Piloxing Express Toning

Viveca Jensen
Year Released: 2011

Categories: Total Body Workouts

I think this is a great workout for those that like unweighted upper body work (a la Tracy Anderson) or floorwork for lower body (like Buns of Steel or TA). Their is really no warm-ups or stretches for these short workouts; I would consider them add-ons or done with my own warm-up and cool-downs.

The arm section is done with no weights, but their is the option to add weighted gloves. I find weighted gloves (or wrist weights) better than trying to hold light weights, given the arm/hand positioning. The movements include lots of quick-paced pulsing, arm circles, elbow bends, etc. Viveca does these with a quick tempo and lots of verbal encouragement.

The floorwork/legs segment is tough! Lots of moves done in a "tripod" position (1 arm, 1 forearm, 1 knee, while the other leg is working in the air). Nothing new or unusual, but she gets right to work and really gets a burn going in the working leg!

Honestly, I have only ever watched the ab section because I can tell it is beyond my ability. It appears to be Pilates-based and similar to some TA-ab work.

Instructor Comments:
Viveca is talkative and encouraging. She comes across as a friendly, favorite studio-instructor, but a little over-the-top. Don't expect explicit or detailed form pointers.