It’s the PIITs of March!
A new month has finally arrived and you know what that means? A new challenge! YAY! I’ve been looking forward to this since about mid-last week. Except after I signed up, I pushed myself too hard and my knees swelled up like water balloons. Dang it! Other than being uncomfortable, they’re weak and I know if I push them harder they’ll both get injured. Can’t have that happening. Not now! (Not ever really.)
Now what on earth am I talking about? PIITs of March? Sounds nasty. I’m super excited about it though so I thought I’d blog about it to tell you what PIIT28 is and why you should join me in doing it. I know it’s short notice, but there’s still time to sign up if you wanted to join. And if you miss the March 1st starting date, that’s okay too. You won’t get a free shirt, but really, what does that mean? Free things are cool but we’re not in this for free stuff. We’re in this for our bodies!
What is it?
- P – Pilates
- I – Intense
- I – Interval
- T – Training
- 28 – 28 Days
PIIT28 1.0 is the newest workout creation from Cassey Ho. You may have seen her PIIT videos on Youtube since the start of the new year (2016)…
- Booty Poppin // PIIT
- Lean & Toned Arms // PIIT
- Intense Ab Burn // PIIT
- Leg Slimming Workout // PIIT
- Total Body Slimdown // PIIT
As usual, she gave us 5 videos to focus on every part of our body. PIIT28 1.0 is the same but different. It’s a 28-day challenge that’ll have us solely doing PIIT workouts.
1 workout video done 4 times for a total of 28:40 minutes.
That’s it. Just 28 minutes and 40 seconds and you’re done exercising for the whole day.
If you’re not sure you’ll like PIIT workouts, click on one of the links above for her youtube PIIT videos and try one. If you like that, you’re going to like this.
PIIT workouts alternate strengthening and cardio moves for an unbelievably intense workout. If you’re the type of person who hates cardio for whatever reason, this is a really good set-up for you because you’re sticking your cardio in amongst your strengthening exercises instead of having to do a separate workout solely for cardio. Likewise, if you don’t like strength training, you don’t need to do another workout purely for that.
Why PIIT28 1.0 works:
By combining cardio and strength training together, you burn more calories and you get a better workout in a shorter amount of time. This kind of format revs up your metabolism so you’ll also be burning calories after the workout is complete. Just think of it: burning calories doing nothing all because you crushed a 28:40-minute workout earlier in the day.
That’s awesome. Isn’t that awesome? I think that’s awesome.
When I was training to be a group fitness instructor several years back, I used a format very similar to this. It was based on circuits and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). I did a bunch of strengthening moves with shorter bouts of cardio mixed in for a 30-minute workout. I burned so many calories in a single 30-minute session. Way more than if I did strength training and cardio separately. And I got a much better workout. After every session, my legs were so wobbly and there were days when it was difficult to hold onto the steering wheel to drive home.
Jillian Michaels promotes the same kind of workout with her 30-Day Shred. I saw such amazing results when I did her video. I was slimmer and fitter than I ever had been before or since.
What you might not be aware of is that muscle burns calories so the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn the entire day.
Cardio by itself doesn’t make much muscle. It burns calories and it burns fat and it does make muscle, yeah, but it can also burn through muscle after a point. You want muscle, you strength train. You do lunges, you lift weights, etc. That’s the real muscle-maker right there. But that doesn’t burn a whole lot of calories. If you put the two together though, you’ll keep your body guessing and working hard and that’s when you burn the most amount of calories and gain the most amount of muscles.
I could get technical and scientific but I won’t because who wants to hear a huge amount of scientific jargon? And I don’t have my book to remind me of the scientific words. But I can tell you from experience that this sort of exercise regime works.
Now, have I done this one in particular? No, I haven’t. I’m starting on March 1st along with the rest of the world because that’s its premier date. But I’ve done Cassey’s Youtube PIIT videos before and they have rocked my body. The set-up is also very similar, as I have said, to other exercise plans I’ve done and the results have always been awesome.
The only differences I see are:
- the amount of time for each move and resting period
- using Pilates moves for the strengthening portions
That’s it really. Every set-up like this is different but they’re all pretty much the same. What makes me like one over the other is the kind of moves it incorporates and the time length for each move. Also, the instructor is very important.
Why I like this program over another:
- I love Cassey Ho and she’s the instructor
- I love Cassey’s kind of Pilates
- I only have to do a move for 45 seconds before I get to rest for 10 seconds
- The POPster group is wonderfully supportive and friendly
- It makes me happy
The 28 Day Reset:
Cassey’s also made a meal plan called The 28 Day Reset, intended to complement the workout program, to cut out certain foods such as dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, etc. There are other meal plans out there that do the same. It allows you to find out what kinds of foods your body doesn’t like.
For example: I used the Virgin Diet to cut out high allergen foods awhile back and found I had issues with dairy, gluten, eggs, and sometimes soy. When I keep these things out of my diet, I feel great. When I put them into my diet, different things can happen such as: migraines, acne, bloating, gas, and vomiting.
This is a good thing to know about your body, but it’s not for everyone I think. Cutting foods out of your daily diet can lead to severe crankiness because some things we put in foods, such as sugar, are addictive. What happens when you refuse coffee to a coffee addict? They’ll likely bite your head off.
I’m not going to go into detail on The 28 Day Reset because I don’t intend to follow it. I did the Virgin Diet once before and once was enough for me. I could really do with cutting back on sugar again and completely wiping gluten and dairy from my life, but that would be insanely difficult where I live right now so I’m going to continue with the small changes I’m endeavoring to incorporate into my eating habits.
And now for the part that will make you pause. I’ve saved it for the end because I didn’t want to scare you off before you had learned about PIIT28 and what it can do for you.
How much does it cost?
Unlike Cassey’s POP Pilates brand and the 5 PIIT videos she’s posted on Youtube, this is not free. I know that’s going to turn a lot of people off despite what they’ve just read, but please hear me out.
If you buy the PIIT28 1.0 program, it costs $39 (US currency). No tax. Just an uneven $39. If you buy The 28 Day Reset with it (together they’re called the PIIT Power Pack), you save $19 and spend $89. Harsh, I know. But you don’t have to get the meal plan if you don’t want to. On the other hand, if you’re interested only in changing your eating, you don’t have to get the exercise portion. If you do that, you’ll spend $69 for the meal plan itself.
- PIIT28 1.0 – $39
- The 28 Day Reset – $69
- PIIT Power Pack – $89 ($19 savings)
What you get when you buy PIIT28 1.0:
- PIIT28 Full 28 Day Program E-book (instant download)
- PIIT28 Workout Calendar
- #PIITstagram Challenge Calendar
- 11 expertly filmed follow-along workout videos (not available anywhere else)
- 11 beautifully photographed printable workouts
- 60 unique exercises to keep your muscles shocked and to keep you from getting bored
- 77 animated GIFs that you can reference when you want to exercise without watching the videos
- Lifetime membership to the PIIT28 Portal
- BONUS – The PIIT28 GET FLEXY Supplemental Guide which includes your daily Warm Up and Flexibility Training routines
What you get when you buy The 28 Day Reset:
- Blogilates 28 Day Reset Nutrition Guide E-book (instant download)
- 28 Day Reset Meal Plan (4 weeks)
- 28 Day Reset Grocery Lists (4 weeks)
- 150+ unique clean-eating Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snack recipes to create your own unique mix ‘n match meal plans based on your body’s needs for the next 8 weeks and beyond
- 8 fill-in Meal Planning Calendars
- 8 fill-in Grocery Lists
- Mix ‘n Match Protein, Fat, and Carb Chart (for recipe substitutions)
- 100+ pages of full color, taste bud tantalizing food photography
- Lifetime Membership to The 28 Day Reset Foodie Forum
- Vegan Plan is also available
That’s a lot of stuff! And, remember, for a one time fee you get a lifetime of membership and access to all of this.
Why don’t you try it out with me? We can be sore together.
If you really aren’t sure right now or you don’t have the money, you can stick with the PIIT videos available on Youtube. Perhaps doing those will change your mind or keep you tided over till you can afford it. It’s a good investment if you like this sort of thing and if you put the effort into it. As always, you’ll only see results when you work for them.
If you’re totally interested and want to sign up right now, the pictures below will link you over to where you can buy the programs.
I hope to see you getting stronger and healthier with me soon!