what is…? piloxing
A new Group Ex workout combines two very different fitness disciplines to burn calories, build strength and increase stamina.
The Piloxing workout hit the Australian fitness market in April when it featured on the FILEX 2014 program, converting curious delegates into avid Piloxers.
So, what is Piloxing? And, perhaps more to the point, does that name really mean what it sounds like it means? Is it possible that two fitness practices as seemingly diverse as Pilates and boxing could have come together in one happy union, yin and yang-like?
The answer is ‘yes’ – the program blends the power, speed and agility of boxing with the targeted sculpting and flexibility of Pilates. It’s a cardio fusion that incorporates research and fitness techniques to burn maximum calories, build lean muscles and increase stamina.
These techniques are also supplemented by the use of weighted gloves, further strengthening the arms and maximising cardiovascular health. Add to this some fun dance moves and you have a fat-burning, muscle-strengthening workout designed to make participants feel physically and mentally empowered.
Piloxing is the brainchild of Swedish dancer and celebrity trainer Viveca Jensen, whose clients include Hilary Duff and Vanessa Hudgens. Viveca’s mission in creating Piloxing was to physically and mentally empower women through fitness, as well as create a unique exercise program that would appeal to the global group exercise community. At the core of Piloxing, according to Jensen, is the principle that women are powerful and that they can attain a sleek, sexy and powerful self-image by taking charge of their own health. To this end, she has made the system accessible to home exercisers as well as class participants through her Piloxing System DVD workouts.
In May 2010, Jensen and her team launched the Piloxing Academy in order to educate and license fitness professionals to teach the program. Since then the academy has certified thousands of instructors in over 40 countries. Now, with Australia set firmly in its sights, it may be only a matter of time before Piloxing classes start appearing on Group Ex timetables nationwide.
See yourself instructing Piloxing? Instructor Training Workshops (7 CECs) are being held in Australia next month: Sydney, 5 July, and Melbourne 6 July. For more information visit piloxing.com/instructor-training