PiYo Month 1 Review

So I finally finished Month 1 of PiYo!  Technically I think it took me a bit longer than a month, because of vacations and other things that came up, but it’s finally finished.

Many of you may be wondering what happened to my “Strong Legs” review. I did, in fact, do the workout, but I didn’t get a chance to write up the review, so I’m waiting until I do it again before posting (just to make sure it’s accurate). A lot of you may also be wondering why I haven’t been posting my weekly review/updates like I did with P90X3. One of the main reasons why I decided not to do this for PiYo is because I have some news – I’m pregnant!  Yup, that’s right, a bun in the metaphorical oven. With P90X3, I was hitting it hard, sticking to the schedule to a T, and focusing on my weight loss goal. Obviously, being pregnant, I wasn’t about to do that with PiYo.  Now, here’s the time where I need to tell you that you absolutely MUST talk to your doctor before beginning/continuing any exercise program. Your doctor knows your health and your body, so you need to speak to him/her before starting PiYo. Obviously, mine gave me the A-OK, which is why I’ve been doing PiYo while pregnant. Even then, I absolutely listen to my body and take into account the different exercises and whether they are safe for me to do (and if they are not, I either follow the modifier or do something else until the exercise changes).  So far, however, so good. I’ve had no problem following PiYo and actually enjoy the break it’s been giving my body (from the more high-impact exercises I’ve done in the past).

When I first started PiYo, I really had to adjust to the slower pace of the workouts compared to P90X3 or T25. I’ve always been one to go full bore and hit it hard, so this was quite the different program. The first couple of weeks, I especially found quite easy, but as the last two weeks have passed, I’ve noticed that it has become more challenging and I’m really beginning to see the merit of having this program in your exercise repertoire.  After I finish up Month 2, I don’t necessarily know if I’d do another PiYo only round, but would likely incorporate the workouts into other programs so that I’m still focusing on my strength, stability, and stretching.

Chalene Johnson, as the trainer, is, as always, a wonderful instructor. I’ve always enjoyed her workouts because of her energy, enthusiasm, and positivity and she most definitely brings that to PiYo.  Being a person who doesn’t particularly like Yoga or Pilates, I’m finding myself starting to enjoy several of these workouts, which was a pleasant surprise. I really wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.

Throughout the month, I’ve definitely noticed that I’ve gotten better at each of the workouts and am improving in my strength, flexibility, and stability. Looking forward to doing Month 2!


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.


4 thoughts on “PiYo Month 1 Review

  1. Hi- I loved your p90x3 review. The results table was great! Congrats on your accomplishments. I would love to see something similar for PiYo

    I am 36, in good shape, but have a bad back so I have to be careful about choosing low impact exercises. In that regard, PiYo seems like a good fit, but I just don’t see how the results could top P90X3. I’d love to get your perspective on that!

    • Hi Kathryn,

      Thanks! I was originally planning on doing a similar review-style for PiYo that I did with P90X3 (weekly updates as well as monthly table/comparison charts), but since I am pregnant, it just wasn’t really feasible (i.e. the charts wouldn’t make much sense, because I’d be gaining weight due to the pregnancy) and I also am not following the food guide, because my goal right now isn’t to lose weight, but to eat healthy for my pregnancy. Basically, the results wouldn’t be an accurate representation.

      P90X3 and PiYo are very different programs. From doing both programs, based off of my own experiences and observations, I doubt you could achieve the same results with PiYo as with P90X3. PiYo has some good workouts, but I just found P90X3 to be a lot more challenging and I felt that I was getting stronger faster and burning a ton of calories in comparison. PiYo has been a nice change of pace, because it’s lower impact and slower, but, at that same token, you won’t necessarily get the same results in the same time as P90X3 (in my opinion). After I finish PiYo, I doubt I’ll do another round just by itself, but could see myself pulling its DVDs to supplement some of my other programs (such as P90X3 or T25) for those days where I feel I need some extra stretch and flexibility). Hope that helps!

  2. Hi there! I am in my third wk of month 2 of piyo..and, expecting :)! We just found yesterday:)!
    Congrats to you btw!
    I am wondering what program I should follow after? I was planning on redoing all of turbofire, but will now have to wait..so turbo jam? Chalean extreme? Any suggestions would be so appreciated.
    Thank you, and hope you are feeling well:)! – Bethany

    • Hi Bethany and congrats!

      Because you’re expecting, I’d definitely chat with your doctor about what he thinks would be appropriate for you (we’re all different and our doctors know our bodies best!).

      I wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy! Very exciting! 🙂

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