Are you ready to take your Peloton rides to another level? PZ Pack Challenges have become extremely popular in Peloton Power Zone Training, and in this post we'll cover the Power Zone Pack Challenge Rules.
Each challenge will have a different theme but the challenge rules generally stay the same. The team tries to keep the rules as simple as possible so everyone can join in and have fun.
Whether you are new to Power Zone Training or an experienced rider, these challenges will help you reach your fitness goals and have fun while doing it.
Power Zone training on your Peloton Bike is an excellent way to challenge yourself and take your fitness journey to the next level.
With the Discover Your Power Zones program and the 20 minute FTP Test, you can accurately determine your power zones and use them to guide your rides.
And with the PZ Pack Challenges, you can push yourself even further by participating in themed challenges that will test your limits and keep you motivated.
- What Are the Power Zone Pack Challenge Rules?
- What Do You Do in the Challenge?
- How to Find Power Zone Pack Challenge Classes
- Can You Substitute a Live Ride in the Challenge?
- What Happens if I Go On Vacation?
- What Happens if I get Sick or Injured During the Challenge?
- Power Zone Pack Challenge Scoring
- Challenge Prizes and Raffles
- More Power Zone Training Resources
What Are the Power Zone Pack Challenge Rules?
Generally, the rules for each Power Zone Pack challenge is the same.
The timing and start date of challenges will vary. When you sign up for the challenge you will be given the details of when it begins and how long the Power Zone challenge will run for.
The challenges usually start on a Monday and end on a Sunday.
The challenge classes become available on Wednesdays for the following week.
What Do You Do in the Challenge?
The challenge is made up of 3 required activities:
Core Rides: When you sign up for the challenge, you commit to doing so many rides a week. Each ride earns your team points:
- 45 minute Rides: 10 points
- 60 minute Rides: 15 points
- 75 minute Rides: 20 points
- 90 minute Rides: 25 points
Each day during the challenge you will be given 2 ride options to complete. You only need to pick one of those rides to earn points.
Stretching: After each class it's required to take a 5 minute stretch with any instructor of your choice.
Accelerator: Each week you'll be given an opportunity to earn 5 bonus points by doing an additional accelerator class. You need to do the core rides first in order for this bonus class to count.
How to Find Power Zone Pack Challenge Classes
Each week, the PZPack website will have the challenge classes posted.
When you complete a class simply mark it off on their website to mark it as done. Power Zone Pack will automatically calculate your points. Classes need to be marked off by Monday at 11:59 PM Eastern time in order for them to count.
PZ Pack is releasing an app shortly so you'll be able to do all this on your phone.
Can You Substitute a Live Ride in the Challenge?
PZ Pack recommends following the challenge schedule for best results, but sometimes there are times you might want to take a live class.
Live classes can be substituted during the challenge as long as they are the same length (or longer) and type of class.
For example, if the challenge calls for a 45 minute Power Zone Endurance ride, you an swap this ride out with a live 45-90 Minute Power Zone Endurance Ride.
Live rides must be completed either live or within 24 hours of the ride airing.
What Happens if I Go On Vacation?
If you know you're going to be away from the bike, you have a few options to still participate in the Power Zone Challenge.
If where you're going has a bike available, you can complete the challenge using a Non-Peloton bike through the Peloton app.
You more than likely won't have a Power Zone bar on the non-Peloton bike, so you'll be more riding based on feel and heart rate than actual Power zones.
If you won't have a bike available, another option is to ride ahead. The schedules are released on Wednesdays for the upcoming week so you can take the upcoming week's classes early and have them count.
What Happens if I get Sick or Injured During the Challenge?
A missed ride is ok - you just won't get points for that ride for your team.
If you miss a week or more you will be removed from the scoring roster. You can still participate in the challenge, your rides just won't count for points.
Power Zone Pack Challenge Scoring
All teams in the challenge will be ranked based on points for tiers of teams. The Power Zone Pack team calculates points per rider (PPR) for each them and then ranks the teams based on the following:
- Platinum: 98-100% of PPR
- Gold: 90-97.99% of PPR
- Silver: 80-89.99% of PPR
- Bronze: 79.99% and Below of PPR
Challenge Prizes and Raffles
While there aren't any official prizes besides bragging rights for winning a Power Zone Challenge, the PZ Pack team has started doing raffles.
You can enter the raffle just by completing the weekly rides and marking them. off on the Power Zone Pack website.
Some challenges will have weekly raffles, while others might have one big raffle for the entire challenge.
Before each challenge the team will announce details in the Official Facebook Group.
More Power Zone Training Resources
To learn more about Power Zone Training, you can read my Power Zone Pack Guide.
Another great way to get started with Peloton Power Zone training is by doing the Discover Your Power Zones program.
One important feature you'll want to make sure you have is the Power Zone bar on your Peloton Bike. This will show you your own custom Power Zones during rides.
To get the most accurate Power Zones possible, you'll need to take the 20 minute FTP Test. It's best to take this test every few weeks to get the most accurate zones for your fitness level.
If you can't use the Peloton Bike speakers, you can connect your Apple Airpods to the Peloton Bike and use those instead.
If you're new to this type of training, you might be wondering "What's the Difference between a Power Zone and Power Zone Max ride?". There are a few differences, including zones.
The Power Zone Pack recently added a new Time Crunch option that is perfect for riders who don't have a lot of time.