The Hansons’ method I’ll be using for marathon training leaves little room for cross training, so I want to use the five weeks before training starts to try other things. I get benefits of working at a university through my organization. One of those benefits is access to the university’s fitness center. The university just completed a major addition that houses a new, huge, beautiful fitness center. In the previous fitness center, there were like five treadmills, and people were always waiting to use them so there was a 30-minute time limit. In the new fitness center, there are about 30 treadmills! I only run outside, but this past winter I was wishing for a treadmill on a few days where snow and ice made me skip my run or change it from a speed workout to an easy run. I love that I now have access to a treadmill if I need it!
The fitness center also offers group classes. I usually do classes in the summer when the students are gone, so I decided to start doing some classes this week. The first one I tried yesterday was PiYo.
I had no idea what PiYo was. I knew it was a Pilates and yoga hybrid, and I was expecting something like a few sun salutations between ab work. Yeah, I was pretty wrong. It was a very challenging workout and a total sweatfest!
The class was 45 minutes, and we were constantly moving from one pose or exercise to another, with few breaks except for a few childs’ poses between very long sets. So, for example, we would do a forward lunge but then pulse up and down, do some lunges and squats, and get into plank position and do pushups. We would do one side for about 10 minutes followed by the other side. You had to engage your core the entire time to keep your balance since you were constantly going into positions that required balance. It was a great workout, and I was sweating buckets.
Later I looked it up and realized PiYo is not only a thing, it’s a big thing. I had no idea! I read some blog reviews where people got great results from doing Chalene Johnson’s PiYo DVD series. The tagline is “No weights. No jumps. Just hardcore results.” So I can see this would be a really good low-impact workout for those who have problem with plyometric exercises and weights.
The class is only offered at my fitness center once a week, so I’m considering buying the DVD, though I won’t have much time for it when I start training. I’ll have to see. Until then, I’ll definitely continue taking the classes at the fitness center when I can.
Have you ever tried PiYo?