You can now do a PiYo Workout by Chalene Johnson at home! We were so excited to try this combination of Pilates and Yoga set to music. Each PiYo workout is designed to improve flexibility, torch calories and build sleek muscles. Plus, we loved that it was low-impact (no jumping) to protect our joints.
What is PiYo?
PiYo is a full-body workout that helps build strength, endurance, and flexibility through a blend of Yoga and Pilates. It’s perfect for someone just starting or someone super-fit because your range of motion will be different at any fitness level. As we become more fit, we also need more flexibility training to continue to build lean muscle. This workout is a calorie-torching way to safety stretch and get long, lean muscles.
Is PiYo Low-Impact?
There is no jumping or weights required for PiYo either so it’s a good low-impact option workout. It also is going to be super convenient for frequent travelers because it doesn’t require weights.
It is like Yoga?
Sort of – it’s a faster pace than yoga but does include yoga moves.
How long are the workouts?
Each PiYo workout ranges from 25-48 minutes. Most are right at that 30 minute mark.
How long is the PiYo Calendar?
There is a basic and strength calendar, and both are 8 weeks long.
What equipment do you need?
Nothing. I personally like to have a yoga mat for stability though. You can use just your body weight for all of the workouts. If you choose to get the 2 advanced strength workouts, you can use sliders (included with the strength workouts).
What’s the calorie burn like? Is it good for weight loss?
I personally burned anywhere from 170 with the first basic workout (about 18 minutes) to 400 in the longest workout called Drench. This is higher than my normal yoga class calorie burn since you are constantly flowing through movements.
Typically you want to have a 250 calorie deficit between your workouts and meal plan to burn 1 pound per week. Between the workouts and the meal plan, you can definitely lose weight doing PiYo. If you are wanting fast results also check out the 21 Day Fix. You could do it first then PiYo.
Does any PiYo workout have meditations or salutations in it?
You’ll receive 8 workouts in the PiYo base kit for $59.95.
- Align: This workout breaks down the proper form of each move. This is one you will want to do in the beginning, but not something you’ll use a lot.
- Define Upper Body: Your triceps, shoulders, and arms are going to get a killer workout with different types of planks and pushups.
- Define Lower Body: This workout really stretches out my legs and also leaves them feeling like jello (in a good way). Get ready to perfect your downward dog.
- Sweat: This is by far my favorite PiYo workout – it’s 38 minutes long. It’s a full-body workout with a great mix of core stabilization, upper and lower strength moves, and flexibility training.
- Core: You’ll work your core standing and on the ground. You’ll also receive “Hardcore on the Floor” if you order from a coach like us — which is my favorite of the two!
- Buns: A killer lower body workout! It’s short but intense. Get ready for squats, sumos, and lunges.
- Strength Intervals: This is not really a pilates or yoga workout to me, but it’s a good change. It mixes resistance training using your body weight in with cardio moves.
- Drench: This is like the “Sweat” workout on steroids. Be prepared to shower and wash your hair after. :P
- Sculpt: This is not really a “pilates and yoga” workout in my opinion, but it does challenge your whole body! Your legs, triceps, and buns are going to be on fire.
You’ll also receive a FULL meal plan that is very similar to the 21 Day Fix. You could even use the 21 Day Fix containers if you have them.
View a sample of the workout on Shape Here
What’s the PiYo Meal Plan Like?
It’s very simple to follow and broken down into food groups. Here’s our review of the full meal plan. It’s very similar to the 21 Day Fix meal plan with containers if you’ve done that program. The only difference for us was that we got 1 extra vegetable (or green container) a day with PiYo.
Would a man do this workout program?
Every man is different, but I would say T25 or P90X3 may be a better choice. P90X3 has yoga and pilates in it as well, and is just a little more targeted to men and women than PiYo.
Who can do PiYo? Is it challenging?
Anyone – it’s low-impact so even those with knee problems may enjoy PiYo. I can see a teenager doing it to someone in their 60s. It does have a lot of balance training in it, but there is a modifier and chair options for beginners.
I know it would be challenging for a beginner. I know some high-impact, HIIT cardio junkies will say PiYo bored them…but I find it challenging! Even as you improve your cardio and train with free weights, you still can be weak in smaller muscle groups and flexibility. PiYo helps hit those areas as well as getting in a little cardio to make a more-rounded fitness level in my opinion.
Our PiYo Workout Experience
PiYo has actually been in a lot of gyms for years, and now we’re so excited that its DVDs now!! PiYo takes enough room to move around so it’s nice to have more space at home!
Why We Love PiYo
It works even the small muscles we don’t normally train to build an overall stronger body and core. If you’ve gotten a little older and worry about your back “catching” PiYo can help strengthen those lower back muscles to help prevent a pulled muscle.
We also love flowing through the movements. It keeps it from getting dull, and it also reminds us “okay this HARD segment is only 2 minutes long…I can do it for 2 minutes”.
Another perk is that you’re constantly moving so your heart rate is up higher than a traditional pilates or yoga workout.
We did a live PiYo workout with Chalene and about 40 others last year, and we fell in love with it. The unique workout DVDs are no different. We’ve never dreaded a certain move or workout like some other programs.
What We Would Change About PiYo
We really wish there were a few more workouts like Sweat and Drench where you flow through movements. You can get tired of just having 2 workouts like that, but I think if you go in knowing it’s Pilates & Yoga with a few resistance workouts included you’ll be okay. We just thought they would all be flowing yoga and pilates moves to start with.
If you think PiYo would be the perfect workout for you – we’d love to have you join our challenge!
We do one every month with daily accountability, meal ideas, and prizes!! You’ll automatically get an invite by ordering through any link on this page and having us as your coaches. Questions? Email us at email@example.com
Chalene Johnon, the creator of PiYo, on the workouts:
PiYo is all about working it to get the most for your money. It’s the perfect blend of many disciplines: sports training, core conditioning, dance, stretch, and athletic drills that will help kick up the calorie burn and build muscle! The dynamic blend of movement increases strength, core stability, and agility. This workout provides an incredible experience and helps you lose weight.
Her description is so accurate — PiYo combines so many fitness principles it’s crazy. The PiYo workouts kick our butts, but in a good, new way.
The workouts are perfect for people trying to get as much in as they can in a short time or for someone that has a hard time focusing with yoga (me!). I loved how she combined light cardio with sculpting and stretching.
Someone else’s PiYo Experience:
Since I started PiYo six months ago, I have broken every single personal marathon pace and I’m astonishingly faster than I ever dreamed possible. I broke the four-hour mark for my marathon time and I know it’s because of Piyo. Plus, normally I’m spent for a week after a marathon, but the next day I felt great! – Student of Chalene’s
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