Back in June, I did a post about the newest group fitness certification I’d received: PiYo. When I explained what PIYO was, I noted 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
In a nutshell: PiYo is STRETCH AND STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY all wrapped into one POWERFUL workout that is LOW TO NO impact if needed! Chalene Explains that all here:
While teaching PiYo now since I was certified, I thought I would elaborate on the workout to explain WHY I got into it and HOW it’s helping myself and many others now!
PiYo has been something I’ve needed for a LONG time. I’ve taken yoga classes off and on and made sure to fit in some stretching before and after runs, but I have to tell you that I didn’t STRETCH as much as I SHOULD HAVE. Especially when I run consecutively [participate in a Run Streak] or participate in Insanity and T25 workouts, it’s important for me to incorporate PiYo. I’m used to JUMPING and RUNNING and pretty much beating my body up without giving my muscles the time to relax and get back to their regular lengths – this always tends to lead myself [not unlike others] to injury as well.
Flexibility training is essential to runners and to all of us, whether we’re active or not, though. In general, our flexibility is limited the older we get and focusing on flexibility helps us combat that. Since PiYo blends strength and cardio WITH flexibility it gives us a workout that blends all of our favorite things WITH the stretching we should be including as well. Our muscles are under stress whether we’re working out or sitting and taking the time to stretch them is needed to reduce stress and keep those muscles happy! Our posture also benefits from flexibility as it strengthens our frame and puts us back into alignment.
I’ve had a great time introducing PiYo to the people in my life like friends and family along with teaching it locally in LIVE workouts.
Everyone tells me that it’s not what they expected, but in a good way. Participants have ranged from those who should do yoga and don’t to those who have never stepped foot into a yoga class because they feel it’s just not for them.
Even hubby digs PiYo! He’s the past-athlete who loves a good pull-up or push-up a.k.a. hearty workout, but didn’t really like stretching. With PiYo, he says he can space out to the music while feeling challenged at the same time.
I never ever want to down play yoga. I KNOW I need it, I just wanted something I could do at home – or close to home – that would allow me to still feel like I was being ME. In yoga classes I’d space out and think about the 100 things I had to do AFTER class and never could meditate or find that OM place. With PiYo I can get in the stretch I need while bopping my head to music and laugh and talk off and on – it’s all okay! As I’ve progressed with movements and added difficulty, it’s one of those workouts that shows me the capability of my own strength, which I love!
I didn’t think I’d love this workout as much as I have. To be honest, I haven’t lifted an actual weight in over 3 months and still feel the strongest ever from focusing on power and strength using my own body. I’ve done it off and on but always felt like lifting weights was ‘needed’ when that wasn’t the case.
Do you practice enough stretching and flexibility?
Have you tried PiYo LIVE or at-home? Any questions about it? If you want more info on doing it with me go HERE