If you've been taking Peloton classes for a while, you might've come across the Power Zone Pack Challenge in Power Zone training. But what exactly are these challenges?
The challenges are popular fan created challenges that complete Peloton Power Zone training together. Power Zone training is all about pushing yourself, connecting with other riders, and tracking your progress through different zones.
From endurance rides to max output sessions, these challenges will give you the nudge you need to kick your fitness up a notch.
In this post you'll learn everything you need to know about these Peloton challenges as well as how to join.
Ever been curious about the magic behind Peloton's Power Zone Pack Challenge?
Think of it as a community-driven boost, designed to amplify our workouts and journey through those zones.
The Power Zone Pack Challenge
This is where the fun begins!
Head over to the Power Zone Pack website, and you’ll find the latest PZPack challenge. The challenges can run anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 weeks, depending on the season.
To being the challenge, you'll want to start with an FTP Warmup and then a 20 minute FTP test to assess your fitness level and see where you zones currently are. The Peloton bike will automatically calculate your zones and program them in for you (if you use the Peloton app, you'll just need to manually calculate).
Once you have your zones you're ready to join the challenge! The challenge is made up of teams and the goal is for each team to complete all the rides each week. The more team members that do the rides the higher the team score.
You don't need a perfect score to count - you just need to check off your rides in the Power Zone Pack app or website.
Each week there will be 3-5 classes to take, plus opportunities for extra credit. The class types will range from Power Zone, Power Zone Endurance, and Power Zone Max rides.
The goal of the challenge is to complete as many rides as you can over the weeks of the challenge, and the team with the most points win!
In the beginning there weren't any prizes, but now with so many members there are sometimes raffles and prizes given out during the challenge.
At the end of the challenge you'll also have the opportunity to retake your FTP test to track your fitness and see how you've improved over the challenge.
What is Peloton Power Zone Training?
If you've ever found yourself glancing at the leaderboard and wondering how you can improve your fitness, you’re in the right place.
Power Zone training is the Peloton approach to indoor cycling where you discover your power zones based on your Functional Threshold Power (FTP).
Basically, it's a 20-minute test ride that calculates your average output and from there calculates an FTP Score.
This score gives you your zones – from the easy recovery zone (which are perfect for active recovery days) to the “I’m gonna burst” zone 7 in a Power Zone Max ride.
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Each zone has a different purpose in PZ training, helping you focus on zones tailored to your fitness level.
When the Peloton instructor calls out a zone you'll follow that cue and increase your cadence and resistance to the required level to hit your output to achieve that target zone.
How does it work?
Your bike can be set to display a power zone meter during power zone rides. As you pedal, the meter cues you on what zone you’re in, from the laid-back zones 2 and 3 (Power Zone Endurance) to the high-intensity zone 5 and beyond. You’ll find that each zone corresponds to an intensity level, helping you tailor your workout.
The great thing about power zone classes is that they can be customize your schedule based on preference. From 20-minute bursts to 60-minute endurance rides, the choice is yours.
And don’t forget to sprinkle in some yoga and stretch classes in between.
How to Join a Power Zone Pack Challenge Team
Every member that does the challenge needs to join a team. If you need a team, you can mention that when you sign up and you'll get assigned to a team.
If you have a team you'd like to join, you can also request a team during registration.
Registration for the challenge is free. Power Zone Pack does have a paid membership and app that is optional to sign up for, but not required to do the challenge.
Connecting with Other Challenge Members
When you join a Power Zone Challenge, you'll be invited to join the very active Facebook page. Inside the group, you can ask questions about power zone, meet other members, and talk all things Power Zone.
Sometimes special messages from Matt Wilpers will come in with tips and tricks for training. This is also where you can request song to play in the 60-120 minute weekend Power Zone Endurance rides.
My Power Zone Pack Challenge Experience
I've done a few of the challenges and absolutely love them! I love the structure of the challenges and knowing exactly what class I need to do.
It's also really fun to join a Peloton class and see others in the class also doing the challenge. Members that are doing the challenge usually have their team's name as a Peloton hashtag or use the #PZP hashtag, and will high five often! I've found it super motivating and really helpful, especially during difficult times of the challenge.
After doing the challenges my FTP score and output have always increased, so that has been fun to see my fitness improve over time. I mostly like to use Power Zone challenges as cross training for my running, and I love having the schedule all done for me so I can know exactly what ride to hop into.
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