PiYo LIVE combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility of flowing yoga movements. You’ll use your body weight to perform a series of continuous, targeted moves to define every single muscle – big and small. You will burn calories, tone muscles, work on balance and get a great stretch!
The workout routine focuses on various parts of your body as you do multiple squats, lunges, planks and pushups.
The workouts are 50 minutes in length and are low impact. Because PiYo involves intense cardio, you get results significantly faster than with traditional yoga and Pilates. So PiYo is not yoga. Specifically it:
- is more intense than yoga in terms of cardio consisting of short bursts of cardiovascular work and strength training for an all over body conditioning.
- does in fact focus on a lot of the strength and core movements that yoga does but,
- is much more than just a fusion class, (or a mix of traditional yoga poses incorporated with another form of fitness), such as Pilates or resistance training.
You may think of it as bodyweight strength training, focusing on the core, but emphasizing flexibility and dynamic balance to achieve hardcore result.
It is a class that the most devoted yoga or Pilates students can take or those looking to get into these disciplines. A lot of the moves are also shown with different levels, so if you can’t quite get a move just yet, there’s an easier alternative that is still challenging and making a difference. You don’t have to already be at peak fitness to attend.
There is also a core session at the end that brings a whole new meaning to core workout. It’s quick so you can power through, but it feels like it’s working right then and there. It’s hard work, so don’t let it fool you, but the slower pace makes it seem relaxing as well. You definitely work up a sweat, but there is something about that that still makes it seem more calming.
To sum it up, it’s a great way to build muscle tone, while lengthening and stretching at the same time. It’s not as intimidating as heading to the weight room, but you will do lots of pushups and feel stronger.