PiYo gets you back in shape with total-body workouts

PiYo trainer Mary Jane Padilla-Nicholson.

Story and photos by Randy Dela Cruz

Sports Editor, Ho‘okele

Combining things together don’t always work to achieve maximum results. However, if you’re looking to get in shape in 2018, then PiYo, a synergistic blend of Pilates and yoga, could be the answer you’re looking for.

Offered at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fitness Center every Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., PiYo integrates the stretching and relaxing techniques of yoga with the core and muscle-lengthening workout of Pilates into one all-encompassing cardioand strength-training system.

PiYo is one of many group exercise classes that are offered through Morale, Fitness and Welfare at JPBHH.

Certified instructor Mary Jane Padilla-Nicholson said while the workout is intense and challenging, classes are easily modified to welcome all levels of fitness.

There is a learning curve, however, but Padilla-Nicholson said if people stick with it, they’d definitely see results.

Trainer Mary Jane Padilla-Nicholson leads a stretch with Joohee Jerome and Kenisha Tyler.

“Those who come for the first time, I always tell them, don’t get discouraged because this is something that you have to progress yourself into,” she said. “It’s not something you’re going to get into and all of sudden knock it out. I teach this because it’s a challenge and I see the benefits of it.”

Kenisha Tyler, a retired Army veteran, has been doing PiYo for about a couple months in conjunction with other forms of resistance and cardio training.

Although Tyler has been able to stay in excellent shape, she said that PiYo definitely is a challenge.

“This is more stretching, flexibility and muscle control,” she said. “If you’re not ready for it, it’s going to get the best of you. You definitely learn your limitations in PiYo.”

From the start, Padilla-Nicholson said that PiYo will challenge your entire body all the way until the end.

Using a system that includes phases, such as power section, flow, core and stretch and strength, Padilla-Nicholson balances the entire one-hour work-out in a style that alternates between active use and recovery, while engaging all parts of the body.

“Even if you’re doing a lower-body section, you’re still incorporating a lot, like your core,” she said. “Basically, your core is the center of focus for this format. I’m a really big believer in that.”

Among the attendees, Joohee Jerome seemed to be the most at ease with the program as she flowed from one movement to another.

Jerome, who has been a practitioner of PiYo for a year, said that her familiarity with the exercise didn’t come overnight and she was able to jump into it a bit quicker due to her previous background.

“I used to do yoga,” Jerome said. “There are a lot of yoga terms she (Padilla-Nicholson) uses during the class and that helps. Yoga is more relaxing and like meditation, but this is more like power moves.”

PiYo is very low impact, but its dynamic stretching, movement and holds contract and lengthen muscles, while static poses promote balance and strength.

Padilla-Nicholson said that she loves PiYo because it’s effective in shaping a person’s body composition.

She encourages anyone to give it a try, but offers only one caution.

“Go at your own pace,” she said. “Don’t overdo it and listen to your body. Pay attention to the cues that the instructor is giving you and you have to be aware of your body.”

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