PiYo – A new Body Fitness Trend you want to start Today!

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PiYo is known as a hyper version of yoga. The program is an insane mix of Yoga and Pilates with an aerobic framework, with fast-paced structured workouts that are designed into a 60-day format.

PiYo isn’t Pilates, it’s not Aerobics, and it’s not a pure Yoga form – it’s a hybrid of all three! It’s also different from most workout programs, it is less hardcore than the other programs like CrossFit and UXF, but more difficult than many aerobic workouts. PiYo workout will strengthen both your small and large muscles. It is also adaptable to all ages and fitness levels and is a low-impact program.

The best part about this routine is you will just need a yoga mat! You will incorporate your body weight into a series of dynamic moves to burn excess fat.

Benefits of PiYo

PiYo has a variety of benefits. Apart from enhancing your overall wellbeing, it develops flexibility and strength. It also helps to define and sculpt your whole body.

The combination of Yoga and Pilates help to minimize aches and pains in your body. This workout routine is ideal for people with limited mobility because it builds muscle strength and increases and is super friendly for the knees, ankles, and feet.

PiYo is a good choice for those people who are looking for different workout options and are at least somewhat familiar with the basics of yoga and Pilates. Advanced fitness buffs may not find this workout challenging enough while beginners may skimp on those basics and charge into a series of workouts that are too difficult.

Exercises
Here are a few PiYo exercise to get a feel for the training. You can do these exercises as a part of a circuit or on their own.

Downward-Facing Dog plank flow

  1. Start in a plank position.
  2. Press into your hands as you raise your hips and drop your heels toward the floor.
  3. Pause in this position, flowing back to the starting position.
  4. Do 8 to 12 repetitions.

PiYo Cross

  1. Stand with your feet slightly wider than your hips.
  2. Angle your toes to face outward with a slight bend in your knees.
  3. Extend your arms to the side, bending your elbows and extending your spine as you draw your shoulder blades together. This is the starting position.
  4. Squat down as you bend forward with your upper body, rounding your spine.
  5. Arc your arms overhead and cross your wrists to reach your hands between your legs.
  6. Reverse this movement to return to the starting position.
  7. Immediately lower into a squat, fold forward, and continue the fluid movement.
  8. Continue for 30 seconds.

Static Beast

  1. Begin on all fours in a tabletop position.
  2. Raise on to your toes, lifting your knees a few inches off the floor.
  3. Engage your core as you hold this position for 1 minute.

Runner’s Pose

  1. Stand on your right leg with your left foot raised off the floor.
  2. Bend your arms with your right arm forward and left arm back.
  3. Keep your left knee bent as you tilt forward, pressing your leg behind you, and switch the position of your arms.
  4. Float your knee forward, bringing it as high as your waist to return to the starting position.
  5. Do 8 to 16 repetitions.
  6. Repeat on the opposite side.

Moving Warrior

  1. Stand in a wide-legged stance with your left toes facing forward and your right toes turning out at a slight angle.
  2. Square your hips to face forward as you extend your arms overhead with your palms facing inward. This is the starting position.
  3. Bend your left knee at a 90-degree angle so it’s right above your ankle.
  4. Lower your arms to shoulder level, with your left arm extending forward and your right arm extending behind you.
  5. Straighten your left leg and raise your arms overhead.
  6. Bend your left knee again.
  7. Lower your arms to shoulder level and extend out to both sides.
  8. Return to the starting position. This is 1 repetition.
  9. Do 8 to 12 repetitions.
  10. Repeat on the opposite side.

 

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