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Indian culture meets cardiovascular groove with Masala Bhangra. Masala means spicy in Hindi, and Bhangra is a traditional Indian folk dance. Combine the two and you get an “exotic blend of dance.” “People fall in love with the beat of Bhangra. The [sound] of the dhol drum—combined with sensuous, strong movements—generates so much excitement,” says creator Sarina Jain on her website. “Bhangra is a celebratory music and dance form. It’s joyful, it offers great music, and people have so much fun they don’t realize they’re getting an awesome cardiovascular and muscle-strengthening workout.”
One of the latest offerings at Crunch Fitness is Stiletto Strength. The company’s website encourages participants to “bring your own [high] heels to improve feet, ankle, leg and core strengthening. Learn methods used by professional Broadway dancers and ballerinas.” The first half-hour is spent strengthening the core and improving posture with Pilates-inspired movement. Participants strap on high heels during the last 15 minutes.
The Ballroom Dance Series offered by LA Workout in Camarillo, California, gave members a chance to learn how to dance the swing, fox trot or rumba. Inspired by the hit television show Dancing With the Stars, the dance-class package ran for 6 weeks.
Cardiolates® combines rebounding with Pilates moves to create a class that “strengthens core abdominal and lower-back muscles, [and improves] flexibility, posture and coordination.” Created by former Radio City Rockettes® twins Katherine and Kimberly Corp, the “technique focuses on maintaining the body’s vertical axis and thus strengthens the deep postural muscles in the body.”
IDEA member Audrey Scott, who lives in West Milford, New Jersey, created a class she calls Shintai Cardio Combatives. The workout combines “martial arts–based kickboxing, light weight training, practical self-defense and forms using a bo staff.” According to Scott, the class is “designed to suit all fitness levels and is an addictive, no-holds-barred, let’s-get-it-done workout.”