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What’s your workout: Piloxing

Jill Heath | 32, of Fort Wayne

Jill Heath leads a Piloxing class at K’Monique’s Dance Studio. The classes mix boxing, dance and Pilates moves.

It was love at first punch for Jill Heath.

The Fort Wayne woman was taking a class at the Piloxing Academy in Los Angeles and “absolutely loved it,” she says.

“I liked how it was two different extremes coming together. I loved the power and intensity of boxing and then feeling like a dancer-working balance and flexibility with the Pilates,” Heath says. “It is so fun and different.”

Heath is now a master instructor and teaches classes at K’Monique’s Dance Studio, 6336 W. Jefferson Blvd., and Parkview YMCA, 10001 Dawsons Creek Blvd.

What is Piloxing? It’s an interval class that fuses boxing combinations, standing Pilates and some fun dance moves.

Who should do Piloxing? “Anyone and everyone,” Heath says, adding that there are many benefits from the interval and barefoot training. Participants can burn between 400 and 900 calories during a class.

How long is each session? Sixty minutes (45 minutes standing and 15 minutes of floorwork that concentrates on glutes and abdominals)

Advice for beginners: “Keep coming and stay dedicated,” Heath says. “It will get easier as you get more comfortable with the moves.” Beginners can modify the workout by choosing not to wear weighted gloves.

Gear and cost: Piloxing gloves are the only equipment that is needed but are not mandatory. “They are just an added bonus to enhance workout and muscle tone and you burn about 100 calories more with the gloves,” Heath says. The gloves cost $24 at or between $15 at $20 where the classes are taught.

Cross training: “When teaching, I use a lot of energy – you gotta motivate your students,” she says. “I usually count (the classes) as my exercise, but I love to get out and run whenever I can.”

Motivation: “Music is a big motivator for me; a good class has good music. Also when I am out doing workshops and training other instructors that really motivates and inspires me,” Heath says. “I still take classes myself all the time here in Fort Wayne because I think it is good to keep learning and I find motivation in that as well.”

Future fitness goals: Heath wants to continue her education with fitness, health and nutrition, as well as “to be the best I can be and to inspire and motivate others to reach their fitness goals.”

– Kimberly Dupps Truesdell, The Journal Gazette