I just started working at an AWESOME new gym in my area–Team85 Fitness & Wellness. I am super excited that they choose me to introduce PiYo Live to their clients! Even though PiYo has been around since the late 1990’s, it seems many people at this location have never heard of it and aren’t sure what it is. After I explain it to them, their next question is usually, “I haven’t worked out in awhile. Will it be too hard for me?” Since I hear these two things so often, I thought I would cover them here!
What is PiYo? PiYo is basically a low impact class that will help you tone and stretch your muscles, improve your balance and core strength– all with a cardio kick. It’s for people that want the benefits of yoga and pilates, but have a hard time sitting still! It is taught in lessons that can last anywhere from 4-6 weeks and is set to fun, upbeat music (there’s a whole lesson of all 80s music!) that will keep you motivated and moving! There is never a dull moment in a PiYo Live class!
Is it for beginners? PiYo is for EVERYONE. The beauty of PiYo is that ANYONE can do it! Since we will repeat a lesson many times and the basic moves appear in each lesson there is so much room for success! My main piece of advice is to make it YOUR workout. Don’t worry about what your neighbor is doing next to you. We are all different levels of fitness and PiYo can be adjusted to match everyone’s personal level.
I tell all my new members that it takes at least 3 classes to become comfortable in any format. The first class you will feel lost and maybe confused. You will be craning your neck to see what is going on, you will be hearing terms that may be new to you, you may even feel frustration and that’s normal— it’s a learning day! Your second class you will remember some of moves and terms from the first class and you might even think, yes! I remember this! It will be a little easier to execute. By the third class your muscle memory will kick in and start automatically following what your brain is telling it to do. Eventually, you will even want to break out into PiYo moves when you hear a song from class on the radio in your car! (True story– it happens!)
Will it be too hard for you? Let’s face it— most people don’t like to do things that are hard for them. We like to be successful! Will your first class be hard? I’m not going to lie, it probably will be hard. Anything is hard the first time you try it— think about the first time you went skiing or learned to ride a bike. If you don’t do push ups, yes, a push up will be hard! This is especially true if you aren’t doing any strength building or flexibility at the moment. Heck, the first FEW classes might be hard for you. HOWEVER, I guarantee if you keep coming back you will become stronger, more flexibile, and leaner than you’ve even been! You will be amazed at what you gain in these areas. If you want to change your body, sometimes cardio isn’t enough— you *need* at add strength and flexibility to your workout routine. Don’t get me wrong, you will burn a ton of calories with PiYo! It’s the best of both worlds!