PIIT28 – Who It’s Not Good For
So in the past I’ve written about how awesome PIIT28 is and the amazing results it can give people yadda yadda yadda. And it is an awesome program, it’s true. If you give it your all every time, the results you can get are out of this world. That being said, it’s also very true that it’s not for everyone.
I’m a PIIT28 ambassador. Why would I tell people not to get this program?
First off, I’m not telling everyone not to get it. Only certain people. If you are not good at sticking with programs and sticking to a set schedule and you don’t have much money, you probably don’t want to invest in this. Let’s be realistic here. What good is it going to do you if you buy it and then never do it? The only thing that’s happened is the guilt of quitting something yet again AND being that much poorer? I see only unhappiness in that outcome.
That being said, maybe the problem with sticking to a set schedule etc is that you haven’t found the right program that you’d like to stick with. If that’s the case, the only person who can advise you is you.
I’m terrible at sticking with set schedules but I was able to do this one for the full month. I flubbed a bit at the end because of circumstances out of my control, but it wasn’t too bad and I stuck with it until I finished. However, if you read my blog, you’ve noticed that I’ve tried on several occasions to do the program again to no avail. It’s extremely frustrating for me knowing that I did it once before but seem to be unable to do it again.
My most recent attempt was this week. Yep, this week. My knees are getting worse again because I’ve been running more and more to train for a 5k in November. On Monday I went to the doctor and he told me to stop running because it’s just going to get worse. I need to find other ways to get my cardio in such as cycling or swimming. So I planned on restarting PIIT28, not every day but changing my running days to PIIT days instead. So about 2-4 times a week and then I’d use the elliptical and a cycling class to fill in the other days.
I did 1 round on Tuesday of the very first PIIT28 workout – 1.1 Abdomination – before I had to stop. My knees couldn’t take it. At all. They voiced their complaints in no uncertain terms.
Yet another failed PIIT28 attempt. 1 round. That’s it. I was very upset with myself. With my knees actually. Now I’m more resigned to my situation. My knees were fine in March, hence my ability to do this program. I injured the backs of them (yes, both of them) in April or May. I told myself they were healed in August/September and started pushing again. Carefully pushing but pushing. The backs are doing okay though sometimes it’s close. The kneecaps though…
Plyometrics is out (for awhile anyway). Running is out (probably forever).
If you’re the kind of the person who has joint pain then you might want to rethink your idea of getting this program. It is HARD on the joints, especially the knees. There’s a lot of plyometrics in it – lots of jumping. The muscles in your thighs are the biggest muscles in your body so doing things like running and jumping works your body the hardest. Those big muscles are working super hard to push you forward or push you up. They burn the most calories. However, if your knees or ankles cannot take this type of movement, then those joints are going to get thrashed.
Now, there’s always a modification. I don’t care what Jillian Michaels says – if a 300, 400-lb person can do a jumping jack, so can you. It’s just not true if you have bad knees or ankles. Your joints cannot support all that jumping without some kind of bad side effect, ie: twisted ankle or dislocated knee.
To modify the cardio moves, you can walk through them or tone it down to whatever movement level is good for you. Easy. Depending on your fitness level, this might still be cardio or it might not. It might turn into 30 minutes of strength training. For me, that’s what would happen. Not fun when I’ve already done 3o-60 minutes of strength training in a POP Pilates or a Body Pump class.
After one of those classes, I want cardio. Pure and simple.
Well, actually, all I want is a shower and to lie down and maybe eat something but that’s beside the point.
If I can’t get cardio because I have to modify all the cardio moves into something that won’t kill my knees, then I need to look at something else. If you’re in the same boat, you need to do the same.
If, after reading this, you think maybe PIIT28 isn’t right for you (at this time or at all in the future), you might look into something less intense like Cassey Ho’s new YouTube cardio series. I have only tried the first video – Quick Sweat // CARDIO BEAT (At Home Cardio Workout) – but it was fun. Not intense but seriously easy on my knees and I’m sure the people in the apt under mine were happy that I wasn’t pounding on their ceiling.
I’ll make sure to do these Cardio Beat videos along with Cassey’s other cardio videos to give my impression on fun ideas that are easy on the knees so people who can’t do PIIT28 have other cardio options.