My Experience with VIXEN WORKOUT

There. Will. Be. Dancing.

I know this is going to come as a huge surprise to you all, but I do not view myself as a vixen. As much as I wish I was dripping with as much sex appeal as Rihanna does when she’s folding clothes or tweezing her brows (Who am I kidding? She has people to do these things for her), I have accepted myself as I am.

However, I attended a VIXEN WORKOUT class in midtown NYC and my perspective on female sexiness has definitely shifted. Here I was, in a sisterhood of wedge sneakers, plaid shirts, and long hair, and I honestly didn’t know what to expect.

According to the website, “each Vixen Workout creates a fun club atmosphere where women can let loose, forget responsibilities, and transform into their ‘alter-ego’ or as we say, ‘getting your Beyoncé, Ciara, Rihanna on.’ ”

In the beginning of class, a sort of manifesto led by the instructor was chanted — a fun poem about confidence, sassiness, and positive body image. Then we jumped into about 60 minutes of raw, sweaty, sexy dance routines set to the most popular rap, hip-hop, and pop songs of the year. It was somewhat easy to follow along, though I definitely felt my rookie coming through as the others in attendance really seemed to have the moves down.

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Didn’t matter though. When the instructor shouted that we’d be burning 700 calories, I shook it like there was no tomorrow. (For the record, you can burn 400–600 calories as a newbie and 1,000 as a veteran who knows the steps.)

There was a lot of posing in the mirror and strutting it — sort of like Fifth Harmony or The Pussycat Dolls — and I wasn’t too terribly comfortable with those parts. However, I could see how an endorphin-pumping, carefree hour of dancing could help anyone get her groove back. In fact, here’s a list of reasons to go to a Vixen class to re-boost your confidence and motivation:

  • Bad day at work
  • Had a baby six months ago and still not used to postpartum body
  • Terrible Tinder date
  • Bad breakup
  • Need a night away
  • Stressed waiting for your bar exam score
  • Tired of jogging
  • You need to reconnect with your girlfriends but don't want to do dinner or a happy hour
  • It’s healthier than a red velvet cupcake
  • It’s healthier than wine
  • Do you still need more reasons?

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I highly recommend Vixen for those members who love hip-hop and don’t mind some initial intimidation. It’s a safe space to come out of your shell and as Justin Timberlake and Timbaland once said, “get your sexy on.”

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