Piyo Review – The Complete Breakdown

The simplest way to describe Beachbody’s PiYo workout program is to call it a combination of Pilates and yoga, with a couple of significant differences.

Unlike Pilates and yoga, PiYo (get it?) doesn’t force you to perform several microscopic core movements, nor require exceptionally long and strenuous poses. Instead, it incorporates what it’s deemed “dynamic, flowing sequences” that are meant to shorten the workouts without sacrificing results.

We’ve yet to see another program quite like PiYo. And in the following review, we aim to share with you the details behind this new approach to at-home body sculpting and fat loss, and help you determine whether this particular program is the right fit your you and your fitness goals.

Piyo workout review

Who Was PiYo Created For?

Of all the home-based fitness products we’ve reviewed, PiYo appears to have the broadest appeal across all levels of the fitness community.

If you’re a beginner just starting on your journey to getting in better shape, PiYo can play the role of a solid starting point or companion piece to a program like P90.

And if you’re a seasoned fitness veteran, we feel you can still put PiYo to good use in conjunction with your standard weightlifting regimen or the likes of a program like Shaun T’s Insanity Max 30.

We recommend PiYo for the following groups:

  • People who are brand new to fitness and looking for an entry-level program.
  • People who are semi-new to fitness and want to pursue Pilates or yoga.
  • People who want to focus on accelerating their fat loss without going to extremes.
  • People who want to avoid high-impact workouts.
  • Fitness veterans looking to supplement other workout programs.

What’s Included in the PiYo Workout?

The PiYo Base Kit at Beachbody.com comes with the following:

1. 10 Workouts on 3 DVDs
2. Quick Start Guide
3. PiYo 60-Day Workout Calendar
4. Get Lean Eating Plan
5. Tape Measure
6. Buns Workout

PiYo review package1. 10 Workouts on 3 DVDs

PiYo is a 60-day fitness program led by celebrity fitness trainer, Chalene Johnson. Workouts are performed 6 days a week, and each workout targets a specific aspect of fitness: cardio, body sculpting, abs, and strength training.

If you’re new to Pilates or yoga, you’ll find that some of the movements will be difficult to nail down at first. And the fact that Chalene occasionally fails to cue the next exercise means you’ll find yourself looking at the screen more often in the beginning. But as time progresses and you internalize the moves and workout, your reliance on the screen should lessen.

There is a cast member designated as a modifier for each workout, and they do a good job of demonstrating easier alternative movements for each exercise. But even with the modified exercises, make sure you stick at the pace that works for you. Injuries will only set you back further.

Chalene is a great motivator in the videos, which is always a good thing. And she motivates without being overly obnoxious (something that Shaun T can occasionally do on his Insanity Max:30 Program)

2. Quick Start Guide

The Quick Start Guide is exactly what the title says, a crash course on what you need to know to get started with the PiYo program. While we didn’t come across any new information in the guide, there’s no doubt that it’s an essential read for those who are new to PiYo or working out in general.

For that reason, we definitely recommend you read it before starting your first workout.

3. PiYo 60-Day Workout Calendar

The PiYo 60-Day Workout Calendar is a wall calendar that lists out each of the workouts for the full 60 days of the PiYo program.

We always recommend that you mark off each day on the calendar as you complete it. We’ve found that it’s an excellent (yet seldom used) motivational tool.

*Note: You can view or enlarge PiYo Basic Workout calendar below.

Piyo Workout schedule calendar

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4. Get Lean Eating Plan

The Get Lean Eating Plan is PiYo’s version of a nutrition guide. If you’ve ever used one of Beachbody’s other programs (save for Insanity Max:30), then you’ll find this particular guide to be very similar in information.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not useful. If you have any questions about what to eat and how much to eat, the PiYo Get Lean Eating Plan Food List is an excellent reference of healthy foods and their appropriate serving size.

5. Tape Measure

The PiYo package comes with its own tape measure for keeping track of your body measurements throughout the course of the program.

It’s your standard run-of-the-mill rollup tape measure with the Beachbody logo on it. While it doesn’t make or break the system, it’s a nice extra that fits PiYo’s theme.

6. Buns Workout

The Buns workout video is an optional workout that targets (you guessed it) your booty, along with your quads and hamstrings. Like the rest of the PiYo workouts, Buns uses your bodyweight to increase resistance and tighten and tone your lower body. Modifiers are also included in this workout.

Convenience and Usability

Convenience

Like Insanity Max:30, PiYo requires no equipment. All workouts are done using only your bodyweight, making this program extremely convenient for anyone.

The workout durations range from 25 minutes to 45 minutes and are performed 6 days a week (atypical of most Beachbody programs, which are usually 5 days a week).

Consumers commonly mentioned how fast the workouts seemed to pass, giving them the illusion that the workouts were even faster than their actual duration.

Usability

PiYo is extremely accessible to people of all fitness levels, body types, and age groups. Its low-impact exercises and lack of jump movements make it one of the easiest programs offered by Beachbody.

As we alluded to earlier, while PiYo is still effective as a standalone product, it really shines when paired with one of the foundational Beachbody workout programs like P90X, P90, or the Insanity workouts.

*Note: There are even hybrid calendars that combine the PiYo program with P90X3 and Insanity.

Our only criticism is that the length of the PiYo workouts combined with the length of other workouts (i.e. P90X3) can lead to an hour-and-a-half workout days when used together.

For that reason, we recommend following the hybrid calendars we linked to above or modifying them to best suit your schedule and needs.

Financial Investment

The only additional item you need to purchase with PiYo is a yoga mat (and possibly a pair of athletic shoes, if you don’t already own a pair). You can pick up a decent yoga mat for around $15 from your local sporting goods store.

One thing we’d like to point out is the fact that you also need to take into consideration the investment required if you choose to use PiYo in conjunction with another program (like P90).

PiYo Reviews and Results

PiYo’s strength lies in its effective use of blending Pilates and yoga, which we feel gives it the upper hand over both in terms of its ability to burn fat.

Make no mistake about it, PiYo is a fat-burning workout. If building strength is your focus, you may want to consider another program.

Results from the Official PiYo’s Product Page

There are currently 8 women highlighted on PiYo’s product page:

Their total average weight loss = 27.88 lbs.

*Note: No men are highlighted on the sales page; which should give you a good indicator of PiYo’s target audience.

Results from Consumers

We admit we were a little surprised by some of the results we read by other consumers. One in particular involved a person who lost over 30 lbs. and dropped 3” from their waist by the end of 90 days (without combining PiYo with another program).

Other consumers reported losses of 10 lbs. in the first three weeks, 8 lbs. in the last week, and upwards of 20 lbs. after 60 days.

That’s not to say that all the results have been positive. We did come across a couple of reviews in which the consumers admitted to not being able to finish the program due to a lack of motivation.

But overall, the reviews we read and researched were positive.

Pros and Cons

Pros

Great for beginners. This program can easily be picked up and used by anyone, regardless of his or her body type, current fitness level, and age.

Very low impact workouts. There is no jumping or jarring moves in the PiYo workout program. Moves tend to be more natural and flowing.

Quick workouts. The maximum amount of time you’ll spend on one workout is 45 minutes. But even then, the workouts seem faster.

Increased flexibility. Thanks to the yoga elements in the program, many consumers have experienced increased flexibility by the end of the 60 days.

Cons

Unbalanced workouts. In a couple of videos, Chalene performs too many workouts where the right side of your body gets more of a workout than the other.

Fast transitions. Chalene transitions fairly quickly from exercise to exercise (and sometimes doesn’t give cues), so keeping up with the changes can be difficult in certain workouts.

 

How to Buy PiYo

We recommend purchasing PiYo from the official Beachbody website.

Total Cost of Base Kit = $59.95
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Your Thoughts?

You’ve heard our take on PiYo. Now, we would like to hear from you.

Have you used PiYo to lose weight, tone or build muscle? If so, what was your experience like, and what were your results?

Share it with other readers in the comments below.

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21 Comments on "Piyo Review – The Complete Breakdown"

  1. Great review! I’ve just ordered Piyo and look forward to starting it soon!

  2. I’m a guy, buy would like to see if it’d work. Have a friend that looks amazing after using it. Going to be doing this with my old lady, I’ve gained 50lbs since I quit smoking and have to do something.

    • Hey Ryan,

      Congrats on quitting! It’s one of the toughest thing to do and if you can do that, you can do anything. Just make sure you are drinking plenty of water and you are not eating out of urges if you still have cravings – everything tastes and smell so much better. Besides that, PiYo is a great workout, just make sure to stick to it and you will get great results. Having someone else to do the workout with, is great – keep each other motivated. All the best 🙂

  3. I have seen the advertisement a few times. It looks great, however, I live with chronic pelvic, rectal and leg pain. I have gained weight from this and menopause. Do you think this program can benefit someone like me? I really need to lose weight. I have been recently diagnosed with diabetes because of the extra weight.

    • Hey Mary,

      PiYo is a great workout program for losing weight and/or toning. However, since you mention that you have chronic pelvic pain and other issues, there may be exercises in PiYo that may aggravate those issues. I strongly recommend talking to your doctor first. Thanks!

  4. Program looks pretty user friendly. I would like to see preview from each DVD especially for the Buns/thighs since I suffer from my knees lately. Thanks, Kathy

  5. I started changing my eating habits and eating healthier in November, 2015. I started PiYo on January 11, 2016. I have lost a total of 43 lbs. and a total of 22 inches. I am still doing some of the modified versions, but I am not bored with it or tired of it, which is amazing for me. I don’t like to exercise. I am soaking wet from sweat after every workout! I am not doing any other workout with it, except walking my dog. It has worked for me along with getting my nutrition in line…no sugar and no white flour.

    • Wow Theresa! Congrats on the amazing results. Keep it going and definitely keep us updated 🙂

    • Thank you for sharing. Please keep us updated. I am so fustrated with my weight gain You are an inspriration

  6. Is piyo a program that would be OK to follow while breastfeeding? I don’t want to decrease my supply. Thank you!

    • Hey,

      PiYo is a great fitness program for those that are breastfeeding. Since piYo is not really a high calorie intense program. I will add around 100-150 extra calories for every 25-30 min of exercising. Exercise really doesn’t affect supply unless it’s extreme and you’re dehydrated. Also, make sure you are drinking enough water as well.

      However, consult with your doctor first and foremost. Thanks!:)

  7. Hi, I have been looking for a low impact exercise formula for some time as I have a recurring Lower Back Injury, and have put on a lot of weight due to lack of exercise, however, I have just signed up for 3 months with Weight Watchers and need to know if I will still get results using the DVD, if I am not following the PiYO meal plan/diet.
    Can you also confirm if this is suitable for someone who has not done any exercise for some years?

    Thank you.

  8. Caroline I can confirm its perfectly fine for someone who has not exercised in years. That is why the modifyer is GREAT. I’m personally 3 weeks into this program and LOVE it, you will ABSOLUTELY get results. Your body gets stronger and i’ve already lost 5lbs 🙂

  9. Is this low impact enough for someone with knee issues?

    • Hey Rose,

      PiYo is a great program for those with knee issues. There is always modifiers that you can follow. Overall, PiYo is good choice for those who don’t have specific ACL/MCL (or lateral) knee issues, as there is a lot of twisting at speed. I highly recommend stretching before exercising.

      However, I always recommend those with knee issues to take a look at 21 Day Fix first. You can read our 21 day fix review here for further details & information. Thanks! Keep us updated 🙂

  10. I bought this program since I am 39 and trying to conceive. I like that it’s low impact. I recently got I shape and lost 20lbs using 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme. Now that we are actively trying to conceive I’d like to stay in shape while also taking it a tad easy around ovulation and implantation time!

  11. Hi,
    Would you still get good results if the nutrition plan from the workout was not followed? I am currently at Slimming World and would like to combine Piyo with that diet otherwise it would get too confusing??

    • Hey Michelle,

      Yes, you will see great results. I personally know several people who are using PiYo with other nutrition plans and they are seeing amazing transformations. No Worries! 🙂 Keep us updated on your progress.

  12. Kerry Davis-White | July 12, 2016 at 4:22 pm | Reply

    Hi, I have completed Insanity, T25, Cize and Insanity Max 30. I loved them all, but I can honestly say I feel really great doing PiYo. I am currently in week 7. My whole body is firmer and definitely more flexible. I have already bought the strength DVD’s so I’m ready for the next 8 weeks. I highly recommend giving it a go.

  13. I have a few herniated disc in the neck and lower back issues. Would you recommend this workout for individuals like myself. I loved doing Zumba before but now I need less impact workouts without all the jumping.

    • Hi Nicole,

      There are many individuals with issues such as back problems and/or suffer from a herniated disc, etc. – They are seeing amazing results with PiYo! PiYo is low impact enough for people who suffer from these issues but at the the same you’ll seen great results if you stick to it. There are modifiers that you can follow until you can move on to other moves. Since you mention having back pains and a few herniated disc – Make sure to modify some of the poses to prevent hyper-extension of the back. Also, a few core strengthening exercises will help you along the process. Keep us updated! 🙂

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