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!
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.