PiYo: What is it?

|By Nicki Wilson| Types of Fitness


I used to poo-poo the thought of yoga and stretching. To me, if I’m not sweating, I’m not working. Then, I turned 34. After a long bout of plantar fasciitis and a knee that was getting “iffy”, I changed my tune. This cardio junkie knew it was time to lay down a few plyo-metric days for a good stretch. I found a local yoga spot that was so good. I mean, HOT YOGA rocked my world. Still though, I wasn’t really feeling it. I was missing music and beat and giggles. Don’t get me wrong, it was amazing. The instructor in me was feeling a void though. I remembered PiYo, the sister to TurboKick created by Chalene Johnson, my hero. The name suggests a mix of Yoga and Pilates. I thought I’d give it a try. Her newest home videos were coming out, so it was literally the perfect timing. I ordered and tried a few with my husband, an athletic junkie, and we were both impressed. It’s got the core building elements of Pilates paired with the strengthening and stretching of yoga. I decided to bite the bullet and just get certified in it. What a fun class format to teach! It is all choreographed to popular music, which filled up my love tank. It also has an element of Power that differentiates it from a typical yoga or Pilates class. It’s a great supplemental workout to your “hardcore” runs or weight lifting days. It’s also a great place to start if you’ve been out of the workout scene. Young and old can benefit from it.  It’s amazing! I hope you will check out my class schedule and join me to see what all the fuss is about!


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