Is it Kickboxing? Is it Yoga? No, It's Koga.

Fusion workouts mix different fitness styles into one
On a night when I was feeling stressed and in desperate need of a butt-kicking workout, I just couldn’t decide if I wanted to be nurtured by yoga or whipped into shape by kickboxing. Peace on earth or de-stress through rage? Then I had one of those this is too good to be true moments. I found out about a workout that combines both kickboxing and yoga: none other than Koga. And my decision was made.

As I downward dogg-ed my way into an uppercut, I knew I was in for a unique treat. Let’s be honest ladies, there aren’t many times you are commanded to do a Warrior One.

Fusion workouts have been on the rise for years now, as a hopeful solution to the public’s desire to get fit without getting bored. Creativity, originality, and mental stimulation are key ingredients in the intricate recipe of a fusion workout.

While the classes haven’t made it into the mainstream fitness centers quite yet, they are on their way. From workout classes such as “Yoga and Pilates Fitness” at Bally Total Fitness to “Pilates Fusion” and "Buff Yoga" at Crunch, this trend is surely taking off.

To take it a step further, some yoga experts are combining yoga with religion. Pastor Cindy Senarighi developed YogaDevotion as a mechanism to deepen Christianity through yoga.

With the riddled economy, career pressure, and the never-ending obligations of life, a gal can easily get stressed out. While some women prefer to kick out those mangled up feelings in Taibo or take the opposite route by Oming into a state of temporary mental peace, the creators of fusion workouts say a mind-body solution is what these women really need. 

“People are hungry for something that speaks to them,” says Yogalates instructor Candice Holdorf who teaches at Area Yoga in Brooklyn, New York. Yogalates, as you may have guessed, is a fusion workout between yoga and Pilates.

“It sounds more appealing because it’s not all one thing or the other—it’s everything, and it’s more user friendly,” Holdorf says.

By blending toning and stretching with cardio, experts say this mind-body technique of working out is more satisfying. Whereas yoga has that peace-of-mind aspect that many other workouts lack, and boxing has the intense cardio that something like Pilates lacks, strategically combining two different workouts provides for an extremely effective session.

Holdorf says by mixing in different disciplines to one workout, your body burns more fat.

"Like anything new, your body will definitely respond faster to a class that offers a constant variety of moves." Holdorf explains. "It's less about burning more calories while doing the exercise and more about building the muscles to burn more efficiently, so that even while you are resting, you are burning more calories."

These days, women are looking for an escape to get fit. Because yoga is the most common fitness style to do just that, many fitness experts have been combining yoga with another fitness style. Examples like Yogalates, Koga and Yoga Booty Ballet unveil the public’s craving for more wholesome and engaging workouts.

However, these fusion workouts are by no means restricted to just yoga. Creator of the fusion workout that combines Pilates and boxing, Viveca Jensen says Piloxing effectively takes two extreme workouts and makes you feel sleek, sexy, and powerful.

“I created this exercise for women,” Jensen says. “I like the powerful feeling that you get from boxing and the sexy feeling you get from dancing, so I wanted to infuse both—because women are powerful yet very sexy beings.”

With an emphasis on bringing out that feminine sex appeal with power punches behind it, Piloxing is a class that tones, sculpts, stretches, and sweats.

So, if you decide to try out dance and pilates or Shen Tao (gyrotonic and Pilates) you may get that extra mental peace that one of your classes is lacking. When some fitness expert decides to combine jumping rope while dancing salsa, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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