After having my experience with Insanity Certification, I knew I also wanted some sort of mind-body certification to not only help me calm down the craziness for myself and clients, but also to focus on strength and safety through flexibility training.
When I heard that PiYo Certification was coming I had to take advantage of the certification training before the at-home version released – I always like to know the ins and outs of all workouts so that I can help peeps get the full benefit when learning it!
Caitlyn and I ended up staying in Orlando so that we were close to the host studio, Breakin’ Sweat, near UCF the morning of the Certification. I was SO super excited as Ally, my coach and friend who also taught me Insanity, would be our instructor!
To explain to folks WHAT EXACTLY PIYO IS I tell them that it’s flexibility training for the person who may not be too heavy into yoga classes or anything too mellow. It’s music-based and not only focuses on flexibility but also strength and cardio to work the body through low to no impact movements for great fat and calorie burning!
You use a mat and don’t need shoes, but don’t think that doesn’t mean you won’t be sweating! You use your entire body to move together in a fluid motion in 99% of the moves so you’re building overall strength and synchronicity with your body!
The creator, Chalene Johnson, says she wishes she didn’t call it PiYo because it’s not just pilates and yoga put together. The moves are yoga and pilates inspired but there’s also strength and compound movements involved that you may not find in those traditional classes.
Just like with Insanity training, Alli took us through some of the material in our manuals before we got in a PiYo workout with her and worked on form and technique. We got a LOT of practice in, but you can never have too much!
What made this different from my Insanity training was that I had to get adjusted to the 32 count beat method for teaching group fitness. Being OCD and wanting to know it ALL and NOW, I felt more comfortable working with our small groups on ways to ‘find the formula’ and practice cueing at the same time. We took turns physically practicing and then being the ones to count the beat and practice saying triggers to signal the next movement.
Tidbits about PiYo Certification:
* You WILL sweat even through practice so a change of clothes was very smart to have with me
* Learn a section at a time, there’s no sense in trying to get it all down pat or you’ll get overwhelmed
* Practice with friends and use a mirror – you’ll have to stand in front of others so it’s good to practice this way
* You feel the music and upcoming move – the class is built to do this for the ease of the class and the instructor
* Unlike traditional yoga or pilates classes, the music is up-tempo most of the time so makes the workout time fly by
What an information, action, knowledge, fun, bendy- FILLED day! I met a BUNCH of awesome and like-minded people who were not only into fitness but into helping others through this new class!
Do you feel you need MORE flexibility but just can’t quite get into yoga? PiYo – the at-home version – releases THIS WEEK! Fill out this contact form to get more info on how I can coach you through it and you can also be a part of my Inaugural PiYo Fit Group!
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