If you are looking for fun and different ways to get your body swimsuit ready as well as meet a great community of new friends , we’ve found some great options. We have our top five picks of the best dance classes that will have you moving to the groove and slimming down with friends in no time!
Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beat. It is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a “fitness-party” that is downright addictive and fun.
Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has rapidy become the world’s largest – and most successful – dance-fitness program with more than 12 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking weekly Zumba classes in over 110,000 locations across more than 125 countries.
It’s also easy to feel part of a community when you continuously attend the classes, not to mention fun and exhilarating!
2. Turbo Kick
Turbo Kick classes, created by Chalene Johnson, is a fat-blasting, ab cardio workout that can have you burning up to 1,000 calories an hour! The class is a mix of kickboxing and simple dance moves set to fast paced dance music that is guaranteed to have you feeling the results. It’s a great way to feel energized and empowered and you’ll never leave a class feeling bored.
3. Pole Dancing
Pole dancing is a great way to get out and do something different. It has become more popular because the results are so effective. Pole dancing can help women of all backgrounds feel more comfortable with their bodies and build confidence from succeeding at challenging pole and dance moves. Pole dancing offers an aerobic workout due to the dance moves involved, as well as increases muscle strength from the challenging movements and poses performed on the pole. The dance form works the core, upper body and lower body muscles.
4. Booty Barre
If you are looking for a fun video to do at home instead of going to a group class, you’ll want to check out The Booty Barre Total New Body. It’s a fun workout video that combines upbeat dance-club like moves with pilates and yoga. This video only requires a chair and light weights. Toning is the focus while cardio is used to raise the heart rate. Tracey Mallet is a highly sought after celebrity trainer and brings her fabulous skills to this amazing workout video. So grab some of your friends and have fun at home with Booty Barre!
5. Belly Dance
Belly dancing is also a great form of exercise. Belly dancing tones several parts of the body including the arms, strengthens and tightens the abs and obliques, and improves flexibility. As a form of exercise, it can burn as many calories as jogging, swimming or riding a bike but is less strenuous on the body than weight lifting or running. Belly dancing was specifically developed for the female body and is an art that has been perfected for thousands of years.
Some people believe that belly dancing is beneficial to pregnant women. Belly dancing tones the muscles used in childbirth. Dancers must isolate the muscles of the abdomen, which directly benefits pregnant women. Some of the deep-breathing techniques used in belly dancing are also taught in childbirth classes.
May 28th, 2012