Back at the Gym: My First Time Piloxing

Back at the Gym: My First Time Piloxing

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I joined a local women’s gym 2 days before my 27th birthday because I wanted to start taking better care of myself, my new job offers to pay for a part of it and I just wanted to try something new.
The only professional fitness classes I’d ever taken was Zumba about 4 years ago. I only went sporadically for about 2 months but it was a lot of fun. It was this cheap place across the street from my office so it worked perfect but then I switched jobs and my new company had a gym so that was that. That was also about 40 pounds ago so the idea of being back in a gym for real seemed pretty horrifying.

The Fear of the New

When you decide to get back in the gym and I mean really get back into it with a plan and a schedule and you’ve put money on the table it can be intimidating. I mean you look at the group class schedule and there are things you’ve never heard of and then you get on Youtube to find examples or Google for definitions and you think “Holy cow! I might die!”
I decided this gym was a good choice because I didn’t have to worry about looking like a hot mess because there are no guys… let’s be honest, I don’t exactly have self-esteem issues but anytime I’ve ever been a member of a gym I roll in with a rat tail hair bun and in my basketball shorts and oversized college t-shirts there is always a girl dressed like one of Rihanna’s backup dancers with her makeup “on fleek” (as the kids say…I might be using that wrong lol) and I feel like a sack of sweaty potatoes…yeah not just potatoes…sweaty potatoes. So the idea of totally cutting out the possibility that I’d see the man of my dreams while I look like death warmed over and am on a machine next to J-Lo’s protegee was super appealing.
So classes offered include Zumba, Plyo, Butts and Guts (have to try this), Circuit Training, Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga Flow, Cross Training, Cycling , Cardio Kickboxing, Yoga Stretch and Piloxing.

One other major thing I was looking for was a gym that had Zumba classes and kickboxing classes. I signed up and then I got the schedule for the classes offered at the 2 different locations and realized that there was no way short of teleportation I’d be on time for the kickboxing classes after work so I dove into Zumba and while it was awesome, it kicked my butt. I still really wanted to punch it out so I decided to try the piloxing class they offer on Friday.

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What in the World is Piloxing?

I had about 4 people text me to see what I was doing that night and all 4 had no idea what in the world I was talking about. Piloxing is a non-stop aerobic combination of pilates, boxing, and dance.
When I got to the class the instructor welcomed all of the new faces with a few helpful hints and telling us to take off our shoes (I wish I’d known that before I got my Mr.Rogers on and laced up from my work shoes).
She was an amazing instructor who knew the balance of “push them hard but don’t kill them.” The mix of the different workout types kept your body guessing but also gives the different parts of your body time to rest.

My favorite part of the workout was how low impact it was on my knees. I hurt one of my knees in dance during my freshman year of high school so it was nice to really feel myself crushing a cardio workout without destroying my knees.
It got my heart pumping but was totally doable. The only part that really killed me was the bicycle crunches. Man, I hadn’t done them in probably over a year and 2 days later I’m still feeling it.
One of my favorite things about the class was how supportive everyone was. There was one woman who was telling me about how she started going in February and how it’s made a huge difference. I had a few people even tell me that I did really good and that I better come back. To be honest as soon as it’s 5:30 on Friday I’m ready for a nap followed by a cocktail but all of that can be pushed back because I am going back for sure!

So wish me luck as my gym journey continues. I will keep you updated.

So tell me: Do you go to any fitness classes? What’s your favorite? Have you ever been piloxing? Would you try it? Let me know in the comments.


  1. Hey, It's Gina!

    I’ve never tried it but you make it sound interesting. I’ll look into it. These dies I only do low impact.

  2. Candy

    I might die is a thought we have all had. My gym is walking and working the farm.

  3. Cori

    Sounds fun! And you’re not the only one showing up to class in over-sized shirts and basketball shorts. I can’t be bothered to go waste money on workout clothes at this point. Let me ruin my t-shirt collection first.

  4. Dia

    Haha the best teachers let you go at your own past so you don’t get hurt.

  5. Dia

    Nice. I live in an apartment now, so the only reason to walk around there is to get the mail lol

  6. Dia

    Yeah haha I just like to be comfortable.

  7. Christine @ The (mostly) Simple Life

    Sounds like a cool combination of activities! I’m not sure if they offer it around here. I used to go to the gym, but we don’t have a membership anymore. I’d love to do it for the winter though.

  8. Georgiana

    Sadly, I only get to workout at home 🙁 I kind of miss having a group setting and a workout buddy.

  9. Jackie

    Sounds like a really fun class!!

  10. Liz Mays

    I don’t like working out with other people around, so I tend to do videos at home. I love the idea of piloxing though!

  11. Dia

    I liked the group setting here. I don’t know how I’d feel going with someone I know.

  12. Dia

    It was a blast.

  13. Dia

    I’m good working out with people I don’t know but I hate going to just run with someone at a gym or something

  14. Dia

    See I have really bad allergies so inside only for me.

  15. Jenny

    I love yoga. I’ve never heard of piloxing before. It sounds like fun!

  16. Dia

    It was seriously a blast!

  17. Sophia

    I need to get back in the gym. It is cool what you tried. It sounds hard though.

  18. Madeline

    That’s awesome you are trying something new! I’ve never heard of piloxing, but it sounds intense! I used to do lots of rowing and cycling classes but have since fallen off. I need to get back into it asap.

  19. Kelly - A Side of Sweet

    Congrats on finding a fun way to stay active! It looks like a great full body workout!

  20. Amber Starr

    Piloxing sounds like so much fun! I’d love the concept of a women only gym. We have so many “on fleek” done up gals at mine. I’m always a hot mess. Lol.

  21. Lauren B.

    hahah I feel the same way when I go running at the fun run in town & am completely sweaty!! So not a flattering look, but oh well. The end result is worth it!
    xx, Lo {}

  22. Abby

    That sounds fun! I love Zumba. I’ll have to give this a try!

  23. GiGi Eats

    I never do fitness classes because I don’t really like working with other people! AH HA HA! I am much more of a one-on-one kind of girl, or a work out alone kind of girl. That being said, I really have always wanted to try Piloxing!

  24. Naya @ Lactivist in Louboutins

    I’ve never heard of Piloxing before. It sounds really interesting and like it’s a great work out! Thank you for sharing.

  25. Ashley Fitting

    I love to try new classes! My new obsession is like Soul Cycle at my gym… spinning in the dark! It’s glorious. Besides that I’m a runner, so I stick to my treadmill. But I have a new app on my phone that sounds interesting, SkyFit… I’ll let you know how it goes!

  26. Mariah

    I have never heard of this but it sounds fun! I hate doing boring workouts, and this sounds the opposite of that

  27. Dia

    Its crazy cause I hate working out with others but it’s okay if I don’t know them lol plus they really let me work at my own pace in this class.

  28. Dia

    You should at least once just to see how it is.

  29. Dia

    We have pub run and everyone is dressed so ridiculous it doesn’t even matter but zumba is a music video audition

  30. Dia

    Baha I know it’s like dude are you here to workout or what?

  31. Dia

    Thanks it really was.

  32. Stacy

    I have never tried Piloxing but It sounds great! I am a spin class junkie!

  33. Sarah Jean

    my fitness class now is walking to and from work. haha. But this weekend I am going to try yoga in the park across from my apartment. I’m excited!

  34. Julie

    I’ve never heard of piloxing. Sounds like an intense workout! Good for you, for getting back in the gym!

  35. Dia

    I’ve slowly been getting back into working out but this is next level for sure.

  36. Dia

    I hope you have a blast. I’d have to leave for work like 4 hours early to walk lol seriously I just checked on google maps haha

  37. Dia

    I want to try it but my knees aren’t ready lol

  38. Dia

    I hope you give it a try.

  39. Dia

    I’ll have to check it out.

  40. Dia

    Not boring at all!

  41. Dia

    I would give it a shot…maybe do a few days of cardio first incase you haven’t worked out in a while.

  42. Dia

    I think Zumba was harder than Piloxing. I can’t wait for Friday’s class!

  43. Dia

    I’d love to try rowing but man that sounds scary on the arms. Get back at it 🙂

  44. Brittany Giles

    I have never heard of this but it sounds intense and def like fun!

  45. Brittany Putman

    I have never even heard of this before! I do workout videos in my bedroom but I would like to join a gym eventually.

  46. The Southern Thing

    Piloting sounds like something I need to try! I’m trying to really get back into a workout routine and that would certainly help!

  47. Dia

    Let me know if you try it.

  48. Dia

    A month ago I hadn’t haha. You should but until them maybe you can find a video online.

  49. Dia

    It really was a great workout.

  50. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Your description of the gym is so spot-on! Too funny! I’d love to try this workout. I hope my gym (the YMCA) will add it — they’re usually pretty good w/ keeping up! Very exciting – have fun!

  51. Fatima

    I’ve never heard of piloxing, but it sounds pretty intense. The only part I think I’d excel in is dancing. Boxing is too intimidating for me. I haven’t been to the gym in a long time. My workout is with the kids and during family walks.

  52. Dia

    It’s not super hardcore kickboxing, the dance element makes it a lot more fluid.

  53. Dia

    I’ve never ben a Y member but I have checked out their offers, I’m sure that you are right and it will appear soon 🙂

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