Fitness Workout Reviews

Fitness Friday: Piyo Review

February 27, 2015

Oh hi there folks. I’m sure by now no one is going to read this because it’s now Friday night and ya’ll have better things to do than read my fitness ramblings. The crazy week has continued and my blogging took the backseat. Last night I had a social event with my coworkers which kept me out too late! Of course I have another busy weekend on the books, but I’m hoping to get everything done early enough that I can just enjoy Sunday with Liam when he comes home.

So I’ve now finished the entire Piyo program and wanted to share my thoughts on it before recapping my lack of fitness for the week.

Piyo

First of all, big shout out to Alison, who sent me her personal copy of Piyo after hearing me talk about how much I wanted to try it for months. Again, thank you SO much. If anyone is interested in trying out any Beachbody programs, definitely get ahold of Alison and she can hook you up.

This was the second Beachbody program that I’ve tried and was first interested because of the yoga influence to it. My inner struggle is between wanting to focus on yoga but looking for just a little more to help me lose sound pounds and get back to being lean. I’m just not into the HIIT style workouts at home, and can’t motivate myself to do all of that jumping around to get an effective workout. That’s why Focus T-25 was not my jam. That’s ok. Not every program is right for everyone. I also liked that this program didn’t require the use of any equipment.

Let me tell you, yoga poses and body weight movements are no joke. I think it’s definitely possible to build strength and tone up on a program like this. There are 8 workouts total:

  • Lower Body
  • Upper Body
  • Sweat
  • Core
  • Buns
  • Strength Intervals
  • Drench
  • Sculpt

All of the workouts range from around 20-45 minutes which are just about perfect for my early mornings. I did have to rearrange the schedule a little bit when the Drench workout came in because it was just too long.

After 60 days it started to get monotonous, doing the same movements throughout the different workouts and I was definitely ready for a change by the end of the program. I can’t say that I saw any physical results but I know that is due to inconsistency with sticking to the program. Life gets in the way sometimes, with late nights, colds, or whatever and I try not to beat myself up too much when I miss a workout. I think that this would be a great program who’s looking for something with less impact, just starting out or even looking to switch up their regular workouts for a bit of a change. I will definitely do another round of Piyo in the future and hopefully will be able to stay more consistent and see some bigger results from it. Did I mention that Chalene Johnson is just a peach? I enjoyed her leading the program and would definitely do more workouts led by her.

What’s next?

Like I said earlier, I always struggle with wanting to deepen my yoga practice but fearing it wouldn’t be enough to help me lose weight and get stronger. After an abundance of yoga in the past few weeks, I realized that it’s totally enough to help me reach all of my goals so I will be adding in some yoga programs to my morning workouts again. I do have my eye on the Beachbody 21 day Fix (at least for the meal planning aspect) and also Les Mills Pump after reading about Lindsey’s experience with it.

This week’s fitness: 

Monday
Off – Battling a nasty cold and chose to get some extra rest

Tuesday
Kettlebells – I’m so thankful my cold was dissipating because this was a tough one.

I also did some more headstand work, because I’m an inversion junkie. headstanding

Wednesday – off

Thursday – off

Friday
Core Workout via Fitaborate (more on this another day)

Warming Noon Hatha via Breathing Room 

Tomorrow I am off to another float at The Float Shack, followed by another yoga workshop and the return of Sunday Runday on Sunday morning! If you’d like to join in, grab the banner for your Sunday post or be featured on my post by sending the details of your run and a photo to becky at thebexfactor dot com before 7pm MST.

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Leigh
    February 27, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    I haven’t tried this program but have heard lots about it. I always felt silly doing T25 but I think I might do it in full once I get clears to work out.

    • Reply
      Becky
      February 28, 2015 at 7:33 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only one that felt silly doing T25, haha. I think you would like Piyo. Definitely worth checking out!

  • Reply
    Crystal
    February 28, 2015 at 10:02 am

    It sounds like an interesting program. I would get bored with the same movements over and over again too. It’s always so tough trying to balance your goals – gain strength, improve skills and lose weight at the same time. Sigh! Let me know if you ever find the magic combination!

  • Reply
    Alison
    March 2, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Loved reading this. I am glad you enjoyed it. I always find near the end of any program I am sorta over it. Except T25 but I think that workout was made for me. 🙂 Let me know if you have questions about PUMP or 21 day fix ever. The food portioning is great with 21 day fix and I love the workouts, good mix! Good job for finishing PiYo!!

    • Reply
      Becky
      March 2, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you again, so much! <3 I definitely will let you know when I'm ready to try another program!

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