180. Depending on how often you typically work out, you could save with a subscription — especially if you live somewhere like New York City, where the average workout class costs around $34.