PiYo is a workout that combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga. And then, the moments are sped up to deliver a true fat-burning, low-impact workout that leaves your body looking long, lean, and incredibly defined. With no jumping, no weights, and no damage to your body.
Now sometimes I say Piyo and other I will say Piyo Live, and there is a difference.
Piyo is the workout that was created by Charlene Johnson and then bought and distributed by Beachbody, a company that also brought us workouts such as Insanity and P90X. Piyo isn’t like standard Pilates and Yoga classes that make you hold long, intense poses, or lead you through dozens of repetitive core focused movements. Charlene created Piyo because having been recommended going to yoga following an injury, she found traditional classes too slow for her, she was used to training and wanted to move. Piyo speeds everything up by introducing you to dynamic, flowing sequences that can burn serious calories at the same time as they lengthen and tone your muscles and increase your flexibility.
Piyo Live is a real time class that you can attend with a certified Piyo Live instructor, like Olivia. They will lead you through a Piyo workout set to great music and every so often they receive new choreography from Beachbody Live to be able to refresh the routines their classes follow.
Whilst Piyo is described as using moves from Yoga and Pilates, it is not a zen experience and there is no time for meditation. For a start, there are burpees (occasionally) and the constant movement ensures that the class delivers a true fat-burning experience. With every action-packed Piyo Live session with Olivia as your instructor, you can define your whole body whilst missing out on the aches and pains that can come along with high-impact workouts. No matter your age, no matter your body type, Piyo will help give you visible results.