First of all, I want to emphasize that I am no way affiliated with Beach Body (yet… haha) and I was not compensated for this review. I decided to try Piyo at the prompting of a friend and purchased the DVDs with my own money.
Piyo is a workout program that uses pilates and yoga moves and is all body-weight: all you need is yourself and a yoga mat! From Beachbody:
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.
When you order Piyo you receive 8 workouts on three different DVDs, a Quick Start Guide, a 60-day workout calendar, a nutrition guide and a bonus Buns DVD. When I ordered Piyo, I do so through a Beach Body Coach, who is meant to answer your questions and support you along your journey. My coach, Anna, offers monthly challenges to keep you accountable with your workouts and your eating, as well as to keep you motivated.
I decided to follow the 60-day workout calender to the best of my abilities. So what did I think? I actually really liked this program. I usually hate doing at-home workouts but over the past few months I’ve really enjoyed them. The first couple of weeks of doing Piyo was a little harder, but once I got further into the program I started to feel stronger and fully understood the rhythm. Also, the workouts you do starting after the first two weeks are a little more interesting. The program adds in new workouts as you move along which helps to mix things up quite a bit.
I did not 100% follow the program for two reasons: 1) by the last two weeks I was missing Tone It Up workouts and getting a little bored and 2) I haven’t been feeling my best and they started to be too much for me. As for 1, that’s pretty typical of me and as for number 2, well, I’m seeing a doctor this week about some things I’ve been dealing with and hopefully I’ll be more capable of demanding workouts in the near future.
So final verdict? TRY IT! If you’re willing to pay for the DVDs, this is a great at-home workout program, especially for someone who doesn’t have much space or equipment and if you’re consistent with it and with your eating habits, I really think you will see great results.
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