PiYo- Thoughts

After my half marathon in September I wanted to work on cutting back running for a short break and toning – mainly my core. I knew the program I wanted to try was PiYo from Beachbody since they say it is designed to burn fat and get intensely toned fast.

PiYo is a 8 week program and like all Beachbody programs it lays out the entire 8 weeks for you. It is a 6 day a week plan, which for me it hard to follow since I still run and go to other fitness classes. I decided to do PiYo 4-5 days a week then added in a few cardio days as well.

As the name suggests it is a combination of pilates and yoga moves and all moves have modifications so it is for any fitness level. You can expect to use bodyweight resistance a lot, as well as stretch a lot! You also need no equipment, just a yoga mat!

I had fairly low expectations going in if I am being honest. I am such a cardio junkie that I still struggle with lower intensity workouts doing anything. Though I know this is VERY wrong. And this program proved that.

There are a series of workouts that range from 20-45 minutes, lower body, upper body, sweat, core, buns, strength intervals, drench, sculpt, full body blast and strong legs. As a few of the names suggest these workouts are no walk in the park and leave you sweaty! My personal favourites were sweat and drench 🙂

I had a love-hate relationship with PiYo in the end. I saw pretty good results which I did not expect but cannot say I would do another 8 weeks of this program, though I would add the workouts into my routine here and there.

Pros:

  • No equipment needed
  • Low impact
  • Great for toning
  • Improved balance and coordination
  • Good variety of workouts

Cons:

  • Some workouts are 45 minutes – I am used to under 30 unless it is running!
  • Takes a lot of concentration and coordination to do the moves properly

The moves can be hard when you are first learning them and I believe that the correct form is very important to see results. I found myself almost overthinking at times if I was moving right, holding my core tight etc which I was not a huge fan of. I am not a coordinated person though so this would not be the case for everyone 😉

I knew I got results as I lost almost 1″ for my waist but had no idea how much until I took an after photo – a week after I finished as I almost forgot! PS I need my tan back!

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I gained way more definition in my core! I still have a ways to go for my goal but was pretty happy with these results. I did no modify my diet at all and if anything ate a tad more “junk” than usual too. So I think eating more clean I could have seen even better results. As for the rest of my body I would say everything stayed the same, or even lost a tad of muscle in a couple areas that is not visible in photos but I lost 3-4lbs which I would say was muscle.

Overall, it is a program I would recommend based on what your goals might be!

Lindsey

11 thoughts on “PiYo- Thoughts

  1. thebexfactor

    I think I need to do PiYo over again. I felt it was so low intensity that I wasn't getting anything out of it the first time around, but seeing your results make me think maybe not so much. You look freakin amazing.

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  2. Brie @ Slice of Brie

    Wow, you look amazing! I mean, you looked amazing before too, but awesome results! I'd love to read a day in the life food edition of yours! 🙂

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    1. arunningtale

      Thank you Brie! I definitely gained muscle in more core when I thought that was a lost cause after babies! haha – I will put that on my post list for sure, though these days it is not near as "healthy" as I would like!

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  3. Alison

    You look amazing!! I never did this program in full but maybe I should! I did love the workouts and it's a nice change of pace for sure.

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