4 Hip Hop Dance Moves For Fitness

4 Hip Hop Moves For Fitness

How many times have you been told, you just have to find an exercise that you enjoy! For some of us, the words exercise and enjoy can never be used in the same sentence. We can never see ourselves in an aerobics class. Biking can be fun as long as you can find a taxi with a bike rack to bring you home, and running? If you see us running, you can bet someone is chasing us. For us there no passion waiting to be sparked.

Still, we know we have to exercise to be healthy. So we set out on a quest for a form of exercise that doesn’t make us want to find a backdoor to slip out of. You may be surprised to know that Hip Hop dance is a great cardio workout and it builds muscle tone in every part of the body. Best of all, you can do it wrong.

Hip Hop is the master of the “I meant to do that move”. You can totally fail at executing a move and six other people will try to make that same move because they saw you do it.

All you need are some good dance shoes, dance pants, and a tee shirt. Just For Kix has the latest trends in dance pants. If you are to walk the walk, look the part.

There are some Hip Hop moves that are inspirational and they will give you all the exercise you can handle. We are going to show you 4 of them.

The elevator

This exercise tones your rear-end, quads, and legs. Some people call it the one-legged squat.

Standing with your weight on one bent leg, bring your other knee up at the same time push your chest down toward your knee. Move up and down, using your bent leg. Move your shoulders in unison for a more dance look. Repeat 10 times with each leg.

The stripper squat

This is a hot number! It is similar to a move Beyonce does in concert.

Stand with your feet close together and drop your butt straight down towards your heels. Open and close your legs while you are squatted down. When you stand up, lead with your butt.

Unbalanced Push-Up

Hip-hop dancers need a lot of upper-body strength! This is a great routine for the bust, arms, neck, and stomach. This move strengthens your chest, core, shoulders, and triceps.

From a normal push-up position (plank), move one hand in directly below your shoulder. Lift the leg on this side, keeping your other hand wide. Perform 10 push-ups before switching sides.

Top Rock

This is a great beginner dance move. It is also a fantastic cardio workout. This move is a bit hard to explain so you can see it in action here.

Lift up your back foot so all your weight is on your front foot. Step back to starting position with your right foot and then cross forward with your left.

You can find videos of all of these moves on YouTube. Give this a try. You may have just found that elusive work-out that you enjoy!