Hot New Workout Trend: Kukuwa

(Courtesy: Kukuwa; L-R: Creator Kukuwa Nuamah; Cassandra Nuama leads a a televised class on the show "Sistah Talk")When a dance workout class has a slogan like "move your boombsey" (translation: buttocks), you know you're in for some booty-shaking. If you love to dance to irresistible African rhythms, and want to improve your cardio abilities while burning calories and toning up your core, butt, legs and upper body, try a Kukuwa African Dance Workout class.

Created by Ghana-raised dancer, holistic nutritionist, and university dance professor Kukuwa Nuamah, this intense workout gets your entire body moving––that's why you can burn 1,000 calories in an hour-long class, explains coach Cassandra Nuamah (one of Kukuwa Nuamah's two daughters, both of whom teach the technique). "You work muscles you didn't realize you had," says Cassandra, who teaches in NYC. "This low-impact, high-energy class is designed to target your cardiovascular system, improve your fitness level and pump fun through your veins."

(Courtesy: Kukuwa. L-R: Kukuwa and Cassandra Nuamah)While sweating up a joyful, beat-fueled, endorphin-rich storm through moves that target specific areas (hips! butt! core! arms!), you'll also learn a variety of African dances, including agbaja, hiplife, soukous, makossa, and new dances popular in the clubs right now. The music is great, too––all from original artists hailing from North, South, East, West and Central Africa.

Most of all, a Kukuwa African Dance Workout class just makes you feel awesome. "The positive and joyous energy from this class adds living flavor to your workout and lifestyle, nourishing both body and soul," says Cassandra, pointing out that since the moves can be modified, the class is suitable for most fitness levels. "People come to class all the time after having a long stressful day at work and are in great spirits after leaving the class. They are able to let go and release all negative energy by absorbing the contagious positive energy and vibes from the class. So not only does this class help you physically but it contributes to your spiritual and mental wellness as well."

To find a Kukuwa class near you, click here. You can also try a class at home, or order a DVD.

(Courtesy: Kukuwa)
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