Good morning and happy Thursday! I have two PiYo workout reviews for you today. One workout is turning into my favorite so far and the other, well, not so much. In fact, pretty much the opposite. I’ll explain why.
PiYo ‘Buns’ Workout
Length: ~ 28 minutes
PiYo Buns is no joke. This is the first workout in the PiYo program that actually made me sweat within the first few minutes and left me with legs feeling like jello by the end. I loved it. The jello feeling always makes me feel like I got a great leg workout in! You’re getting all the work simply by using your own bodyweight. You hit the quads, hamstrings and your booty with variations of squats, lunges, burpees and more. It’s challenging for sure. I did this workout in the morning like I usually try to do and I could feel the aftermath in my legs and butt for the rest of the day. You can’t underestimate workouts that don’t use weight plates or dumbbells!
What I don’t like: nothing. Great lower body workout in less than 30 minutes?? What’s not to like?!
PiYo ‘Drench’ Workout
Length: ~48 minutes
I just did PiYo Drench for the first time this morning and it was the most challenging workout in this program so far. By about 24 minutes in I was wondering how many more minutes…haha. The moves get a little more challenging and the pace is picked up a bit. I found it a little difficult to keep up so I did try to follow the modifier for a good part of this workout (I’m a total PiYo newbie). You begin to learn how to do the PiYo Flip move which looks pretty awesome.
The workout was broken down into a bunch of different segments including “Power”, “Legs”, “Flow” and more. My least favorite was “Flow”. It was a lot of poses and plank work and I probably didn’t enjoy it that much because I’m not very good at all of that yet. Gotta keep pushing! Overall this workout was very challenging and even with following the modifier much of the time I still managed to burn almost 350 calories. As I get stronger and more accustomed to the moves I’m sure that number could rise significantly. According to my Polar HRM I was in “fat burn” over 50% of the time so I’ll take it!
What I don’t like: this workout being close to 50 minutes. Anything over 35-40 minutes begins to lose my interest (unless we’re talking about Les Mills Pump), and even that’s pushing it. Chalene says she just wants you to feel better when you’re done… well that’s what happened with this workout, haha! Better once it was over.
After being in my 4th week of PiYo now I can say that I am really loving the stretching and it has been amazing for my back. This is a great program if you’re looking for more flexibility. I have been surprised by how much mine has improved up to this point. I’m almost to the halfway point of the program already! Interested in giving it a shot? You can order PiYo here.
That’s all for today, y’all.