As a fitness editor, I’ve tried a number of weird and wonderful challenges to help build the core of my dreams — from 100 dead bugs a day for a weekto JLo abdominal workout. Think of me as your fitness guinea pig (if your guinea pig is wearing lululemon leggings and can hold a plank).
With that in mind, when I installed the Peloton Bike+ in my living room, the core four-week Peloton challenge with instructor Emma Lovewell caught my eye.
One of the big selling points of Bike+ is the large rotating touchscreen that lets you take classes next to the bike. I can put a Peloton behind the couch and take classes on my yoga mat in the middle of the room, and set up classes from peloton app on my phone on the go.
The four-week challenge consists of five classes for the first and second weeks, and then six for the final two weeks to really blow the point. The instructor, former professional dancer Emma Lovewell, walks you through all the exercises.
Read on to find out what happened.
I did the core Peloton challenge — here’s what happened to my stomach
The best part about the whole challenge is that the workouts are short and sweet—most of them are five to ten minutes long, which means I can easily pair them with a 20-minute ride, and still have time to eat my lunch. damage. That said, the sessions were long enough to really burn my core, and were a great way to fit some core workouts into my day.
The core-focused sessions have a Pilates-based feel, but Lovewell provides a modification for those new to the exercise. Most exercises follow the same pattern – plank exercises, followed by various sit-ups on your back. Each week the workout progresses so that you hold on to the plank longer, or try more advanced crunches, such as lifting one leg, working the oblique muscles along the side of the stomach.
As with all Peloton classes, there’s a leaderboard where you can see what other users are taking the class, a time bar at the top of the screen to see how much time is left, and the opportunity to save various tracks to your music library. When you sign up for a challenge, it appears on the screen every time you log in, reminding you to take your class.
Of course, no one is perfect, and I didn’t take every session—I completed 17 of 22 classes, because a few days of life got in the way, making it impossible to unroll a yoga mat and work my core. That said, did 17 ab classes leave me with the six-pack of my dreams?
Unfortunately no. If the human body worked like that, I’d be The Rock, but the visible abs are a reflection of your overall body fat percentage, not how long you’ve been in the plank position. this how to calculate your body fat percentageand why it matters.
That said, my core feel much stronger, and appear much firmer. The four-week challenge reminded me that you don’t have to spend hours in the gym to see results, but you do have to do a little and often to establish a routine. It also reminds me that even with the best of intentions, things don’t go according to plan—something I’ve had to come to terms with following an ankle injury during my current marathon training cycle (here’s how Peloton has helped reduce my anxiety).
Marathon training or not, I’ll definitely be adding more ten-minute core workouts to my schedule over the next few months.
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