Punch, stretch and groove in the gym

Jacqui Der Karapetian
Jacqui Der Karapetian

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It seems there are all manner of exercise styles and dances that can be combined to create a new fitness craze.

We’ve had the blend of aerobics and Latin dance that is Zumba and the mix of African dance and boxing manoeuvres that forms Bokwa.

Now fitness-seekers are being introduced to the newest craze on the exercise block – Piloxing.

Classes blend the power, speed and agility of boxing with the sculpting and flexibility of Pilates, and add a few dance moves for fun.

The fitness style is a fat-torching, muscle-sculpting, core-centric interval workout, guaranteed to whip you into shape.

‘We work in blocks, so we do a block of boxing moves and a block of Pilates. It’s not high impact stuff but the boxing part is more high energy. So it’s like interval training really,’ says Southsea instructor Jacqui Der Karapetian.

Piloxing is the brainchild of Swedish dancer and celebrity trainer Viveca Jensen.

The idea is to offer the balance, posture, co-ordination and core-strengthening benefits of Pilates with a fat-burning workout.

‘It’s a great all-round workout,’ says Jacqui. ‘It’s appealing for women because the idea is that you have sleekness with the Pilates, sexiness with the dance moves and empowerment with the boxing. It’s also great fun, especially when we throw in dance moves to liven things up.’

Jacqui runs fitness organisation Healthhubhants with fellow group exercise instructor and personal fitness trainer Sally Carter.

As well as Piloxing classes they offer personal fitness training and diet and exercise programmes,

Jacqui and Sally also run outdoor bootcamp-style classes, Pilates classes and exercise sessions for mums called BuggyFit.

Piloxing sessions run on Mondays at 11am at the Stacey Community Centre in Copnor and 6pm at Southsea Community Centre.

Healthhubhants also runs classes on Thursdays at 9.30am at Eastney Community Centre and 7.15pm at Admiral Lord Nelson School, Portsmouth.

Classes are £20 for a block of six sessions or £5 per session on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Information is available at health hubhants.wordpress.com or Portsmouth directory website teamlocals.co.uk.