Fitness fanatics are always looking for fun and exciting new workout routines. TRX and Zumba to a degree revolutionized the group fitness industry are remain in high demand, however, PiYo workouts have emerged as a newfound favorite conditioning class. Fitness enthusiasts turn to PiYo for the core-building benefits of yoga, the strength-training of Pilates, and the non-stop action of a host of cardio routines. Read on to find out what PiYo is, how classes work, and how you can incorporate its fundamentals into your at-home routine. What Is PiYo?
PiYo combines the strength training and body lengthening aspects of Pilates with the core training and stretching elements of yoga to create an entirely new workout experience. It's low impact and adaptable to all ages and fitness levels. Unlike traditional Pilates and yoga sessions, PiYo is set up like a cardio class and is designed to burn calories and make the body sweat out impurities. Choreographed sequences are sped-up to maximize results providing PiYo participants with a fun routine while listening to upbeat/motivating music. Besides a yoga mat (and maybe a workout towel, there is no additional equipment used during a PiYo class. Participants actually incorporate their own body weight into a series of dynamic moves. What to Expect at a PiYo Class
PiYo classes have a lighter feel than traditional yoga classes which to some is a bit too serious and spiritual. We get that. Different strokes for different folks, right? The PiYo vibe is a bit reminiscent of aerobics, with pop music blasting from the speakers and an energetic instructor pushing you to your limits.
You don't need a background in yoga and/or Pilates to try PiYo, but some of the same simple poses like Downward Dog and Warrior are used. Like most cardio classes, the routine moves fast, so newcomers will want to do whatever moves they can without stressing about missing a switch or two. The group dynamic of PiYo also adds additional motivation to this multifaceted workout.
If you are a beginner or someone who is recovering from an injury, let your instructor know before the class begins so they can incorporate modifications into the routine.