Jul 8, 2014

One week PiYo results

Hey everyone!!! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend!!

I know we celebrated here with fireworks, lots of BBQ, and BOMB POPS for the kids.  We had a wonderful time hanging out around the pool with some seasonally cool weather.  We even wore light sweaters to watch the fireworks.  Quite a change from our usual 90 plus degree 4th of Julys that I remember growing up!!!

So, today I wanted to talk a bit about the new PiYo program that just launched.  
If you haven't heard of it you are seriously missing out.  It is a Pilates and Yoga inspired workout created by the amazing Chalene Johnson.  She is a celebrity trainer, and creator or Turbofire, Turbojam and Turbokick that can be taken in gyms all over the world.  She is an inspiration to women all over, not just for her workouts, but because of her presence in the business world.  Needless to say, I love following her and sharing everything she has to offer.  Her workouts fit in nicely in my life too.

This new program is literally for EVERYONE.  Now that it has launched and I have actually done the workouts myself I can give more details specifically, not just what I had heard before I could get my hands on it!!  The workouts are especially helpful to those who need to keep their workouts LOW IMPACT.  Now, do not mistake this for EASY.  These workouts are not EASY at all.  I am literally drenched in sweat within the first 3 minutes of starting.  I keep a towel next to me the entire time so that I can wipe away the sweat and keep going.  I SWEAT more doing PiYo then some of my boot camps in 90 degree heat.  It's crazy what these workouts are doing to our bodies.  But, because they are low impact anyone can do them.  From beginner to advanced, PiYo has the ability to lengthen and strengthen your body in ways you never imagined.

Now, some feedback from clients...I have had several clients (usually the ones who have done previous workouts like T25 or Insanity) that have said they didn't feel like the workouts were "enough."  Now, I understand what they are saying.  I had some similar comments when some clients tested out the Les Mills PUMP program.  If you are used to really high intensity workouts that gets your heart beat thumping in your chest and you are out of breath, these workouts don't have that effect on you.  You are not out of breath.  These are not CARDIO workouts.  However, they work your body in a different way.  Yoga and Pilates have long been known for their STRENGTH training effects and getting the "long lean look" that most women are after.  They are meant to lengthen and build the muscles differently than other workouts.

What I try and tell my clients about this is to look a month ahead.  Remember that when you are building muscle you are doing your body a favor down the road.  When a body has more muscle to it that body burns calories when it is sitting around doing nothing.  So, as you build muscle today, you are helping your body burn calories in the future.  You may not burn as many calories as you would during a HIIT workout, or interval training, but you are building a foundation to your body that will burn calories when you aren't working out.  Especially if you are a woman, muscle is the fountain of youth.  You will not look like a body builder.  You will, however, start to lean and pull your body and skin back to where you want it to be.

I am sharing my ONE WEEK PiYo results today to show you what this workout has done for me in just one week.  I have combined the workouts, with the eating plan that came with it.  I have also replaced one meal a day with Shakeology.  I can't even tell you how excited I am about the results.

There is definitely a leaner and more toned look through the abdomen.  The core work during these DVDs is AMAZING.  You are always using your midsection to pull things tight.  The "flexing" in and out of the movements and exercises keeps the workout from becoming boring as well!!!
It's a little mortifying putting up a picture of my backside on the internet...but I wanted to keep it real.  I am not one that puts muscle on easily.  I have long been trying to tone up and lose the "mom butt" that I have inherited!!!! ha ha ha ha.  When I gain weight it's usually around my butt/hips/thigh area.  I have seen a major improvement in my "lovehandle" area.  My pants fit better after a week.
My favorite shot is definitely the side view.  The leaning out process has almost happened immediately.  Through diet and exercise my body has literally already lost inches around my mid section.  

So, for those wondering if PiYo is "enough" of a workout....I would say yes.  I have done every type of workout throughout my life.  As intense as Insanity/T25 with Shaun T, to running on my own.  The amount of sweat pouring off of your body during this workout is unlike any I have ever done.  If you want a higher calorie burn go for a walk or run with your family along with the workouts.  I have also told some of my clients to "double up" the lower body and upper body workouts into one day.  Then you have an extra day to do whatever you want. 

My next PiYo challenge group will begin July 21st.  If you are interested please shoot me an email to Haley.fourfitsisters@gmail.com.  I would be glad to give you the details of the challenge.  I would love to hold your hand through the process of this new workout.  Whether you are beginner or advanced this workout will help you.  Contact your coach to get started on this amazing program!!!!!

Who else is ready to get lean and mean before summer is over??????


  1. Hi Haley, is PiYo like 21 Day Fix where you're required to work out every day? Is this a 7 day a week commitment or are there rest days built in? Thanks!

    1. Andrea,

      It comes with a calendar, but you are always allowed to mix the workouts in to whatever fits your schedule. I have mixed it with running. Or, you could mix it with your favorite 21 Day Fix workouts. The variety in the lengths is nice too...sometimes you have 20 minutes for a workout, and other times you have 45 minutes. Though the calendar is complimentary, there are no rules in making a calendar that fits your life better. I hope this helps answer your question.

  2. I'm curious what kind of workout schedule you use combining running with the piyo? My DVDs should arrive tomorrow, and I'm excited to get started! But, I also want to keep up with running (I signed up for a 4 miler race in September).

    1. Hey Erin,
      I would combine running two to three days a week with PiYo. The Upper and Lower body workouts are a good choice to add the running on those days...and whatever other day you feel like being a bad ass :)

  3. I'm also interested in incorporating piyo with running. What schedule would you recommend??

    1. I recommend running on the Upper and Lower body workout days...so maybe two days a week. This is what I would do :)

  4. I just ordered this today and joined a group in my area so I'm really happy to see these pictures and thank you for doing an honest review. And for explaining what people meant by saying it wasn't enough. I love the idea of doubling up the upper and lower body workouts to have a free day for something else. I've been wanting to get my bike back out there so I think that's what I will use the time for. Thank you!!!

  5. I was looking for a low impact workout routine and stumbled across PiYo. Being a yoga fan also meant I was immediately interested.
    5 weeks in now and I am loving it!

  6. Nice results for only a week! I'm guessing PiYo is sort of similiar to things like P90X? Either way, you've got me intrigued.

    Sarah | Mass Gain Source