Piloxing fitness class in Jefferson City
There's nothing like summer swimsuit season to make us all think about keeping physically fit.
There's a new option for folks who want to be heart-healthy and toned.
The fitness class starts with basic moves but quickly takes an unusual twist.
"Piloxing is a Pilates and boxing class mixed together," MacKenzie Myers with Fuzion Studio of the Arts said.
Part Pilates. Part boxing. All cardio.
"It's cardio. It's great for toning your arms, toning your thighs. It's a head to toe fitness class," Myers said.
Piloxing student Jill McNair said, "I just went to the first class and had a great time and decided to keep coming back."
During class students wear weighted gloves.
"It's not like anything else you've ever done. It has been my favorite fitness class so far and I've had huge success with it here at the studio," Myers said.
Mackenzie Myers co-owns Fuzion Studio of the Arts in Jefferson City. She went to a piloxing training workshop then started this class at her studio in January.
It's been a good fitness fit for students like Jill McNair.
"I've gotten better with my balancing and I've seen more tone in my arms and my shoulders from the gloves and all the punching," McNair said.
Better balance comes from the Pilates influence. Traditional Pilates would include floor work and slow breathing but the Pilates elements in the piloxing class emphasize core at a faster pace.
"Working on a little bit of flexibility but you're still going you're still standing up," Myers explained.
The boxing moves work shoulders and arms.
To borrow a boxing term, you get 'hooked.'
"It definitely works head to toe the entire class so it's not like you're coming and for one song you're just working arms and then the next song you're just working legs. It is whole body the whole time so people really start seeing results really quickly with this type of class," Myers said.
Students move at their own pace and most wear no shoes.
Piloxing combines two fitness techniques into something a little different and fun.
"It's just defiantly a good thing to come try for your health and just for even a stress reliever," McNair said.