The cold winter months coupled with the festive season can bring with them a real fear of gaining some extra unwanted pounds. As a result of this concern, many people get gripped by the urgent need to increase their level of healthy exercise.
Here’s something you might consider if you are tired of a boring exercise routine. Why don’t you try something new and innovative, such as Piloxing? “Pilox-what?” – I hear you say.
This is a natural reaction. One which I found myself asking when I met the only qualified Elite Instructor in Malta, with the intent of getting a better insight into this new discipline.
Louise Agius explained that this is an exciting new programme which combines Pilates, dancing and boxing, all into one. It is effective for calorie blasting, muscle toning and core strengthening. The end product is a guaranteed sleek, sexy and powerful body.
One of the most important, if not the most, rules in Piloxing is to practise bare-footed. Because, as Louise explained, this increases the strength in your whole foot, ankle and knee and helps with hip stability. This will allow your toes to get a better grip and will improve your balance and agility.
When I asked whether this type of exercise was suitable for people of all ages, Louise said that, as with everything else, it depends on the individual. Her class includes people from different age groups, but the basic rule applies: one has to work to his/her own particular pace. “Some people love a challenge, that’s why it is perfect for anyone,” she replied.
There are different types of Piloxing. Piloxing Knockout is suitable for people who love to take a killer challenge to another level; while the light piloxing version, called Pilloxing Barre has a low, yet intensive impact.
I was curious, so I asked her whether Piloxing could become the new Zumba, Louise smiled and replied “Piloxing is much more intense, more challenging and more focused in its aim to produce a toned body”.
Regarding the frequently-asked questions on the amount of training needed for such a discipline, Louise clarified this for me by saying that ideally it would be best to train three times a week. But then like most things in life, it depends on the individual’s needs, time constraints and objectives. “There are people who come once a week and who saw the difference immediately,” she concluded.
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Article by Bernice Farrugia.