If you have been reading CCR for any amount of time now there are two things you might have noticed about my fitness routine,
- I am recovering from a stress fracture which, means I miss running like crazy!
- Given that I have had to find alternate forms of fitness over the past few months while recovering, with the exception of the rare spin class, I am not a fan of group fitness.
Group runs are my favorite way to run. These days I get lonely by myself after finding such a wonderful running group when I lived in Winston-Salem, but I suffer from the false notion that group exercise classes don’t give you an intense enough workout.
I am completely aware that this perspective is wrong, and YOU are responsible for your own workout, but it’s a hard notion for me to shake. That being said, Since getting injured, preventing another injury has become extremely important to me.
For quite some time I have had it in my mind, that an organized class where someone else does the planning and keeps me guessing every week would be a great way to achieve that!
When a friend described her new favorite class, Piloxing, which, our gym just started offering, her enthusiasm was contagious!
So What Exactly IS Piloxing?
“Piloxing uniquely mixes Pilates and boxing moves into a fat torching, muscle sculpting, core-centric interval workout, guaranteed to whip you into shape, using a class format that’s both fun and challenging.” – Piloxing website
If any of you danced growing up, I would describe it more as a combination of a sped-up ballet warm-up, intermixed with kick boxing…exactly what I was hoping for!
Piloxing’s creator is a former dancer and you can tell! I danced for 16 years before switching to running and I can tell you, no matter how many planks and squats ya do, you cannot get the strong core and booty of a dancer without, well, dancing! Piloxing speeds up much of a traditional ballet warm-up, targeting those core muscles that only that form of movement can hit.
At points I was concerned that because it was so speedy and lacked the rigorous technique of a ballet class that people could get injured… then I realized it WAS NOT ballet class and I should get over it .
The combination of dance and kickboxing kept me engaged and provided intervals which, I have become a HUGE fan of since picking up spin and make you sweat baby sweat!
Due to a little thing called work, I got to class right as it was starting meaning I did not get to use the weighted gloved participants wear in class…this might not have been such a bad thing, my arms were burning without any extra weight!
Though class was Monday, I intentionally did not post this review until Wednesday knowing some serious Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) would set in! I was not disappointed! Though my booty was sore Tuesday, I woke up Wednesday morning and decided this two rest days this week was in order .
Apparently, Hilary Duff, Alexis Bledel, Heather Morris, and Kirsten Dunst are big fans.
Piloxing’s core centric, interval style workout and a great instructor is enough to keep me coming back, celebrity endorsement or no!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a pressing date with my Stick.
Have you ever tried Piloxing? What did you think?