PiYo, a new fitness program combines pilates and yoga. As it makes its way to the city, find out if it’s worth sweating over.
CrossFit, metabolic training or High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): the world of fitness has something new and exciting to offer every few months. So, when we heard that America’s latest craze — PiYo (Pilates plus Yoga) — has made its way to our shores, we thought of giving it a try. Created by American fitness trainer Chalene Johnson, PiYo combines the muscle sculpting qualities of Pilates with the flexibility of yoga and is done in rapid, non-stop movements.
On a sunny morning, we made our way to Temperance, a multi-level fitness studio-cum-activity centre in Bandra to try it out. “PiYo is inspired by Insanity, a home DVD program introduced by Beachbody (weight-loss solution provider). But it doesn’t involve the rigorous movements of Insanity,” says Sanober Khan, a certified PiYo instructor and our coach for the day. Khan, who learnt the technique in Birmingham, UK, struggled with weight-related issues, until she found Insanity and PiYo. “I was the fattest and the shortest girl in my class,” says the 25-year-old, who is a fitness instructor by day and a poet by night.
The hour-long session started with a round of warm up, lunges and push-ups to build heat and get our arms ready for the workout. This was followed by working the lower body, choreographed to peppy music. It focussed on areas like the glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves. By now, we were 20 minutes into the workout and it felt as satisfying as a 20-minute run on a treadmill; not bad for starters, we thought.
However, nothing prepared us for the power section — mini high-intensity exercises thrown right in the middle of a low-intensity workout. We did three minutes of rapid lunges coupled with burpees, which felt like running a 2km stretch. It made our heart rate peak, and with no rest in sight, we continued to the core workout section. “By now you’ve burned around 600 calories,” announced Khan to the class. Motivating? Yes. So, we kept at it by doing more lunges, warrior poses (from yoga), swings and jumps. 50 minutes into the workout, the pace slowed down and we had begun the cooling process with breathing exercises, and finally by lying down in the corpse pose.
“PiYo is injury-free as there are no weights to lift,” adds Khan. It promises the benefits of a high intensity workout, thus making it ideal for those who have a busy lifestyle and get bored of monotonous gym routines.
Khan organises PiYo classes every Tuesday and Thursday, from 10.30am to 11.30am.
Where: Temperance Studio, next to Rizvi College of Hotel Management, Bandra
Call: 97693 81821