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Work out, or wild out...what if you didn't have to choose? The formula for great fitness is equal parts effectiveness and fun that keeps you coming back for more—and with all of the jocks and kinesiology graduates out there trying to come up with the best new workout, who would've thought that a former Miami Heat dancer would be the one to crack the code? This year, we're bestowing our Racked Award for the Freshest Fitness concept to the Vixen Workout, a sweat session that feels more like a night at the club than a day at the gym.
The formula here is simple—Come up with dance routines that are heavy on the pop & locks, dips, and twerks; throw in some sexy poses and motivating mantras ("Damn, I look good for a Tuesday night!"); match that to bass-heavy tracks from the likes of Beyoncé and Ciara; and execute for an hour straight. Squats don't really feel like squats when you've got a hot instructor telling you to slap your thighs and drop it low.
Whether you're a dance veteran or rhythmically challenged, anybody can pick up the moves after a couple sessions, which are reserved for women only and maintain that club atmosphere with a dark room and flashing lights. And with classes held in rented studio space alongside Broadway auditions, Vixen Workout is able to hold class prices down to $18 for a single session, or $160 for a ten-pack—that's cheaper than cabs, a cover charge, and a bar tab in the Meatpacking District on any given night.