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.