Updated 04/25/2012 12:01 AM
Swahili Term Translates Into Serious Workout
A workout with West African roots is packing quite the punch at one local gym. NY1's Kafi Drexel filed the following report.
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New Yorkers can be seen sweating it out at Crunch Fitness' new workout class Tabura, a Swahili word for drill.
"I teach African Dance and I also teach kickboxing, they are two of my favorite classes. So I said how can I combine the two things together. So in this class it is basic kickboxing moves mixed with West African Dance," said Crunch Fitness Instructor Reign Hudson.
The class incorporates a variety of drills so students get something different out of it every time. Even in the middle of a busy work day, Tabura draws a crowd.
"What I love about this class is the energy. The energy is insane. I love the music and I have lost weight with this class," said Crunch Fitness member Erika Gonzalez.
While you blast away the pounds, Hudson says you can actually tone-up too.
"African dance is also a lot of, people say, 'Oh it is cardio,' but it is also a lot of toning because you are using your back muscles. So that helps too with building really strong muscles," noted Hudson.
"My endurance level has increased. It has helped me be able to go through my workouts and get through my workouts easier because of the energy and everything," said Crunch Fitness member Corinne Tate.
And with all of the energy the workout requires, participants may want to find the Swahili term for serious calorie burn.