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Stripped to Fit!

Posted on October 27, 2018 | No Comments on Stripped to Fit!

Let’s face it.  Eventually you get bored of your usual fitness routine; trudging a couple of steep roads and completing five laps in the pool just won’t cut it – no, not anymore.  That is why gyms and fitness gurus have been coming up witth novel ways of burning those nasty calories and shaving off those bulging pounds by injecting fun and creativity to spice up every routine.  Among these is cardio-striptease.

Start shaking, swirling, and shedding, minus the shame!

Bits of dancing, Pilates, yoga, stretching, strengthening, squatting and hip movements are incorporated to create this sultry fitness program.  In a conservative society, such as the Philippines, this kind of fitness program could insinuate negative notions about its patrons and practitioners.  so, why pursue this kind of exercise?

As Jill Ngo explains: “You don’t want to be like strippers, but why are you learning their dance and their moves?  Because you know that they have the best bodies.”  Cardio striptease is not really about taking off your clothes in the duration of the routine, but simply a simulation of it. Everything is just based on the moves that a real stripper does.”

Given this, students have the liberty to choose whether to have a candle-lit class or with lights on.  Ngo shares that her class normally utilizes candles, placed on the corners of the room, as their sole source of light in the entire duration of the session since most beginners are initially shy and get embarrassed easily the instant they sway their hips and strut their stuff.

Not your usual exercise

Since almost all fitness programs and routines require you to have at least basic equipment and gear, such as dumbbells, mats, specialized shoes, and pads for support, you do not have to bring anything but your willingness to do cardio-striptease and learn something new – with your clothes on, of course, Ngo shares.

Dr. Victor Felix Gaddi, an orthopedic and sports medicine specialist at St. Luke’s Medical Center, explains that although both the usual treadmill and cardio-striptease allow you to burn a significant amount of calories, the latter gives you a more complete workout. “It works out both the upper and lower extremeties, so i feel tit would be more advantageous.  Plus, i think it would be more fun and enjoyable as compared to using the treadmill.  for an exercise to be effective, one has to enjoy while doing it.”

And unlike other forms of dance and fitness routines where participants should practice down to the very last move, cardio-striptease doesn’t require you to memorize a step or two for your instructor or yourself to say that you’ve done it right. In fact, your own instructor won’t reprimand you for a wrongly executed move.
“It won’t really matter if you didn’t know how to dance or to synchronize your body at all,” says Ngo. “As long as you’re having fun and you’re not hurting yourself, then it’s all good. There’s no clear-cut way to say what’s a right or a wrong step since it’s all about copying the teacher’s moves and really having fun.”

Fitness for all
You may think that cardio-striptease is exclusively for the young because it uses stripper-inspired moves that entail a lot of spinning, twisting, bending, and squatting, but don’t be surprised to know that at Peak Performance’s cardio-striptease class, the oldest student is 85 years old (the youngest age group is around 21 years). This is so because it is a low-impact workout that does not involve a lot of intense movements.

“Age should not be a limitation as to what exercise or activity one does, one just has to know her limitations,” explains Dr. Gaddi. “Modifications can be made to suit such limitations so that the individual can enjoy the benefits of the workout. If the routine calls for deep squatting movements (less than 90 degrees), then one could just squat up to 45 degrees or just as far down as that person can tolerate. If one has difficulty doing sudden, jerky movements, then modifying the exercise using slower and more deliberate movements could be done.”

In Star Lawrence’s article, “Cardio Striptease: The Latest Workout Classes Aren’t as Wacky as They Sound” (reviewed by Dr. Charlotte Grayson), Mission Viejo Crunch Fitness group fitness director Rob Glick said that despite its being low impact and low intensity, cardio-striptease has the capacity to raise heart rate—more or less equivalent to a usual 1-hour workout.

Ngo adds that notwithstanding its low-impact state, you can burn 250 to 350 calories per hour. “Not a lot but at least it’s safe,” she shares.

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