What if I told you that there was a form of exercise that…
- Raises low self-esteem
- Burns a ton of calories
- Is scientifically proven to repair distorted body images
- Increases functional fitness
- Is incredibly effective for OBESE participants
- Is a great way to make new fit friends
- Makes you stronger
- Makes you leaner
- Makes your fitter
- Makes you more flexible / mobile
- Makes you sexier
- And is incredibly FUN!!!
And what if I told you that this form of exercise is the biggest fitness trend to come along since spandex & leg warmers.
In fact, led by the market leader (Zumba), dance fitness classes are spreading around the fitness world at an amazing rate. And as a result, there are a lot of women (and a few men) who are transforming their bodies, getting healthy and having a great time while they’re doing it.
Unfortunately, along with all of this fun, there has also been a spike in ankle & knee injuries caused by people doing dance fitness classes in shoes not made for dancing. My physiotherapy buddies here in Toronto have seen their waiting rooms fill up with Zumba injuries over the past couple of years.
What does this mean to you???
It means that if you want to…
- create a fit sexy body with dance fitness
- while avoiding sprained knees & ankles
…you need to seriously think about buying a pair of dance specific shoes.
And I can heartily recommend these two brands of dance fitness shoes by Ryka…
- Ryka Exertion
- Ryka Downbeat
… because over the past 5 months, I have had a group of female clients trying out different pairs of dance fitness shoes and these 2 pairs kept getting the best reviews. It wasn’t even close.
They fit better…they look better…and they perform better as dance fitness shoes.
The official Ryka sales pitch – Ryka designs all their shoes to fit a woman’s foot shape, muscle movement and skeletal structure. For example, the “Q-angle”(quadricep angle) – the anatomical relationship between the hip and knee – measures 5–7 degrees greater for women than men. As a result, women tend to shift more weight to the outside of their feet which leads to over-pronation, instability at foot strike and higher risk of injury. All Ryka sneakers, are designed and developed taking into account a woman’s unique fit needs.
Their dance fitness shoes are further modified with a low profile compression mid-sole, lateral stability and a pivot point (the pink circle) designed to help the shoe respond correctly to dance fitness movements.
These are not running shoes or tennis shoes. They are dance shoes.
NOTE: There are a growing number of dance fitness shoes on the market. I am recommending these 2 pairs of Ryka shoes because my “guinea-pigs” loved them. I have no financial involvement with these products other than they supplied samples free of charge for my experiment. There were 3 other manufacturers who supplied footwear free of charge. Their shoes didn’t test well…so they’re not in the article.