4 Common Misconceptions About Dance Cardio

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We’ve all been there: giggling to ourselves at a cardio dance class, thinking we’re not coordinated or confident enough to be there. Your fears couldn’t be farther from the truth! Here are four reasons why you should change that mindset, and say hello to a fun and seriously effective way to improve your fitness level.

1. “I need former dance experience to truly get a good workout.”

Succeeding in a dance class is not all about nailing the moves, but rather disrupting your own usual workout moves. This is also not to say that form is not important, but that’s why you have a great instructor! Use them to your benefit:  ask questions about moves you don’t understand and stay focused on the instructor’s form. Just like any exercise, learning dance moves requires patience and perseverance. The more classes you attend, and the more attentive you are during class, the easier it will be to master the moves and feel more confident along the way. Conquering your fears by trying a new way to work out will do amazing things for not only for your body but your mind.

2. “I’ll get a better workout if I go for a run.”

You may not be doing sprints, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a significant workout. Dance classes can also prepare you to succeed in your other favorite workout classes. How so?  Dance classes force us to make a mind and body connection that in turn helps teach us to become more coordinated and balanced. Imagine becoming better at boxing or CrossFit from increased coordination and having better body awareness. It’s sometimes the most unconventional workouts that help us push past our plateaus!

3. “Dance classes are geared more towards the ladies.”

Today’s dance classes are not necessarily your mother’s Jazzercise class. Dance classes build confidence and physical strength,  and there are benefits to your health no matter who you are. If Zumba isn’t your jam, there are countless other forms of dance that can get you motivated based on your goals and favorite types of music. Hip-hop classes are a great way to get into the groove and push past your fears with some fun and familiar music. Added bonus: you’ll be a pro when you hit the club and have fun dancing in real life with your friends! How’s that for a confidence boost?

4. “I might get my cardio in, but not my strength workout.”

This couldn’t be farther from the truth!  Just like bodyweight workouts, dance classes help us improve our balance through core strength. Moving differently through unconventional methods help us build coordination. Dancers don’t have strong bodies for no reason, it’s due to being focused on small muscle movements and challenging themselves with their own body weight! You’ll notice a huge boost in your form during more intense workouts, and feel more powerful during heavier lifts.

Mandy Gragg is a New York City-based certified personal trainer and an active fashion and beauty blogger. She shares her fitness, fashion, and skincare tips on her blog Haute Unofficial. Follow her sporty adventure on Instagram for more fitness, beauty, and active fashion inspo.