I must tell you about one of the most fun new workouts I experienced recently. Dance Motivation Fitness is a dance-based workout created by Lindi Duesenberg, a professional dancer. I have known Lindi for a while – she is on my roster of favorite Physique 57 instructors and is just generally one of the sweetest people I know. When I was invited to check out her new class I knew that I would have a great time despite not knowing too much of what the class was about.
“So I get the “Dance” part of the class but what’s the “Motivation” aspect?”, I asked her. “Are we dancing while chanting inspirational quotes, like Intensati?”
“The Motivation is all me!” Lindi replied. “I am going to be motivating and pushing you guys through!” I was intrigued.
When I got to the studio some twenty or so women were already there ready to dance their hearts out. Dance Motivation Fitness debuted just a week ago but Lindi has her followers and a lot of them flocked here to pack the class.
Music is what drives me to work out and this class was all about the music. Each sequence was choreographed to a particular song. We salsa-ed to Shakira, hip hop danced to MC Hammer, and attempted our best Micheal Jackson moves to the beat of “Wanna Be Starting Something.” There was also some jazz, a little jive, and the cha cha cha all perfectly choreographed to Nat King Cole, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and many others. We even did a little Gangnam Style! It was an absolute blast! I was learning different dance styles and having so much fun while doing it. Lindi would start each routine slowly so we could follow along and then the routine would get faster. But this was no ordinary dance class. Lindi radiates so much positive energy and worked the room, constantly reminding us to laugh and have fun. If we did a move well she noticed and pointed it out. Positive reinforcement works. If we looked disheartened she would also notice and provide lots of encouragement. It was not a big deal if you were on the wrong foot. It was not a big deal if you were shuffling in the opposite direction of the rest of the class. Just give it your all, keep moving and most importantly have fun. There was the Motivation. It worked. I cannot explain it but I felt a bonded to the group of women in the class in a sort of camaraderie. You weren’t competing with the person next to you. You were all in the together. It was like a big party. The class would frequently break out into laughter and after almost every song would clap and holler. It was a total blast. I should also mention that it was definitely a workout. At the end of class I was drenched in sweat. You are moving non-stop and that brings the cardio element to this class.
In order for exercise to be effective it needs to be consistent. The only way it will become consistent is if it’s fun. In that respect Dance Motivation Fitness has got you covered. I know I will be back!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary class from Dance Motivation Fitness but was not obligated to provide a review. I was not compensated for this post. The opinions expressed herein are my own.