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
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
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.