A dance-based workout is a fun way to torch calories, work out your entire body, work out your mind by learning choreography, and bond with other women. The best part? It can be done at home.
Simone De La Rue, the 42-year-old owner of Body by Simone, the popular dance-cardio method with studios in L.A. and New York, and celebrity trainer to Chrissy Teigen and Sandra Bullock, recently made a pit stop in Toronto. After taking one of her signature high-energy dance classes, we chatted about the power of dance, the importance of girl squads and her latest workout DVD.
- A dance-based workout is the hottest exercise trend right now: "I'm so happy that dance is becoming highly recognized as a workout," says De La Rue. "The beauty about dance is it hits the whole body and engages your core and tones. It relies on coordination and learning choreography, which makes it mentally stimulating. There's also a spiritual and creative component, allowing you to be expressive with your own take on the moves. I love that it hits those three elements: mental, physical and spiritual."
- Dance is a great way to bond with other women and feel empowered: De La Rue tries to create an environment that's ego-free. "I think the class structure and the ‘girlfriend workout'—a group of women exercising together without any judgment—is becoming big again," she says. "It's motivating because people tend to feed off one another's energy."
- Torch calories and have fun: In an hour, you can burn between 400 and 600 calories.
- How to get motivated: "I definitely think a cute outfit helps."
- It's an easy workout you can do at home: "It doesn't require any equipment. Put on your favourite playlist and carve out an area in the garden or move some furniture. Encourage your kids to join!"