PiYo seems to be the newest fitness craze that promises to whip you into shape, but how and what does it mean? PiYo (short for Pilates and Yoga) is a sleek combination of the two exercises and was created by Chalene Johnson, the founder of the Turbo Kick System. PiYo combines the muscle & core building benefits of Pilates with the mind-body, flexibility, and strength advantages of Yoga. The kicker is that PiYo is composed of non-stop, continuous movements to create a high-energy, high-sweat experience.
A Few Characteristics of PiYo:
Uniqueness:While PiYo does blend together elements of both Pilates and Yoga, it also adds numerous other elements into the workout to provide a unique experience such as dance and martial arts and even utilizes more upbeat music to keep the workouts up-tempo.
Increasing Body Strengthen: PiYo combines the best elements of both exercises to focus on total-body strengthening using your own body's resistance. These types of exerciese will produce lean, toned muslces versus the standard bulky look.
Cardio Training: When you hear Pilates and Yoga you DON'T think about aerobic exercise. This is one of the biggest differences in that PiYo classes utilize constantly flowing exercises to increase heart rate while helping you burn more calories all while remaining low-impact.
If you're looking for an alternative to Pilates or Yoga or just looking to spice up your workouts, PiYo might be just what you're looking for. Try out a class or two and let us know what you think.