What’s the difference between PiYo and Plyo?

The truth is, they are pretty much exact opposites. PiYo is Chalene Johnson’s new workout releasing mid June of 2014. It is a combination of Pilates and yoga intended to sculpt your body using low impact movements.

Plyo, on the other hand, is short for plyometrics. Plyometrics are exercises using quick, intense bursts of energy usually in the form of jumps. Plyometrics involve more than just a jump however. The movement of the muscle begins from an elastic, stretched position, and then turns into an explosive burst of energy, like stretching and releasing a rubber band. For example, jumping up out of a squat rather than just standing up. Plyometrics are explosive movements and high impact. They increase speed as well as strength.

A Plyometric movement starting from a squatted plié to an intense vertical jump with impact upon landing.

A Plyometric movement starting from a squatted plié to an intense vertical jump with impact upon landing.

Now back to Chalene’s new workout, PiYo. Not everyone loves Plyometrics or an intense heart pumping workout. Often times we want to relax while working out and yes that is actually possible. PiYo uses yoga poses to increase flexibility and range of movement. PiYo also uses Pilates exercises to strength our core and help tone muscle. It’s a great combination and contrasts with all of the intense, sweat dripping, Insanity style, tough workouts that Beachbody also created.

Chalene Johnson's new workout releasing mid June 2014.

Chalene Johnson’s new workout releasing mid June 2014.

A lot of people will love Piyo and a lot of people need PiYo. If you have knee or shoulder injuries or weak ankles, this workout could be perfect for you. If you want to improve flexibility and tone muscle, definitely try it. And if you just love fitness in general and like variety, you will also love Piyo. I’m stoked to try out the whole program myself from start to finish and would love for you to join me.

To view more information about Piyo and to order your own copy, go here.

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