With the beginning of a new year comes a time of reflection and goal setting. And for many of us, we want to incorporate new health goals into our lives, which often involve starting a new exercise routine. That's why this month seemed so fitting to catch up with the Village’s Piyo Instructor, Kristina Lampasi, to find out what her exercise class is all about and how she got started.
1. How did you get started and what inspired you to start teaching PiYo?
I was introduced to PiYo shortly after having my twins. I had previously been an avid runner, but had stopped during my pregnancy. Afterwards, I was looking for a low impact workout that I could do at home. I immediately fell in love with PiYo! Not only did it help me shed the baby weight, but it totally improved my mood for the day! That’s when I knew I had to share it and I began practicing for my PiYo certification, which I completed in December of 2014.
2. PiYo is a relatively new type of workout. Can you explain what it is and how it's different than other popular workouts?
PiYo is a mind-body workout with the elements of Pilates and Yoga. We combine the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of Yoga, while continuously moving to keep up the heart rate. The class is broken down into 10 sections which all use different muscles, giving you the maximum benefits. It’s also low impact which means just about anyone can do it!
4. With a great exercise routine comes other healthy choices. What keeps you motivated to lead a healthy lifestyle?
My kids! I have three little ones that keep me going and that I need to keep up with every day. I also want to be a positive role model by teaching them that it is important to take care of yourself. A healthier parent makes a happier parent and I think we all have to remember to make ourselves a priority when it comes to making time for healthy habits. Exercise and proper food choices keep us well and prevent common illnesses, and as a parent of three, I don’t have time to get sick, so that’s something I always keep in mind.
5. What advice would you give someone who wants to give PiYo a try?
Give it a shot! This workout really is for everyone! All of the moves can be modified for any fitness level whether you're an athlete or a couch potato. We will sweat but also have fun while doing it!
Kristina’s PiYo class is every Tuesday evening at our Shaler location from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and costs $5 per class. Wear comfortable clothes, bare feet, and be ready to get in a fun workout! For more info on the PiYo class, other classes at the Village, and a link to purchase a 4 class pass, check out the Village website.