Body Issues: Foreign Fitness

Fitness instructors looking to add some vigor to fatigued exercise routines have been searching other cultures for inspiration. In Atlanta, Crunch Fitness has developed a class called Street Stomp, derived from stepping, a dance form believed to have originated in Africa and popularized by African-American fraternities and sororities. Routines include foot stomping, military formations, chanting and hand clapping. It's an especially good workout for hamstrings and calves. Zumba, popular in South Florida, combines low-impact cardio moves with Latin dances such as salsa, cumbia and samba. The cooldown features tango steps. Zumba gets the heart rate up while tightening the torso and...

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