I mentioned in last week’s Training Update that I am a bit of a group fitness class junkie. On top of training for my half-marathon (totaling 24 miles that week), I decided to try out a few new exercise classes.
What? Spaghetti legs (the wobbly, jello feeling you get from overworking them) is completely not normal.
Timing probably wasn’t ideal, but when I got invited to go by a friend I couldn’t say no… so I put on my dance trance pants.
Dance Trance is a high-intensity fitness class where you catch on as you go. As each song comes on, you follow the teacher’s steps and the learning style is comparable to picking up line dances at country bars. Are you wearing cowboy boots and doing the Watermelon Crawl? No. What I mean by the comparison is how everyone seems to know the same line dance when a certain song comes on.
Okay, let’s break this down.
Dance Trance usually includes 15 routines packed into an hour of a non-stop dance workout. Each song played in class has a set routine to it, and the more you go the easier it is for you to pick up the routines.
Here’s a great informational video all about it:
Do you have to be a professional dancer to take this class? No.
There are different levels of classes, including a beginner class that breaks down the routines for you before the music comes on.
I really loved the atmosphere of the studio. The lights were dimmed, the music was loud and there were flashing colored lights to really pump you up.
There’s something about dancing in the dark that makes you dance 10x harder… maybe it’s because you think no one can see you? 😉
Here’s an advanced class routine, where the class is actually split in half, facing each other.
It’s kind of dark, but that’s the point… FUN!
As you can see there is a lot of repeating in the routines, which makes it easier to pick up.
I am an advocate of group fitness classes and like to try anything out there that people recommend. I will definitely try the class out again, probably after my half-marathon training is over. The cost is $12 a class and you can find the closest studio to you here.
Is it really a workout? Yes. Especially if you’ve gone a few times and know all of the dances.
We should have done a Before & After photo of ourselves to show you the difference, but after an hour of dancing my trance pants off, I was a sweaty girl…
(Clearly, this was the After.)
Feeling like a million bucks: accomplished.
Have you ever tried Dance Trance?
What other unique fitness classes do you rave (<– ha) about? 🙂
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