As group exercise studios fill with myriad equipment options, a class that relies only on great music, a motivating instructor and a room full of eager participants is a refreshing change. “Dance-Inspired Cardio” blends familiar high-low steps with mambos, chassés, leaps, holds, kick-ball changes, turns and cha-chas for a dance-like experience. When students feel that they’re dancing, they lose themselves in the sheer pleasure of moving and reap the cardiovascular benefits. This can be the most fun some people have all week.
The primary goal in a dance-based class is to respect it as a cardiovascular activity designed to raise the heart rate; however, students can still feel that they’re performing. Don’t worry if you have little or no dance background. You don’t have to move like Janet Jackson or Justin Timberlake (I know I can’t!). Just make sure you teach a routine that helps students succeed. The most elaborate routine goes unappreciate