PiYo by Chalene Johnson – Questions & Answers

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Chalene Johnson was recently asked about her PiYo workout and answered a few questions about it so we have a better idea of what to expect from her NEW PiYo DVD workout that is being released.

PiYo Q & A with Chalene Johnson

Here are Chalene Johnson’s answers to some of the questions she was asked about PiYo.


So what inspired you to create the PiYo workout?

What Inspired me to create PiYo was my own inflexibility and just doing so much research on the greater strength potential and the freedom of movement and feeling better and reducing injuries and just the physical results. I Knew I needed to address my own flexibility and so I started taking Pilates and yoga classes to do that and I felt like a fish out of water. I felt like I was having a panic attack. I just felt like I was in the wrong place. I felt like oh my gosh, everybody in here is super calm and very flexible and how did that girl just get her nose down by her knee. I felt out of place but I knew I needed it and I didn’t like feeling out of place like that. I didn’t like holding still and I didn’t like the fact that the only way I was going to get super sweaty is if I was in a room where they had turned up the heat to 90 degrees and that just didn’t make sense to me. I want to move and I want to sweat not because the heat’s turned up but because my body temperature is turned up. I actually got kicked out of a yoga class. True story. Because the instructor was like you need to just stop moving and stop talking and just hold still. Surrender was the word she used, just surrender. And I think there’s a place for a lot of people who love that and it’s a beautiful practice and just like all things there’s something for everyone. You’ve got to find your fit. That wasn’t my fit. And So I wanted to create a workout that would address what I saw as a big chunk of the population who didn’t feel comfortable in a yoga class. They didn’t feel graceful enough to be in a Pilates class but yet they understand I’ve got to get flexible. I need this but I want to move and I don’t want to have to schedule cardio then later in the day and strength later in the day. I Want it all in one workout.

I was with a friend in Vegas many years ago before I Created PiYo And we were talking about this and I had seen Cirque Du Soleil the night before with my husband and we were working out at a 24 hour fitness with my girlfriend who lived in Las Vegas and she said “see that girl over there? She’s in the production you just saw.” And I was watching her train at the gym and she had the most amazing body and she was doing all these different very dynamic flowing body weight exercise and her body was just incredibly toned and chiseled but yet still feminine and all the men in the show just looked so masculine and strong and like gymnasts but they weren’t doing gymnastics and I thought I’ve got to tap into this body weight training and flexibility and combine it all together. So I created it very much to solve my own problem because I knew there was a massive amount of people out there who felt the same way I need flexibility training, I don’t have time to train later again in the day and I need results.


I would have to say my only regret is that I named the program PiYo and I say that because I think people will think Pilates and yoga and it’s just a fraction. There’s just some influence of those two formats, but it’s so much more. It’s athletic stretch, it’s stuff that I’ve learned from watching the conditioning coaches from the NFL, from professional sporting teams, from the things that I’ve learned about body weight training and the best ways to train your core and it’s all rolled into one incredibly dynamic program that we’ve called PiYo but I think it’s so limiting for anyone to assume that it’s Pilates and yoga combined because it’s not. It’s got some of those influences, but PiYo Is its own unique format that you’ve never done something like this before. It is transformational whereas a lot of Pilates and yoga programs like you said, it feels fantastic but you don’t see the kind of results. That’s why we don’t see yoga infomercials on TV because they just don’t transform bodies the way people need and so this is so much more than Pilates and yoga. It’s really its own unique program. What I’ve Created for the gyms, I guess it’s probably 12 Years ago now, is just a fraction of what our Beachbody Customers are going to get in PiYo the home DVD program. It’s so robust, it’s so much bigger, so much fuller, so much more of an experience than even what I designed for the health clubs. I can’t wait for people to get it. I’m freaking out.

Would I Finish this program and say I Just got my butt kicked?

You absolutely would, and there’s no piece of it where you’re high impact. It’s so incredibly transforming without having to kill your joints.

You know, that was the other conversation Carl and I had because we’ve been talking about PiYo for years and what happened is a little back story is I created ChaLEAN Extreme and then TurboFire and I practice what I preach so when I put something on my plate I try to take something else off, so I had to go okay, what am I going to take off my schedule and I’m still lifting so there’s my ChaLEAN Extreme workouts. I’m still going to do those. And I still need my cardio so I’m still going to do my TurboFire, Turbo Jam workouts. Well, I’ll just stretch on the side. I’ll get rid of my PiYo workouts at the gym. So I stopped teaching PiYo for about four and a half years true story. We were still creating it for our customers but I wasn’t teaching it and I wasn’t practicing it and for those customers who have been with us for a long time or have followed me on my blogs and Facebook posts, I spent about 18 months just debilitated with reoccurring injuries, a hamstring pull followed by plantar fasciitis, followed by a hip pull, followed by a lower back strain, followed by rib strain. I was like what is wrong with me and I was working with a kinesiologist and I said to him laughingly, like I was seeing him three times a week with something new and I said to him, ”I Said I Guess this is just part of getting old, huh?” And He kind of looked at me funny and surprised and he goes no, this is because you’ve lost your flexibility. You just have to get flexible again. And I was like holy cow. You’re right! I’m not old; I’m just not flexible.

I went back and I picked up all my PiYo classes again and I dug in deep and you can ask anyone who knows me personally, I haven’t had injuries in three years since I started going deep back into PiYo and my body started to change. You can see it if you watch the TurboFire DVDs, the second series that we did all low impact, the ones where there’s a brick in the background. That whole series is when I had just started to cut back on certain areas and really just focus on PiYo and TurboFire and my body really just started to go this is what we’ve been needing. You need to get strong from the inside out. Stop beating up your body. You’re going to see and feel the difference. Your body is craving to be restored. Your body is craving flexibility. If you wake up in the morning and you feel like you need a walker to get to the restroom and you feel old and beat up, that’s what’s going on and that goes away. That’s not old.

So Is there choreography in PiYo?

Well, yes, I guess you could say there’s choreography but not dance choreography. Choreography in that there’s a sequence, a sequence of exercises that you would follow but there’s never like a grapevine kick and heel and heel and heel tap. There’s none of that. It’s like okay, let’s fold in half, go into downward dog, step through with your right foot, left arm goes up to the sky. It’s a sequence. You don’t have to be super coordinated. Trust me. Anyone can do it.

How many workouts are there in PiYo DVD base kit?

Chalene: I don’t know how many workouts there are. I Suppose I should know that, but I Can tell you that the workouts range from 25 To 45 minutes. I know a lot of people have tried PiYo in the gym and I Want you to know that’s like a sampler plate. You’ve really just gotten a little tiny piece of every portion of a PiYo experience.


How is a gym PiYo Class different from the PiYo Workout DVD Program?

The Program we’ve created for our at home customer allows you not just to customize your workout, but to customize your emphasis and your focus for that day. When you take a PiYo workout in the gym you’re going to get five minutes where we focus on the whole body, five minutes when we just focus on the gluts, five minutes when we just focus on the core, five minutes where we just focus on dynamic stretch and when we designed this workout I wanted people to go my trouble area is my booty and I want to get strong and flexible and I want a booty lift. So we would create literally a 35 minute workout that gets you flexible everywhere, gives you your cardio workout but you become more flexible and it just targets the gluts and then we created a second workout that’s just upper body but you’re still getting flexibility training for your lower body and then one for core and one that’s really intended to almost give you the benefits of hit training where we’re working in intervals but it’s all completely low impact and it’s created so that you build that dynamic, powerful strength that comes from bodyweight training. So each and every workout, you can combine them if you want a long workout or you can really customize it and say okay, I just want to do 25 Minutes today and I want to get my cardio in and I want to get my strength in and I want to be more flexible and I just want to focus on my abs or I just want to focus on my gluts or my arms and I think people are going to love that.

Who is PiYo For?

I would say that PiYo is really ideal for someone who either has any type of joint or knee or back problems and so they have a difficult time even watching a modifier in their other programs. It still feels intimidating because everybody else in the video is jumping around even when there is a modifier. I think this program in particular is well suited for those cardio junkies who have beat themselves up and they’ve hit a plateau or they’re dealing with injuries and they keep thinking it’s because of this or that and it’s truthfully because they haven’t spent enough time on their flexibility.


I think PiYo is ideal for somebody who is just getting into fitness and it’s scary to go 100 Miles per hour and kick and punch and jump. Shaun T’s programs might be too intense, too intimidating and this is a great on ramp for anyone. When you introduce someone to a program, if they don’t see results it’s tough to talk them into understanding how beneficial Shakeology is or anything else for that matter. So people need to see results and with this program even though it’s a great on ramp program, it can be customized to be as intense as it need be for the customer.

PiYo Challenge Pack Deal with Bonuses

With the challenge pack deal you get:

  1. Accountability and support from our challenge group.
  2. Your PiYo workout with 30 Days of Shakeology.
  3. Bonus PiYo “on the floor” workout.
  4. Me as your FREE Beachbody Coach.


  1. Sign up for your FREE beachbody account here:  FREE ACCOUNT   If you want ME to be your personal coach and get these extra bonuses, make sure to double check the green box when you go to order. It should say “Darren Letourneau is your referring coach”. If you already have a coach see below.
  2. Friend me on Facebook –> Darren Letourneau  so I can add you to our exclusive fitness group.
  3. E-mail me your order confirmation when you are finished.
  4. Order your challenge pack here –> PiYo Challenge Pack

You can also order without shakeology just as the PiYo Base Kit here

NOTE: If you already have a Beachbody account please contact me before ordering so you can get the bonuses.

Find out more about the program in my PiYo Review that has details about the individual workouts.

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