Good morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend and didn’t get overwhelmed by all the shopping. If you shopped, I hope you got something(s) you wanted and love. If you didn’t shop, then I hope you had a nice relaxing weekend.
I did a little bit of both. My shopping wasn’t too strenuous and it wasn’t all for Black Friday – groceries…gotta eat!
Last week I announced the beginning of Black Friday deals with a sale on POP Pilates workshops. Today I’m going to end the sale season with a PIIT28 sale! Are you ready for it because it’s crazy!
The Transformation Pack includes EVERYTHING to get the best deal possible! In this pack you get both the workouts from all 3 PIIT28 programs but also the meal guide.
- 28 Day Reset
- PIIT28 1.0
- PIIT28 2.0
- PIIT28 3.0
That’s usually $99, but remember you’re getting 50% off so you get it for $49.50! Just use the code CYBER50 at checkout to get 50% off your purchase. And once you complete PIIT28 1.0 along with the included Instagram challenge, you let the people in charge know (they’ll give an e-mail to contact) along with your shirt size and you’ll get one of the free PIIT28 completion tanks! No one can buy these, you have to earn them. And, yes, IG is a requirement for the shirt.
Can you believe everything single PIIT28 program is half off??? I can’t. This is the best sale I’ve seen for PIIT28 thus far.
Don’t want all of those programs for whatever reason? You can get them individually. Or if you only want the workout programs without the meal plan, you can do that too with the Power Pack. Here are some links to make it easier:
I didn’t list the individual links to PIIT28 2.0 or 3.0 because you need to finish 1.0 first. After you finish it, there’ll be a link at the bottom of your page giving you access to the other 2 programs. If you don’t have any of the workout programs but know you want them all, I recommend using the Power Pack link. If you’re not sure, try the PIIT28 1.0 link to get just the first program.
I have it all and I use it all both at home and in my classes. I may not use the program on a daily basis anymore, but I find it to be a great help when it comes to making my HIIT classes. My students all get an awesome workout. All levels too because there are modifications for everything. PSST! If you find you can’t make it through a workout without modifying, don’t feel bad. We all use or have used modifications. It’s all good. Just push yourself and you’ll see and feel the results.
Don’t forget to use the code CYBER50 at checkout!
Anyway, happy shopping!!
The time has arrived for another PIIT28 sale!!! This sale includes the 28-Day Reset and will last until Sept 5th so get it now while the price is still low! Use code “THANKYOU30” at checkout to get 30% off!!
If you’ve been wanting an exercise program that gives results but isn’t so pricey that you have to sell your kidney to be able to afford it, then I highly suggest you try PIIT28. It’s a combination of cardio and Pilates strengthening moves done in quick 45-second intervals. I bought the first program – PIIT28 1.0 – when it was originally released back in 2015 and I LOVED it! At the end of that first month, when I looked in the mirror, I didn’t see much change because my diet was still so poor. HOWEVER, I felt different. I felt stronger and my self-esteem was higher because of all that I had accomplished. Physically, I was stronger and my endurance was much higher than at the beginning of the month.
By the end of 28 days of doing PIIT28 1.0, I had changed and improved in so many ways. I just couldn’t see the physical changes because my daily eating habits consisted of junk, junk, and more junk. If your motivation to continue exercising relies on seeing a physical change in your body and your eating habits need some fine tuning or correction like mine did, then you’ll also want to invest in the 28 Day Reset along with a PIIT28 exercise program. The meals are simple and yummy and there’s also a Vegan version for those who choose that type of eating lifestyle.
If you find your grocery bill increasing with all the different weekly meals (as mine did), I would suggest you stick with a few recipes and use them again and again all week. You end up spending less and don’t need to stock up on a whole bunch of different things that perhaps you’re not used to. Stocking up on all the different types of spices and misc cooking supplies can get a bit daunting and can wear a serious hole in your wallet. I recommend starting small and working into it.
You’ll of course want more information on these programs. After all, I haven’t really said much about them. Here’s where I start recycling posts to make the most of my time. Listed below are links to a more detailed description of PIIT28 as well as my own personal reviews of the first program.
- PIIT28 – What Is It?
- Review: PIIT28 – 1st Week of March
- Review: Birthday + Continued PIIT28
- Review: March PIIT28 Continued (2nd Half of 2nd Week)
- Review: PIIT28 Halfway
- Review: PIIT28 Week 3-4
- Review: When Life Interrupts (scroll toward bottom of post)
- Review: Different Kinds of Progress (what I gained from program)
- Review: PIIT28 Finale. I survived!
That’s a lot of links, I know, but it’s an in-depth as you’re going to get without actually buying anything. One month, Cassey Ho tried out a PIIT calendar in place of her POP Pilates calendar. I’d liked to say that everyone loved it, but they didn’t. People seemed to be split down the middle – either they loved it or they hated it. Really, it all depends on what style of exercise you’re into.
If, after all you’ve read here, you’re still not sure, you can always do the freebie PIIT versions on the Blogilates channel (6 Week Body Toning Bootcamp or the PIIT Pilates Intense Interval Training) and you can use that calendar I mentioned (with the 6-week bootcamp anyway) and see how you feel by the end of the month. True, the sale won’t be going on anymore, but you’ll know for later. Cassey doesn’t do sales all that often but she does do them for holidays and such so if you can wait till Thanksgiving or New Years, there will probably be more sales during those times. That’s not a guarantee, that’s a guess based off of past sales.
Happy May Day! First day of a new month and the month is spring! In my part of the world, April ended in a blast of cold, wind, rain, and snow. Ick. Good riddance to April. It was such a nice month until the end. Winter gave one last swing to knock us flat. But it’s May now and that won’t happen anymore! Right? Right?? Fingers crossed.
New Month = New Blogilates Calendar
Normally I don’t announce this because Cassey Ho always comes out with a new calendar for each month, but this one is different.
Usually Cassey has us doing about 5 videos 6 days a week (not counting the Beginner’s 2.0 Calendar). You might balk at that number of videos but they’re pretty short – she aims for around 60 minutes total for the day. This month, however, she’s getting us prepped for PIIT28 and the workouts have been zapped down to 30 minutes (not including warm-up and cooldown).
Now, if you have no desire to do PIIT28, that’s not a problem. This is free, PIIT28 is not – totally understandable if you’d rather steer clear of it. You can stick with these videos or use the free PIIT videos that are on her Youtube channel – Blogilates.
If you’ve tried PIIT28 or the PIIT videos on Cassey’s Youtube channel, you already know how difficult those workouts are. For a lot of people, they’re not really doable because the cardio is filled with high impact moves that can seriously jar the joints. While I was able to complete PIIT28 1.0 when it first came out in March 2016, my knees have prevented me from doing so a second time without serious modifications. I was just doing the program in April as a matter of fact. No, I didn’t finish it because I got bored and it became a chore. When a workout becomes a chore for me and I no longer feel accomplished or productive doing it (when it’s accompanied by boredom or dread in fact), I don’t see any point in doing it any longer.
I finished the first half which was going through all 11 workouts. Already with just that and eating cleaner than I had been, I lost a few pounds (which I gained back, of course, when Easter hit and there was my favorite candy right at my fingertips), lost about 1/2″ off my waist and saw an increase of muscle in my arms and legs. Add to this the increases I felt rather than saw – butt strength, happiness, self-confidence, energy…I was perfectly content to stop at the halfway mark.
Every BodyPUMP class I marvel at how deep my squats are now. Changing PIIT’s high impact cardio to low impact gave me lots of squats and my butt has become so strong. The muscles around my knees must be getting stronger too because my lunges are so much better (usually with less pain too but that depends on the day really).
It was good that I ditched the last half of the program though. My butt had gotten used to everything and had ceased to be sore so gradually that I didn’t even realize it. I had also really wanted to start Cassey’s new 6-Week Bootcamp. The first video she released was a booty workout so I did that last Monday…and was SO SORE for the rest of the week!!! That’s when I realized my butt had stopped being sore from PIIT28 1.0. And this new video just KILLED my poor tush.
Cassey listened to everyone’s pleas (and complaints) and made the cardio for this new program low impact. Even if you live in a 2nd+ floor apartment, you can still do these moves without annoying your downstairs neighbors. Unless you have your music, you know, turned up really loud in which case that’s on you.
This low impact bootcamp is designed for everyone. It continues in the PIIT style with 45 seconds for a move followed by 15 seconds of rest on and on for 7 moves. That’s Round 1. You get an extra 10 seconds of rest between rounds and repeat for a total of 4 rounds. Her videos only show 1 round so if you want to follow along with her, you’ll have to start the video over each time. If you do the moves during Round 1 and you’d prefer not to listen to her anymore, you can continue on your own.
The bootcamp itself calls for 1 video done at least 1x the first week, 2 videos done at least 1x the 2nd week, 3 the 3rd week, etc for 6 weeks. By the end of 6 weeks, you should feel a lot stronger (unless you’re sitting on your butt watching the videos, anyone should feel stronger after doing any kind of exercise for 6 weeks) and maybe you’ll be ready for PIIT28 1.0 (unless you have injuries or medical difficulties in which case you can still modify the high impact moves in PIIT28).
The calendar is a bit different. Not all of the bootcamp videos are out so Cassey has filled in the extra days with similar workouts. So we’ve got the Fat Burning and the Booty videos from the bootcamp this week while the rest of the week has some of the free PIIT videos as well as the Snowbunny Blast and some stretching for the rest day. Next week will have 4 of the bootcamp videos along with 2 PIIT videos and some stretching. Etc for the rest of the month.
Despite the fact that I’ll be unable to really complete the last week of the calendar due to personal stuff, I’m still super psyched about doing this. This is probably the first Blogilates calendar in a long time that has piqued my interest enough to work it into my schedule.
One last thing! As you see on the calendar, there is a $15 off coupon code for the PIIT28 Transformation Pack. Here’s what’s included in that pack:
- PIIT28 1.0, 2.0, 3.0
- 28 Day Reset (meal plan – reg or vegan)
If you got each of those individually, it would cost $186. Yikes! If you get all of it in the Transformation Pack, you pay $99. This coupon code takes off $15 so you’d get it for $84. Best. Deal. EVER! True, it’s a lot of money but not nearly as much as $186. You’re saving $102! And the program works so well if you put in the work and effort.
Even my doing a low impact version of PIIT28 gave me results. OMG! And pair it with BodyPUMP and the muscle gains are AMAZING! Remember I stopped after only 2 weeks and was impressed with my muscle gain. I watch my arms in the mirror and marvel at how much better they look. My back as well. Yeah, I ogle myself and I admit it to people. I actually invited my friends in class one day to look at my butt.
If you’re interested in getting the PIIT28 Transformation Pack, click on the below picture. Don’t forget to use your coupon code at checkout to get $15 off!
$15 OFF CODE: “sweaty15”
Sooooo…this week sucked with PIIT28. I took the weekend off as usual but by Monday I was feeling super unmotivated. My son was out of school for a late Spring Break so he was out of school on Monday. All I wanted to do was stay at home and relax with him.
So I did.
Tuesday rolled around and everything was back to normal. It was easier to get my butt in gear because I had to teach fitness classes and it was going to be a super busy day so I was in GO mode the whole day. Luckily, my POP class was canceled (no students) so I was able to get PIIT28 in early and have extra time to recuperate at home.
PIIT28 1.10 Fat Burn Fest
Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Round 4:
My POP Pilates class was canceled so PIIT28 was easier this time around. Nobody POPed so I PIIT…ed…hmm…Anyway, the title would suggest that it’s a cardio workout but, in actuality, it’s the 2nd total body workout in the program.
As you know (or now know after you read this), there are 11 workouts in PIIT28 1.0. Here’s how they’re broken up:
- 1 Cardio day
- 2 Core days
- 2 Upper Body days
- 4 Lower Body days
- 2 Total Body days
I know it seems like the lower body has more work than the rest of your body but…Yeah, it’s true. Your legs work more than 4x as much as the rest of your body will, but that’s because your thighs have the biggest muscles. The more you work the big muscles, the bigger the calorie burn.
The moves are different every day so you’re not working them the exact same way 2 days in a row. However, because you are working them so strenuously 6 days a week, if they start feeling not so good, LISTEN TO THEM and take appropriate measures to prevent injury. Our bodies feel pain for a reason. Pay attention to it. Don’t ignore it.
PIIT28 1.11 Bubble Butt
Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Round 4:
During the 1st round I was super bored. I didn’t want to exercise, I just wanted to take a shower and relax. I was at home, my bicep hurt from taekwondo the night before, and I had already done 20 minutes of hula. I pushed myself to get that 2nd round done and sometime during that round I was cool with doing the whole thing. But man! My butt hurt by the end!!
Afterwards I went on IG and did some temporary videos saying Bubble Butt. Try it. It’s super fun overemphasizing the B sound. Bubble Butt.
And that’s all of the workouts in PIIT28 1.0! From here on out is the struggle to do it all again in order to complete the 2nd half of the program. I know the moves and the modifications. Now I just have to power through it all again to finish. Am I going to finish is the real question.
Only halfway through and my strength and endurance are way up while my measurements are already down. My mental stamina though…Fighting against that mental weakness can be harder than fighting through physical weakness.
PIIT28 Flat Abs 1.0
Yeah, I was supposed to do 1.1 Abdomination but I was feeling super blah. There are 2 bonus workouts you have the option of including if you’re in your Round 2 (or above) of PIIT28 1.0 – Flat Abs 1.0 and Stronger 1.0.
Round 2 = You’ve already completed the entire 28 days of PIIT28 1.0 and now you’re doing the whole thing again.
It’s optional and there in case anyone finds they’ve gained so much strength that they want/need more.
I thought perhaps if I did Flat Abs 1.0 first then it would help motivate me to get my PIIT workout done as well. It kind of did but didn’t at the same time because I was feeling super blah. But I did get up to start 1.1 Abdomination so I was going to do it. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you see it), some POP students walked in at that moment.
Teaching POP Pilates put me in a better mood but then I was tired because that class is all about core work and the last thing I wanted to do was another bout of core work so I packed it up and rested. And also went back into blah mode until after dinner.
I wonder if it’s the sugar from all that rotten Easter candy. I’m feeling pretty blah again today but I’m more determined to do 1.1 Abdomination. I hate getting halfway through the month and then quitting because I don’t want to do the same thing for the next 2 weeks.
I need to get off my butt and just do it.
We’ve moved into the 2nd week of PIIT28 1.0 and already I did an oopsie. Saturday was a rest day, sure, but Sunday I was supposed to get back into things with 1.6. Yeah, I didn’t do it. I suck at pushing myself to exercise on the weekend. But, ya know what? My knees really enjoyed the extra day of rest and on Monday I was back to being able to push myself to the max again. So I guess I needed that extra day after going past my limits on Th/F.
From now on I won’t stress about resting 2 days in a row. Stress is NOT what this program is about. It’s supposed to be a stress-RELIEVER not a stress-MAKER. So forget it. This means it’ll take longer for me to get through the program however I’m still on the fence about repeating that 1.5 cardio workout considering it wasn’t really cardio for me since I had the modifications aren’t intense.
In fact, I was considering not repeating the workouts at all. I have all 3 programs and I’ve already done 1.0 the whole way through. I’m considering going through all 11 workouts in 1.0 and then, instead of repeating them for the 2nd half of the month, doing the 11 workouts from 2.0 to finish the month. It would be so fresh! So new! I’m really liking that idea. Other people who have been doing these programs for awhile combine all 3. Of course, you need to complete each program before you can do this.
I get bored easily and I remember getting bored in the 2nd half of the month with 1.0 last year. Switching to 2.0 for the 2nd half might be just what I need to keep pushing to make it through.
Anyway, here’s the 2nd week of PIIT28 1.0!
PIIT28 1.6 Booty Lift
Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Round 4:
Work that booty! Uh huh. My butt is seriously sore and on fire. I’m glad I saved it for Monday else I’d be more sore. Good way to start the week! I like it when Mondays start like this. Productive and butt-burning in a non-hemorrhoidal sort of way.
PIIT28 1.7 Core Crusher
Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Round 4:
Sometimes exercise is super fun, sometimes it’s not. I wasn’t feeling it today to be honest. Tons of crunches. Though every crunch move was “different,” they were all crunches so I got super bored in the very first round. Not my favorite workout (PIIT or otherwise). We all have off days and this was mine. It happens. We move on.
PIIT28 1.8 Dancer’s Legs
Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Round 4:
HOT DAWG!!! Easily my favorite PIIT workout so far. This was so much FUN!!! Sometimes I moan and groan and count the seconds till I’m done. Not this time. Each move was like a whirlwind. Time whooshed by till I was done and going “I’m done? HELL YEAH!!! WOO!!” My legs were on fire the whole time but in a good way.
BodyPUMP served as my warm-up (yikes!) but the format used was much easier on the legs than usual so the two complemented each other wonderfully. Instead of hopping with squats/plies/etc I would squat/plie and then lift up on my toes when I stood. Excellent calf work! My calves are gaining so much muscle and definition! I’m super excited about this.
PIIT28 1.9 Sleek & Sexy Back
Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Round 4:
Oooooh this was hard. So so hard. Did I give up though? Hell No! My back is looking better than it has in month because of all the POP Pilates. I want it to look EVEN BETTER!! And what did I get for my efforts? There is a move called a Piked Hop where you start in plank and then hop your feet forward a bit (it doesn’t have to be much) and as you hop you pike your butt up into downward dog.
When I first did the 1.0 program I couldn’t really do this move. First I had to find the groove of how to do it. After I got that part done, I found I didn’t have the strength to hop so I’d have to walk my feet forward. By the end of that first month, I could do a Piked Hop and I could do it the whole way through a round or at least close to it. Fast forward a year later and I’m attempting the Piked Hop again. I know the groove already but no longer have the strength in that first week to do the full move the whole time. 2nd week later (only the SECOND WEEK LATER) and I’m rocking the Piked Hop the whole time!
Just 1 week into this program and I’m blasting through Piked Hops for the entire 45 seconds during all 4 rounds! DAMN! I’m a power house! I was so psyched by the end of the workout that I took a muscle selfie.
Damn! Demi Lovato's song Confident was playing as I finished my PIIT28 workout today. It inspired me to take a pic of my arm muscles. I am proud and confident these days. I'm building muscle and, instead of wondering if I can accomplish something, I go out and do it! At one point I had despaired of ever getting my muscle back but look at that arm and shoulder! That's some crazy definition for me! Life is good. No one showed up for my POP class today (which I expected). After practicing some tracks for later I thought, "All right. If no one wants to POP, I'll PIIT and get home sooner." And I did. It was crazy hard but I stuck with it and rocked the whole workout! #piit28 #bodypump #poppilates #poparmy #popsters #goodvibesonly #blogifam #strength #musclegain #fitness #confident #demilovato #piitprincess #piitsters #ymca #hastings #hastingsymca #nebraska
I won’t go through this next round of 1.5 Cardio Camp again. Suffice it to say that I will be doing it rather than skipping or replacing it. My knees are feeling awesome strong this week, but I promise to hold myself back and be responsible in today’s PIIT28 activities.
By the way, here’s a little something Blogilates has been working on a video for PIIT28 (I can’t seem to embed the video from FB here so the link is just sending you to the video)…
Niiiiice! Proof that you really can do PIIT28 anywhere you go! Well, maybe not in the grocery store or other such public places. People might get a little grumpy with you if you bust out in plank jack donkey kicks there. And especially don’t do it in a movie theatre. Interrupting movies is bad and the floors are super nasty. But, you know, at the park, at home, at your kid’s baseball/soccer/etc game or in some other non-crowded safe place. You get the idea – you’re not confined to the gym.
I’m usually at the gym doing my workouts but that’s because I work there so it’s convenient. The days when I’m not teaching a fitness class, I’ll do my PIIT28 workout at home. I have my mat to keep my sweaty back off the carpet. If you live in an apartment and don’t want to go outside, find an appropriate time during the day to do the workout instead of 10pm or 2am etc. A little consideration goes a long way with people.
PIIT28 1.2 – Perfect Legs
Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Round 4:
There should be a dead and twitching emoji. I would’ve put that for Round 3 if I could have. This was SO hard!! I remember Perfect Legs being easier? Maybe I’m remembering the 2nd go at it in week 3. Of course, I had also taught 2 classes prior to this so I was pretty tired already. But can I get round of applause for sticking with and doing my PIIT28 workout after teaching 2 classes AND having a cold?? Booyah baby! If you could see me, you’d see me flexing and striking strength poses…and then laughing my butt off at how silly I most definitely look.
Here’s where I die though. When I woke up the next morning I thought for sure my legs were broken. I did the whole icing and rolling out yesterday afternoon, but there was no getting around the ultimate soreness the next morning. But did I stop? Pfft. As if I’m that nice to myself.
PIIT28 1.3 – Ultimate Upper Body
Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Round 4:
Why on earth would I have such positive emojis for a workout I remember as being one of the toughest??
It’s simple – I didn’t do the whole thing.
Before you freak out and call me a cheater, let me explain. My shoulders are injury prone, as are my knees. I woke up feeling like death but I pushed myself to go to BodyPUMP anyway cuz I had told the instructor I would and I had been looking forward to it since last Friday. I told myself to suck it up and ended up feeling AMAZING by the end of class!
BodyPUMP is an intense workout for your entire body and I went as heavy as I dared on most of the arm tracks. Almost too heavy on the chest track (holy freaking push-ups of death!!). I maxed out my upper body during the class and rather than push further and injure my shoulders…again…I took someone’s advice to cut the strength moves out of the PIIT workout and stick with the cardio moves. That brought the workout down to 4 moves for 4 rounds. But I couldn’t do the jumping because of my knees so I had to modify to the low impact versions…which are a lot less intense.
So while I got a good workout, PIIT28 by itself today wasn’t all that intense. HOWEVER, by the end of all that, I saw signs of having maxed my legs out as well. The rest of the day included resting, icing, and elevation to counteract my cruelty.
PIIT28 1.4 – Lean Body
Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Round 4:
Despite this workout having come after having taught 2 fitness classes, I totally rocked it. I may or may not have gotten a little too gung-ho during that last round and did the high impact version of one move. I’ll try to take it easier tomorrow and see what happens.
Lean Body was beyond awesome even with the moves modified for low impact. I swear, my butt seriously felt the burn and I was sweating and out of breath even before round 1 was over.
PIIT28 1.5 – Cardio Camp
Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Round 4:
Yeah, I paid for that gung-ho stint at the end of 1.4. Knees are none too good. I thought it would be fine but even my front kicks had to be modified. Instead of kicking toward someone’s chest like I usually do, I had to be satisfied with causing shin pain. I couldn’t even put enough power behind to break shins; I had to satisfy myself with bruising them. Sigh.
Let that be a lesson to everyone out there who know their limits but try to push past them anyway! If you have bad knees and you KNOW you’re not supposed to do high impact moves, DON’T DO THEM!!! Your knees will turn to poodoo and you’ll end up heavily using RICE for who knows how long.
Okay. Lecture over. These moves were seriously too easy as low impact to count as cardio…except for the mt climbers. Those are always killer. Darn plank moves. Thank goodness I did this workout after a full hour of BodyPUMP. I most DEFINITELY got a good workout there!
Next week when 1.5 is due again, I’ll have to see how my knees are doing. If they’re doing better, I’ll be able to put more effort into the moves so get a better return. However, if my knees are poodoo again, I’ll consider combining other cardio moves such as nasty plank moves. Or I could, ya know, be careful next time at sticking with low impact moves rather than pushing past my limits.
I hope everyone’s first week went well! Despite this hiccup at the end, mine went REALLY well! I’m feeling super strong and super confident in myself. Oh! And I was watching myself in the mirror in BodyPUMP on Friday and noticing how much more muscle I have now in my arms and back. And my squats are so deep now! I’m SO happy!!!
Here I go again! Fingers crossed that I make it through the month this time. Last time I had to stop because my hip flexors couldn’t take it. It sucks but I’d rather stop and heal than make pain worse. I feel really good now minus a groin injury that I’m nursing. It’s only really affected certain stretching moves though so I don’t foresee a problem from that area.
I’ll be posting each week like I did the first time a year ago and give feedback on every workout in this program. We’ll see how different everything feels a year later. I’ve been regularly doing POP Pilates 2-5x a week since June/July of last year and have gotten a lot stronger because of it.
Here are my current measurements to start the program off:
- Weight – 179.2 lbs
- Arms – L 12 1/4″, R 12 1/2″
- Thighs – L 23 1/4″, R 23″
- Waist – 35″
- Lower Belly Pooch – 41″
- Hips – 43″
- Chest – 32″
- Bust 40″
One thing…Yay for finally getting back into the 170s! I’ve been flitting in and out for 2 months now. Technically I still am but at least this month I’m starting off there instead of 180 or 181. Woohoo!
PIIT28 1.1 – ABDOMINATION
Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Round 4:
I did it! Woohoo! Two cardio moves in particular kicked my butt as they always do because they’re in plank. Anything in plank and it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’ll be switching to my knees at some point. However, I did my best to go back to the full move whenever I could rather than stick with the modified version. After all, my body was tired, not injured. If you don’t push yourself, you won’t get stronger.
The core moves were surprisingly easy. I mean, I got tired doing them but it wasn’t like with the cardio and it didn’t leave my core feeling tired or sore afterwards. Last year this workout was super hard on my core. POP Pilates has done its job and really strengthened those muscles. WOOHOO!!!
I didn’t use the warm-up or flexy moves given in the PIIT28 booklet. I got bored of those a long time ago. No point in sticking with them when they could be my breaking point of not wanting to do the workout. Instead I did the POP 8 Kick Butt Cardio track twice to warm up. To cool down I did the POP 8 Flexibility track once. I wanted to practice a new song to see if it would work with that track and it does. Yay! I’ll add it to my class playlist tomorrow.
At the end of this week, I’ll write up how the other workouts for this first week went. I’m super excited about this. It’s a really good start to the month! Good luck to everyone doing PIIT28! If it’s your first time or you’ve done it so many times that you’ve moved on to 2.0 or 3.0, GOOD LUCK and HAVE FUN!!!
This won’t be long because I’ve already written everything I currently know and have experienced concerning PIIT28 and the 28 Day Reset.
If you’ve heard about the new PIIT28 plans, then you can go to my PIIT28 page that’s dedicated to the program. It talks all about the program and has links galore for all you need to know to answer your questions. I also have new links that will take you over to the PIIT28 website (which also has a new fun look) so you can choose what you want to buy (if you do decide to buy) and so you can read even more about the programs.
While I don’t have a separate page for the meal plans, my first PIIT28 blog post – It’s the PIITs of March! – does talk about the meal plan. There are two meal plans by the way – one is regular and one is vegan.
I’m including all of these links (to my PIIT28 page and to these new packs) below:
- PIIT28 page – GO HERE FOR ALL MY PIIT28 INFO
- PIIT28 1.0 – $39
- 28 Day Reset (meal plan) – $69
- 28 Day Reset // VEGAN (meal plan) – $69
- Power Pack (1.0, 2.0, 3.0 programs) – $79
- Transformation Pack (1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 28 Day Reset) – $99
- Transformation Pack // VEGAN (1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 28 Day Reset Vegan) – $99
If you look at the prices, you’ll notice that you save a lot more the more you buy. You save the most with the Transformation Pack. What it includes equals up to $186 but you only pay $99. You’re saving $87 just by adding in that meal plan. You’re saving more than the meal plan costs!! That makes it free and then some if you’re going by individual program costs.
Believe me when I say that PIIT28 can give amazing results. It’s difficult, yes, but if you push yourself almost every day you will see results. Even if you can’t see your results because maybe your eating habits aren’t the best (*coughmecough*), you’ll still feel the results. You’ll feel stronger, fitter, and more confident. You’ll have better posture, a higher self-esteem, more energy and who knows what else.
I did 1.0 and felt AMAZING by the end! All that I listed above, I felt in myself. I know that if I put in that effort, I will achieve greatness with this. I’ll be starting this up again pretty soon by repeating 1.0. Just so you know, I’ll be doing modifications to keep my knees in good shape, but I’ll be pushing myself alongside everyone else so I’ll be right there with you experiencing everything you’re experiencing.
If you do decide to join in and become a PIITster, don’t forget to listen to your body, recognize your limits, and accept it. Your body will grow stronger the longer you keep this up but if you hurt yourself or burn out in the beginning because you’re pushing yourself too hard, your body won’t have a chance to grow stronger. Likewise, if you miss a day, don’t beat yourself up. Just accept it and continue on the next day with what you missed. Don’t skip the workout, just do it the next day.
~ Couch Potato Triathlon ~
The Couch Potato Triathlon is nearing its end. 2 weeks left and it’ll be all over (Feb 19th). I thought for sure I’d zoom through the cycling and walking/running portion and have difficulty with the swimming portion but that’s not quite how it worked out. I have been zooming through the walking portion (I’m walking, not running) so I’ve backed off from it to focus on the other two.
Cycling takes more time than I thought it would and swimming takes less time. Still, it’s been difficult getting my butt in gear with swimming only because it’s such a bother carrying so much stuff to swim and then getting all cleaned up afterward.
Here’s what I still have left:
- Swimming – 29.5 laps
- Cycling – 48.8 miles
- Walking – 6.8
~ PIIT28 3.0 ~
Oh my holy cow!! If you thought PIIT28 1.0 was tough, you’re never going to believe what Cassey has in store for everyone this time! Honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do it, but I’ve bought it anyway so I can tell people about it. And there’s nothing preventing me from doing individual moves to see how they feel etc.
*Disclaimer: It is not just recommended that you complete PIIT28 1.0 and 2.0 before starting 3.0, it is a requirement. Likewise, you should not do 2.0 before completing 1.0. These are DIFFICULT programs and if you do them before you’re ready, you may get injured because your body isn’t ready for it. Do not blame me for injuries sustained in the course of these programs.*
Can I just say real fast how much I LOVE Cassey’s outfit in this 3.0 cover picture? Much more my style than her near-nakedness in 1.0 and the leotard in 2.0. I love how badass she looks here.
I’ll be checking out PIIT28 3.0 later and writing up a blog on it after I’ve done some of the moves to see what it’s like. But there’s good news! I looked through it real fast and found no Up-Up Down-Down Plank Jacks. Those look ridiculously hard, not only strength-wise but for coordination! And there are still some “easy” moves like Butt Kicks and Oil Riggers. Yay!
By the way, remember when I said I would complete PIIT28 1.0 with low impact modifications? I did and I didn’t. Way back in the day I pushed too hard and hurt my hip flexors (that crease on the front of your hips where you bend over?). They’ve both been super tight since then, especially since I also spend a lot of time sitting down typing on the computer, so it tends to hurt big time if I do a ton of squats or leg raises etc. In order to modify the high impact cardio moves in PIIT28 1.0, I had to squat a lot. It was a really good option but my hip flexors started screaming at me after awhile so I had to stop.
Other than that, if you have no hip flexor issues like I do, you can totally benefit from PIIT28 1.0. Modifying the high impact moves into low impact will take a lot of the burn out, but it’s still a really good workout. So don’t feel like you can’t do PIIT28 if you can’t do high impact moves. Low impact cardio moves will still make you burn and sweat.
And remember! You may have a 6-pack but no one will ever see it if you don’t eat well. Of course, it’s perfectly fine if no one ever sees it – mine is safely tucked away behind layers of insulating fat. That is totally fine. But if you do want people to see it, you have to eat well.
~ POPFlex Dark Bloom Collection ~
The 2nd half of the POPFlex Dark Bloom Collection is being released TODAY!!!! Yay!!! You can get a sneak peak at 9:30am PST when Cassey and Lexi go live on FB to reveal their favorite pieces from the new collection. The entire collection will be available to see and buy at 10:00am PST. I, unfortunately, will be in the middle of teaching my POP class when this happens and then swimming for that CPT but I really have no $ to buy anything yet anyway. I have a growing wishlist and a birthday coming up, but I don’t think people will give me enough to get my entire wishlist. I’ll have to choose veeeeeeryyyy carefully and hope things aren’t sold out in my size when the time comes.
Imagine this design on the new Wishing Star Capris…
~ Silver Sneakers ~
Last but not least, come March I’ll be getting certified in 3 new group x classes – Silver Sneakers: Classic, Silver Sneakers: Cardio Circuit, and Silver Sneakers: Yoga. Seems we might be running low on instructors in the future. I should be taking over the SS: Cardio class later on and subbing for the other two when needed. Yay! My repertoire is growing!
I was looking at other formats to teach like Barre, but the director said they tried a Barre class before and it didn’t work out so well. People didn’t care. Surprising since people like POP and it seems pretty similar…Maybe it was the timing or the instructor? Who knows. It doesn’t matter too much because I’m not getting certified in it right now. I may pursue it later, but not right now.
As you know, I’m currently experimenting with PIIT28. The experiment is to change all cardio moves from high to low impact and see how it goes. Not a huge experiment, it’s true, but this will give me an idea if the program is still doable by people who have bad knees or if it’s a waste of money. Honestly, it can never be a “waste” of money per se if it succeeds in getting you moving and it’s going to make you fitter no matter how you modify the cardio.
A squat is still a squat even if you don’t add in a jump.
My butt can attest to that.
But, you know, if someone pays for a program that’s both cardio and strength training, they’re going to want both. So far, I can say with all sincerity that, despite changing all jumps to their low/no impact counterparts, I’m still getting my cardio in. Granted, I could do with a bit more cardio, but by the end I’m sweating and my muscles are tired. Not exhausted, but a good degree of tired. The following day my legs are sore. It feels good. I mean, it hurts but it feels like I’m working hard.
Doing this program made me kinda curious (okay, very extremely like totally excited kind of curious) about the idea of teaching it as a class. So I spoke with both my boss and the people in charge of PIIT28 to see if it would be doable at my gym and legal etc. I’m glad I did speak with the PIIT28 people because I love what Cassey Ho has done and I don’t want to accidentally steal her hard work.
I broached the PIIT28 people with my class idea etc and also asked if they had considered creating a certification for people to teach actual PIIT. Here was their answer:
Hi Kathryn,We have not developed a PIIT28 group fitness class certification, but it is something that we hope to do in the future.If you were to teach a class like this we would ask that you do not brand it as PIIT28 or PIIT since those are trademarked titles.
Thank you for reaching out to us about this and we are hopeful to one day have a PIIT certification program which will allow you to use Cassey’s name, branding and choreography to help people reach their fitness goals.All the best from The POP/PIIT28 Team!
My class idea was to keep a similar format of alt cardio/st moves but change the moves themselves so I wasn’t stealing Cassey’s workouts. I had toyed with the idea of promotional PIIT28 classes but they didn’t comment on that so I’m going to steer clear of it. Now my biggest brain buster is what would I call it? I can’t call it PIIT because, as they pointed out, it’s a trademarked title.
Cardio and Pilates…CarPit!
Yeah, I’m laughing. Makes me think of two things: 1) carpets and 2) the armpit of a car.
We’re low on Intermediate classes at my YMCA so maybe we can make a new class that combines lower intensity cardio and Pilates strength training. I wonder how difficult a class can get before it’s branded as an Advanced class. Maybe switching the cardio and strength training so there’s more ST and make the cardio moves more low impact?
Anyway, if anyone loves PIIT28 and was wondering about there ever being a certification to teach it or to go to live classes, then there’s your answer – they’re hoping to create a certification sometime in the future. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed! I, for one, would LOVE to teach it!