If you’re looking for a fun way to shake up your workout routine, or if you’re struggling to find a workout that doesn’t involve running and lifting weights, then group dance fitness classes might be just the workout you need. Group dance fitness classes have the benefit of being both an aerobic and strength conditioning workout. Dancing engages muscles all over your body – including your core, legs, back, and arms – while also giving your heart and lungs a run for their money. Plus, you’ll never hit that dreaded fitness plateau because there are always new routines and more challenging moves to learn.
Not only are these dance classes a good workout for your body and mind (remembering choreography, moving in sync with other people and to the rhythm of the music), but they’re a great way to socialize. When you’re working that hard and having that much fun, you’re destined to make a few friends too.
Here are a few group dance fitness classes to check out that are bound to keep you coming back for more.
Have you ever watched “The Nutcracker” and marveled at the grace and strength of the ballerinas on stage? Well, barre classes are a great way to train like ballerinas, even if you’ve never touched a tutu in your life. These classes involve performing classic ballet moves like plies with the assistance of a barre. The isometric moves use your own bodyweight to strengthen your muscles even more deeply than dumbbells would. If you have knee or hip problems, talk with your instructor about ways you can safely modify any movements or poses.
While the sound of this class may raise some eyebrows, pole dancing classes can seriously strengthen your core, arms, and legs. Not to mention, learning fun and new gravity-defying stunts makes it feel like you’re not even working out. Some classes have you wear sneakers, and others have you barefoot. And there’s no need to worry: Wear whatever fitness clothing you feel most secured and comfortable in.
Although these dance classes require a partner, don’t let that deter you from trying them out. Bring a friend or significant other to join in on the fun, or mix it up and dance with a complete stranger. Either way, your hips and legs will get the workout of a lifetime, not to mention the fun and lively atmosphere will keep you coming back for more.
The fast pace and intensity of hip-hop dance classes packs a serious calorie-burning punch. Some classes can burn up to 650 calories per hour, so if you’re after the dance class with the best cardio payoff, hip-hop might just be what you’re looking for. If you’re a newbie, try a beginners class that’s a little slower and involves less complicated choreography, as the sudden movements and jumping of hip-hop can pose an injury risk.
Written by: Anna Limoges