Capoeira Classes Build Muscles, Flexibility
If you're bored with lifting weights or running on the treadmill, you might want to consider a new fitness option with a fascinating history.
Its name doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, unless you speak Portuguese.
It's called capoeira (pronounced: Cap-PWEH-ttah) and dates back to the 16th century from Africa and Brazil. Where it was created by slaves to conceal self-defense training from their owners.
Today these moves and music live-on. As a fun and innovative way to exercise.
Its advocates say capoeira practiced three or four times a week can build muscle, improve balance and coordination.
"It really gets that heart rate up. And you have to be very flexible. So I'm bending in ways I never bent before!"
You don't have to be a professional dancer or athlete to do capoeira. But it's important to start out slowly.
"You can walk-in right off the street, take a class. They separate you from the newcomers, to the intermediate to the advanced. "
Fitness trainers recommend learning from a qualified instructor, since many of these moves done without proper training can cause injuries.
"Capoeira for me is more than exercise because it involves music and feelings. And for me, it's part of my culture."
Whatever the appeal, this centuries-old practice with a rich history is now adding a little kick to modern fitness routines.
This entry last modified on: February 22, 2013 1:15 PM
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This self-defense-based fitness program is not only good for weight loss, muscle building and coordination, it’s also a real kick.