The UK press seems to be obsessed with articles about work outs: Why it's time to take your tutu to the gym
Kylie does it, and so does Madonna. So practise that plié. After all, the lotus position is so last year...Amelia Hill reports for The Observer
Tracksuits are being swapped for tutus, pumas for plié and asanas for arabesques as the newest fitness trend gracefully pirouettes its way into Britain's gyms.
Classical ballet has gone mainstream and is superseding yoga as the celebrity exercise of choice, with Ashtanga aficionados, including Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker, listed among its keenest fans.
For those satiated by sun salutations and tired of high-energy routines such as aerobics, the latest fitness trend promises to combine the best of both forms of exercise - as well as tapping into every woman's childhood dream of being a poised and graceful ballerina. click formore
************************* Never mind the biceps, here's punk aerobics
By Nicole Mowbray for The Observer
It is not the kind of place you would expect to find yourself during daylight hours. In the night club CBGBs, New York's shrine of punk, the smell of stale beer and cigarettes would not seem very conducive to exercise, but this is the fashionable venue for a fast-growing trend of exercise class - a noisy backlash against the yoga and pilates trends of recent years.
'The work-out that rocks out. No more sucky classes full of brain-dead bimbos in spandex thongs,' the website for Punk Rock Aerobics proclaims. 'This is for fun people with discerning taste.'
Aerobics where people exercise holding bricks instead of dumbbells to fast and furious music is the brainchild of Maura Jasper, 36, and Hilken Mancini, 32, of Boston. After losing their jobs they decided to turn their idea into reality. click formore
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