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.
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