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Now, Bhangra kickboxing for fitness?

After masala bhangra, fitness freaks now turn to item queen dance and bhangra kickboxing in their workout regimen. Several women seem to making the dance-exercise form a part of their rigorous exercise regimen.

health and fitness Updated: Mar 17, 2011 13:59 IST
Megha Mahindru

Bhangra kickboxing may seem like a move that only celebrated boxer Vijender Singh may be capable of pulling off at a wedding procession. But if more than a dozen women at Vile Parle are to be considered, the dance-exercise form is set to become a rigorous exercise regimen in the city.

After the popularity of Sarina Jain’s calorie-burning Masala Bhangra, which transformed moves from the traditional Indian dance into a modern, vigorous and effective workout, it is now fitness instructor Ritu Shah who combined bhangra with the martial art of Muay Thai Boxing.

“Kickboxing is a high-energy workout and a great way for strength training, muscle-sculpting and abdominal workouts,” says Shah. However, Shah feared that the hardcore jabs, lowkicks and punches, could become monotonous over time for most women. “So I added some music and fun to the workout,” she adds. At her dance-based class, women are seen alternating from jabs to hand movements on the current chartbuster

Ainvayi Ainvayi

… from

Band Baaja Baraat

and the pulsating beats of the



One of the five fun, fat-blasting workouts that make up Aerothon, a programme designed by Reebok instructors at Xersize, comprises 30-minute workouts such as the bhangra kickboxing session, which is followed by a high-low intensity aerobics workout, then a dance-based workout on the latest item number as well as a core Pilates workout to tone the abdominal and back. Flexi-stretches and pranayam breathing exercises wrap up the two-and-half hour marathon session, thereby leaving the subjects energised and relaxed.

Sona Gokani is a housewife from Juhu and one of the women to have danced to

Munni badnam…

while attending Aerothon. “I was tired of the treadmill routine,” she says. “I think it’s important to cross-train and these exercises are a fun way to burn fat since there is a mix of everything from stretching to intensive workout and yoga.”

While Shah recommends a monthly dose of this fitness marathon, she also hopes that the workshop will have people joining in for reasons beyond fitness. “It’s a non-stop session designed for weight-loss, but its dance-based format should have a lot of takers among those looking for fun and fitness,” she says.