Working out can become a chore. Let’s face it: looking at a five mile run, 100 sit-ups, and 50 push-ups every day for weeks can be not only daunting but also a little bit boring, but there is good news. The latest in dance-inspired workouts will get your heart pumping while you get your groove on, bringing a welcome variation (and a little spice!) to your workout routine.
Probably the most well-known of the dance workouts, Zumba is an excellent example of fun, high-intensity interval training. The classes are non-stop but provide a combination of fast and slow moves that get quick results. Music is upbeat and a combination of Latin, hip-hop, and pop. The class feels like a high-energy dance party. Start with a beginner class to learn the basic moves, and then you’re off!
Inspired by the stretching and muscle control of the world’s best ballerinas, barre classes focus on toning and lengthening your whole body. They are not as high energy as other dance classes, but this workout packs the same punch at a slower pace. This dance workout may go by different names, but the concept is the same: graceful moves supported by a barre in a ballet studio-like atmosphere, so if calm is more your speed, this might be the one for you.
Masal Bhangra (Bollywood)
The moves in these classes are similar to the dances performed at the end of the movie Slumdog Millionaire. The name comes from the percussion-based music that guides the classes: Bhangra. Jumps, spins, squats, and specific hand movements are set to energetic music that is a combination of hip-hop and traditional Indian music. Sarina Jain created these hour-long cardio workouts as a fun, high-energy way to exercise, and their popularity is on the rise!
Have you tried any of these workouts? What did you think?
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