The Wonderful World of PiYo

So, 14 days ago, I decided to make the jump into the PiYo world. If you don’t know what PiYo is, it is a workout system from Beachbody with trainer Chalene Johnson.

Here is a quick blurb from Beachbody about PiYo “Who says you have to jump, grunt, strain, and punish your body to get amazing results from your workout? Not with PiYo…PiYo combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga. And, we crank up the speed to deliver a true fat-burning, low-impact workout that leaves your body looking long, lean, and incredibly defined.”

And, 14 days in, I love it! It takes me back to my gymnastics conditioning days (with less impact, woo!), and boy, does it work your muscles!

At 14 days, not all the workouts have been introduced, but each one has it’s on bit of flare and something to love.

First, I really like Chalene Johnson, even though I may swear at the TV sometimes, I still really like her. In Sweat, when she tells me to “get lower” in my squats, I do it. I find her personality to jump off the screen and really motivate.

As for each of the workouts, I’ll you through what I’ve done…

  • Align: The Fundamentals – I haven’t done much yoga and found this to be a helpful review of the different positions that are regularly used in PiYo. Not a hardcore workout (honestly didn’t break a sweat), but a must before getting going.
  • Define Upper Body – I think I forget how tough this workout is every time I finish it, it’s like it rewards you enough that you just keep going back for more. I actually find this kicks my legs in gear as well (good to get your heart rate up). I look at the Define workouts as “breaks” in my week – ha they are anything but easy, but they are only 20 minutes in length.
  • Define Lower Body – the outside of my butt burns about an hour after this workout. It tricks you into thinking it’s not too bad… and then the hour comes around. I love that! It helps me work harder during it, even though the burn is coming… also 20 minutes in length.
  • Sweat – the title of this video delivers. I sweat like crazy during this exercise (and inevitably, Jennifer wants to nurse right after, baby wipes are my saviour while I wait for a shower). This is a 40 minute workout that gets going right away. I love the feeling of this workout, and my gluts hurt. As I told JD after Sweat one day “who created stairs, they must hate me!”
  • Core – holy moly, that’s it. I’ve done quite a few core workouts in my life… but nothing comes close to this. I am 3 months post-post-partum, but I don’t care, this is a killer workout. Clocking in at 30 minutes, this core centred workout (hence the name) takes no prisoners. Just when you think it can’t get any harder… it does! I’m finding that I’m getting better at this one, but the day after a core workout is not a fun day – it make the Define workouts a heck of a lot harder!!!

So at 14 days, I’ve done 5 of 10 workouts, and based on how those feel, there is only one to describe how I’m feeling about the upcoming 4… TERRIFIED! (Because I haven’t completed these, here are how they are describe on

  • Buns – Focused on the glutes, this workout is designed to lift, redefine, and tighten the entire backside of your body for the perfect tight and round butt.
  • Strength Intervals – Twenty-five minutes is all you need of this nonstop body-carving, calorie-incinerating workout that uses no weights, no equipment, and gives you no bulk!
  • Hardcore on the Floor – Chalene developed this targeted 30-minute workout to specifically tighten and strengthen every muscle throughout your core! It’s her way of getting your core ready to power through any movement and at the same time melt fat from those hard-to-shape areas. You’ll be amazed at the difference in how you look and how you perform.
  • Drench – This endurance workout maximizes fat burning while it works every muscle in your body. It will not only leave you drenched—it will kick-start your metabolism as you scorch away the fat.
  • Sculpt – This workout uses varying tempos to keep your muscles under tension for different periods of time. This generates muscular endurance and metabolic changes that will totally transform your figure.

Those of you who follow me know that I’ve done different programs before, I’ve done 45 days of P90X (I’ve never had results like I did with this *I was cheerleading 6 days a week then) and 30 days of Insanity. I’ve never finished for one reason or another (P90X I had a concussion and was directed to stop, Insantiy, I got really into running and was having some milk supply issues). I love both of those programs, but PiYo just hits home for me. I honestly look forward to the time I spend working out! (Even if Hazel is climbing on me, extra resistance!)

Do you have any workout programs you love? What are you doing right now?

*Shout out to the Durham moms who are keeping me accountable to my workouts on the FB group – you are all wonderful and I can’t wait to see all our after photos!

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