My list of must-have P.volve equipment and favorite workouts!
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The two most asked questions I get from those of you looking to get started with P.volve are: What equipment should I buy? And which workouts should I start with?
Those were the exact questions I asked myself when I started this program 3+ years ago! With all the equipment they offer and the hundred of workouts in their streaming library, it can feel a bit overwhelming at first. That’s why I put together this guide for anyone wanting to learn how to get started with P.volve.
ICYMI: Be sure to check out my previous P.volve post to see before and after pictures.
What P.volve equipment should I buy?
Let me start off by saying all their equipment is worth it in the end. While I don’t think you need EVERYTHING right off the bat, I do think their equipment is worth investing in, little by little. It’s all great quality and has lasted me years…even after daily use.
If you’re ready to go full out and want to start your journey with all the absolute must-haves, then I recommend you purchase the Essentials Kit ($159.99), which includes 5 important pieces of P.volve equipment plus a 3-month digital streaming membership and 30-day unlimited access to the Live Virtual Studio. Amazing! Use our code UNCOVERTHEGLOW for 10% off!
The Essentials Kit includes the: p.ball, p.band, 1.5 lb. ankle weights, heavy ankle band, and gliders. Plus a 3-month digital streaming membership and 30-day unlimited access to the Live Virtual Studio!
If you rather take it slow and invest in equipment in chunks at a time, check out the steps I outline below! This is how I originally got started.
Step 1: Get the basics
I would call these the absolute essentials for beginners. These are the pieces of equipment most widely used in the workouts, meaning you’ll get lots of use out of them before needing to invest in more equipment. The best part is you can get the hand weights and gliders on Amazon if you’re looking to save some mulah!
This is what I started with the first 6 months of the program and saw incredible results. Even when workouts called for the heavy versions of the ankle weights and ankle bands, I still felt an amazing workout using the light versions. I also feel starting light helps you perfect your form before you move on to more advanced moves.
Step 2: Invest in the proprietary equipment
These are three pieces of equipment you won’t be able to find anywhere else! And let me tell you, these give you serious results. The P.Ball works wonders on the inner thighs and under butt (a.k.a the smile line); the P.Band is amazing for the back and arms; and the P.3 Trainer somehow targets every tiny muscle in your entire body all at once.
Pro tip: If you’re ready to invest in all three, I recommend you get the Essentials Kit ($159.99) to save 10%.
Step 3: Get the nice-to-haves
These are what I like to call “nice-to-haves”, meaning I don’t consider these must-have pieces of equipment. But they do make for great gifts, so be sure to add these to your holiday wish list! I have the Precision Mat and P.Mat on mine.
While I totally love the Slant Board for toning the backs of the legs and improving core and balance strength, I don’t find myself using it as much as I thought I would. It is still a very nice piece of equipment, just one I don’t think you absolutely need when you’re starting off.
What workouts should I start with?
The most important thing you need to nail down when you first get started with P.volve is form. There are several positions and moves that are completely unique to the program – it’s not just your typical squats, lunges, crunches type of thing. So I recommend you start with a few beginner series to really get yourself immersed in this functional training method.
Best P.volve workouts for beginners:
The following list of series will get you through your first 3-ish months of P.volve and will help set the stage for the rest of your journey. After getting through these, you’ll feel more comfortable navigating the entire library of workouts!
Moves to Master Series
These are short, instructional videos you can get done within a couple of days to learn all the basic P.volve moves. I highly recommend you go through these videos first!
These videos require no equipment.
Starter Kit Strength & Sculpt Series
Once you are done with the Moves to Master, I recommend you go through this 6-day strength series with Stephen Pasterino (a.k.a. P), co-founder of P.volve. The way he talks you through workouts will really help you understand the meaning and purpose behind each movement.
For this series, you’ll need the Starter Set.
Now that you have your foundational movements down, you are ready to embark on the Summit Series! This series starts off at a very beginner level and then intensifies the further along you get into the program.
My favorite advanced P.volve workouts:
Once you get through your first three months of foundational training, you can start to venture out and try other fun series or dip into the streaming library. Just pick what you’re in the mood for that day and get moving! Below are all my favorite workouts and series. These are workouts that leave me feeling accomplished, happy and strong!
- Total Body Strength: Ooof! This series will kick your booty. Maeve and P lead you through a two week mix of strength and cardio workouts that make your entire body burn sooo good.
- 7 Day Reset: If you can dedicate an hour a day for seven days to workout, I cannot recommend this series more. The workouts are long, but you feel so accomplished after!
- 6 Day Total Body: Wowzaaa, this is going to leave you so sore! To this day, it’s impossible for me to complete this one in 6 straight days. So I break it up into 3 and 3 with a one day break in between.
Below is a screenshot of my top 20 favorite intermediate and advanced P.volve workouts. You’ll notice a good portion of them are the older style videos led by P. I just love his style of teaching! However, I want to point out, even though I’m an OG P.volver, I do really like the newer style videos as well. All the trainers are total powerhouses and really know how to keep you motivated. Hope you enjoy these!
Sample P.volve Workout Calendar
I do P.volve workouts 4-5 times a week and mix in 60 minute walks when I can. As far as P.volve workouts go, I make sure to mix it up between full body strength, targeted strength (abs, arms, booty, etc.) and cardio burns. Check out my sample P.volve workout calendar below if you need a little guidance. Keep in mind, this is just an example! Some weeks I only do 3 workouts and others I do 5. It just depends on how my body is feeling.
Normally, I like to follow this structure:
- Monday: Full body strength
- Tuesday: Cardio burn
- Wednesday: Targeted strength (abs & lower body or arms & abs)
- Thursday: Either take the day off or go for a walk
- Friday: Cardio burn
- Saturday: Long full body strength (if I have the time) or short booty workout
- Sunday: Rest day
I hope this guide on how to get started with P.volve is helpful!
As always, feel free to comment below or DM us on Instagram with questions. I’m so excited to hear from any of you looking to try P.volve. I promise it won’t let you down! Get started here.
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