Yes, you read correctly. Twerking has evolved from being the reason that Miley Cyrus is the butt of so many jokes (sorry not sorry) to becoming a respected (?) exercise in its own right. There is even a UK Twerking Championship
but I don’t think that’s driven by fitness…
The Book Club clearly decided they have had enough of girls trying and failing, week after week, to twerk or even dance in rhythm to the music after one too many vodka sodas. How kind of them to take matters into their own hands with a monthly class, All Twerk & No Play, hosted at the scene of the crime but with the lights on and water on the bar. Here’s the verdict.
1. Barely broke a sweat
2. Too out of breath to sing along
3. In the zone!
4. Couldn’t move the next day
The class scores a 2 – Twerking is obviously difficult. That’s why most girls spend an average of 5 hours a week doing it in the mirror in an attempt to perfect some moves and make their twerking debut in the cluuub (completely made up stat but don’t pretend you haven’t done it). However, as a fitness class, this wasn’t the hardest. The dancing definitely provided some great cardio, and spending pretty much the whole class in squat position did not go unnoitced by my thighs but, as a whole, the class was not too exerting. It would be a good complement to some midweek HIIT but not enough on its own.
The actual choreography was not too difficult to pick up…if you’re the kind of girl who thinks you and your friends look like this (below) dancing on nights out (guilty!). Scarlett is a great instructor and broke every move down to make it simple for all levels. Though once you think you’ve got it, she shouts ‘Okay, double time!’ and ups the challenge!
1. I would rather be in bed
2. Glad I tried it once
3. Such fun!
4. Sign me up now
The class gets a 3
! I love dancing so I enjoyed the class, however, for me, the fitness element was slightly lacking. I was also disappointed that there was no lying on the floor/upside down/sideways twerking but I’m probably alone on that one. Naturally, the start of the class was a bit awks (and I went alone, super awks) but Scarlett is quite a character and brought us all out of our shells within minutes! The excellent playlist definitely helped as well. At the end of the class, we split into two groups and performed for each other, which sounds horrific but was actually great fun! Everyone who attends the class was so friendly which made it much easier to forget our inhibitions and shake our a-double snakes no matter who was watching. I would definitely recommend this as a group activity!
The Fine Print
All Twerk & No Play is a monthly feature at The Book Club – for details of when it’s on, get in touch with them below. The class costs £8 and runs on Sundays from 6.30pm-8pm (I know it’s quite long but what else are you going to do on a Sunday evening?!). Why not make an evening of it and head upstairs for a well deserved drink and the famous Book Club Burger after class? You will have burned 600 calories so there’s no excuse!
All Twerk & No Play is a fun filled dance class which would make a great group event for some kind of occasion – perhaps something different for your birthday or hen do. It is also a good fun workout to complement some more intense classes, or as a way to ease yourself into fitness but is definitely not for dedicated super-serious gym bunnies.
What class did you try this week? Let me know in the comments or on social media using #WorkoutWednesday