I taught general dance fitness for a couple of years before getting my licenses to teach Zumba® and MixxedFit®. It is important for me to bring the very best to my students, and one way to do that is to make sure the classes, moves, and choreography I use are professionally recognized and backed by the training in exercise science. I got my Zumba® license because it was in high-demand, but I wanted something to level up my dance fitness classes for those who don't prefer the Latin and world rhythms and dances associated with Zumba®. As I began looking for a licensing program, I became more and more drawn to MixxedFit® and what it stands for.
MixxedFit® is a people-inspired fitness program that combines explosive dance movements with bodyweight toning. People-inspired means, among other things, that MixxedFit® believes in supporting our communities. To me, that concept fits in perfectly with the free fitness classes as part of the Piedmont Public Library's Health Literacy program and community health challenge. Other than being "people-inspired" and community focused, what separates MixxedFit® from other exercise and dance fitness programs?
MixxedFit® features five key differences:
As stated earlier, we are people-inspired. Our workouts are created with the people in mind. We want to bring people together, get involved in our communities, and help everyone have fun while getting fit.
We play all genres of music and lyrics are typically in English. You'll hear popular music, and although there is typically a lot of hip-hop music in a MixxedFit® class, it is not exclusively a hip-hop class.
We make our moves repetitive and easy to follow. This is done so our students maximize their workouts rather than focus on complicated choreography. This was something that really drew me to MixxedFit®. I've seen a lot of times, and even experienced myself, how it can be frustrating to feel like you can't follow the moves, and if you're too focused on "keeping up" or figuring out the moves, then you can't fully perform the exercises an get a good workout.
We make sure we focus on toning. You will perform effective body-weight exercises and other bootcamp-inspired workouts without even knowing it. Most of our body-weight toning is disguised in our routines. This makes sure we emphasize the FITNESS part of dance fitness. The ultimate goal of any dance fitness class should be to get a good workout. Having fun is a bonus!
We make sure every move we execute is explosive. All of our movements are big, exaggerated, and our very best. Explosive moves are important for two reasons: one, you get a better workout if you give your moves precision and "oomph," and, two, you look better doing it!
This is something else that's pretty cool: MixxedFit® is pretty big nationally, and even in other countries, but some how, it hasn't trickled into Oklahoma yet . . . until now. I wasn't trying to be a trailblazer, but when I took my final live exam (which was like an interview, and audition, a boot camp, and a critique session all in one), I discovered that I was the only MixxedFit® instructor in the state. Until now, if you wanted to take a live, in-person MixxedFit® class, you'd have had to travel to Texas or Missouri to find the closest one.
In the next few days, you'll have two opportunities to try out MixxedFit® locally:
Saturday, April 24, at 9:30 a.m. - Piedmont Public Library, FREE as part of the Piedmont Health Literacy Program
One of the reasons my Fight Club™ class is so popular is that it's fairly easy to follow, but it's also a very challenging and fun workout. MixxedFit® has that same vibe of hard work disguised as dance with a big calorie burn as a bonus. If you like Fight Club™, you'll probably like MixxedFit® as well.
As promised, here is the current playlist so you can get a feel for the kind of music we'll be working out to in April/May. You'll notice that this month is heavy on hip-hop because I'm mostly sticking to official MixxedFit® choreography for this first playlist. If you've done my older dance fitness classes before, you will see some of those types of music work their way into future playlists for a wider variety of music genres.