Why a quick review you ask? Because I spent THREE days writing out a thoughtful review of week one and subsequently lost it. I’m not feelin’ a whole lot of love for WordPress right now. ***Update: WP angels helped me find my drafts through their Live Chat feature*** But I digress…
Alignment: The Fundamentals (42 minute workout time) focuses on proper form. I almost skipped it since I am a PiYo Live (formerly known as PiYo Strength) instructor. Glad I didn’t skip it though, because there were moves I haven’t seen yet and therefore needed to learn and others I needed to practice. If you’re new to Pilates, Yoga, recovering from an injury (or in my case, pregnancy) I recommend you do Alignment for a few days before moving on to the actual workouts.
Define: Lower Body (21 minute workout time) focuses on the lower body but incorporates enough upper body strengthening that you’ll be wondering why your arms hurt if it’s a lower body workout. There are LOTS of lunges in this workout, but my thighs are already tightening up, so I guess I should be happy about that. My core is in desperate need of strengthening, so I have a love hate relationship with the Warrior Three pose in this workout. Here’s a clean pic I found:
I am not yet able to bring my leg up that high, but Chalene Johnson keeps reminding us throughout the workouts that PiYo is all about improving. Which is awesome because on Tuesday I needed to use a chair to balance but by Friday I was able to do it sans chair.
Define: Upper Body (19 minute workout time) incorporates a ridiculous number of tricep push-ups. I never thought I’d be so happy to do ab work as I was the first time I did this workout, because it’s the only relief we’re given between all the push-ups. This workout does not have a warm-up, so I used the warm-up in the Lower Body workout and switched back over to Upper Body. The challenging move in this workout is the Kick Through. I’m able to do it when we’re just putting weight on the outside hip, but not when the leg kicks through and out. Chalene makes it look easy:
Sweat (37 minute workout time) is aptly named. It is flows like a PiYo Live class, except it does not include a cool down with static stretching. I felt fairly confident going into this workout, after having completed the Define sections. I figured that if there was only one challenging move in each of those workouts then I’d be good to go. Wrong. This workout brought its own challenges – THREE of them. The Lower Body section of this workout incorporates a lot of balancing moves. The most challenging for me being the Runner’s Balance. It looks like this, but you’re hinged forward, balancing on the support leg in more of a squat and the foot of the raised leg is pushes back.
The next challenging move were the sumo squats. My ligaments and joints don’t play well together since having the twins, so I had to continuously adjust my stance in order to put as little pressure as possible on my right knee. I modified a lot when it came to the sumo squat section, especially the burpees. I skipped them entirely and chose instead to modify with Michele Park. I plan on writing Michele a love letter soon, because her modifications have gotten me through this first week of PiYo.
The last, and most difficult, move for me is complicated to explain and I can’t find a picture of it anywhere. So, I’ll do my best to describe it and then update this post at a later time with a picture of me attempting it. Here’s the sequence of the move: Plank –> Right knee to right elbow –> Extend right leg straight out.
Tips for the PiYo Home Workout – Week 1
1) Take a PiYo Live class if you can OR…
2) Find a Fit Club that is going to showcase a PiYo workout from the DVD set
3) Modify, modify, modify
4) Challenge yourself when you’re ready
5) Remember that Define: Upper Body does NOT have a warm-up so use the one from Lower Body
Disclosure: I am an Independent Team Beachbody Coach. What’s that mean? I’m a Beachbody customer who likes some of the programs enough to share my experience with other people. By doing so I help them on their journey to better health. And occasionally I get a “Thank you” check from Beachbody for doing it.