About 10 weeks ago, I started a new home workout program called PiYo. I told myself I would do a review here when I had completed the program so here it is!
- It starts you out slowly– The first three weeks get you started with lower intensity workouts. These workouts are the building blocks, strengthening your muscles for the higher intensity workouts that begin to be included in week four. By week five the workouts are more intense, but your body is ready for it. This cuts down on the muscle soreness which causes you to walk strangely, especially up and down steps!
- There are built in modifications– I have been working out consistently for a long time. If this was my very first workout experience, even the low intensity workouts could have been a challenge. Chalene Johnson planned for this and has a class member demonstrate modifications for every exercise. You can follow the modifications until you’re ready for a little more intensity.
- No equipment needed-None, zero, nada. Every exercise is done with your own body weight. This is good news for your bank account.
- No/low impact-If you don’t want all the joint jarring jumping in your workout, but still want the intensity, PiYo is it.
- Keeps you flexible and well balanced– If you are getting older (and who isn’t?) these yoga inspired workouts will keep Father Time from robbing you of these two important body qualities.
- Fun-I get bored with the same old, same old. This is something different and challenging.
- Lack of upper body pulling movements– The upper body exercises have to rely on pushing movements only, mainly because there is no equipment (see pro #3). This can leave you with tight pecs and rounded shoulders. See my post next week to see how I compensated for this.
- A lot of sweating when you are upside down- (downward dog position). Highly uncomfortable. Keep a towel handy that you can grab quickly.
- Hard to see the instructor when you are upside down- Make sure you WATCH the Allign video first and then try the exercises. Watching each of the videos before you actually try them would be helpful too.
The really good thing about PiYo is there are live classes all over the country. If you are not sure you would like this program, go to a local fitness center that offers PiYo classes and try a few. If you like the live classes, the PiYo basic workout is a great buy. I got mine for under $50. I get a discount because I’m a coach, but the regular price is beween $50 and $60. Once you have it, you can use it forever…or at least until your DVD player breaks down!
Let me know what YOU think of PiYo after you try it.