It seems like a PiYo craze has been sweeping the blogging world. Some of my favorite bloggers (like Katy and Katrina) are teaching PiYo, and since I don’t live close enough to check out their classes, I wanted to try one here.
Honestly? I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. I figured it was a mix of Pilates and yoga…but I’ve also heard that’s a little misleading. Other posts I’ve read made it sound more like dance – which freaked me out. I’m not a dancer. At ALL.
So I showed up to the YMCA after work, not really sure what to expect. That was pretty obvious since I wore shoes – and everyone else walked in in their flip flops. Oops.
The room filled up – pretty full actually. The ladies beside me were there for the first time. That immediately made me feel better. I hate going to a class where it seems like everyone knows the drill…except me. Newbies unite!
For the next hour we did more squats and lunges than I knew were possible. We did some yoga poses – warrior, sun salutations, etc - and many of the strength moves were familiar. But they were done in a whole different way. It flowed with the music. It flowed from one to the next. The hour flew by.
I didn’t bring water. That was a mistake. So was not bringing a towel. I sweat more than I did at one of my recent kickboxing classes.
And yet, I never got out of breath. I never felt like I was going to pass out. And things moved so quickly that I never got that awful shaking feeling that comes when you have to hold a squat for too long.
My butt started hurting before I got to my car. My quads started aching when I got home. Walking is going to be interesting tomorrow. I will definitely not be wearing high heels.
I think I’m hooked.
I loved that it is high intensity without being high impact. You might remember that I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – a connective tissue disorder. I have to be really careful to take care of my joints and build strength around them. Things like running and kickboxing probably aren’t the best for someone with this disorder. Oops.
But PiYo? PiYo is a great option for someone like me. High intensity, low impact. It builds strength around the joints, and it doesn’t put them in danger. Our gym offers the class two days a week and I’m already looking forward to Friday. (And no, I’m not getting compensated in any way for writing this post – I just enjoyed it and hope you will too!)
Have you tried PiYo?