Are you deeply allergic to the gym like I am and yawn while lifting dumbells? I am always looking for something fresh to help keep me in shape and found this new female-only dance fitness workout called The Vixen Workout; which encourages you to put your hair down, dab on your favorite red lipstick and put on some wedge sneakers which helps burn up to 1000 calories in 60 minutes!
I simply hate the gym but love being active. I used to be part of two dance troupes back in the days and that was my sole source of physical activity. It kept me in shape and I never once dreaded going to class. That’s what I’ve been seeking ever since moving to New York. You would think that with the immense dance culture in New York, I would have joined a dance class by now, however most classes are way too pricy for me. $20-40 per class seems like the going-rate and that’s way too much especially if I want to do it often. So, I haven’t committed to anything thus far. Well, there was this pole dancing class I was ready to twirl into but they decided to move, close down and take my money with them. That’s another story. But I knew then that finding the right teacher and class dynamic was important to me.
When the opportunity came up to try The Vixen Workout, I was intrigued. It was the first time I have heard of this dance fitness class and when I looked it up, I discovered that they already have a huge following of #vixenarmy (instagram.com/vixenworkout) women. The craze which started in Miami has now invaded New York city.
The Vixen Workout lets women from all backgrounds-mother, student, wife, CEO- let loose and dance their asses off for 60 minutes to high intensity dance music. I was psyched to try it out for myself.
I must admit that the first ten minutes was difficult for me and a shot of whiskey could have helped loosen me up. When the instructor reminded us that we’re all there for the same reason- working out and having fun- and that no one is there to judge you, I just let myself go (cue Frozen song).
Half way through the class, I was already drenched in sweat but couldn’t stop smiling. I loved every second of it. I was shaking my gluts like they have never been shaken before. When Beyoncé’s songs came on and we got to really dance to the music, I was on a high. It wasn’t until after class that I learned most people’s favorite part of The Vixen Workout was feeling like one of Beyoncé’s back-up dancers. That was the best part for me too. Sure I didn’t quite get the moves right or flip my hair the sexy way I want-since most of it stuck to my sweaty face- but I’m going back because it was fun and that’s all that matters!
I recommend you give it a try especially if you have caught yourself saying that you go to nightclubs to dance as a form of calorie-burning “exercise”. For $15 a class ($13 if you get a package), 60 minutes of your time and conveniently located in midtown (also in Queens and Harlem), it’s definitely worth a try! Happy sweating!
Cover image by Roberto Chamorro