I’m sure you are all hip to the New 2 You Cross Training Challenge hosted by Kim at (Just) Trying is for Little Girls and I’m sure you know how much I love this whole concept – try 12 new cross training activities in 2012. Yeah – it’s just such a cool way to keep me motivated to move!
April’s cross training activity . . . Piloxing.
Of course, I jumped in with both feet . . .with my safety net along side, Kimberly from Healthy Strides (check her out with that cute hair and make up).
Here is how the gym’s website describes Piloxing:
PILOXING is an exciting, new inter-disciplinary program that is attracting die-hard followers including Hollywood celebrities and international stars.
PILOXING uniquely mixes Pilates and boxing moves into a fat torching, muscle sculpting, core-centric interval workout, guaranteed to whip you into shape, using a class format that's both fun and challenging.
PILOXING is the brainchild of Swedish dancer and celebrity trainer, Viveca Jensen, and the culmination of her mission to physically and mentally empower women through fitness. At the core of PILOXING is the principle that feminine is powerful and it aims for women to attain a sleek, sexy, and powerful self-image.
PILOXING blends the power, speed and agility of boxing with the beautiful sculpting and flexibility of Pilates. Add to that the fun and sexy dance moves that reflect Viveca's personality.
In addition to Pilates and boxing movements, the exercise incorporates the use of weighted gloves which add to the workout by toning the arms and maximizing cardiovascular health.
The class was held at a Big City dance studio and is 45 minutes from my house. Unfortunately the late class start (7:05 p.m.) meant that I wouldn’t get home until about 9:00 p.m. - pretty late . . . for a “school night”.
So how do I feel about Piloxing?
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE
OMG - this is the GREATEST group “aerobics” class I’ve ever done!!!!!!
Piloxing combines all the elements of fitness:
Muscular strength (hold in that core and lift that leg)
Muscular endurance (my booty was screaming with all the pliés)
Cardiovascular endurance (wish I would have had a heart rate on – pretty sure I got very close to maxing it several times)
Flexibility (there’s a lot of long reaching)
Balance (a huge part of this class focuses on balance activities . . . who knew).
This is one great workout that the internet says burns 400-900 calories per hour!!! Oh yeah – it does most definitely!!!! It’s much like Zumba in that it alternates high intensity sections with lower intensity sections (thank goodness – I needed a brief breather). It’s a solid 45 minutes of constant go-go-go followed by 10-15 minutes of floor work focusing on butt and abs.
Our teacher, Jill, is a gifted instructor – seriously amazing! She was ALL over the room and yelling over the motivating music. She was so inspiring and excellent at cuing. She definitely made the class go by quickly and made it a BLAST!
If you have an opportunity to attend a Piloxing class – DO IT!!!! I drove nearly an hour – IT.WAS.TOTALLY.WORTH.IT!!! I’m going again and again and again! Dang – kids, this is my new FAV (don’t worry, Pump will still be in my life).
Have you tried Piloxing? If not, do you have Piloxing near you?