Ok, so we all know that you can’t swing a cat nowadays without hitting a Zumba instructor and lets face it, whilst participants can’t get enough of it, the fitness industry has mixed feelings on this class with some dismissing it as a passing phase and not a “real” workout. .
I teach Zumba and I love it! I also teach 3 of the highly respected Les Mills programs, namely Body Attack, Body Combat and Body Pump and I love these too and I see entirely different participants in each type of class that I teach.
Love it or hate it Zumba has opened up the fitness world to many people who would never ever have had the courage or inclination to join a gym and it has paved the way for many fitness professionals to branch out into community classes again where these had died a death in recent years. Zumba’s appeal and it’s ultimate success is that it’s suitable for everyone, regardless of age or fitness ability. However, it can only go so far and if like me, you are seeing people in your Zumba classes now wanting a bit more of a challenge what can you do about this? If you start adding more fast paced or complicated routines to your Zumba class doesn’t this defeat the whole object of the program and risk alienating new participants, but by sticking with the same old routines, your existing participants aren’t getting the challenge that they probably now need. So what’s the solution? Well maybe it’s here in the form of BOKWA FITNESS!
BOKWA FITNESS is the latest Dance based cardio fitness class to hit the UK from the USA and let me tell you it’s HOT!!!! . Created by Paul Mavi Jr it is an fast but fun cardio vascular workout using light boxing moves teamed with Kwaito Dance moves from South Africa. BOKWA is unique in that it uses American and BOKWA hand sign language and the steps are based upon letters and numbers. The steps are easy to pick up and the combinations are endless. There is no set choreography so it’s ideal for those that like the freedom of freestyle however as the steps are universal then it also can appeal to those who like pre-choreographed classes. The steps are all taught in the same way but it’s entirely up to the instructor which steps and in what order they choose to teach them, and it also has the freedom for participants to put their own stamp and flavour on the moves. The possibilities really are endless. With instructor training from Level 1 right through to Level 8 there is continuing education for instructors giving peace of mind to the participants that their instructors are educated and able to provide new steps to learn for participants hungry to progress. BOKWA is recognised by REPS, the register of exercise professionals and prospective instructors receive 16 reps points for completing the 2 day Level one training course, although REPS membership is not a pre-requisite of training.
BOKWA can be taught to adults and children as well as the hearing impaired with no separate qualification required and there are high and low impact intensity options so it’s easily adaptable for all.
BOKWA has no expensive licensing fees and can be taught anywhere. It’s not a replacement for Zumba and won’t appeal to everyone but if you are looking for that bit of variety to your workout or simply need to take your fitness to the next level then this very well could be the ideal class for you.
So keep an eye out for BOKWA Classes in your area - THE NEXT BIG THING IN FITNESS? I THINK SO YES!!!
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