The fitness industry is one which is constantly changing and constantly evolving. Some fitness trends and fads for example, turn out not to be fads at all, and actually prove to have amazing staying power. Just look at CrossFit a few years back?
When CrossFit first became popular, many fitness enthusiasts predicted that it would only be a fad and that a year later everybody would have forgotten what it was. How wrong they were.
CrossFit went from strength to strength and it is now one of the most popular forms of fitness training in the entire world. There is however, a new fitness trend on the scene that many people are predicting is going to take 2018 and beyond, by storm.
That trend in question is none other than Piloxing and it is Piloxing that we’re going to be taking a detailed look at right now. Here’s everything you need to know about Piloxing.
What is Piloxing?
Yes, we know that the name sounds fairly, peculiar shall we say, but there is a very simple meaning behind the name. Piloxing is basically a portmanteau, which is combination of the words Pilates and Boxing – hence the name. It is a ground-breaking form of exercise that is taking the physical fitness industry by storm.
Now popular in close to 100 countries worldwide, with millions upon millions of people attending Piloxing classes every week, it is a wonderful way of getting in shape if you’re sick and tired of conventional fitness and exercise. Basically, if you imagine a combination of dancing, boxing, and Pilates, that’s what you get with Pilates.
Where did Piloxing come from?
Piloxing is a relatively new fitness trend as it was founded in 2009 by a celebrity trainer from Sweden. The celebrity fitness trainer was Viveca Jensen who was looking for a fun and exciting way for women to get fit, lean, healthy, and sexy, without plodding away on a treadmill or exercise bike for hours on end.
She decided to combine things she enjoyed, and ones that she knew would meet the required criteria for getting in shape, so she came up with an exercise requiring people to wear weighted gloves in order to perform the movements.
The idea was that the heavy resistance from the gloves would help to tone the muscles in the arms and upper-body, while simultaneously burning calories in the process. When you add to this the Pilates, which in itself is a wonderful form of toning, and you have one awesome form of physical exercise.
How many Calories do you Burn in a Piloxing Workout Session?
The simple answer to this is that you burn off as many or as little as you like. The harder you work during the session the more calories you are going to burn off.
As a typical example however, if a class lasts for one hour, the average amount of calories burnt off would be 400 – 600 at a moderate intensity. If you stepped up the intensity however, between 700 and 1000 would most certainly be achievable, perhaps even more still.
What are the Biggest Benefits of a Piloxing Workout?
Some of the main benefits of a piloxing workout include the following:
Tones your muscles
As mentioned, in order to perform the exercises and movements in these classes, weighted gloves are worn which help to gently tone and work your muscles as you go.
The standard Pilates stretches and movements are also renowned for their ability to shape and sculpt the muscles. If you’re looking to tone up slightly, Piloxing is ideal.
If it is fat loss you week, Piloxing is one of the most effective forms of exercise that you could ever wish for. When you perform a Piloxing workout, you get out of it what you put into it. If you work fairly hard however, you can potentially burn off a minimum of 500 calories, though upwards of 1200 calories is also very possible.
Meet new people
Another fantastic benefit of Piloxing is the fact that when you join a class you can meet other like-minded individuals with the same goals and interests as yourself. If you’re looking to get out there and meet new people, Piloxing classes are ideal. Sure, you work hard during the classes, but there is plenty of time for socializing once your workout has ended.
Improve your health
Not only does Piloxing help you to look good, but it also helps you to become fitter and healthier as well. To begin with it is a great form of cardiovascular exercise which makes it hugely beneficial for your heart. Heart disease is the biggest killer in the entire world so the healthier you can make your heart, the better.
Piloxing has also been found to significantly reduce blood pressure, which again means that you can avoid a wide range of medical complications and ailments, including heart attacks and strokes.
Build lean muscle
Not only can you tone your muscles when you engage in a Piloxing workout, you can also potentially build lean muscle. This will help to build a sleek, slender, and curvy figure, while also helping to keep you lean.
The more muscle you build, the faster your metabolism runs, which means that you will burn off more calories than the average person – helping to keep you slim and slender.
Finally, the last benefit of Piloxing that we’re going to be looking at today, is that it is so much fun. With a Piloxing workout you get to try something new and exciting, and as it keeps you so busy you get to have much more fun than you would if you were simply using a treadmill or exercise bike for an hour at a time.
Where can you Try a Piloxing Workout?
To get the most from a Piloxing workout, it is best to search online for gyms and athletic centres offering classes in your area. As it is growing in popularity there are more and more gyms and fitness centres offering classes.
However, if you are unfortunate enough not to be located in close proximity to one then you can always try one in the comfort of your own home. There are plenty of websites and magazines out there offering Piloxing workouts that you can try in the comfort of your own home.
There are even DVDs and instructional videos online, so you can simply follow along at home. If you can’t find weighted gloves there are also exercises you can perform using wrist weights instead.
Why should you Try it?
We’ve looked at just a few of the main benefits associated with Piloxing workouts, but why should YOU try it? Well, there are a number of answers to this question.
Piloxing is exciting, it is something new, it is a whole lot of fun, you will meet new people, you can improve your health and psychological well-being, and you can burn fat, tone your muscles, and literally transform your body.
Best of all is the fact that virtually no two classes and workouts are exactly alike, so you can constantly keep things fresh and exciting.
So, as you can see, although Piloxing doesn’t quite roll off the tongue as easily as ‘Zumba’ or ‘Boxing’ if you can get past the unusual name, you actually have yourself one of the most exciting and innovative forms of physical exercise currently in existence.
If you’re looking to get fit and even sexier for 2018, Piloxing could be the workout you’ve been looking for.
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