This FAQ post is geared towards the PiYo at-home workout program created by Chalene Johnson and brought to you by Beachbody.
Q: Is PiYo an at-home workout or an in-studio workout?
A: It’s both! PiYo workouts have been offered in fitness studios settings for years. In June 2014, Chalene Johnson and Beachbody decided to take this found-only-in-studio workout and created an at-home workout series. The in-studio version of the PiYo workout is called PiYo Live.
Q: What is the difference between PiYo Basic and PiYo Strength?
A: Once you get your at-home workout program, you have two options to choose from: PiYo Base and PiYo Deluxe. PiYo Base is the basic PiYo workout program that you can do if you ordered the basic program without the yoga mat and sliders. The PiYo Deluxe package includes two advanced PiYo workouts, yoga mat and sliders. In these two extra workouts, you use the Beachbody Strength slides to increase the intensity – it’s like having a personal trainer in your own home to keep you in proper form. You can compare the two workout calendars here.
Q: How long are the PiYo workouts?
A: They vary, but here’s the breakdown:
- Align: The Fundamentals(40 min.)
- Define: Lower Body (20 min.)
- Define: Upper Body (20 min.)
- Sweat (35 min.), Core (30 min.)
- Strength Intervals (25 min.)
- Drench (45 min.)
- Sculpt (30 min.)
- Buns (25 min.)
Bonus Workout: Hardcore on the Floor (30 min), which is FREE as long as you order it through a Team Beachbody coach.
The Strength workout calendar includes all the Basic calendar workouts plus the following:
- Full Body Blast (30 min.)
- Strong Legs (30 min.)
Q: What equipment do you need for PiYo?
A: For the basic program, all you need is a yoga mat and a towel to wipe the sweat out of your eyes. For PiYo Strength calendar, you will need the Beachbody Strength Slides that come with the deluxe package.
Q: What kind of shape do I need to be in do PiYO?
A: Injury-free is the only criteria to do this program, because PiYo is for the beginner through the advanced. There is always a modifier on screen for the beginner and if you can’t keep with her endurance-wise, simply go into child’s pose. It is also advanced enough for the exercise enthusiast, because it will pose new challenges for your body.
Q: What kind of results will I get with PiYo?
A: Four weeks in, I lost about 6 pounds ( and I really didn’t have much to lose), I see muscles in my core that I did not know existed. My boyfriend has lost over ten pounds and is at his lowest body weight in over ten years. He also made the comment how much easier yardwork has been, although I think he should be careful bragging about that one :) The results you will get with PiYo: weight loss, toning, increased flexibility, and a noticeable increase in cardiovascular endurance.
Q: Will I need to add extra cardio workouts to PiYo?
A: Not in my opinion. Chalene has added in a good mix of cardio to make sure the workouts get your heartrate up. Plus, the dynamic moves in PiYo feel like a cardio workout in their own.
Q: What is the PiYo GET LEAN eating plan like?
A: The GET LEAN eating plan is simple to follow first and foremost. It is a well-balanced diet with a focus on whole foods. It offers daily ratios of about 40% carbs, 35% protein, and 25% fat, which is what you really should be eating for good health. The diet guide provides a list of foods in different categories. You simply select your calorie range and then get a certain amount of blocks to eat from each category, like proteins, fruits, veggies, carbs, and healthy fats.
Q: What to wear during PiYo?
A: Whatever you are most comfortable in. Most workouts do not require sneakers, but it would be a good idea to wear them for Buns, Strength Intervals, and the Deluxe workouts.
Q: How many calories do PiYo workouts burn?
A: The amount of calories you burn in PiYo depends upon many factors. For most people, 250 to 400 calories would be about the average.
Q: Who created PiYo?
A: Chalene Johnson. In her words, she created PiYo because she wanted a workout that would create results for anyone regardless of their age or fitness level could do. She also wanted to increase her own flexibility.
Q: What are the benefits of PiYo workouts?
A: PiYo incorporates muscle sculpting bodyweight exercises and Pilates moves with the flexibility training of Yoga and low impact fluid movements to burn calories. In the end, you get a workout that will make you stronger, leaner, and more flexible.
Q: Where can I buy PiYo?
A: The PiYo at home workout program is not available in stores. It must be purchased through Beachbody or Team Beachbody. Ordering PiYo from a Team Beachbody link gets you the Hardcore on the Floor workout for FREE and as an added benefit if you order though this link, I will be made your PiYo coach! :)