Jennifer Aniston swears by Pvolve, citing it as her favorite workout method—no mean feat considering how many better workout apps exist now. Naturally, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about (I mean, it’s in amazing shape, right?).
After dealing with burnout from shooting schedules, injuries, and rigorous training routines over the years, Jen was reportedly looking for a better fix for her workouts: join Pvolve. The story goes that Aniston felt inspired by her friend’s accomplishments and ordered an exercise kit for her fitness journey.
Fast forward, she joined the company and became their biggest advocate, which we assume answers the question: does Pvolve work? Eager to train like a star, I unrolled my yoga mat and tested Pvolve’s 26-minute lower body and core sculpt class. Here are my results.
What is Pvolve?
The Pvolve method combines aesthetic results with longevity. Fitness trends like CrossFit and Hyrox workouts are growing rapidly in popularity, but the classes are impactful and intense, which isn’t for everyone. And some exercises could exacerbate injuries.
The Pvolve workout app and studios deliver science-driven, low-impact, full-body workouts. The team opened its doors in New York City in 2017 and bills itself as a functional fitness method, meaning workouts could sculpt and strengthen muscles while improving stability, range of motion and balance, and activating smaller muscle groups. and less used that you may not know you have. The idea is to build a strong, robust and efficient engine that is resistant to injury. It looks fantastic.
If you’re not based in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or San Diego to get to an in-person studio, fear not as the digital platform is home to over 1,000 classrooms to choose from.
I worked out using Jennifer Aniston’s favorite fitness app, Pvolve – here are my results
I hit play on the 26 minute lower body and core sculpt class: no equipment. Strength and Sculpt is their signature class that “blends low-impact sculpting exercises with resistance-based training” using only your body weight. But don’t be fooled because bodyweight exercise, also known as calisthenics, is one of the most effective forms of strength training.
My instructor tells me the class strengthens the glutes and thighs and builds mobility and stability in the hips and core. Attention: there are axes. Here is my verdict.
It was pretty tough
After about five minutes, I felt the heat go up in my muscle groups. Already?
The class began with simple glute, core, and hip activation exercises designed to activate particular muscles, and trainer Zach Morris (refrain comment, 90s kids) spoke clearly and knowledgeably about how to move and where to hear it.
The class immediately got the Pilates mat feel. Each exercise was slow, controlled, and graceful, using pulsating, muscle-burning motions and a full range of motion to drive muscles to fatigue. You are encouraged to find opening in your hips and squeeze as many muscle groups as possible.
Morris encourages connecting with your breath and finding length through your spine, always moving with purpose and focus. Regular Pilates workouts strengthen muscles and improve posture and functional movement patterns, and more often than not, you’ll walk away noticing muscles you never knew you had.
I got bored
Guilty, I got bored.
I regularly go to CrossFit or fast-paced yoga styles, so this was an alarming change of pace for me, away from throwing heavy weights at the gym against the backdrop of loud music.
The workout ramps up the cardio towards the end, and I felt sweaty and tired afterward, but was also mentally shut down; it’s still my personal preference, however, and I have to test multiple workouts to find something that works for me. With a library of different classes to try, I plan to keep working on them (and reporting back on them).
My glutes and core are still on fire
You can become a pillar of muscular strength, stability, and endurance with low-impact bodyweight workouts. My glutes and core are still raging from just 26 minutes of exercise.
There were no weights or high intensity exercises, just a masterclass in properly activating the correct muscles and moving with intention. Climbing the steps to my apartment over the next few days should be more than interesting.
So yeah, the workout burned my muscles and made me sweat, but did I notice anything miraculous? NO.
It’s worth mentioning that while Jen is in great shape, she’s worked hard to get there, adopting consistent training methods, a balanced diet, and more. Regular exercise increases your chances of burning fat, but ultimately, if you want to build abs and improve muscle definition, you’ll need to consider your body fat percentage.
Several factors come into play, so if fat loss is your goal, we explain how to calculate your body fat percentage and why it matters here. But it’s not just a matter of aesthetics. Moving your body and feeling good are also great goals to strive for.
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