Workout now and wine later! Holiday season is right around the corner and we wanted to amp up our fitness routine. Earlier this month, we tried P.volve, a safe, functional movement-based method that elongates muscles and builds strength. We are excited to share P.volve with you.
Stephen Pasterino (also known as P.) and his wife, Rachel Katzman, launched P.volve in late 2017. P.volve is designed to work with all body types, regardless of shape, size or fitness level. P.volve is available via streaming online and face to face in their studios. We spent a few weeks trying the online classes to familiarize ourselves with the equipment and techniques. The company recently opened its flagship boutique fitness studio in Soho and we were invited to try a class.
Our weekly gym routines consist of rigorous bootcamp, rebounding and barre classes as well as cardio on the treadmill, stairclimber, elliptical and rowing machines. We liked adding P.volve to our fitness arsenal because its resistance-based, low-impact training method strengthens, sculpts and tones targeted muscles. P.volve slims your thighs, opens up your hips, shapes your butt, and tightens your abs without burpees, jumping, lunges or squats. Nonetheless, expect a challenging workout where you will move muscles that you didn’t know you had!
P.volve’s proprietary equipment consists of the P-ball and P-band. The P-ball is a small inflated ball that targets the upper inner-thighs. The P-band resembles a resistance band for your arms with a glove-like design. We recommend the Ultimate P.volve package, which includes the proprietary pieces as well as resistance bands, ankle weights, light dumbbells and gliders. It retails for $175, and we like this set because it amplifies your workouts and the pieces are easy to travel with. You can also purchase a slant board, a P.3 trainer and a mat. If you have hard wood floors, we recommend the glider gloves (so you don’t scratch your floors).
To put on the P-ball, unhook the clips and hook them at your ankles. Then bring up the P-ball to your thighs. It definitely feels unnatural at first, but you’ll notice that the by sitting and squeezing that you are activating hard to reach muscles in your thighs, butt and abs. One of the main moves is the P. Sit, which feels like the first step of a squat. The P. Sit targets the glutes and is the starting position for a lot of exercises.
The P-band strengthens and tones your arm and back muscles. Most of the exercises involve 8 reps. P. will target small muscle groups. Be prepared to feel the burn.
If you can’t attend a class in person, you can sign up for the streaming classes. Streaming features over 200 workouts for $19.99 monthly (or $179.99 annually). Classes range from 15 minutes to an hour. We streamed the app to our TV and enjoyed working out at home. P. talks through every workout and you see him correcting the students and telling you where you should be feeling muscles work. The app is user friendly and you can filter by target area and length of workout.
So forget your glasses slippers, grab your sneakers and check out a P-ball class in the studio or online. We loved how much these exercises promote strength, flexibility, coordination and balance. You can use the code TWINS15 for a 15% off and get a 15-day free trial.
A muscle is like a car. If you want it to run well early in the morning, you have to warm it up.Florence Griffith Joyner