Twist, Twerk and Twirl

Rama Sreekant

Sweat it out with these energy-packed dance workouts

Teen icon Miley Cyrus has 27 million Youtube views online, all thanks to Twerking. Say, what now? Twerking is a form of dance workout which involves twisting and jerking movement of the hips. This seductive workout is meant to tone your core muscle, glutes, hips and thigh muscle. To twerk, essentially, is to shake one`s butt. Having caught the fancy of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and One Direction, twerking is a fun workout that improves flexibility of the lower body movement. Are you ready to twerk?


Do you want to be  la Robbie Williams? If yes, then Bokwa. It is a form of workout where participants have to use their feet to draw letters or numbers while doing their cardio with music. An intense cardio workout that combines elements of African dance, capoeira, kickboxing, light boxing, and step with fancy footwork, Bokwa strengthens the feet and ankle because of the drawing movement with the feet. The good news is—you will not only burn an estimated 1,200 calories but also tighten up your lower body muscle zones. Also, age no bar!

Pole Dance

Want to tease your partner and power up the passion in your bedroom? Go, sign up for a pole dance workout and show him the moves when you come back. Pole dance is a strength-based training which involves spinning, swinging, twirling, climbing, etc. It targets the whole body. Pole dance needs a lot of strength in upper body, arms and shoulders. It improves posture and gives a definition to the upper body. But those with a medical history of heart disease, joint problems, back and knee problems, and pregnant women should avoid this.


Zumba clearly took 2011 by storm. Now it`s time for Batuka to step in. A dance form that has its origin in Brazil, Batuka is an aerobic activity combined with marital art moves. It is meant to increase the endurance level and emphasizes on positive thinking. A fun, high intensity dance workout, Batuka offers choreographed routines to globally inspired music.

Belly dance

Wondering how Katrina got her moves right in Sheila Ki Jawani? It`s not easy. Belly dance, unlike other dance workouts, doesn`t include movement of limbs. It only involves movement of the torso and hips. It`s a sure-fire way to burn that belly fat and strengthen the ab muscles. Dance your way to de-stress, improve blood circulation and body posture. Hey pregnant mothers, it is also a good pre-natal workout!

Aztec Dance

A traditional dance form of South Africa, Aztec Dance involves all the muscle groups of the body. It specially focuses on the leg muscles such as forward and side movements, and lunges.
It`s a great dance workout which develops body balance, improves flexibility, coordination and endurance. While there is no age restriction, if you have a medical background of heart disease or back pain, do it under the guidance of a professional trainer.

We recommend you try these workouts only with a fitness expert.

Celebrity fitness expert Vinod Channa and Arun Kumar (Fitness Head, Snap Fitness India) spoke to Rama Sreekant

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