If solitary stair-stepping or routine rowing isn’t your thing, dance class workouts might be the way to go. These four types of dance exercises will keep you energized and fit while listening to a variety of upbeat, engaging tunes.
Zumba is one of the most prevalent and familiar dance exercise types out there. It emerged in the 1990s as the brainchild of Alberto Perez, a Columbian dancer and choreographer.
This aerobic style combines Latin dance moves with basic strength training like lunges and squats. Expect to burn about 500-1,000 calories per hour, depending on the intensity of the Zumba workout and your weight.
Zumba has options for all ages and ability levels. Some classes cater to beginners and senior citizens; there’s even a child-oriented class. Each Zumba style focuses on different body parts. For instance, Zumba Step focuses on lower-body strength and flexibility.
DMF (Dance Motivation Fitness)
Looking for a combination of cardio and strength training to the soundtrack of upbeat contemporary music? DMF might be for you.
Based in the NYC area, DMF was founded in 2013 by fitness instructor and dancer Lindi Duesenberg, who was inspired by her lackluster experience with Zumba. Branded as “The Ultimate Dance-Party Workout,” each group session lasts 50 minutes.
Routines include salsa- and kickboxing-inspired moves, as well as target moves that focus on the legs and core. Also, those with past or current injuries can participate in the class via modified dance moves.
This dance exercise is a hybrid of Pilates, yoga, cardio, resistance training, modern dance and kickboxing. Jazzercise comes in a wide variety of class formats, depending on what fitness goals you want to hone in on.
Core classes mix cardio and strength training for those wanting to tone and chisel abdominal, back and hip regions. With high energy moves and forceful kicks, the Strike classes are great for burning off stress and building muscle. Dance Mixx classes are great for dance enthusiasts who want a full-body workout to Top 40 music.
These are only a few of the many Jazzercise formats available to pick from.
If you enjoy a good Bollywood movie or the Indian music scene, then BollyX might be right up your alley. This dance exercise workout started out in Boston and has spread to other locations all across America.
The sessions are 50 minutes long and provide rigorous cardio to Bollywood beats. For any calorie counters out there, the official BollyX website estimates a substantial 500-800 calories burned per session.
By alternating between high and low intensity routines, you will also increase your physical expression and range of movement. Participants claim it’s a perfect way to get and stay in shape, simply because the workout is so much fun.
With so many ways to move to great music in a positive environment, consider trying one of these dance classes as your next workout.