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Health & Fitness Just for YOU Reviews — 26 September 2012

‘I’ve been Piloxing’ I tell anyone who’ll listen. ‘P what? and ‘What on earth is that?’ is what usually follows. Well, I’m here to tell you about the latest fitness craze that has taken Hollywood by storm.

Piloxing is the brainchild of Viveca Jensen

P – what?!

What do you get if you cross Pilates with Boxing? Piloxing of course! Yes, these strange bed fellows work together in an hour class to get you sweating, stretching and burning, sorry make that ‘torching’ off fat. The concept of Swedish dancer and celeb trainer Viveca Jensen, (she’s been getting Hilary Duff and other Hollywood types into shape) Piloxing’s principle, says Jensen is ‘that feminine is powerful and it aims for women to attain a sleek, sexy and powerful self-image.’

What happens in the class?

I arrived at Teresa Malins’ Piloxing class in Beckenham not really knowing what to expect and in a way that was a good thing. Teresa looks the picture of health (she is also a Pilates instructor) and is very welcoming and friendly but there was a definite air of tension as us guinea pigs lined up ready to delve into the ‘unknown’.

After a quick warm up you get straight into the class. Teresa was wearing 1lb hand gloves but us newbies were let off the hook (she was waiting for the gloves to arrive from the US). A very fast, almost manic, boxing session starts where you duck and punch into one corner and then the next. The sweat starts to drip off and the heart pounds away. The next thing you slow right down and do a sort of Pilates move. I say sort of as the moves are still faster than they would be in a regular Pilates class. Now, as you know, I’ve been doing quite a bit of Pilates but trying to stand upright and use your core to hold out your leg is very tricky when you’ve just been kicking and punching the living daylights out of fresh air.

Viveca Jensen creator of Piloxing demonstrating how it works

Click to watch Viveca Jensen’s Piloxing demonstration

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What does Piloxing do for you?

Well, you’ve got boxing which is a great cardiovascular, fat-burning workout not to mention its affects on your agility combined with Pilates which strengthens, tones and sculpts the body. It pretty much ticks all the exercise boxes you could hope for. As well as this it’s also pretty good for the mind. I’m sure you’ll agree that every now and then you just need to let all the tension out. You walk away feeling pretty ‘chilled’.

What do you wear to Piloxing?

Ordinary fitness gear is fine. You actually do the class in bare feet so you don’t need to worry about fancy trainers. The instructor should also supply you with the Piloxing gloves which are a very fetching black and pink colour. If you do end up buying some then you could also use them when walking, jogging or (to quote the Piloxing website) to do the housework…

mummyratesit’s verdict

I’m always pleased to find another exercise class even better that this one is a real multi-tasker. As someone who doesn’t mind working up a sweat I found this class genuinely tough (but in a good way).

Where can I do Piloxing?

Teresa Malins’ Piloxing classes are in Beckenham on Sundays 10am. Teresa also teaches a class in Crystal Palace at the Dance Studio Tuesdays at 9.45am, Wednesdays 8-9pm. Classes stop during school holidays.

Visit Piloxing.com to find other Piloxing classes around the country


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  1. Sounds like hardwork but also fun. One of my questions tonight will be what sort of exersize I can do after a c-section as my tummy still feels quite tender x

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