Vixen Workout helps you channel your Inner Diva while exercising, if you’re into that​

To those of us mortals who frequent the gym with greasy hair, baggy t-shirts, and sweat-bands, the idea of getting dressed-up to workout is not only unnecessary, it’s down right ludicrous. Meanwhile, to the gals at Vixen Workout, red-lipstick and heeled sneakers are crucial to breaking a sweat.

The new workout program, founded by former Miami Heat dancer Janet Jones, encourages girls to channel their inner Beyoncé. “Yes, I’m sexy. Yes, I’m fierce. Yes, I’ve got this,” chant up to 100 women, before breaking out into a choreography of seductive dance moves that includes twerks, lunges, and booty pops.

It would be easy to dismiss the hip-hop routine as another sleazy fad, comparable to the infamous Body & Pole classes, or perhaps the Pussycat Dolls Workout series. But Jones and her army of vixens boast a more commendable mission: encouraging women of all ages to embrace their sexuality for the sake of self-empowerment. These women aren’t training to be backup dancers in a Robin Thicke video — they’re simply enjoying a girls’ night out.

“Most of them have never experienced themselves as performers,” said Jones, referencing the women who take her classes. “All of a sudden they’re focusing on getting the movement, picking up the choreography. They work harder and lose weight…If I have no makeup and I’m in sweats, I don’t feel like a vixen.”

So round up your friends, your sisters, your mother-in laws, because the Vixen movement is expanding beyond Miami, and has begun recruiting women in New Jersey, Los Angeles and Chicago. But leave your fiancé at home, because in the studio, it’s no boys allowed.

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Introducing ‘Vixen Workout’, where cardio meets Beyonce

A new workout trend encourages women to unleash their inner Beyonce by giving cardio routines a touch of nightclub sexiness.

Before the music begins, members of the women-only exercise class — dressed in shredded tank tops, full makeup and wedged sneakers — pose seductively before studio mirrors and chant, “Yes, I’m sexy. Yes, I’m fierce. Yes, I’ve got this.”

Empowerment is a big part of the Vixen workout, a hip-hop dance class with a nightclub feel that fitness experts say offers a cardio girls’ night out to women who may be keen to channel their inner Beyonce, Ciara or Rihanna, but wouldn’t be caught dead in a gym.

“It’s all about wearing your sexiest leggings, putting on your brightest red lipstick and taking your hair down so you can bend over and shake it,” said Jolie Bedini, 40, a single mother who takes a Miami Vixen class up to five times a week.

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Fierce: Janet Jones, the founder of Vixen Workout, was inspired to unleash her inner vixen after years of facing frustrating working conditions that dampened her spirits. The workout helped rebuild her confidence, both mentally and physically.

Fuelled by the songs from rap stars Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Pitbull, the workout mixes sultry dance moves such as booty battles, kitten stretches and twerks with body lunges and squats. “A bit of sexy dancing and you’re into the zone,” said Bedini, noting that the workout helped her lose weight.

Up to 100 women attend the party-lit, hour-long, mostly evening classes, which began in Miami and have spread to New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

The workout is the brainchild of Janet Jones, a former Miami Heat basketball team dancer and hip-hop performer. Jones said the concept emerged from the invisibility she felt after her pregnancy and taking a nine-to-five job, a time she refers to as her black hole.

“Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, they’re all vixens. Beyonce is the ultimate vixen but I think every woman has a vixen inside her,” Jones said, encouraging her clients to dress for a girls’ night out to get them into the performance spirit.

“Most of them have never experienced themselves as performers. All of a sudden they’re focusing on getting the movement, picking up the choreography. They work harder and lose weight,” she explained. “If I have no makeup and I’m in sweats, I don’t feel like a vixen.”

Shirley Archer, a spokeswoman for the American Council on Exercise, said the Vixen workout is effective. “Everyone is getting their heart rates up and moving continuously throughout the routine,” said Archer, author of The Everything Wedding Workout Book.

Learning dance moves is also great brain exercise as it challenges the mind-body connection, coordination, and memorization.

“The best exercise for you is the exercise that you actually do,” she explained. “Making the workout fun, like a girls’ night out at a dance club, is a great way to motivate women who enjoy dancing to keep on training, which is key to getting results.”

Jones said the women in the classes average 25 to 35 years old but some are in their 70’s. “My mother-in-law takes the class,” she said. “All women need a time for themselves to be a little rebellious.” — Reuters



 

Vixen Workout lets​ participants channel their inner Beyoncé

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Empowerment is a big part of the Vixen workout, a hip-hop dance class with a nightclub feel that fitness experts say offers a cardio girls’ night out to women who may be keen to channel their inner Beyonce, Ciara or Rihanna, but wouldn’t be caught dead in a gym. (HANDOUT/REUTERS)

Before the music begins, members of the women-only exercise class — dressed in shredded tank tops, full makeup and wedged sneakers — pose seductively before studio mirrors and chant, “Yes, I’m sexy. Yes, I’m fierce. Yes, I’ve got this.”

Empowerment is a big part of the Vixen workout, a hip-hop dance class with a nightclub feel that fitness experts say offers a cardio girls’ night out to women who may be keen to channel their inner Beyoncé, Ciara or Rihanna, but wouldn’t be caught dead in a gym.

“It’s all about wearing your sexiest leggings, putting on your brightest red lipstick and taking your hair down so you can bend over and shake it,” said Jolie Bedini, 40, a single mother who takes a Miami Vixen class up to five times a week.

Fueled by the songs from rap stars Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Pitbull, the workout mixes sultry dance moves such as booty battles, kitten stretches and twerks with body lunges and squats. “A bit of sexy dancing and you’re into the zone,” said Bedini, noting that the workout helped her lose weight.

Up to 100 women attend the party-lit, hour-long, mostly evening classes, which began in Miami and have spread to New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

The workout is the brainchild of Janet Jones, a former Miami Heat basketball team dancer and hip-hop performer.

Jones said the concept emerged from the invisibility she felt after her pregnancy and taking a nine-to-five job, a time she refers to as her black hole. “Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, they’re all vixens. Beyoncéis the ultimate vixen, but I think every woman has a vixen inside her,” Jones said.

She said encouraging clients to dress for a girls’ night out gets them into the performance spirit. “Most of them have never experienced themselves as performers. All of a sudden they’re focusing on getting the movement, picking up the choreography. They work harder and lose weight,” she explained. “If I have no makeup and I’m in sweats, I don’t feel like a vixen.”

Shirley Archer, a spokeswoman for the American Council on Exercise, said the Vixen workout is effective.”Everyone is getting their heart rates up and moving continuously throughout the routine,” said Archer, author of “The Everything Wedding Workout Book.”

Learning dance moves is also great brain exercise as it challenges the mind-body connection, coordination, and memorization.

“The best exercise for you is the exercise that you actually do,” she explained. “Making the workout fun, like a girls night out at a dance club is a great way to motivate women who enjoy dancing to keep on training, which is key to getting results.”

Jones said the women in the classes average 25 to 35 years old but some are in their 70’s.”My mother-in-law takes the class,” she said. “All women need a time for themselves to be a little rebellious.”

Janet Jones, Founder of the Vixen Workout, Talks Beauty Must-Haves

BY:  | JULY 1, 2014

Meet Janet Jones, the mastermind behind Vixen Workout—the women-only, booty-popping, “ay, papi“-chanting dance fitness class catching fire across the country.

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Strobe lights. Lipstick. Tacones. Fitness. In an ordinary world, one of these things isn’t like the others, but en el mundo de Janet Jones, the Miami founder of Vixen Workout, the hip-hop cardio class held in Florida, New York City, and Los Angeles, they go hand in hand.

More like a dance party (one with choreographed routines) than an exercise class, Vixen Workout blends music from our favorite artists with moves normally saved for videos and halftime performances. “The idea was to bottle the ecstasy that only performers experience while onstage and serve it to the general public,” says Jones, 33, who knows a little something about working a stage. A Miami Heat dancer turned backup dancer, Jones has performed with Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Alejandro Sanz, and others. “In my classes, women have to feel like they’re in their own concert,” she says.

Jones credits her Dominican culture for her love of dance. “Growing up, I spent my summers in the Dominican Republic, where I trained at Articentro Miriam Bello,” she says. “I remember feeling so alive because every day was filled with music and dance.” Today she recaptures that feeling for her students (a.k.a. the Vixen Army) by recommending a dress code that includes a pair of wedge-heel sneakers, plus a full face of makeup. “It’s a mind trick,” she says. “The more you get in character, the more fun you have, the better the workout.” Pick up a few trucos from Ms. Jones.

Her Hometown

 “My love for music comes from growing up in Miami and hearing my mother sing songs like El Africano’ while she cleaned.”
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Her Time With the Heat

“I had never done hip-hop before joining the Heat Dancers, but dancing in a huge arena to music you party to in the club was fun,” says Jones, at left.

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Her Lip Philosophy

“When a student comes to class in bright lipstick, I know she’s ready to be seen!” Try MAC Moody Blooms Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Lust Extract ($17,nordstrom.com).

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Her Beauty Wish for Su Hijita

“I hope my daughter, Ava, embraces early on what makes her different.”

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Her Showtime Scent

“In my class you have to give yourself the illusion you’re going out, so I’ll spray on a light body splash.” Try Victoria’s Secret Heavenly Fragrance Mist ($25, victoriassecret.com).

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Her Gotta-Have-It Cleanser

“I love the Mary Kay Timewise 3-in-1 Cleanser [$20, marykay.com].”

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Her Favorite Foundation

“Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow [$36, sephora.com] gives me the perfect glow.”

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Her Perfect Primer

“I always start with Bobbi Brown SPF 50 Protective Face Base [$40, nordstrom.com] to keep my makeup from running.”

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