It's time for BOKWA!

Sep 03, 2013, 01:58 IST | Ruchika Kher

Memorising alphabets and numbers was an effortless task in school, but we realised that the picture isn’t that rosy anymore when we went for a class to experience Bokwa, a new group cardio workout routine that makes participants draw letters¬†and numbers with their feet while moving together to today’s most
popular music.

The instructor (centre, in blue tee) teaches enthusiasts the Phezulu, a movement that forms part of the Bokwa routine. Pic/ Pradeep Dhivar

Before we entered the session, we were casually informed that a one-hour class of Bokwa, which was developed by a leading Los Angeles-based group fitness instructor Paul Mavi, burns approximately 1,000 calories. We gulped, mentally prepared ourselves for what seemed to be a hardcore intensive workout and finally took the plunge.

The session began with the instructor interacting with his clueless audience, giving them a brief on what this workout routine was all about, teaching us signs, which were essential to remember throughout the session. Starting with the first number — 1, a mix of jumps, kicks and fast leg movements followed, while we made letters like C, L and even a variant called the L Shake.

Fast-paced, chartbuster tracks kept the adrenaline levels high throughout the one-hour session, while we sweated out with a continuous dose of letters and number formation. The workout routine was pacy without too many breaks and tires you out completely by the end of it; plus the music and the rapid change in movement doesn’t let the monotony to set in and makes the routine enjoyable.

The session ended with a calm-down procedure, which brought the heart rate down with a couple of slow, breath-in, breath-out exercises and stretches. Overall, we recommend this workout, not just to health junkies but also to those who want to shed extra kilos in a fun way.

At Arts in Motion Dance Studios, 39 
TV Chidambaran Marg, Sion (E)
Call 9820183231
You pay Rs 2,700 (12 sessions)
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