And the beat goes on...

One hour of pilox­ing, a mix of box­ing and Pi­lates, is said to burn 1200 calo­ries, says

Sunday News - - WELLBEING -

Bal­let dancer turned fit­ness trainer Viveca Jensen is re­spon­si­ble for Pilox­ing, a high­en­ergy mashup of box­ing, Pi­lates and aer­o­bics-style dance­moves.

Pilox­ing doesn’t par­tic­u­larly have a huge amount to do with the regime cre­ated by Ger­man sports­man Joseph Pi­lates at the be­gin­ning of last cen­tury.

Rather than us­ing special ap­pa­ra­tus and ma­chin­ery to align the body and sup­port the spine, it uses stand­ing con­di­tion­ing ex­er­cises with a par­tic­u­lar box­ing flavour to fo­cus on core strength and bal­ance. It also prom­ises to make par­tic­i­pants sleek, sexy, and pow­er­ful. Box­ing and Pi­lates is an un­usual com­bi­na­tion.

One spends most of the time ly­ing down, while the other’s main ob­jec­tive is to pul­verise some­one to the point where they can’t ac­tu­ally get up from the floor.

This les­son would in­volve en­gag­ing the core through stand­ing ‘‘Pi­lates-in­spired moves’’ be­fore mov­ing to the ground for some more tar­geted ab­domen work.

An op­tion was pro­vided to wear weighted gloves to in­crease the in­ten­sity.

To be­gin, the in­struc­tor in­tro­duced one of the foun­da­tion Pilox­ing move­ments: spring­ing from side to side with the hands held in the clas­sic box­ing guard po­si­tion.

Strikes were soon added, though in­stead of a punch, they should just be per­formed as more of a ‘‘reach and pull in’’.

Sim­i­lar to aer­o­bics, the regime worked through high­in­ten­sity dance moves to a sound­track of remixed chart­top­pers.

There were sev­eral re­minders that it was all about fun. There was a lasso move­ment while per­form­ing a half squat, a deep lunge com­plete with a hump­ing mo­tion to­wards the ground, kick­ing and reach­ing at the same time, and plenty of arm swing­ing.

All of the com­bi­na­tions saw an in­crease in in­ten­sity to boost the heart rate.

Quick-fire jabs were com­pared to shoot­ing a ma­chine gun.

Puls­ing lungeswere com­plet­ed­with­out us­ing the arms to tighten the but­tocks. Bal­let plies would help to strengthen the feet.

By the end of the stand­ing sec­tion my arms and legs were feel­ing heavy.

On the floor we worked through half pushups, leg lifts, torso twists and mul­ti­ple other drills to strengthen the core. Some light stretch­ing fin­ished the ses­sion. Ap­par­ently your av­er­age one­hour Pilox­ing class can burn up to 1200 calo­ries.

The goal is to pro­duce a solid core, lean mus­cles and bet­ter breath­ing habits.

It hones in on car­dio­vas­cu­lar fit­ness which is of­ten com­mended for in­creas­ing the heart rate and burn­ing calo­ries.

While it’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent regime, some ben­e­fits of Pi­lates are still re­lat­able here, in­clud­ing im­proved flex­i­bil­ity, bal­ance and pos­ture, in­creased mus­cle strength and con­di­tion­ing of the ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles.

The fast-paced chore­og­ra­phy of the class will also help sharpen up your co-or­di­na­tion. Those with heart prob­lems should visit a med­i­cal pro­fes­sional for a full health fit­ness as­sess­ment be­fore sign­ing up for Pilox­ing.

The same goes if you’ve had any pre­vi­ous back prob­lems.

Lis­ten to your body and take each class at your own pace. pilox­ing.com

It’s box­ing and Pi­lates moves to the beat of chart-top­pers.

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