Workout Review : PiYo (Pilates+Yoga)

My previous reviews prove how much I love home workouts! So here we have another review 🙂

I have been doing an 8-week PiYo (Pilates+Yoga) program which ends this week. I started PiYo because January onwards my knees got strained on and off and I couldn’t do my usually HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) anymore. I was sick of not exercising and needed to do something which is low impact for the knees. Hence, PiYo.

So what is PiYo? It is a mixture of pilates and yoga. why-what-athletes.png

It is not high intensity but is not by any means ‘easy’. The movements are slow and focus on the muscle deeply which makes it so intense!

Duration : Some workouts are as low as 20 minutes and some are 45 minutes.

The exercises include from a yoga suryanamaskar to lunges and squats and push-ups and so on. The workout focuses not only on strength but also flexibility, which makes the combination of exercises on this workout so good!

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Moreover, I thoroughly enjoyed doing it. Not like I did not enjoy 21 Day Fix or Insanity max 30, but they would be very high intensity that it requires a lot of mental strength to push through and continue.  About 10 minutes of Insanity Max 30 are very, very tiring. During PiYo, on the other hand, working out itself is extremely enjoyable. The slow and focussed moves get you working hard but also I loved how it felt!

Oh, and slow and focussed moves doesn’t mean its easy. It will lead you completely sweating !

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Another difference I saw was that it made me flexible! Being so tall (height : 5.9″) makes you very stiff, so you can feel PiYo open up those muscles and making you flexible. Which is great as being flexible prevents injuries !  Moreover, PiYo works on sculpting all muscles in your body and tones you up.

So, do I recommend it? YES. It’s a fun program which tones you down. You feel your muscles burn and you enjoy it. It’s definitely worth 8 weeks 🙂 Best of luck!

  • For more information about PiYo- Click here
  • To buy PiYo : Click here
  • To take a membership of Beachbody (the company which is an umbrella for amazing workouts like PiYo and have access to all workouts like P90x, PiYo, Insanity, etc) : Click here

I have my Final Exams from Monday, so my next blog post will be post mid-April. Stay healthy, stay fit !

 

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Fighting your Weight-loss Plateau

You know those few months when you are working just as hard (and sometimes harder) but you’re still not losing any weight/fat? That’s called a weight-loss plateau. I’ve had it for over 4 months! And its not impossible at all to get rid of it, you just need to follow some basic strategies.

  1. Change your workout– Join a fitness class or do some yoga, just change your workout for a while. I started doing the Insanity Max 30 workout and started losing fat immediately (as less as 2 weeks) and gained lean muscle.
  2. HIIT – Do HIIT (High intensity interval training) exercises a couple of times a week, or add them to your cardio schedule in the gym with rounds of sprinting and jogging.
  3. Sugar– Discontinue any food or drink with sugar , just for a month! Yes, that means tea and coffee as well. Worked wonders for my skin too. After that you can start having it in moderation, but for a while cut away from drinks and dessert.
  4. Alcohol– Alcohol accounts to so so so much empty calories, discontinuing alcohol means cutting down on a lot of calories and saving that belly.
  5. Supplements – I am not a pro with supplements, the only think I take is whey protein. My friends take Apple Cider Vinegar as it helps with burning fat.
  6. Hormones – As women, we have a lot of hormonal changes and imbalances. If nothing works out, get yourself checked so you know whats the cause of this!

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