PiYo Full Body Blast Review

Today’s new PiYo video was called Full Body Blast and it came with the Deluxe Kit that I purchased (as part of the Strength DVD). The workout is approximately 30 minutes long and incorporates the Strength Slides throughout.

As with the other DVDs, the workout starts off with your typical warm-up and then is broken down into several series. I apologize upfront if I mix up some of the series (I did it earlier in the day and forgot to jot down the titles and what exercises I did in each, so I’m banking on my tired memory!). The first series involves a variety of lunges using the slides and boy do you feel the burn here.  I was thoroughly impressed with how the slides really amped up the burn factor on the different lunges we did. When you’re using the slides, the ball of your foot stays on the middle part of the slide while your heel is on the floor (for stability and safety). Because of my surface (carpet), I really had to use my lower body strength and core to stabilize my one leg and slide back with my other foot into the lunge position and again for returning to the start.  It’s really hard to describe, but when you try it, you’ll know how effective (deadly?) these cute looking slides really are. The second series focused on the core and involved a series of planks (including variations, such as burpee-type things and spreading legs out and in), mountain climbers, pike-ups (seriously difficult with those slides), and push-ups/tricep push-ups. The next series brought you down to the floor to focus on the core, where we did a series of crunches incorporating the slides (they progressed in difficulty). The last series involved some hamstring work and the cool down.

Overall, I again quite liked this workout. I definitely noticed a good sweat forming (my t-shirt was definitely NOT dry) and I felt the burn all over. I would liked to have seen a bit more upper body work (particularly in the arms), but that’s difficult to fit into a 30 minute workout. As with the other videos, there is a modifier and suggestions/tips for how to make the moves more difficult. Being the first time working with the slides, they were a bit difficult to maneuver at first, but I think the more I use them, the better I’ll be able to do each of the exercises. The slides, as I mentioned above, really help you to focus on your form and pretty much force you to use your core to stabilize and complete each exercise safely. Being someone with a rather short attention span, I really liked using the slides, as it made the moves more interesting and helped the workout pass by more quickly (probably a reason why I love Asylum and really enjoyed P90X3 Agility). I’m glad that I did end up ordering the Deluxe kit, because I think this will be a useful, interesting video to continue to incorporate throughout the years. Plus, I got to put yet another dollar in the Workout Tip Jar. Yay!

Happy exercising!

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

PiYo Strength Intervals Review

Okay, so I may have cheated a bit and skipped ahead to today’s new workout video called “Strength Intervals.” What can I say? I just couldn’t resist!

Strength Intervals is relatively short, just over 20 minutes long. You start, as usual, with a short warm-up and then follow a couple of different series. In essence, the workout is broken down into a cardio move followed by a strength move. Again, you only need a towel and water with no other equipment necessary (you use your own body weight for resistance).

The first series is called Legs and starts with a jog, followed by lunges (repeat for both sides), then goes into speed skaters followed by bowler lunges (repeat for both sides). The second series is called Squats and Sumos. It starts off with toe tap/hop lunges/ski cardio progression followed by squats (repeat for both sides). Then, you do a series of sumo squats, burpees, lunges, and push-ups. The final series is called Triceps, Biceps, and Chest and involves beasts, down dogs, jumping runner’s lunges, tricep push ups, and beast kick throughs. You wrap it all up with a quick cool down.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this workout. It felt like a more traditional workout, but I did find it somewhat on the easier end than I’m used to with the likes of T25 or P90X3. With most of the moves, Chalene builds up the intensity, but that sometimes makes it feel like it starts off a bit too easy (although it would be great for beginners). Because there is more jumping/hopping involved in this workout, the modifier is super important for those who need the low-impact option (she provides alternatives so that you don’t have to jump or hop). I almost felt like the workout needed to be double the length for me to really get what I was looking for out of it. I was breaking a sweat, but I finished wanting more. Nevertheless, I got to put yet another dollar in the Workout Tip Jar. Wahoo!

Happy exercising!

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

PiYo Buns Review

Today’s PiYo workout was called “Buns” and let me tell you, it does not disappoint. My buns, my buns, my buns were on fiya!

The workout itself is just over 28 minutes and does not require the PiYo mat, just a towel (optional) and water.   It starts, as per usual, with a basic warm-up (very similar to the other workouts). The first series is titled squats and sumos, which has a natural progression of narrow squats, bowler lunges, and clockwork lunges, then repeats with wider squats, and finally with sumo squats. There were also burpees thrown in, wahoo. I’m actually one of those people that actually loves squats, so I really enjoyed this first section and was starting to feel the burn.

The second series was Lunges and Bowlers, which pretty much sums it up (a series of lunges and bowler lunges with some squats thrown in).

The third series was KILLER…boy was my booty feeling it here!  This series was called Last Blast and during it Chalene brings you down to the floor where you start off on your hands and knees. You start with your right leg and do a variety of moves, such as moving your leg back, to the right, back and in, and repeating for sufficient burn. Then, you keep your leg back and up and do circles, followed by keeping your leg back and doing a toe touch and up. Yeeaaahhh…if your booty is not feeling it, you have a STRONG behind (well, at least stronger than mine!).  Just because your butt hasn’t worked enough, you then drop into low plank with more booty burning moves. Just when you think you cannot last any longer (or perhaps you’ve already crashed or had a couple of mini breaks), Chalene allows you to go into pigeon (ahhh…how I love Pigeon).  You then swing around so that you are laying on your back with your right leg crossed over top of your bent right knee. You then do some bridges followed by a mini break of rotating knees and then you repeat the entire thing with your left leg.

Finally, there is a short cool down and you are officially done.

This is actually one of my favorite workouts so far in the program. It really did what it was supposed to (killed those buns). It had a really smooth progression and worked your lower body well. It’s nice not having to worry about weights or reps and just following Chalene’s cues and enjoying the good burn. As always, there is a modifier for those who need that option.

Overall, I loved this workout. I was feeling sore from going for a long run yesterday, so I was feeling pretty tight and was a little unsure what I was signing up for with this DVD. However, it felt really good and got the job done. It looks like I have another new video in a couple of days, so I’m pretty excited about that. Tune back, soon! Oh,and of course, I got to put yet another dollar in the Workout Tip Jar. Wahoo!

Happy exercising!

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

PiYo Core Review

Today’s PiYo workout was called “Core” and *insert suspenseful music here* therefore focused on the core (woah). I actually like that the DVD titles are very reflective of the workout you’re about to get – it makes it simple. The workout is about 30 minutes long and works ALL of your core in natural progressions. As with the other workouts, it’s broken down into different series, which helps make the time pass more quickly and helps build up the intensity of the workout.

The first part of your workout is a stretch to get your core ready for it’s beating. After you’ve warmed up, you enter into the Standing Core series, which was one of my favorites. I actually really enjoy standing core work, so this was a nice way to start off the workout. Standing Core included moves such as standing crunch progressions and a standing lunge progression (reminded me a bit of bowler lunges, but not exactly). The second series are Prone Exercises where you do a series of down dogs, splits, planks, side planks, and PiYo pike combinations (i.e. down dog split into a plank; plank with a knee in and out, etc.). There were definitely some tricky maneuvers in this mix that I have to build up to in order to have a better technique. Love that there’s a challenge for me. The next series is called Supine and Side Plank, which definitely reminded me a bit more of your typical core exercises, with different combinations of biking ab moves (criss cross, pushing on your knee, arms up, etc.). You then jump into a slow roll-up and from there into some more side planks and PiYo pikes.  Again, a really great progression that works different parts of your abs. The final series was called PiYo pedal and punter, which included exercises such as pedal combinations and side plank combinations (i.e pulling knee in, kicking leg out). Again, a bit tricky but worth the effort!  Afterwards you end with a short cool down.

Overall, I actually really enjoyed this workout. Chalene, as always, provides excellent cues and models each move clearly. There is a modifier for those who need it and she often gives tips to make the exercises a bit more challenging.  The workout has a nice pace so you don’t feel like you’re dying (just when you think you can’t do a move for longer, she generally switches it up or gives you a little break). Yet, despite that, it’s still a super good workout for your core. Again, though, I feel like I’ll probably use PiYo as a supplement to some other programs. I don’t feel like I’m burning a ton of calories, but the program itself seems like something that is often missing from other programs. I haven’t yet today, but I may add in a run or a T25 later to just burn off some extra calories. If you’re beginning a workout program, however, this may be a really good fit or if you’re a veteran workout junkie and your body is beat up, you may want to do this to give your body a break or to use as a supplement to some of your other workouts.

The more I do PiYo, the more I can see its effectiveness and its much needed place in an overall fitness regime. I’m looking forward to wrapping up week 2!  Plus, I get to put yet another tip into Workout Tip Jar. Wahoo!

Happy exercising!

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

PiYo Sweat Review

Today’s PiYo workout was called “Sweat” and was just over 36 minutes long. I actually quite enjoyed this workout. It was more challenging than the previous two and a bit faster paced.

Sweat starts off with a basic warm-up and then goes into a couple of different series. The first series is called Heat, which is a combination of downward dogs, lunges, planks, squats, among other combinations. It definitely gets your blood flowing and your sweat starting. The second series was called Lower Body and includes exercises such as lunges, knee lifts, warriors, three point balances, and side to side skates.  The third series was called Plank and Core and included moves such as up dogs, down dogs, PiYo push-ups, and leg splits. The fourth series, Power, was probably my favorite as it included a variety of squats and even burpees (yay!). It was definitely the series that pumped up the sweat factor and got me moving more quickly.Finally, you end with Stretch and Strength to cool you on down.

Each of the series have a natural progression where Chalene talks you through each move and progresses/combines exercises to make the workout more challenging. By the end of the workout, I definitely had a good sweat on and felt like I had accomplished a very good workout. It wasn’t the same intensity say as Insanity or P90X3, but it was still an excellent workout. One of the aspects I’m enjoying right now about PiYo is simply that it’s low-impact. I’ve been killing my body lately with all my high-impact workouts, so it’s a really nice change to work up a sweat without putting as much pressure on my joints. As with the other PiYo workouts, there is a modifier who shows you different ways to make the moves easier or more manageable for certain exercisers. Because there is so much core and shoulder work, I can definitely foresee some nice definition happening after the next 60 days.

Overall, this workout made me feel the burn (in a good way), lived up to its name (sweat), and was pretty fun overall. Not being a huge fan of Pilates or Yoga, I’ve actually been surprised at how much I have been enjoying these workouts. I don’t find them “boring” as I’ve found some pilates or yoga workouts, which, for me, is  huge in any workout (if I’m bored, I’m not going to stick with it).

Again, if you want some easy motivation, check out Workout Tip Jar or find an accountability partner or challenge group.

Happy exercising!

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

PiYo Define: Upper Body Review

Today’s second PiYo workout was called “Define: Upper Body”. As with the Lower Body DVD, it was quite short (this one was just over 18 minutes long). You jump right into the workout which focuses on the upper body (no kidding, eh?), with a wide range of exercises from tricep push-ups to planks to beast moves. I definitely felt my core throughout the workout and again appreciated Chalene’s very clear instructions and cues.

I found the Upper Body DVD to be a little more challenging than the Lower Body video. I definitely had a “glow” (aka light sweat) after wrapping up the workout. Again, the DVD seems like a bit of an introduction for what’s to come and I didn’t find it as challenging as some of the past workouts I’ve done. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the workout and liked that it was short (it would be easy to add it onto one of my harder cardio sessions or even to pair it up with the Lower Body video).  As with the previous workout, there is a modifier as well as options to make the moves more advanced. There were definitely areas that I need to improve upon with this workout (i.e. those dang tricep push-ups…they always kill me!), so it’s nice to see that I can grow with this workout. I’ve been feeling a bit “off” the past week, so these past two days have been a nice gradual jump back into my typical workout routine.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s workout, which I believe is called “Sweat.”  Sounds promising!

Again, if you want some easy motivation, check out Workout Tip Jar or find an accountability partner or challenge group.

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

PiYo Define: Lower Body Review

Today’s PiYo workout was called “Define: Lower Body.”  It was quite short, just over 20 minutes long, so it went by fairly quickly. You start with a warm-up and then focus in on your lower body (naturally), with a variety of exercises such as downward dogs, lunges, and warrior pose variations, which is broken down into a couple of different series.

Being someone who is used to P90X3 and Insanity, I found this workout quite easy. I’m also pretty flexible in general, so the poses were not that difficult for me to do and I often found myself jumping into the more advanced versions (although it is handy that there is a modifier for those who aren’t as flexible or who are just starting out).  In general, the workout was pretty relaxing and I enjoyed the overall stretch and calmness of the video. I’ve noticed that this particular DVD is only in the first couple of weeks, so I’m assuming the following videos will gradually become increasingly more difficult. When I was finished, I had a slight bead of sweat on my forehead and felt pretty good overall. Still feeling like I needed to burn some extra calories, however, I did end up putting in a T25 to get some energy out (but that’s just me).

The set reminded me a bit of Chalean Extreme and, as always, Chalene provides excellent cues and tips throughout the workout. I’ve always enjoyed her workouts and I’m sure I’ll enjoy my 60 day PiYo adventure. I am, however, looking forward to some more fast paced workouts, which will hopefully be coming soon. I do have a feeling, however, that I may supplement some of the shorter, more relaxed days (like today) with some other workouts or runs just to keep myself challenged appropriately.

Again, if you want some easy motivation, check out Workout Tip Jar or find an accountability partner or challenge group.

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

A Sneak Peek at PiYo and the “Align: The Fundamentals” DVD

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but alas with the arrival of yet another new workout program, I thought it would be a good time to start updating this site.  Since P90X3, I’ve been doing Insanity and incorporating some running, which has been fun. I knew PiYo would be coming out in June, so it was a good fit while I awaited my new program.

Earlier this week, PiYo finally arrived! Wahoo!  I’m always like a kid on Christmas when I get a new program – it’s super exciting for me and I love trying new DVDs and workouts.  New programs are fun, different, and keep my interest piqued.  So when PiYo arrived, I was pretty giddy. 🙂

I purchased the Deluxe version that includes 10 workouts (11 if you purchase through a coach), a quick start guide, a 60 day workout calendar (two different versions), strength slides and booties, an eating plan, a tape measure, and a yoga mat.

The eating plan was very simple, and, to be honest, I was a bit disappointed with the lack of recipes included.  The guide/plan itself seems fairly easy to follow (it’s a three-step plan) and breaks down what you need to be eating in a day based off your calories. What you eat is separated into Primary Vegetables, Secondary Vegetables and Grains, Fresh Fruit, Lean Protein, and Healthy Fats. There is a list of different foods that fit into each category and it specifies how many servings of each you get in a day. One of my favorite aspects of getting these food guides is the new recipes I get to try out. Sadly, however, there really wasn’t a recipe section. The closest thing that was included in the guide was a sample “day” of eating.

Aside from that, the quick start guide breaks down each of the DVDs and what you need to do in order to get started on the program. Basic and easy to follow. I’ve opted to follow the Strength version of the Calendar, as it incorporates the extra Deluxe videos. Today’s workout was called “Align: The Fundamentals.”

In essence, Align isn’t really what I would call a “workout” so much as it is a guide for you to watch and follow so that you are prepared for the moves in the upcoming workouts. Chalene carefully breaks down a variety of moves for you with very clear instructions and cues. In addition, she has a modifier that she shows you as well as options for more advanced exercisers.  Even though this DVD wasn’t necessarily the most fun, sweat-dripping workout, it’s extremely important for everyone to do prior to jumping into the workouts. Having the fundamentals before you start will better prepare you for the workouts so that you do not injury yourself and so that you get the most out of your workouts.

I’m curious and excited to see what the next 60 days bring and look forward to having you join me on this new journey!

Again, if you want some easy motivation, check out Workout Tip Jar or find an accountability partner or challenge group.

 

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.