At The Capital Athletic Club, step classes have taken a nosedive while Zumba has zoomed in popularity.
Itâ€™s all part of the â€œdancing for fitnessâ€ trendâ€”a movement thatâ€™s been building for the past few years and continues to grow, according to Dede Lockmiller, the clubâ€™s group fitness and personal training director.
The popularity of TV shows such as â€œDancing with the Stars,â€ plus a need to feel good in a gloomy economy, may be factors behind the trend, says Lockmiller. â€œEven when state workers were being furloughed, people would come on Fridays for Zumba,â€ she says. â€œWhen the economy is bad, people reach out for camaraderie and fun.â€
Want to shake your groove thing into shape? The Sacramento region offers every imaginable kind of dance-based fitness class. Hereâ€™s a partial peek.
Belly dancing for fitness (aka â€œbelly fitâ€)Â Â Â
The 411: Traditional Egyptian-style belly dance with a focus on fitness, including cardio and meditative work
The Allure: Exotic, sensual head-to-toe workout, with a mind-body-spirit approach
Two to check out: Ginaâ€™s Belly Dance Studio, Sierra College Community Education
MacumbaÂ Â Â
The 411:High-impact full-body workout, with choreographed dance routines set to African, Brazilian and other world rhythms
The Allure: Fast-paced, exhilarating way to sweat off the pounds (and inches)
Two to check out: Dance 2D Rhythm Studio, Goldâ€™s Gym (select locations)
The 411:A sexy, sassy mix of stretching, strength conditioning and pole routines; especially good for upper body and abs
The Allure: A romp of a good time while getting a killer workout
Two to check out: Sacramento Pole Dance Studio, Vertical Fitness Studio
The 411:Spicy Latin rhythms, body sculpting movements and simple dance steps are the recipe for this fitness craze
The Allure: Even if you just jump around, itâ€™s all good
Two to check out: Itâ€™s everywhere. Google Zumba Fitness to search for class locations
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