Quick Quiz: Which of the following is a fake form of exercise?
If you guessed any of the above, you’re wrong. That’s right, even Kangoo is a real type of exercise (and not for marsupials). Read on for details about the latest fusion classes and wacky equipment to watch out for at the gym. This ain’t your mother’s Jazzercise.
Hooping – Reconnect with your inner child just like First Lady Michelle Obama did last year on the White House lawn. Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei used “hooping” to shape up for “The Wrestler,” and she shot a workout DVD for fitness company Gaiam that will debut this May. But this activity isn’t just throwing a plastic hula hoop around your waist and finding rhythm – hooping uses a heavier, wider ring that’s meant to spin around your entire body, not just your hips. It’s gaining popularity in some health clubs, and sites like hooping.org and Hoopnotica.com provide further info, equipment, and videos.
Kangoo – Boing! With the help of what look like futuristic ski boots, Kangoo gets you bouncing like a kangaroo on a pogo stick. The workout looks similar to a traditional step-aerobics class, but Kangoo Jump Boots supposedly reduce impact while increasing the difficulty of the exercise. Though the footwear is hardly standard athletic issue, classes are taught at some hip health clubs, such as Chicago’s Crunch Fitness. We haven’t tried Kangoo ourselves yet, but judging from this video, we believe the part about it being hard.
Koga – Welcome to extreme yoga. That might seem like an oxymoron, but Koga blends the high-energy and impact of kick-boxing with the stretching and calisthenics of yoga. Allegedly, one class can torch up to 800 calories. We’re unsure if they chant their “Om”s before or after sparring. (Watch this video from Fox News.)
Zumba – An untelevised season of “Dancing with the Stars” squeezed into an hour, Zumba blends salsa, merengue, hip-hop, and rock-n-roll dance styles for calorie-burning sessions with a Latin flair. Zumba.com touts the “zumba afterglow”, and tells you to “ditch the workout, join the party”. They also say the moves are easy to follow, but our two left feet are not convinced.