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A Comprehensive and Unbiased Review of Beachbody Piyo Program

We found ourselves bombarded with record numbers of emails last year from people who wanted to hear our thoughts on a particular workout. We had to wait until we could put together this Piyo review though. I was preoccupied with filming the fitness program, and the rest of the team was busy with other workout programs in our platform all day every day.

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We were able to reach out to our good friend Lisa  who is behind other favorite reviews on our site and she agreed to test Piyo out for us. The following is her own 60-day experience trying the Piyo workout, described through what is one of the most comprehensive and unbiased Piyo reviews out there.

So let’s hear what Lisa has to say….

workout programs When I was last emailed to you guys, it led to me sweating for two straight months. The workout at that time was the Insanity Max 30 workout, and it was the biggest challenge I’d ever faced. This time I was told that it wouldn’t take a extraordinary effort.

I was told that it would be easy to complete Piyo…

I’ve always had something of a love-hate connection with exercises and so was around 19 pounds over what I consider my normal weight. While it’s true that Insanity Max 30 left me looking like a bikini model when I did it a few years ago, there was no way I was going to put myself through something that intense again. Just thinking about the Insanity workout gets my heart racing!

My priorities changed, and so I decided it was time to try something more convenient when it came to fitness.

The Piyo workout looked more doable, and I always enjoy getting to  judge things like this. It was a challenge to stick to the program for 60 days and put together a review, but it was one I was ready to meet. Sixty days and one review later, here we are.

What is Piyo?

I was told that I should stick to a certain review structure here, so let’s begin by answering the question of what Piyo is.

Piyo is described as being a simple sixty-day workout. It was created by Chalene Johnson of Beachbody. The workout was specifically designed to be a low-impact routine that doesn’t rely on equipment or weights. It’s a kind of one-size-fits-all program anyone can do, no matter their age or fitness level.

The best way that we could describe the Beachbody PiYo program is by saying that it combines Pilates and yoga, with some unique twists the main difference between PiYo and Pilates and yoga is that it doesn’t require you to use a lot of force, nor does it have you perform minute core movements. It also doesn’t require you to contort yourself into a complex pose you have to hold. Rather, it allows you to enjoy a dynamic, flowing sequence of short but effective workout that leave you feeling relaxed and provide satisfying results.

Let’s take a look at why the program was created;

As mentioned before, PiYo which gets its name from Pilates and Yoga  is built around shorter workouts that still provide effective results. We’ve never seen something quite like PiYo before and we doubt we ever will. Chalene originally put together the workout a few years ago. It was part of the routine she gave as a group fitness instructor. She says that she got some encouraging feedback about the exercise, and so decided it was time to turn it into a DVD program.

It looks to me like the goal of the program is to create an alternate solution to strenuous workouts. It’s something that the Average Joe would have no problem fitting into their schedule without having to join the military and take a boot camp.

This means that Piyo does away with the concept of training itself. It takes a completely different approach that has nothing to do with push-ups, crunches, and jumping jacks. Instead, Piyo combines yoga and Pilates with fluid movements.

This might sound a little vague, so I’ll take a look at the individual aspects of the program to make it clearer.

How PiYo Works

PiYo aims to cover whole-body fitness through a combination of daily exercises and well-balanced nutrition. The DVD set comes with a wall calendar that outlines the exercise plan in a simple and effective manner. The schedule includes a combination of the seven different video classes. The shortest workout in the PiYo program is 19 minutes long, while the longest is 48 minutes. The set comes with a booklet entitled the Get Lean Eating Plan to encourage healthy eating habits.

The Get Lean Eating Plan is built on a foundation of portion control rather than calorie counting. It’s basically what we’ve seen included with other home workout programs from Beachbody; the basic idea is that if you want to lose weight and feel energized, ten you should eat certain food groups in certain rations (such as eating lots of vegetables but not much oil).

Most people enjoy using the color-coded food containers Beachbody sells (not included with PiYo) as they make it easier to control portion sizes. The food containers help one to plan meals around set amounts of proteins, healthy fats, carbs, and more.

Review Of The Individual Workouts

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The eight week PiYo program is made up of seven different workouts. All seven workout videos clearly demonstrate how to increase your heart rate and lose weight while toning muscles and improving flexibility.

Every video is fronted by celebrity personal trainer Chalene Johnson, who takes an encouragement approach to personal training. Chalene does the workouts alongside male and female assistants that display possible modifications to the exercises to make them easier/harder.

There’s no need for any special equipment outside of your exercise mat. We recommend using a thick mat whenever doing exercises that call for your knees to touch the floor.

Here is a look at the seven PiYo videos, rated in order of difficulty from least-to-most difficult.

Align; the Fundamentals – 43 Minutes – The Align video works as an introduction to the PiYo program. It is built on the most basic moves that make up the other exercises. These exercises are broken down so that beginners can get the form right and do them properly. It’s also a great way to burn off calories even after you learn the basics.

Define; Lower Body – 20 Minutes – The Define workout sees Chalene work on sculpting your lower body, including your core and thighs, using exercises designed to stretch and tone.

Define: Upper Body – 19 Minutes – Like the lower body workout, this one focuses on the upper body; targeting the biceps, triceps, and shoulders.

Sculpt – 26 Minutes – The “Sculpt” workout switches between slow and fast-paced exercises. The workout focuses on lengthening muscles and toning different muscle groups.

Strength Intervals – 25 Minutes – This workout looks at light resistance training in order to build body strength without creating extra bulk.

Sweat – 37 Minute – You’re bound to sweat no matter what PiYo workout you do, but this one is one of the more challenging ones. The Sweat workout involves fast-paced cross training with a mixture of resistance exercises and cardio.

Drench – 48 Minutes – Drench is an intense cardio yoga workout that targets all major muscle groups. It is the longest PiYo workout and also the most difficult one to do. It also burns the most calories of any workout in the program too.

The Pros and Cons of the Piyo Workout Program

The first thing I want to get out of the way is that I don’t like how short some of the workouts are. There’s nothing quite like being in the groove, and it can be frustrating if you get there to see that you’re almost done with the workout. Admittedly I was something of a fitness junkie in days gone by, so maybe that won’t bother you as much as it did me. It just took a little getting used to.

Pros of PiYo:

  • Rapid weight loss and body sculpting

Piyo provides dramatic fitness results to those who fully commit to the exercises and eat a balanced diet.

  • High energy/low impact

There’s no need to jump around or lift weights. PiYo is inspired by Pilates and yoga to be gentle on joints.

  • Perfect for beginners 

I like how the program progresses, and things get more challenging as you go on. Though I have completed some intensely challenging workouts before, it was tough to get started again. Piyo eases you into working out, and I’m very thankful for that.

  • Minimal equipment requirements

All you need to do PiYo is appropriate clothing, a towel, and a yoga mat. Any strength training is done with the help of your bodyweight, meaning that you don’t need weights or other accessories.

  • Available as a DVD and online

You have the option of purchasing the Piyo home workout program as either a DVD set or streaming them online through Beachbody on Demand.

  • No jumping 

I also love that there’s no need to do any jumping with the program. I got in the habit of working out as early as possible, and apparently, my husband has a ridiculous hearing.

  • Stretches not a problem for beginners  

The stretches felt terrific, especially given that I hadn’t been on the workout wagon for quite some time now. Even beginners should have no problems.

  • Bonus DVD

If you do decide to purchase the DVD version of PiYo, you’ll be given a bonus DVD containing Beachbody exercises focused on building the glutes and abdominal muscles.

  • Satisfaction is guaranteed

You can c return the DVDs and get a refund within 60 days of purchase if you aren’t happy with the results.

  • Free trial of online fitness videos

Beachbody on Demand members receive a 14-day trial

Cons of PiYo

Around one in four people do give Piyo a negative review. About half of those people complain about being unable to play the DVD, while others feel the workouts are either too easy or too hard for them.

  • It’s best for people at an intermediate level

PiYo can be difficult for newbies, but it can also be too easy for people who are already in good shape.

  • Advertisements

The DVD version contains adverts for other Beachbody products.

  • DVD problems

Around 10% of PiYo customer reviews mention that their DVDs have problems playing, including freezing. If you do plan on getting the DVD, then you should make sure it works properly as soon as you get it. The good news is that there is a 60 day grace period in which you can return a faulty DVD.

  • No crazy instructor 

Chalene works as the instructor, and she’s not your typical drill instructor. While some people might be relieved like that, I like it when I have someone screaming in my face that I can do this and that I can get through the workout. Keeps you motivated to push through.

Piyo Workout Calendar Plus Eating Plan

Every Beachbody workout DVD set comes with a printed calendar and a complete diet plan particular to the program. Piyo is not an exception. The calendar is beautifully designed, and you can use it to track your progression. The eating plan, on the other hand, is quite extensive and covers many methods on how to use food to lose weight.

It comes with menus and unique recipes included, but you can have excellent results even without copying the precise plan they outline within the diet plan.

Who is PiYo Right For?

PiYo has one of the broadest appeals entire fitness communities. It is great for beginners that are just starting their journey towards a fitter and healthier body. It can also be enjoyed by seasoned veterans who will get something out of the workouts. PiYo can be combined with other weightlifting programs and workouts and comes recommended for the following groups:

  • Those who are just starting their fitness journey and want an entry-level program
  • Those who have been working out for a while but her considering Pilates and yoga
  • Those looking to avoid high impact exercises and strains
  • People want to lose fat in a hurry but don’t want to go to extremes to do so
  • Veterans that want a program that can supplement their current training programs

PiYo is generally designed for anyone that once to improve their posture, flexibility, and strength. It also helps to improve breathing. Anyone can follow along with these exercises whether they are a professional athlete or looking to lose a lot of weight.

As a low-impact workout, PiYo is great for people who are older and still want to look their best without running the risk of getting an injury or dislocating their joints. This doesn’t mean that someone who is in their 20s and already has a healthy body can’t try – and benefit from – PiYo workouts.

Does Piyo Work? The Results of the Piyo Review

I shed around five pounds in the first month, but this is according to the scale. I could tell that I looked quite a bit slimmer. The second month saw me shed another twelve pounds. I guess my muscles finally started burning through the extra fight. It may have also helped I could do the routines without having to take a break or shift away from proper form.

My thighs certainly look leaner than they did before, and my lower abs complement them to give me longer looking legs. I gained a bit of strength in my upper body – not much, but I do feel more agile. I’m more flexible than before too, and I can maintain my balance without breaking a sweat, no matter how ridiculous the balance moves are.

The flow of the routines leaves you feeling more energized than you were when you started them, with the apparent exception of Drench. That makes this what I like to call “time-positive.” I thought that taking time out of my schedule to exercise would leave me with less time, but I’ve since discovered that it was the other way around. While a demanding workout may leave you worn down and out, Piyo is uplifting and leaves you feeling better. It’s great for your mood and gives you the energy to tackle what you have to do.

I love the feeling of having more control over my body and how it moves, but I’m not sure if this is a result of doing Piyo or just a result of working out for two months straight.

I skipped a total of five days in the whole program, so I expect I would have seen better results if I never missed a day. These things happen though, so don’t worry about it if it happens to you too. I stuck to the principles of the nutrition guide when it came to food, but didn’t follow the exact recipes. Let me have some fun!

Well anyway, my abdomen looks flatter, and my back looks great – all chiseled and well-defined. I even went out and bought a new dress to celebrate my new figure.

The workouts had a great atmosphere to them, and I know I’ll do them at least a few times a week even now, to stay healthy.

I do have to pay some lip service to the program at the end of the day, and I would happily recommend it to anyone trying to get started with getting fit again or have the determination to start out fresh.

Unboxing Piyo – What’s included

  • Seven complete workouts on 3 DVDs
  • Fast start guide plus suggestions on each workout
  •  60 day workout calendar as well as a Get Leaning Eating Plan eat a healthy diet.
  • Get lean- Beachbody Piyo eating plan
  • Two bonus workouts on one DVD (Buns, and Core)
  • Beachbody community online support
  • 60-day money back guarantee


Where To Get Piyo? You have two ways to Purchase Piyo.

1. For three low monthly payments of $19.95 plus $12 for shipping, you can buy Piyo from the Beachbody website.

2. All Beachbody programs are sold within their subscription model called Beachbody on Demand. Hence, you can also get your hands on Piyo by the Beachbody On Demand website. Candidly, this is the better deal.

The total cost is $99 for a yearly subscription, however, get this you will also have entree to every single program, All of the favorite workouts (such as Insanity P90X, P90X2, and Fous T25 ), and as if this wasn’t sufficient – All of Beachbody planned releases!

Plus the subscription to Beachbody on Demand gets you a 60-day money back promise.

Other Financial Investment of PiYo

The only thing you really need to invest in, outside of the program itself, is a yoga mat. A good pair of athletic shoes help too if you don’t have one a pair already. Yoga mats can be found in most local sporting goods stores for around $15.

Piyo Review Final Thoughts

Piyo is a comprehensive total body workout that we’re sure you’ll have fun with. It’s refreshing given how it breaks away from traditional exercise norms. I’ve lost a total of 17 pounds and built up the muscle definition I used to have. It does work if you’re willing to put the work into it.

It’s neither difficult nor time-consuming to do, and that’s one of the biggest positives of the program. I never found the moves repetitive, and I felt the flow of the workouts was engaging and dynamic.

I would have to recommend the program to anyone that wants to change their appearance. It just takes some determination to remain consistent. It’s easier to do this and achieve the results you want with Piyo than other programs though, at least in my opinion.

I hope that my comprehensive Piyo review was able to answer your questions. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any more questions or thoughts. I also think that you should take a look at the workout these guys are putting together. It’s easily the most customizable program out there on the fitness market.

I recommend trying Piyo using a subscription to Beachbody on Demand instead of paying for the DVDs. The DVDs occasionally have problems with quality control, and it’s much cheaper to get full access to Beachbody on Demand – and everything else on there – than it is to purchase the DVD set for PiYo.

I hope you enjoyed reading through Lisa review of Piyo and now understand what the program is all about.