It seems like everyone is talking about PiYo these days!
I have heard of Yogalates before, so when my gym announced they were starting a PiYo class, I didn’t think much of it. But after seeing a few bloggers raving about PiYo, I decided to check it out.
PiYo was created by Chalene Johnson and Beachbody, the people who brought us P90X, Insanity, Turbo Fire, Body Pump, and more. As you can imagine, it’s a mix of Pilates and yoga. It incorporates the strength of Pilates with some traditional yoga poses/sequences. The class is set to music, and you’re basically moving the entire time.
Similarly to Les Mills classes, each song has a different purpose. There’s a power track where you do a bunch of jumping lunges, a core track, a “flow” track, and so on.
I was pleasantly surprised by PiYo! To be honest, I expected it to be pretty easy. But it was definitely a challenge! You can expect a low-impact workout that will still make you break a sweat.
I would say it’s more similar to Pilates/aerobics than yoga. You’ll do sun salutations, downward facing dog and crow pose, but for those who value the more spiritual aspects of yoga, you won’t really find that here. If yoga is not really your thing, you’re injured, or you’re looking for something to supplement the workouts you already do, PiYo is definitely worth a try.
I’ve recently been advised to lessen the intensity of my workouts (speaking of which…), so I think I’ll be a PiYo regular. Shout out to Gold’s Gym in Austin for introducing this class! : )
- Have you ever done PiYo or any classes by Beachbody?
- Have you tried a new workout program lately?