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!

 


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura loves running, Pilates and Yoga, and is forever trying to find the time to fit these activities into her life around a busy family. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

Mike D.
30 October 2015

Mike D.

wow - I've never enjoyed watching someone exercise so much. not sure it inspires me to do anything similar though. Think this is one for the ladies.....

Roger B.
29 October 2015

Roger B.

sadly I have to agree. While we don't work out to look good while we workout (only afterwards if you see what I mean!) this move really does not flatter. Also not sure how you do it without straining your back. I agree that grandma really won't want to see this!

Sarah L.
29 October 2015

Sarah L.

hate to say it, but that's not a pretty sight. And I'm just not built to wobble like that - which to be honest I am rather glad about!!

Emma C.
29 October 2015

Emma C.

I have never heard of this. Have I missed something? Is this a new craze sweeping the country? Looks hilarious but even more reason to try it imo.

Sasha B.
29 October 2015

Sasha B.

I can do this exercise easily and omg it burns after a couple of minutes !! Loving it, bottom wiggles rule!

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