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Being Persistent with PiYo

Posted Aug 29th, 2014 in General, Fitness, Wellness

Being Persistent with PiYo

I have a new love. Four little short letters that have transformed my life. Yes, it’s the hottest new workout from Chalene Johnson; who I straight up would stalk because I love everything about her. It’s a barefoot strength training class that is a Pilates and yoga inspired mix. It’s my new go-to workout. It’s called PiYo.

It’s a barefoot strength training class that is a Pilates and yoga inspired mix.

I’ve been trying to get away from pre-programmed “boxed” classes. I created my entire business on MY OWN hand selected music, moves, and format. If given the option between doing kickboxing, strength training with weights, or yoga, yoga would be my last choice. Not to mention I hate being barefoot in public. How did this love affair begin?

It was NOT love at first sight. Having taught many types of classes for many years, owning many certifications, and coming up with my own proprietary program, I figured adding PiYo to my roster would be a piece of cake. Yoga/Pilates was not my strong point in teaching or ability, and I wanted to grow personally and professionally. The training went pretty smooth, and I felt pretty confident. I sweat my butt off, loved the music choices, and got an overall awesome whole body workout using no equipment. It was fast yoga and it kept a good pace.

It was fast yoga and it kept a good pace.

Then it all changed. In the last half hour of the training, we discussed what the contents of our boxed PiYo package were: Music CD, Training DVD, and Choreography Notes. The average person that takes group fitness classes probably doesn’t realize that the instructor does NOT make up most classes at gyms. There are VERY LARGE TEAMS of people that make up all parts of a group fitness class and work on these “releases” as we call them; to ensure moves, music, and safety all blend together. As an instructor teaching one of these programs, you either learn by memorizing the counts of music with the moves, in which the choreography notes serve you well, or you learn by watching the DVD, hearing the music, and basically memorizing the moves. I’m 100% auditory and visual and I learn best by watching the DVD. My Quick Fitness classes are a piece of cake for me because, well, I make them up! I am the one-woman team of music selector, choreographer, safety inspector, and presenter!

My Quick Fitness classes are a piece of cake for me because, well, I make them up! I am the one-woman team of music selector, choreographer, safety inspector, and presenter!

When the master trainer stated there were copyright issues and the music you see on the DVD does not match the actual PiYo class music, my heart stopped. Literally. For what felt like EVER. Wait. What. But that is how I learn. Oh boy. What did I just get myself into? I learn based on music. It’s like being right-handed and having to do everything with your left.

I left the training and the next day had to see what learning PiYo was all about. I popped in the DVD and did the class. I HATED IT. HATED IT. Long story short, it took me an entire month to learn one class. Like a big old baby some days, I cried and screamed and thought, this is not worth it! I got seriously cranky and took out my frustrations on my husband. We all suffered the wrath of Lisa learning PiYo in our household. I could have developed and rolled out an entire new program in Quick Fitness in the time it took me to learn ONE PiYo class. I just kept telling myself, you are stepping out of your comfort zone. You are training your brain to learn a new way. Why did you want this in the first place? Trust in the process.

I just kept telling myself, you are stepping out of your comfort zone. You are training your brain to learn a new way. Why did you want this in the first place? Trust in the process.

Yesterday, I did PiYo on the dock at a cottage we are renting. The sun was shining, the water was rushing over the rocks, the birds were chirping, the squirrels were calling, the bass were jumping, and I felt awesome. It’s like it all came together for me.  I was reaching higher, I was banging out pushups on my toes left, right, and center, I was twisting and bending father. My legs were burning, my heart was pumping, my shoulders were aching in a good way, and I felt ALIVE. I craved doing PiYo every day while on vacation. I craved it like I craved doing my own created programs.

My legs were burning, my heart was pumping, my shoulders were aching in a good way, and I felt ALIVE.

You see it’s easier to quit then it is to keep going.  It’s easier to blame someone else than it is to figure out a way to make it work. It’s easier to feel self-conscious about what you see as your shortcomings and stay stuck in the same place you’ve always been. It’s easy to make excuses and give up.

It’s easier to feel self-conscious about what you see as your shortcomings and stay stuck in the same place you’ve always been.

I can see myself doing PiYo everyday as my own personal workout. As instructors, we give and give and give to everyone else (as we should!), but finally I’ve found something for me. I love this class so much that I am bringing it to Quick Fitness. I want to share that same experience I had this week with you. Keep your eyes peeled for PiYo in the Park. I hope you will join me!

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