I am so excited….I have officially started my Piyo Journey! I am thrilled to share with you my weekly progress with PiYo! I’ll be completely honest with you, I was scared to commit to this program, not because I didn’t believe in the program, but because I have been lifting heavy weights for five years now, and I was afraid to give that up! But after chatting with some other coaches and seeing their results, I have decided to give 100% commitment and do Piyo from start to finish!
I’ve decided to take a break from lifting weights and give my muscles something else to do…something that is intense, but isn’t going to tighten my muscles, rather, instead it will lengthen them and give them increased flexibility. I also know that I have a lower back injury that really need some TLC.
My main goal with Piyo is not to lose weight but to increase my strength, flexibility and my core! I want to maintain my current fitness level and increase my overall performance. So this means I am eating for maintenance calories and not for weight loss!
So what does week 1 look like:
Day 1 is the fundamentals which is 40 minutes long. This workout breaks down the most important and effective moves in the program to help you perfect your form and get the best results possible. Definitely don’t skip this introduction or else you’ll be wondering what the heck you are doing the rest of the week!
Day 2 is Define: Lower Body (20 minutes) which really focuses on your lower body. Hello deep lunges!
Day 3 is Define: Upper Body (18 minutes). At first, I thought I put in the wrong workout since we were doing a lot of core work…but then came the tricep pushups…and they kept coming! So ya, it was an upper body workout for sure.
Day 4 is Sweat (35 minutes) which is fast paced cardio yoga flow and body weight resistance strength training to help sculpt your entire body. And YES…you WILL SWEAT without doing ANY running or jumping.
Day 5 is REST
Day 6 you repeat Define: Lower Body
Day 7 you repeat Define: Upper Body
YAY, week 1 is done!!!
So you may be wondering what I’m doing for the nutrition part.
I am going to use the 21 day fix containers for portion size and mix that together with the Piyo meal plan!
To start, I figured out my calorie baseline (what we burn just being alive). For me, that is approximately 1,500 calories per day. Next, I needed to determine my maintenance calories (the # of calories I need to eat per day to maintain my current weight.) This is 1,900 calories per day. **Now please remember, I am not wanting to lose weight, which means I can eat more that someone who wants to lose weight. Most people will be in a lower range and will need to figure out how many calories they will need to eat to LOSE weight.
I am going to follow the Piyo Get Lean Eating Plan which takes a balanced approach giving you all the energy you need to power thru your workouts!
It’s really important to know that you should not eat fewer calories than recommended for many days in a row because it is truly unhealthy and detrimental to your results…and you don’t want that!
You want to use this guide as an approximate value, but don’t be stressed about the numbers or hitting an exact amount each day. Stay within 200 calories of your target and the results will come in no time.
For MY target range I am eating :
6 servings of Primary Veggies
3 servings of secondary veggies and grains
3 servings of fresh fruit
7 servings of lean protein
4 servings of healthy fats
So I encourage you to follow me on my Piyo Journey on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and right here on my blog! I also am accepting applications for my next Drop a Dress Size support group where you can use Piyo to GET RESULTS and WIN MONEY in the PROCESS!!
Here is my most recent video where I share my week 1 thoughts about Piyo: