Piloxing: The Hot Hybrid Workout That's Got Us Throwing Punches

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Can't decide between Pilates and boxing? Now you don't have to: Enter Piloxing™, the fusion fitness workout that's steadily gaining a following around the country. Is this hybrid of punching and precision just a passing trend, or is it here to stay? We talked to Viveca Jensen, the founder of Piloxing, to find out what has so many fitness enthusiasts filling up the studios.

What Exactly Is Piloxing?

Piloxing is the only exercise that combines the high-intensity cardio of boxing with standing Pilates movements. A native of Scandinavia, Jensen became a master Pilates instructor after a knee injury sidelined her professional dance training. When her clients began asking for ways to incorporate cardio into their Pilates routine, her vision came to life.

Jensen created Piloxing as a fusion of her passions for dance, boxing and Pilates. "I wanted women to have a workout where they could throw some punches to feel powerful, but also feel feminine," she says. "I also wanted people to explore another side of themselves that they probably haven't seen." It's Jensen's goal for every student to leave the studio feeling powerful and in control of his or her health and self-image.

Jennifer Lynn is a Piloxing instructor at Fit Philosophie in Northern Kentucky. A diverse fitness trainer with certifications in many disciplines, she added PILOXING to her repertoire in 2014. "I'm always looking to add innovative and new programs to our facility," says Lynn. "It's fun and it appeals to many ages and levels of fitness. Also, you don't need equipment—you can do it anywhere!"

What Can PILOXING Do for You?

A unique form of interval training, Piloxing provides both a cardio workout and targeted strength training moves. In a typical routine, you'll work all upper and lower muscle groups by doing squats, lunges, leg lifts, boxing jabs and more. You'll wear half-pound weighted gloves to boost your heart rate and strengthen your arm muscles. And there's no need to tack on extra crunches at the end—Piloxing moves keep the core engaged at all times.

"People become addicted because they love the feeling of strength and power when throwing jabs, but also the feeling of control and focus with the Pilates principles," Jensen says.

You're a good candidate for Piloxing if you want to improve your balance, flexibility and coordination while developing lean, sculpted muscles. Oh, and then there's that little perk of burning up to 1,000 calories in a single hour.

Piloxing FAQs
  • Do I need to wear shoes? Piloxing is a barefoot program, so feel free to slip off your shoes before entering the studio. If you're more comfortable wearing shoes or non-slip socks, you're welcome to do so.
  • Do I need to bring any gear? The only gear used in Piloxing are the (optional) signature half-pound gloves. Although they're comfortable and lightweight, they add some extra resistance that increases arm muscle tone and boosts the calorie burn. Lynn's studio provides water, towels and mats, but some do not. Check with your facility to find out what you'll need to bring.
  • What if I can't do all of the moves? "You can adjust the intensity based on your level," Lynn says. "Slow down or ramp it up as needed. The most important thing is to keep moving and have fun."
  • Do you have any sample workouts I can try at home? Yes! Check out these 8 effective Piloxing routines to do anywhere.
Have you tried Piloxing, or would you like to? Share your experience in the comments!

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EO4WELLNESS 12/15/2017
Haven't ever tried it--haven't heard of it before, but I love heavy bag workouts, speed bag workouts, Muay Thai, and Pilates--so this is a no brainer! Report
DIROB57 10/6/2017
Never heard of it, but it sounds like FUN! Report
I would like to try this. For all those people who spoke of balance try tai chi chan. I taught for 12 years it's works.
Hmm. Report
I have been doing Piloxing for a couple years. When my club dropped it I bought Jensen's video. When is sparkpeople going to add it to the fitness list? I have been splitting the time between kickboxing and pilates. Great for balance also. Report
This sounds like a blast! Incorporating cardio with Pilates...a win. I typically workout at home, yet I am going to see if any local gyms offer this and try a class. If not,YouTube! HIIT cardio kickboxing workouts are my absolute favorite, this just seems like an awesome fit for me. Thanks for the suggestion, I love trying something new. Report
I doubt very much it would do anything for me that going back to karatedo wouldn't . Not to mention the name is too close to PILLOCK which I will not explain but anyone who is English or is familiar with real English is familiar with what it means. Report
Interesting exercise for sure... I've been doing kick boxing the last few months and like it (mostly) so I think I'd like this. Report
I live in that other K state - Kansas, and I've never heard of Piloxing!! I always liked Pilates but not the ground work as much, and the little bit of boxing I tried I liked, kinda. Especially like knowing this is barefooted, and I know I need balance improvement. Will have lo look for the workout online! Report
I came across Piloxing a few years back. I ended up buying Jensen's Piloxing dvd along with the weighted gloves. It is such a fun and effective workout! I honestly had a lot of fun doing it all the while getting my heart rate up. Report
This sounds interesting. I'm not the most coordinated or class-oriented person but I'll check 1devotedwife's suggestion and look for a dvd to start with. Report
This sounds like a beautiful workout. Report
I've never seen or heard of this! I watched a couple youtube videos and it looks pretty intense. But I'd love to try it since it combines two forms of exercise, that I LOVE! Plus I love being barefoot!
I haven't tried it, but it looks interesting. I think I've seen an inexpensive DVD on Amazon.com. I'll check there and YouTube since no classes are available in my area. Report
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