Right now, I am happy with my body and my weight. So my goal is to stay fit and and be more toned -- hopefully I can reach that point of seeing some abs! I haven't had the chance to take some proper photos of my body now, but from my [recent post] wearing this daring dress, you can pretty much see where it's at. Not only toning, but I'd also like to be able to run for awhile without running out of breath.
Aki of 7% Solution suggested I make this series a link up. I'll definitely create something and start it next week (to give you time to create your posts!) You can post about anything related to fitness or health - whether it be recipes, your personal opinions on the subject, your progress, trends, etc. -- I'll love it if you can join me! xo
DMF] class. It was incredibly fun, infusing dance and fitness together - creating a friendly, enjoyable atmosphere. It doesn't matter if you're a pro or a beginner (like me), the dance steps are pretty easy to follow. At the end of the day, it doesn't even matter if you're two steps behind or circling the wrong way (yikes, like I did a couple of times, haha), it was still quite an energetic workout. Since I'm just beginning to get into the workout routine, I did sit out on one song to catch my breath, but joined in again right after. My body definitely felt the satisfying soreness the next day.
My favorite part? The music, of course! There was a variety of sounds including Calvin Harris, Bruno Mars, Pitbull, Beyonce, Diana Ross, One Direction, Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Six Mix a Lot, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and the Ying Yang Twins.
Lindi Duesenberg, the amazing instructor of DMF, has worked and studied with some of the best in the business and has performed in music videos, industrials, and musical theatre productions and tours around the country. Here is a little Q&A:
How long does it take for you to choreograph a class and what is your process like?
As for choreographing a class: I start with the music. I put together a playlist of songs that captures a wide array of genres and tempos. I usually listen to each song many, many times to memorize where the "builds" are and really feel comfortable with the dynamics of the of that particular song. From there, I come up with basic sequences that are appropriate to the song. For instance, we are doing an MC Hammer song, there will definitely be some running man! For some of the newer pop songs, I will try to incorporate a couple of moves from the music video so clients can really feel as if they are a part of it. You saw this with Beyonce's "End of Time" on Tuesday. The process happens ALL the time! I'm listening to music wherever I go, trying to figure out great tunes and moves for class.
Do you have a different work out routine set up for every class/week/month? How often does it change?
I change it up every week, but you might hear a few of people's "favorite" songs a few weeks in a row. It really depends. But it definitely changes up week to week.
What are some of your favorite moments teaching this class?
My favorite part of teaching DMF is seeing people let go and just feel HAPPY. Movement--especially dancing--has a way of freeing people of stress and tension, especially if they can let go of feeling silly. I try to foster an environment that focuses on what you feel like and not what you look like. I also choose music and "moves" that people recognize or that brings about a funny memory or association. For example, this week we did Sir Mix-A-Lot, and I did a dance similar to the one on the Fresh Prince of Bell Air. Laughing is good for the soul!
I have a passion for motivation (I put the word in my company name for a reason!!), so motivating and inspiring clients to accomplish their goals and achieve happiness in their lives is important to me. It is important that DMF be more than just a great workout experience, but also a platform for spreading inspiration, joy and positivity. You can see this on my Facebook Page and twitter profile :)
Would you try a dance/fitness class?
Remember, I'll be starting a Fitness Fridays link up next Friday! xo
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