About eight months ago I took up piloxing to help improve my overall fitness. Before that, I was mostly doing yoga, which is great for building strength and flexibility, but I was neglecting my cardiovascular fitness. As a freelancer, I spend most of my day in front of my laptop, so it was important for me to find a fun workout that motivated me to move. And piloxing does exactly that.
In fact, piloxing has become my favourite workout. However, when I tell people about it, they are usually a bit confused because theyâ€™ve never heard of it before. Here are some of the typical questions I am often asked:
What is piloxing?
Simply put, piloxing is a high-energy cardio workout that combines elements of boxing and Pilates into a kind of dance routine. I like to think of it as a modern-day version of aerobics. It aims to increase speed and agility through boxing movements and to sculpt the body and improve flexibility through standing Pilates. Itâ€™s cardio focused, so itâ€™s great for improving cardiovascular fitness.
More specifically, it involves lots of shadow boxing, footwork, occasional jab work with a partner, plenty of balancing on one leg while pumping biceps and triceps or flexing the other leg and even standing crunches. It gets your heart rate up and keeps it up while you work out to Top 40 hits and other pumping dance music. This creates a really fun workout, which keeps me motivated and going back every week.
What equipment do you use?
Technically, you donâ€™t need any equipment to do piloxing. But for the best fitness results, this workout should be performed with weighted piloxing gloves. Alternatively, you can use wrist weights or light handheld weights. I like to also put on ankle weights for an extra challenge.
Can you do piloxing at home?
Personally, I find it difficult to motivate myself to work out as hard as I can when I exercise at home. I never seem to finish the workout, I take too many breaks and I allow myself to be distracted by pretty much everything. As such, I canâ€™t do piloxing (or any other kind of exercise) at home. Instead, I go to a fitness studio to join a weekly group workout class. That said, with a few good online videos and a fun workout mix, a full-length mirror to see yourself in and the right attitude, piloxing can easily be done at home.
Have you seen any results?
Yes! I have definitely seen results. I remember the first class I attended was a huge challenge for me. I could barely keep up with the steps and constantly needed to rest my arms. I was huffing and puffing right from the start and found myself looking at the clock every five minutes wondering when it would be over. It was intense! If you have poor cardiovascular fitness, you may also find it almost too difficult when you first begin.
But after a couple of sessions, I found it much easier. I was familiar with the moves and my cardiovascular fitness had improved so I wasnâ€™t so out of breath. As Iâ€™ve kept up my piloxing workouts, my fitness has continued to get better. My shoulders and arms have gotten stronger, and so have my glutes and abs. To be honest, I still find coordinating some of the moves, like high kicks and standing crunches, quite difficult, but I know with continued practice, I can only get better.