Thursday, February 2, 2012

17 of 30: Piloxing - Because Boxing Isn't Graceful Enough

Pilates + Boxing = Piloxing.

I swear it cracks me up what people come up with. 

I have to say though, that Piloxing is probably one of the better ‘inventions’ in aerobic fitness! When you first think about it – the juxtaposition of these two don’t make too much sense. I haven’t really done Pilates yet but I know it’s similar to Yoga. Stretchy, breathy, and limber. 

We all know I do boxing. And boxing is aggressive, loud and brutal. 

Putting these two together is probably the last thing anyone should ever do --- but for some reason, it works!

How do I describe it properly… Hmmm…

I guess, it’s like Taebo with ballet moves? You punch, kick and then plie!

The ballet part threw me off… We literally did the five ballet positions in the middle of the work out, including plie’s and leg raises and stuff. So technically, this should be called – Pil-lallet-xing! Pilates – Ballet – Boxing! SERIOUSLY!


The Pilates part didn’t come till towards the end of the work out when the instructor asked us to bring out the mats. The ‘poses’ she asked us to do were very yoga-like, and very intense – especially for someone like me, who is not at all dainty like a yogi.

I did have fun though – and I went for about a month. 

One of the takeaways I got from this experience is meeting Jordan, the Piloxing instructor. We got to talking, and I found out she was an actor/singer, performing in a small musical called, “Dear John Mayer” – written by AND starring Shoshana Bean --- only one of my faaaaaavorite broadway leading ladies evaaar! She was probably the BEST Elphaba in Wicked… and as much as it pains me to admit it – yes, she was better than Idina Menzel, another one of my all time favorites.

Of course I saw the musical – and of course, because of my Jordan connection, I got to meet Miss Sho herself! And in the audience was another broadway superstar, Karen Olivo – a Tony award winner! She won for playing Anita in West Side Story, but I remember her more for playing Vanessa in In The Heights.

Yes, I met her too. :)

And yes, I realize this really isn’t about Piloxing anymore. I just wanted to present the facts, that had it not been for Piloxing, I wouldn’t have met two of my idols… So… therefore… in conclusion… Piloxing is AWESOME!

Me and Karen Olivo

Me and Shoshana