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