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.