KERBOOMKA AT ATHLETA
This week’s workout of the week is from Kerboomka. I was invited to experience Kerboomka with co-founders Kershel Anthony and Nikki Pebbles at the Athleta Flatiron location in NYC – how exciting! Kerboomka is the latest in dance cardio, like Zumba but less Brazilian and more American hip-hop and pop influenced. The moves are taught in counts of eight like a professional dance class, but are more broken down so beginners and dance aficionados alike can enjoy.
I honestly didn’t expect much walking into Athleta. How hard can a little “cardio dance” be? I hadn’t even eaten breakfast – that shows you how arrogant I was. But do not take this workout for granted, friends! While it IS a lot of fun and time passes quickly, in the span of 45 minutes you’re doing lots of squats, lunges, jumps, while engaging your core and flexing your muscles. I QUICKLY worked up a sweat as you can see from my photo with the Kerboomka team.
Kershel is an over-the-top group fitness instructor. At first I was a bit taken aback by his giant personality, but I grew to love his passion for fitness and inspire others to MOVE. His energy was infectious. You couldn’t help but laugh and have fun learning the dance moves. It’s a good thing he has Nikki to balance him because she is zen like your best friend. Kerboomka is not the traditional cardio workout that I’m used to or prefer, but it was a lot of fun. Women of all shapes and sizes can do this at any fitness level and I’m all for that. The most important thing about exercise is that you do it, love it, and do it often. Watch a sample of the workout below.
**Disclaimer: I am NOT a great dancer. I used to think I was. USED TO.**
By the end of class you leave having learned a full routine and feeling like Jennifer Lopez. Check out Kerboomka when they launch their studio classes September at Ripley Grier Studios, or dance in the privacy of your own home and avoid embarrassment by purchasing the DVD.
Thanks to Athleta for hosting and having me for the free Kerboomka class. They were kind enough to rearrange their store for us. The danger of hosting group fitness classes at fit apparel stores like Athleta is that I’m SUPER tempted to leave the store with everything in hand. Look at all the pretty stuff. And beware, the swimsuits are currently on sale!