Perfect for those who don’t want a boring routine, but not too intense a session either, Aastha Gulati of Nivesaa combines zumba and pilates for a vibrant-meets-zen class.
#LBBWorksOut: Zumba And Pilates Meet At This Fun Yet Intense Session At Nivesaa
Work Those Quads
Quite excited to hit up our first Zumba-lates class, we landed up at Nivesaa one evening to train under Aastha Gulati, co-founder of Nivesaa. And no, it has nothing to do with doing Zumba while sipping on a latte, though we wish it did! A creation of her own, Aastha says that the class is a fusion of Zumba and Pilates for those who want that rigorous edge of Zumba but with the strengthening and core workout concept of Pilates.
While the class was rather full, I found a space for myself and got warming up with the rest of the lot. Starting out slow with shoulder rolls, deep squats and hip circles, I got quite happily into the groove of the Latino workout. So far, so good. Then Aastha decided to up the intensity. So on came some more groovy Latin beats and the hip swings, pumping and err, some grinding too. A bit iffy at first, I realised, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. And so with great gusto I dived in to the steps that weave in salsa, hip-hop, cha cha and even some Mumba.
Sweat It Off
Oh, what fun it is to get sweaty and sensual while dropping calories and more importantly getting fit. Because if you’ve seen salsa, then you know it’s a solid workout. With two breaks in the middle to get some water and our breath back, Aastha’s energy teams up with the music to keep the class lively. Never mind that you skip a step on and off, or can’t quite keep up with her moves, there’s enough motivation to keep you moving. Despite the fact that the room became rather hot, ten minutes into the whole lot of us working out strenuously. Ah well!
As much as the zumba section was fun, I was glad for the pilates bit for the last 15 minutes. My glutes, calves and waist could do with some soothing moves. So, on came some core training with crunches, leg lifts and a dose of stretching. Oh, those muscles… who knew they could be so weak and unused. You can imagine why, I nearly dozed off during the last meditation bit — to rejuvenate naturally! And sure enough, just that much of pilates was enough to help the muscles, and despite the nearly 60-minute zumba session, I felt more energised and bright.
So, We're Thinking...
We give this one a thumbs up for helping us get fit with oodles of fun. You won’t realise how much the zumba kicks up your cardiovascular activity until you do it, and pilates… we’re always fans.