I went Piloxing

Jessica demonstrating a plioxing move.

 

What: Piloxing — demo class
When: Wednesday @ 7pm
Where: Street Dance Academy (160 Spadina Avenue)
Who: Jessica Sayde

 

A few months ago, Jill and I went to CanFitPro and discovered a new workout that is supposedly sweeping Hollywood: Piloxing. (In the promo video, Hilary Duff and Melissa McCarthy are supposedly fans.) It was just beginning to break into Canada and we knew we had to try it.

Well, on Wednesday night, I tried it.

One of the few Canadian piloxing instructors, Jessica Sayde, knew that Jill and I wanted to take a class and when she had set up a free demo class at the Street Dance Academy, she let us know! Jill was away running a half-marathon, but I jumped at the chance, having no real idea what I was getting into.

 

Behind this door, Piloxing awaits.

 

The class was small, about 10 people. We all wore dance or yoga gear and were barefoot.  (If you take a lass, bring a towel, mat and water. No shoes necessary!) Normally when you Pilox (is Pilox even a word?), you wear half-pound gloves, but they hadn’t arrived from LA yet. Since it was the very first class, we were all fine with this. Gloves would just make everything harder, right? After a quick introduction to the basic moves, we jumped in: 45 minutes of bouncing, punching and what felt a whole lot like dancing, followed by 10 minutes of floor work. The class was set up in “blocks”: we’d do a punching sequence, following by a skipping/dance sequence and some ab-centric stuff. Repeat. The blocks got more complicated as we progressed through the class and we worked out way up to a combo: punch, punch, uppercut, punch, skip, skip, skip, skip, repeat.

But the dancing. Oh, the dancing. I recognize it’s not really dancing, but there was definitely choreography.  Despite the fact it’s called Piloxing (Pilates + boxing, get it?!), the workout felt more like boxing plus dance aerobics with a focus on abs. And it felt like dancing because the music was LOUD. So loud I found it impossible to follow Jessica. Even turning down just a smidge would have helped me immensely. My complete lack of coordination (I cannot punch and kick at the same time to save my life) didn’t help.

But I had fun. I liked the punching stuff. I liked constantly moving. The hour flew by and we were all drenched by the end. I liked the concept of making boxing fun, acessbile and female-friendly. Unlike the Muay Thai boxing class Jill and I took, this class was mostly women — only one man was brave enough to join it. Will I go again? Sure. Will it become a regular part of my workout routine? Probably not. Will I tell others to give it  try? Hell yes.

 

 Take this if: you’re looking for a high-impact aerobic workout or if you want to box but don’t want to do it in a traditional boxing gym.

 

Jessica is teaching classes at the Street Dance Academy every Wednesday from 7-8pm, a drop-in is $15.

Want a better idea of what Piloxing is all about? Watch the video below:

 

 

The canfitpro Expo

Mmmm, protein.

 

So now that you know how Erin and I made out the weekend we ran the Midsummer Night’s Run — we killed it! — I wanted to break down the morning we shared prior to the race. Clearly, this played a pivotal role in our race outcome.

First off, that Friday and Saturday before Midsummer’s I had to work. Boo! A real bummer, I know. But given the fact this meant I had to be good the night, before, I wasn’t going to complain too much. No drinking and no staying up late, that’s totally okay by me. I secretly love it when I can use work or running races as an excuse to go to bed early and stay in. I am very lame. But I’m okay with that. Working out, yoga, and doing fun things like riding my bike: these are things I enjoy!

 

This water-based rowing machine was much smoother than the traditional machines we’ve tried before.

 

Trade shows are hard work, so you can only imagine how concerned I was going into Saturday’s run. Standing around talking to people for two whole days was going to slow me down. Working events can be daunting work on your fitness routine and if you’re not prepared (packing a lunch, having good snacks and a water bottle) could mean disaster. Food vendors are limited (with limited selection – a warning to all vegetarians and vegans out there) and the food is usually very greasy and gross. Blah! And eating lots of samples doesn’t cut it. Knowing I wanted to run Midsummer’s sub 1:30 meant I avoided the food/drink dilemma altogether and packed a hardly lunch both days. I was so ready for this show and race.

Given I would be working the canfitpro Conference & Trade Show, I would not be seen eating terrible food. I would be surrounded by very fit people for two whole days, after all. How could I be seen doing something “bad” in front of Simon Whitfield or the Vega Man Brendan Brazier?! What would they think of me?!

I wanted to make working this show more fun. So I used it as a way to fuel myself for the race ahead. Clearly, spending two days talking with fit people would make me run fast – which I guess did work in the end given my time. People asked me about green power then I would tell them about my fitness dreams and, of course, that I am a half of a great duo sister fitness blog.

After day one at canfitpro I asked Erin to join me the next day to walk the show floor – I wanted her to fuel off the fitness too – and discover new things for us to do. For the blog of course. And just may be we’d see Ted Grand again! We did not, sadly, but discover new things we did. Have you heard of Piloxing? Neither did be until now! This new Hollywood celebrity fitness craze is coming to Toronto and creator and founder, Viveca Jensen, was at canfitpro recruiting teachers and demoing classes of her boxing and pilates fused workout. It actually looks amazing and Erin and I are way too excited to give this a try. Attention studios: please offer Piloxing classes. You will thank us when you do.

 

 

Other highlights included trying a water rowing machine — this could be Erin’s Olympic calling — trying some Wall workout machine, sampling more protein and energy bars than humanly possible and seeing Hal Johnson! People, Erin didn’t know who Hal Johnson was. This was the shock of a life time. Everyone remembers Body Breaks, right? (There is a healthy reminder in the video below.) Everyone that is but Erin. Oh well, I was excited! I also saw the very tall and handsome Vega Man himself. And he said “hi” to me as I was leaving the washroom! And I’m pretty sure I spotted Donovan Bailey earlier that day too.

No wonder I ran so fast at Midsummer’s that evening.