Based in Lexington, KY, Johnna Wilford is a writer, running coach, and POP Pilates teacher. She helps LEXINGTON community members explore the city through sweat.

Class Review: PiYo at Whitaker YMCA

Class Review: PiYo at Whitaker YMCA

Welcome to the first Lexington fitness class review of 2019! Okay, okay, it’s more like the first Lexington fitness class review EVA. But what better way to start it off than in the first Wednesday in January?

The Scoop:

Every Wednesday from now on I’ll be posting a review of a new fitness class that I tried in Lexington. But I decided that for my first review, I would talk about a class that I’ve already taken a few times: PiYo with Theresa at the Whitaker Branch of the YMCA!

Disclaimer: I try really hard to keep my own opinions out of these reviews because what works for me might not work for you. I’m just here to give you an un-biased look at what a class entails and you can decide if it works for you. That being said, I will always let you know what I thought of a workout if you ask me directly. :)

But let’s get on with it, shall we?

The Deets:

PiYo with Theresa C. at the Whitaker YMCA

2681 Old Rosebud Road, Lexington, KY 40509

Facebook || Instagram (for Theresa)

Website || Facebook || Instagram (for the YMCA)

Free for members.

Monday nights from 6:00-6:50PM. Additional classes from Theresa: Zumba at Whitaker on Monday nights from 7:00-7:50PM; P90X Live at Beaumont on Wednesdays from 6:00-6:50PM; Zumba at Beaumont on Wednesdays from 7:00-7:50PM; Turbo Kick LIVE at Whitaker on Saturdays from 11:00-11:50AM.

The Studio:

If you’re already a member of the YMCA, or you ever have been, then it’s a pretty typical building. There’s a group fitness studio, a mind/body studio where zen classes like yoga and pilates tend to take place (but I’ve also taken a kettlebell class in there, so it probably has every class that will fit), showers and lockers, an indoor track, basketball courts, gyms with treadmills and strength machines, an indoor pool, and another room in the back that has cycling equipment and things that may be best described as “other” (TRX machines and such).

Whew, that was a run-on sentence there. But it just goes to show that the Whitaker YMCA has a LOT of stuff for you. My husband and I have a joint membership which comes out to about $65 a month. So around $30 each, which is about typical for most fitness studios. (Which is fine since it’s typical, but isn’t the YMCA supposed to be cheaper?!)

The Class:

If I remember correctly - which I may not, because I forgot I should take notes ASAP after the class for this blog…such a newbie mistake - there were five sections. In total there were six songs though, since one section was legs and that meant one song per leg. If that sounds painful, it was. In a good way!

Section One: Warmup. This was simply quite a few squat variations, a more dance-y version of sun salutations, stuff like that.

Section Two: Body opener. Okay, I’m not sure Theresa actually called it that. I’m using my POP Pilates choreography here, and I know in that case “Total Body Opener” follows the warmup. I’ll make sure to pay better attention to the PiYo name for it next time! As Theresa said, this was basically just the extension of the warmup, only a few more moves thrown in and a little faster.

Section Three: Legs. Two songs here! Nothing but the right leg for one song. And all of the left leg on the second song. There were really only two moves here. What I call a curtsy lunge (but what Theresa called a bowler) and side squats. But there was a lot of pulses and full motions over and over and over again.

Section Four: Flow. I feel like this was just taking all of the moves we used in the last few sections (squats and such) and adding in more stretch moves (triangle pose as an example).

Section Five: Stretch. With sixteen push-ups thrown in for good measure. Just so Theresa made sure we got enough strength in for the day. ;) And yes, I did most of them on my knees. I workout all the time and still struggle to do even five push-ups on my toes…

Best for:

People who like to trick themselves into working out.

Skip it if:

You’re not willing to dance in front of other people. This isn’t really dancing - but there is choreography on the beat!

Have you taken a PiYo class before? Did you like it? Does this sound like the sort of class you would want to try in Lexington? Let me know in the comments below!

Also, since this is the first review, I would love for you to tell me what you thought of it! Is there something you wish I had covered that I didn’t? Tell me so I can make the next review even better! :)

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