Hello lovelies! It’s been a crazy few weeks. The hard drive on my laptop finally died and then my internet at the house has been down. I've been ITCHING to share all my fun goodies with you but I just couldn't, until now. Patience are a virtue I suppose. I'm back up and running so today I bring you, my first PiYo class!
I promised myself that 2016 was going to be a year of exploration and I'm happy to report, I have been true to my word (thus far!). I heard that a clothing store not far from me was hosting a free PiYo class earlier this month and I just couldn't resist! Little did I know I wouldn't be able to walk right for three straight days! Thanks a lot PiYo!
GIRL! Let me be real honest with you before I get into this event. I’m not a huge fan of beach body. I mean I tried P90X when it first came out and it was “ok”. My children were smaller then and getting to the gym was harder so it sounded like a good idea. While it was good for sweating to the oldies in my living room, it didn’t quite give me the burn or the strength that I was looking for. I would have rated it a 6 out of 10 at most. Mainly because the DVD’s were definitely great for an at-home workout and it made staying active easy, even when I couldn’t get out of the house to run or go to the gym. Ever since then, I’ve had this idea that beach body workouts are (pardon my ignorance here) for out of shape people who have little to no fitness base. Boy was I SO WRONG.
If a shirt or spandex pants just happened to show up in my gym bag when I returned home, surely my husband wouldn't kill me for it, right? I signed up immediately after hearing about the event and was quickly filled with anxiety. I had no real clue what I was getting into. I knew it would be a mix of yoga and some kind of cardio-ish something or other. I invited my best gal-pal and hoped for the best.
As we started, the flow was very slow, nothing I wasn't use to in my usual yoga classes. Natalie explained that we would be going through flows slowly at first so that we could see what she was doing, then we would repeat the flow as a quicker pace to get a better workout. Fast yoga? How fast could we really go?! (oh my child! don't ask!)Natalie had us bending, squatting, and downward-dogging just as fast as our little legs could move. Before I knew it I had sweat pouring from my forehead and dripping down my nose. We went up and down, variation after variation. My legs burned as if they were stuck in yoga hell, but it hurt so good!
Toward the end I finally found my rhythm and the DJ played the perfect music. I found myself rolling on my yoga mat in the last couple of sets and my legs were just shaking. I tried so hard to keep up with the class but my legs were literally spent. Natalie said we would feel very strong, but also very relaxed, and she was completely right. The final few minutes were very rhythmic and gave our hearts time to slow down. We finished up with a some stretching and relaxation. Overall this was an experience I totally want to have again. Now that I know a few of the standard PiYo moves, I think I could get by without so much confusion and get an even better workout. If you'd like to see more from my PiYo class, check out my PiYo vlog. I tried to get a few moves in there but my camera battery was low and I could record for long. It should give you an idea of what you can expect should you want to bend and shake one day.
Special thanks goes out to SIX:02 for hosting this free event to give fitness folks like me a chance to try something new. I 'd also like to give a HUGE thank you to Natalie who was just simply amazing. she showed us each and every move slowly so that we knew exactly what to do. For rhythm-less people like myself, that is greatly appreciated. If you're in the DFW are be sure to check out her classes or even join us next month for a free Cize class at the SIX:02 in Arlington, inside the parks mall. If you need a good laugh, just lay your mat next to mine and watch me shake a tail feather.
Here's to trying new things!