Sacha Walters-Gregory, Staff Reporter
Hey you! Yeah you. Bikini season is almost here and like many women we know you are always in search of a great way to get in shape for skin-baring summer.
Christina Gonzalez, a trained dancer, choreographer and dance teacher, has created a bikini-body intensive exercise class which uses dance routines to help carve out your best body.
"It's about introducing a dancer's life into getting that bikini body," said Gonzalez. "Persons have always commended me on having a great body and wonder how I do it," she said, explaining that the queries were a large part of her motivation for starting the classes.
"All I do is dance all day because I don't have a strict routine," she said. Willing to let dancers' secrets out of the bag, she began the 12-week series of classes on April 12.
"The routines use aerobics, so you are getting the benefits of an aerobics class plus a dance class but you're having fun while working out." Each class has a different fusion theme such as hip hop and soca, dancehall and jazz and West African folk and contemporary music.
The classes are aimed at strengthening the core, lengthening and strengthening muscles to eliminate stiffness, de-stressing, revitalising the spirit and increasing flexibility.
When Flair visited the intimate studio at 8 Hillcrest Avenue, Kingston 6, the women were enjoying a jazz-oriented class to upbeat tunes. The classes are preferably kept to a minimum of 10 persons to ensure the comfort of each participant.
"You're going to lose weight, that's a definite. Your energy will be boosted, because we are working three days per week (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) and it's an intensive class," she said. However, the classes are suited for varying fitness levels and require minimal tools.
"Each person should bring a towel, as we do an abdominal routine at the end of each class," she said. Comfortable footwear recommended, whether dance sneakers, aerobic sneakers or any sneakers that are comfortable to dance in.
The classes can be integrated with your traditional exercise routine. Gonzalez said her clients who were previously doing solely a running/walking routine, are very pleased with the results.
"They have been saying it really helps in terms of working along with the dance programme; they realise they're seeing a lot more results versus just walking at your own pace," she said.
Four weeks of classes cost $7,200, drop-in classes cost $850 per class and a registered group of five or more persons for four weeks costs $6,000 per person.
Gonzalez said once a person is physically cleared by their doctor they will be ready for classes.
Weekday classes run from 5:30-6:30 p.m. while the class on Saturdays runs from 2:00-3:00 p.m.