While fitness trainer Chalene Johnson’s new workout program PiYo won’t be released until the end of the month, Chalene met with Keith from Beachbody for a live video chat to explain exactly what to expect from PiYo and to show off some challenging strength and flexibility moves. Now you can try some of Chalene’s signature moves while waiting for the upcoming DVD’s!
(Just in case you thought I was being purposefully vague, apparently Keith is like Madonna – he goes by his first name only.)
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1. Low Lunge / High Lunge
Benefits: strengthens lower body, stretches hip flexors and abs. Improves balance.
How to: Assume a runner’s lunge position. Front knee is over the ankle, the torso is directly over the hips and one knee is on the floor. Lift to a high lunge position with back knee off the floor and arms stretched overhead. Do several reps and repeat on other side.
2. Bowler’s lunge to tap out.
Benefits: Works lower body, particularly outer hip. Stretches IT band and improves balance.
How to: Start with feet hip width apart and toes pointed straight ahead. Moving your right leg, lunge into a curtsy position, pushing the left hip out. Come up out of the lunge and tap the right foot to the side. Assist yourself with the movement using runner’s arms. Return back to bowler’s lunge. Do several reps and repeat on other side.
3. Triceps push ups
Benefits: This is a killer exercise that will strengthen triceps, core and back. It’s totally a full-body move.
How to: Chalene recommends everyone start with push-ups on your knees. One caution is to actually rest on the tops of your thighs, rather than directly on the knee caps. Hands are in a turned out position. Elbows should be squeezed in tight into the torso. Pull the body down and then, keeping elbows tucked tightly into the torso, push up. Repeat.
There you have it! Three moves designed to build flexibility and strength. I’ll be incorporating them into my daily routine while I’m waiting for PiYo to be released. How about you??
Note: I am not a PiYo instructor and I’m simply describing the exercises to the best of my ability based on the video demonstration. Please be sure to refer to your PiYo DVD for detailed coaching and technique!