Lifestyle Staff Writer | Hayley Ross | email@example.com
“Sleek, Sexy, Powerful.”
That is the motto of Piloxing, a new group fitness class at Ping this semester. The class repeats the motto at the end of every class, empowering its participants to reach their fitness goals.
Piloxing is a combination of dance, boxing and standing Pilates. The majority of the class is spent alternating between the three types of movement series and ends with a 15-minute strengthening and toning section, similar to Tighten and Tone (TNT), another group fitness class offered at Ping. Half-pound gloves can also be worn during the class to intensify the workout.
Group fitness instructor Bri Garretson is the only Ping instructor currently teaching Piloxing. She was certified over the summer and suggested bringing the class to Ping.
Garretson says the class has been very successful this semester and she is glad that she decided to get certified. Garretson also pointed out that Piloxing is great for OU students because it combines elements from Boxing and Pilates, two classes that Ping does not currently offer.
Sarah Kahler, a junior studying journalism, said that the class is fun but also leaves her exhausted the next day from the intense work out.
Piloxing is not only becoming popular at OU, but all over the United States as well.
According to the Piloxing website, Piloxing has been featured in magazines like Women’s Health, Seventeen, and Cosmopolitan. The Today Show even featured a clip of Kathy Lee and Hoda trying out their Piloxing skills.
“You are constantly doing something different, working different parts of your body,” says Anna Hostutler, a sophomore nursing major. “It is special from other classes because it is more than just one type of workout. It is multiple classes put into one.”
“Bri does a great job at pumping you up, making you work hard, and really working your core,” said Hostutler.
Piloxing is definitely a less serious workout. It’s ok to stop what you are doing and laugh,” she says.
Garretson says that Piloxing is the first of a few different classes that Ping is adding to the group fitness class schedule. In the spring, Ping hopes to offer PiYo, a combination of Pilates and Yoga, INSANITY and Pilates.
“There are a wide variety of classes that I would recommend to students. If students are looking for a great cardio workout, I would recommend looking into classes that offer interval training such as HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and Piloxing. If students love to dance I would suggest Cardio Dance or Zumba, and if students are looking for more of a mind and body experience, I would suggest Pilates or Yoga,” Garretson says.
Garretson’s favorite classes are TNT and Piloxing, but she encourages students to try out all the classes that Ping has to offer.