It’s time to give Zumba classes the boot, and get ready for the two new fitness crazes about to hit the gyms in 2013. They are Ugi, which is a total body workout that uses a squishy, bean bag ball to do one-minute bursts of 30 exercises, and Sh’Bam! A 45-minute dance-based workout involving simple dance moves set to a soundtrack of Latin and hip-hop hits.
The Ugi workout is created by Canadian celebrity personal trainer Sara Shears, and she boasts actresses Salma Hayek and Rosario Dawson among her clients. Ugi aims to increase muscle strength and abdominal tone. Ugi is the ultimate 30-minute workout that combines strength, cardio and core training into the most fun, challenging, stylish way of becoming functionally fit.
The great thing about Ugi is that you can take the weighted ball anywhere and workout in any space, and it makes people feel good about their bodies, energy and health.
Two years of research and development led to the Ugi ball itself, which has the squish of a beanbag, the bounce-back of a stress ball and the beauty of simple design.
And a lifetime of professional training experience went into creating the Ugi 5 day a week, 30-minute, total functional fitness program. The series of one-minute exercises are efficient enough to change your body completely — from warm up, cardio, strength conditioning, balance to cool down, and flexible enough to be done anywhere — from home, gym, beach to office.
Fifteen inches in diameter, weighted to meet individual fitness needs, the Ugi ball is so versatile that it works in the smallest of living rooms. And it’s so attractively designed, you don’t need to put it away when you’re done.
With Ugi you can:
- exercise almost anywhere
- create endless variations of the 30 minute workout
- put two days together to make a one-hour total body workout, three days a week
- cut the intervals down to 30 seconds to get a 15 minute workout
- mix it up endlessly
Sh’Bam, meanwhile, promises to burn up 500 calories a session. With a typical Sh’Bam™ class you’ll get a 45-minutes long session combined with twelve different tracks. Each track features unique choreography and is essentially its own stand-alone dance routine.
The class will kick off with your instructor taking you through a basic warm up, where you get everything from your shoulders, to your chest, to your hips and even your fingertips moving.
What follows is 35 minutes of uncomplicated but ultra-fun dance combinations set to chart-topping hits, old and new. Not only will you have plenty of opportunity to perfect the simple moves, the combination of high intensity and recovery tracks means you get a really great workout.
You’ll be loving it so much that time will fly by, and before you know it you’ll be bringing your heart rate down with some sassy stretching.
So it’s bye bye Zumba and hello Ugi and Sh’Bam if you want to stay fit and trendy this New Year!