By Brie Cadman, DivineCaroline
It used to be that exercise classes were primarily concerned with helping you burn as many calories as possible; any fun or entertainment they provided were mere side benefits. Now a wide variety of classes want to help you forge a mind-body connection while making you work up a sweat. And one of the biggest trends in this arena are workouts that aim to help exercisers look and feel sexy, no matter what their body type or size. Although all exercise can help improve your sex life—think cardiovascular fitness and increased awareness and acceptance of your body—the following workouts go a step further. Designed to boost self-confidence, to tap into your sensual side, and to make sweating fun, these workouts will help you lose yourself in movement while shedding a pound or two.
Cardio Striptease, aka, Strip Aerobics
The idea of completely stripping during a group workout probably isn’t going to appeal to the masses, but despite its name, this workout won’t leave you buck naked in front of a bunch of strangers. Popularized a few years ago but still rife with devotees, cardio striptease focuses on stripper-like moves, using low-impact cardio moves to hone self-confidence and boost sex appeal, regardless of size or shape. Practitioners emphasize that the workouts are designed to be fun and that they help women lose not only their inhibitions but hopefully some unwanted wiggle as well. People can choose to exercise in heels and boas or in simple workout clothes.
A kissing cousin to cardio striptease, pole dancing’s allure is based on the slow, sensual moves of a paid dancer. In addition to having a risqué reputation, pole dancing is also a great workout. Think about it—holding up one’s own weight while straddling a pole takes some serious strength. And strength work and spinning around the pole not only burn serious calories, they’ll tone and sculpt, particularly your upper body. Even more, classes are intended to make women feel both sexy and empowered.