PiYo – Take the Impact Out

PiYo – Take The Impact Out

Each of these programs is one I have personal experience with (as in, I’ve actually done the program, start to finish myself).

In my reviews I will tell you what I like about each, as well as what I didn’t like or struggled with. I will also give you my assessment of who each one might be a good fit for.

At the point when I did PiYo I had a list of pretty intense fitness routines littered behind me. When PiYo was introduced and Chalene Johnson suggested it was perfect for someone who was a bit beaten up from lots of intense exercise, I was in.

PiYo focuses on mobility, flexibility and core strength. Initially I struggled with it because the program moves you so gently into the more difficult routines, taking lots of time to let you learn to do the movements properly, but once I got over my impatience and just trusted the process I had a great time with it and it certainly delivered on rehabbing me from the dings and dents I’d accumulated in the previous year before starting the program.

The Good:

As I mentioned, Chalene eases you into the program, so you have a lot of confidence to be able to execute the moves properly and get the most out of them. There’s also a fantastic modifier in all the routines who shows how to get the workouts done even if you’ve got some limitations that make it difficult for you to hold the poses and do the full blown versions of the moves.

There’s no equipment necessary, so all you need is enough space to lie down in and you’re pretty much good to go. This workout is about you and gravity.

Chalene has said that what led her to create PiYo was her inability personally to tolerate holding poses in a yoga class. You get a lot of the benefits of a yoga workout from PiYo, but you’re always moving, which can be great if you’re not the type who is into quieting your mind.

There is virtually no impact to any of the moves in PiYo, so for people who struggle with higher impact exercises, PiYo is ideal.

The Bad:

PiYo took a lot of getting used to. If you’re accustomed to high intensity sweat-fests, PiYo will take you a while to adapt to. The workouts sneak up on you. You can easily feel like you’re not doing much and then 30 minutes in, you’re sweaty.

Also, if you don’t like being treated like one of the slow kids in the class, Chalene’s style of easing you into the program over the first couple of weeks will bug you.

What Will You Need:

You’ll need yourself, a space to exercise in and a towel. If you’ve got hard floors you’ll need a yoga mat.

What’s the Best Way To Get It?:

This is another program where the way to go is definitely Beachbody On Demand. This is a perfect program  for someone who is traveling a lot and needs to stay on track. PiYo is easily done in a hotel room with a tablet like an iPad.

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