Rainy mornings mean sleeping in, a hot cuppa chai or just reading in bed. If the thought of trekking through the monsoon muck, groggy-eyed, to the treadmill makes you hit the snooze button over and over again, try the latest fitness fad to get the city’s attention — Piloxing. We gave this new workout a test-run to bring you all the details.
How is it different?
The workout used in Piloxing is called Interval Training and the exercises are best done barefeet with gloves, which weigh half a pound each. “Piloxing should be done without trainers. The feet have the second highest number of sensory nerves after the spine, so the workout also improves blood flow,” says Sucheta Pal, a certified trainer of Piloxing. It starts with a high-intensity workout, followed by slow moves that are characterstic of Pilates, and then a few steps of dance. In one hour, 45 minutes are spent standing up and 15 on the floor.
What does it aim to do?
It uses dance-based movements, and incorporates the use of weighted gloves for toning the upper body and arms. It also increases cardio-vascular strength and helps build stamina without building muscle. This is a fast-paced workout. “Pilates is about balance, posture and strengthening your core, while kick-boxing builds agility and makes you feel powerful. Piloxing combines the best of both,” says Sucheta.
What is it?
Started by professional Pilates trainer Viveca Jensen from Sweden, Piloxing merges the disciplines of Pilates and kick-boxing. It is a fat-burning, muscle-sculpting workout that is both fun and challenging. The music used in classes is especially designed for Piloxing.
How did we fare?
Our session started with Sucheta giving us an introduction to Piloxing, followed by a warm-up. Next, we were asked to do jumps, punches and a few steps of dancing. With the instructor constantly motivating us, every minute of the session was fun. It was an invigorating workout, which helped us burn around 1,000 calories in an hour. We give Piloxing a thumbs up for its catchy music. Other highs include the adrenaline rush from the punching and high-energy exercises.