Workouts that aren’t workouts—think aqua cycling or trampoline training—seem to have become very trendy of late. Which is lucky for people like me, who avoid anything resembling exercise, locker rooms, or sweatpants. So I was completely on board when I heard about the latest craze hitting New York City: 305 Fitness. It’s a dance class originally from Miami (305 is the city’s area code) that promises a high-intensity cardio workout with sprints and muscle toning, except it’s supposed to feel like “a night dancing with your girlfriends.”
False. I went to a session last week, and all I have to say is: You’re not fooling me. I absolutely felt each of the 800 calories our instructor swore we were burning in that 50-minute class. My main issue with the experience was that there was no actual dancing involved, just a series of fitness moves I learned (and swore off) in middle-school gym. Flashing disco lights and a live DJ spinning Britney Spears and Robin Thicke might make the searing pain of 100 (yes, 100) lunges easier to stomach, but they don’t magically transform a squat into a twerk.
At this point I should once more reinforce the fact that I’m not an exercise enthusiast. I have zero doubt you would get results from 305, and many people may love it, but they’re probably the type who would also be happy pushing themselves at the gym. If you’re looking for a less intense way to work out, look up that trampoline class.
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