a) wanted to keep up with working out each day
b) needed a break from all of the jumping
PiYo is a program by Chalene Johnson (who you might be familiar with from Turbo Jam, Turbo Fire, Chalean Extreme or her New York Times Best Selling book, PUSH) which incorporates moves from Pilates and Yoga to achieve 'functional flexibility that delivers cardiovascular results'. The program is low impact while still being high intensity to help you burn calories and build muscle. There's no jumping, no weights and no strain on your joints. Everything is done with your own body weight, with a modifier being presented for each exercise by a lovely gal named Michelle.
In my first week I was happy to get to take some time to learn the fundamentals. The first couple of days really walk you through the movements of PiYo and allow you to work on your form. There is a lot of focus on great alignment, which is really helpful when you're doing the moves on your own at home. I don't know that I've ever done so many triceps pushups or planks and that's probably a good thing!! It's also been easy to fit into my day, with each workout only being 25-45 minutes long.
As you move through the program, the intensity of the workouts increase. Some days are focused on a specific zone (like Buns or Core) while others cover the whole body (like Sweat or Drench). Unlike a traditional Pilates or Yoga class, PiYo keeps you moving and never feels slow or repetitive. I've definitely noticed improvements in my flexibility and strength in the six weeks I've been following the program. I feel leaner and stronger and have continued to lose inches all over by body, bringing me to 19 inches lost since I started Insanity!!
I'm really looking forward to completing the last 2 weeks of PiYo, even doing this week's workouts while in New York! I've committed to getting my workouts done in the morning before we head out for each day's adventures and I know that's going to help me feel great. I'm also pretty certain that my new program is going to be Insanity MAX:30, so I'm clinging on to Chalene and our lack of jumping for as long as I can.
PiYo would be an amazing workout for anyone looking for flexibility training, someone who is recovering from a previous injury and is looking for something low impact that won't strain joints, people looking to increase lean muscle without lifting heavy weights or those who enjoy Pilates and Yoga but also want the calorie burn of a cardio workout. It's an awesome workout and has truly been a great break from the intensity of Insanity.
The PiYo Challenge Pack is on promo this month for a great price and I currently have 4 spots left in my December Challenge group. I would love for you to join us and this program would be an amazing way for you to get a head start on your 2015 goals!!