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PiYo Live Formatting

So you’re thinking of trying out a PiYo Live class at your local gym?
Putting yourself into a situation where you’re outside of your comfort zone can be scary, but it can also be AWESOME! And can help lead to amazing results that you never would have imagined possible.

I always tell my classes that the space outside of your comfort zone is where great things happen, where changes happen!

Sometimes feeling a little more prepared for those situations can help, though.
So here is a basic format of a PiYo Live class.

Every class is based on choreography that we’re given, as instructors, and the music and choreography should be pretty much the same no matter where you are. That’s the beauty of a class like PiYo, whether you go to a class in LA, Florida, or NYC, the basic format should be the same and you should be able to follow along regardless of where you’re used to taking PiYo.
Every instructor naturally puts their own spin and personality on their class, might do more or less reps of something, depending on their familiarity and their class’s familiarity with the lesson (each different PiYo class is called a “lesson” and we are currently on Lesson 40!).

The class starts with a
WARM UP-The warmup always stays the same, for the most part.
HEAT BUILDING-This section gets you ready for what’s about to come and is filled with sun salutations, different variations of sun salutations, and lunges.LOWER BODY-Squats and lunges, mostly, and different variations of both! Time to get that booty to the ground 😉
FULL BODY FUSION-Starts with “PiYo Pushups” and then moves through 3/4 different exercises that flow together. If you go to my class, we like to say “BAM” when getting up from our pushups 🙂 SO FUN!!! One of my favorite parts of class!!!
POWER-Bring on the cardio! Burpees, knee pulls, power squats, plyometric options abound in this section, IF you want to take it to a higher level. All classes should show you lower impact options of these moves throughout!
FLOW-Slows things down a bit to really hold those yoga-based poses. We do speed it up a bit, but you get a great stretch (while strengthening) during this section!
CORE & MORE-Just as it says, LOTS of CORE-Crushing moves!!!
STRETCH & STRENGTH-Stretches with different strength-challenging moves throughout. Just when you thought you were safe with stretching, we make you do pushups, squats, etc. MWAhahaha 😉
COOLDOWN-You’re safe! Push the limit with the stretches to really get the most out of them when your body’s nice and warm and you can really increase your flexibility and prevent injury.

And that’s about it-When my class is lucky, we throw in extra of a certain section, though 🙂

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21 Day Fix

Another great program that Beachbody (the company that brings you PiYo) is the 21 Day Fix.

What is the 21 Day Fix?
Simply put, the 21 Day Fix makes nutrition easy! It takes the guess work out of portioning, and also does an amazing job of giving you the food you need to fuel your body without making you feel deprived or starved.
It comes with different color-coded containers, different sizes depending on which food group the container is for, and based on your weights and activity level you are assigned a plan with a specific number of each container to eat each day.There are also daily workout dvds that get your blood pumping and are easy to modify for those newer to working out, but challenging enough for advanced athletes!

But does it work?
Here are my results from the 21 Day Fix.
Left is the first day of my first round of the fix. Right in each photo is after the 21 days 🙂
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But more importantly than my results was how I felt while doing the 21 Day Fix.
I felt strong, lean, and powerful. Powerful? That sounds weird
But seriously-I tend to eat too many carbs, even though they’re healthier carbs, I just know in my “normal”-non-21 day fix eating, I eat more than I should. And this program showed my the amount of carbs I should be eating for the activity level I live. And I felt amazing eating this way.

Where can I get my own?
Easy! Check out beachbodycoach.com/angelinafitness
Click shop-And find the 21 Day Fix under fitness programs!

PiYo Core Review Video

FINALLY made my video review of the PiYo CORE workout!

Check it out 🙂
And always feel free to comment or email me at angelina4901@hotmail.com for more info on this amazing program!

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PiYo CORE Review

For someone who LOVES pilates, this was a great, non-traditional type of Core routine!
Chalene throws some standing abs at you, lots of plank, some more traditional supine ab work on the mat, and it burns!!!
This is the kind of workout that when done regularly, theres no way you cant get those abs super defined and toned!

My favorite exercise from this workout?
The PiYo Pike!

I’ll try to update with a youtube vid later today to show what that pike’s all about, too! 🙂

PiYo Eating Plan Trackers

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Almost forgot to tell you this awesome feature you can access to make the Get Lean Eating Plan even easier to follow!
On the Team Beachbody website
Sign up for a free account!!!
You can download free printable or digital meal trackers!
How cool is that?!
When you’re righting down and planning out your meals, you are much more likely to stick with the plan!

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Get Lean Eating Plan

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For all of you doing, waiting to receive, or thinking about doing PiYo, one of the components of the program that comes with it for no additional cost is a “Get Lean Eating Plan.”
You will get results just doing the workouts, but you will accelerate those results and feel great if you use this eating plan along with it!
One thing I love about the plan is it doesnt tell you when or when it eat! You are free to choose your selection of foods based on a list from 5 food categories.

SO how do you know how much of what to eat?
Theres a little math here (I love math,
So anytime i get to calculate something, I’m all about it!)…just three steps and it gives you your Calorie Target.
Now, my Target they gave me is 1285…With all of the extra working out besides PiYo that i do, I didnt feel that was enough (They also say if your target is less than 1200, you need to round up to 12, because thats not healthy, and that this is an approximate amount-so dont be stressed about going a couple hundred cals over-PHEW, i love that they say this, because im not about starvation mode).
So if i had gone w my 1285, this put me in the 1200-1399 range for Plan A on the eating guide.
What the heck does that mean?

It means:
4 Servings of Primary Vegetables
2 Servings of Secondary Vegetables & Grains
2 Servings of Fresh Fruit
4 Servings of Lean Protein
3 Servings of Healthy Fats

(I just added another serving of lean protein bc i know my body…thats roughly 140 extra calories and i know my muscles need it 😉 )
And then they give you long lists of things you can choose from for each category and the amount that equals one serving! I love it-all laid out nicely!

And coolest thing ever???!!!!
Shakeology is a versatile food! Meaning it can be counted as any of the following:
1.5 servings Seconday Veggies/Grains
2 servings Fresh Fruit
1 serving Lean Protein (<- The one i usually use it for!)

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Upper Body Review

Hey guys!

I posted a short youtube video of my review of the Define: Upper Body workout!

It’s only about 20 minutes and gives you an awesome burn!!!
Lots of tricep pushups, ab work, BEAST! (Don’t know what that means-Watch the vid 😉

Define: Upper Body

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Define: Lower Body Review


So we started PiYo over again!
Here’s my personal account of the first workout after Align, Lower Body!!!

First of all, this workout is only about 20 minutes!!! You don’t even have time to quit, because its so time efficient!

Overall, its not an extremely difficult workout, I got a wonderful stretch and felt the strength working while moving through the dynamic moves.
Lots of warriors, downdogs, lunges, and variations on those exercises in this workout.
You will definitely feel it in those legs!

I think this workout delivers on starting the program out for everyone to find success. The beginner feels confident (and having Chalene work w the modifier in the video, as well, helps to show those modifications for anyone new to working out), and the more advanced exerciser gets a little sweat and a big stretch.

Questions on this workout? Comment below! 🙂
Watch out for my reviews of the next workouts!!!

CORE and MORE

So back to updating you on whats in the PiYo At Home Program!

The next workout is called “Core.”
This workout is just 30 mins!!!
Focus on that powerhouse! You’ll work the abs, obliques, and back.
Strengthen and sculpt to get the awesome results you want!


Then there’s “Strength Intervals,” which is just 25 minutes!
Nonstop body sculpting, calorie burning exercises. No need for weights or equipment to give you those long lean muscles that PiYo does like no other!


And you’ll also get “Drench.”
One of the longer workouts, this is 45 mins of endurance! Maximize fat burning while working every single muscle in your body!
Sure to work up a killer sweat, Drench will rev that metabolism to really burn the fat!


Lastly, you’ll get “Sculpt.”
A 30 min workout utilizing varying tempos to keep your muscles under tension for differing amounts of time.
This type of training generates muscular endurance and metabolic changes to transform your body!

Actual review and my take on each workout to come!!!

Stay Accountable!

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PiYo 60-Day Workout Calendar
I just touched the surface on this in my last post, however I think its an important message to share with people. It’s one of those things many of us experience, but few of us talk very openly about for fear of looking weak or being embarrassed.
In my last post I shared how I didn’t make it past DAY THREE of this new PiYo program I’ve started. I was even so excited for it that I started this blog entirely dedicated to this program. Not even that got me to stick with it through my busy weekend!

So how do you get past losing interest, losing motivation, GIVING UP?
I’m far from perfect, but here are some tips I’ve come up with through my personal fitness journey.

1) Know WHY you started in the first place. And make it about MORE than just the superficial.
Sure, you may want to lose 5 lbs, 4 inches from your waist, or build a more shapely booty, but that’s not going to happen overnight! Sorry!
You need a reason that will pull you through and get you to stick with it even on the days that you don’t see immediate change. Maybe you want to FEEL BETTER, have more energy, prove to yourself that you can finish a 60 day program, improve your flexibility and do a split, etc. Whatever it is, own your why!
Say it out loud! Tell other people WHY you started daily. This will make it more of a priority in your daily life even when you don’t see those immediate results.

2) Be Okay with giving up.
Wait…Say what?!
What I mean here is be OKAY with the fact that you took a break. Heck, even call it a break, never a failure. As long as you’re still alive and have the opportunity to start again, you can never REALLY fail! Once you’ve accepted the fact that things didn’t go as planned the first (or second, or third… ;D ) time, you can move on and get back to business stronger than when you first began! What good does beating yourself up over a bump in the road do? NONE!

3) Get an accountability partner!
You don’t have to do this alone! Find a friend who has similar goals and wants to start getting healthier/stronger/super sexy along with you 😉 And if you don’t have a friend near you who wants to do that, get an online coach. There’s tons of us who do it for free (always feel free to ask me for more info on that, I LOVE helping people stay motivated and accountable to their goals). It’s easy to sleep in, go home early, or take a nap instead of working out when its just you, if you’re doing it with someone else or telling someone else about your workouts, you may find yourself less likely to skip them!
Some of us need to have someone to give them a kick in the ass sometimes! (No shame…I’m one of those people, as well!)

4) Change your outlook.
When I stopped looking at working out as a chore and something I did because I hated my body, everything changed! (Well…In some aspects, because I did just need to restart my PiYo program haha ;D )
Instead of a chore, it should be something you’re LUCKY that you’re able to do! You have the health to stand up straight, to bend over and pick something up off the ground, to lift a heavy bag of groceries. This is your health and you are fortunate enough to have it! As cheesy as it sounds, do this because it is a gift to your body! Be happy about working out, and if you arent having fun with your workouts, Get a NEW Workout! Spice it up and get moving!
Workout because you love your body, not because you hate it!

5) If you’re doing an at home program, just put in the DVD and see what happens!
Seriously, I’ve done this in the past! I remember sitting down on the couch, planning on taking a nap, but I made myself put the DVD in, sat back down, and within 1-2 minutes, guess what? I got my butt off the couch and got the workout done! And felt even more energized afterwards than I bet I would have had I taken a nap! The only workout you’ll regret is the one you don’t do!

6) Invest in gear that makes you feel good.
No, this doesn’t mean you need to go and spend $300 on a new lululemon outfit or $150 on a new pair of the latest sneakers. It means get clothes that make you feel good about yourself and excited to workout!
Shocker!!!!>>>This could be free!!!<<< I cut old tshirts alllll the time into workout shirts, and I get SO excited to wear them, especially if its a tee I haven’t worn in years!
You can also get killer deals at places like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Old Navy, and Target or Kohls (they both have awesome coupon alerts!)
If you feel good or even excited about your workout clothes, you’re much more likely to put them on, and once you’re wearing them, the workout is a natural progression 🙂

7) SEE your goals.
Write down those goals. Post a workout calendar in a place you’ll see it throughout the day, so it reminds you how important it is. And when you’ve done that days workout, put a big, satisfying X on that day to show you did it! How good does it feel to cross off things on a To-Do list, right?! This is the same idea!
Get it done and show off that you did it!
Put post-its with your goals and positive affirmation around your house, in your car, at your office to remind yourself that you can do this!!!

7) Suck it Up!
Sorry (not sorry 😉 lol) about the honesty here, but I’m not going to sugarcoat it…somedays you just have to be willing to suck it up and get it done. Stop thinking about it, researching workouts, telling yourself how busy you are, making excuses because you’re sore or tired, viewing “fitspo” posts online, etc. BE that Fitspiration! Respect yourself enough to Stop wasting your time!

Now that I got those out, any suggestions you’ve found helpful in staying motivated? Comment and share!!!