Last month, I announced that I was doing the PiYo Challenge. I was excited to try a new type of training plan, and curious to see my results. Well, I just finished up my fourth week of PiYo, and I’m ready to share my honest thoughts!
If you’re not familiar with the program, PiYo consists of “no weights, no jumps, just hardcore results.” It combines the muscle sculpting of Pilates with the flexibility of yoga, and nonstop, fluid movement. The PiYo program comes with 8 workouts on 3 DVDs and promises visible results.
During the first week of the program (the DVD set arrives with a 60-day workout calendar), I followed the plan to a T. I really enjoyed Chalene Johnson’s teaching style — she’s energetic, laid back and fun — but I thought that the workouts seemed too easy. I decided to continue on, because I’d read that it gets increasingly difficult.
While it’s true that the workouts do get more challenging as the program goes on, I started to feel burnt out doing six days of PiYo a week. On top of that, I felt like I had to do an extra workout each day on top of PiYo, because most of the workouts are only 20 minutes long, and my heart rate wasn’t getting up very high.
By the third week, I decided to modify the program. I realized that the 60-day schedule was not for me, and I started adding PiYo into my own workout schedule. Doing it two or three days a week, along with other strength and cardio workouts, makes a lot more sense for me!
Here are some pros and cons that might help you decide if PiYo is right for you:
- Energetic trainers
- Easy to follow instructions
- A good variety of workouts — my favorites are Core and Buns (I like to do these after doing some sort of cardio on my own), and Sweat and Strength Intervals
- Helpful modifications
- No equipment required
- Low impact
- Some of the videos are a little too easy, especially if you are already used to working out regularly.
- Some of the videos are little short. The website says that each video is 25-45 minutes long, but most of them last around 18 to 30 minutes. This didn’t bother me too much, but I have been going for a lot of hour-long walks to get in some more exercise.
- If following the 60-day schedule exactly, you may experience burnout. As I said above, I found that doing PiYo every couple of days was a much better plan for me.
With all of that being said, I’m still happy that I purchased PiYo! I like that I can incorporate Pilates and yoga into my routine in a quick 20 minute video, and I like that I don’t get bored because the workouts are set to upbeat music, and they always go by quickly. Have I lost a lot of weight or sculpted 6 pack abs? No, but that wasn’t my goal. Since I have been working out regularly for years, I’m not sure that PiYo would do that for me anyway, especially in a short one-month period.
If you are thinking about buying the DVDs and have questions or concerns, feel free to mention them in the comments section below, or email me at perfectionisnthappy(at)gmail(dot)com!
Have you tried PiYo? What are your thoughts on the program?
Will you try PiYo?