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Twerk your way to fitness

Twerk your way to fitness

Twerking  -  a term to strike fear into the reluctant dancer. But despite its connotations of obscene moves from certain pop stars, twerking could actually prove to be a really intense, well, ‘twerk’out (see what I did there).

Believe it or not, a twerk out is a real thing, and it's catching on. For you doubters out there, this video should have you convinced:

 

Fancy joining the trend? Top tip: practise on your own first, this is not something you want to test out for the first time with an audience.

The basic move – the booty pop - can be incorporated into any number of standard workout moves, like the squat, the lunge, or  even a star jump.

Let me explain exactly what a booty pop is, for all the twerk virgins out there.

Firstly, wear some comfortable shoes. Although you may have images of yourself looking like Beyonce strutting your stuff, the likelihood is that you’ll look like an ungainly drunk flamingo if you wear heels to start off with.

Next, place your hands on your hips and your feet hip width apart and then lower into a deep squat. This in itself may start to burn if you’re not used to it. Push your hips forwards and then backwards and repeat, as many times as you like. You may find this easier with music!

Once you’ve mastered the basic booty pop, combine any number of variations into your workout. It will work the lower part of your body, and is a great cardio workout.

Basically, as long as you can feel your bum jiggling around like it has a mind of its own, then you’ve pretty much got it. The one leg twerk, the on-all-fours twerk, the legs together twerk, and the legs apart twerk, all have one thing in common, the wiggling of the bottom.

You may feel a bit of a fool dancing around in your bedroom doing this, but it’s probably better that, or in a class environment, than actually attempting this on the dancefloor. 

You really don’t want your grandmother catching you at it!

 

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Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

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