Yes I’m Sexy: A Vixen Workout Review

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By  | May 16, 2016

I first heard about the Vixen Workout when I encountered its fierce and confident creator, Janet Jones. If she had a personal fan operator I would have confused her with Queen Bey herself. I was intrigued so I obviously began to lurk http://www.vixenworkout.com. I decided to sign up for a class at Body and Soul, a boutique gym located in Coral Gables.

I received an email after I signed up encouraging me to wear my finest red lipstick and sneaker wedges. I don’t have sneaker wedges, but I’ll rock a red lip #alldayeveryday! I didn’t know what to expect when I got to the class. With a name like Vixen Workout, I was bracing myself for a stripper poll. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I would be booty dancing sans any equipment for an hour – all while getting in a full-body cardio workout.

I took my first class with the #bosslady herself. Janet began by asking who was new to the class and I awkwardly raised my hand with a few others. She welcomed us to the Vixen Army and let us know that there was a good chance we would be completely lost. She assured us this wouldn’t be a problem – the main goal for those 60 minutes was to keep moving, forget the day-to-day, and slay! I take instruction pretty well so I was all in. We began the class with an affirmation repeated three times:

Yes I’m sexy!
Yes I’m fierce!
Yes I got this!
Yes!

The loud music started pumping and the fluorescent room lights were replaced by colorful strobe lights to set the mood. And even though I was surrounded by more than 50 beautiful women, I actually felt like I was the star of my own concert… minus my personal fan operator, of course. The booty poppin’ and kitten stretching commenced and a playlist of Beyonce, JLo, Pitbull, and Miami’s own DJ Laz helped us cruise through the (very sweaty) hour. I quickly realized I had two left feet and weak thighs, but I definitely felt like I was a part of something special. I came out of the class beaming with confidence and excited to show off my moves to the outside world. (Btw these moves really work in the club! During a recent tipsy happy hour, I showed my friend the kitten stretch – Vixen’s signature move – and a dude came up seconds later!)

Since my first Vixen experience, I have become a bona fide soldier of the Vixen Army. With more than 15 classes under my belt I can safely say my booty can move in ways I never thought possible. But more than that, I have never felt more confident and I’m seeing results! My body is changing shape and becoming strong. It’s a little cheesy, but being in a room with a group of women dancing and chanting about our fierceness really does something for your mind, body, and soul.
If you ever get the chance, I encourage you to come workworkworkworkwork with us – I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Learn more about the Vixen Workout at http://www.vixenworkout.com

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This Beyoncé-Inspired Workout Is the Most Fun You’ll Ever Have Doing Cardio

Okay, ladies, now let’s get in formation.

                                                   

While Beyoncé’s trainer has let us in on her squat-heavyworkout routine, we know there’s really one thing that’s gotten her that famous body: dancing. Swerving, twerking, and “surfboardt”-ing for hours on stage (and in rehearsal) tones you like nothing else. That’s why hordes of women in Miami and New York are flocking to Vixen Workout, a hip hop dance cardio class inspired by Queen Bey herself.

Vixen was started by Janet Jones, a former Miami Heat dancer who has also performed as a backup dancer for Jennifer Lopez, Usher, and Pitbull. In an hour-long workout designed by Jones, you can burn 400 to 1,000 calories in a class that typically includes a sick soundtrack (Top 40 rap songs, Bey, Rihanna, even Bieber), a dark studio illuminated with black lights, and women wearing full faces of makeup and high heel wedge sneakers. It’s very sexy, very sweaty, and very fun. If you don’t consider yourself a dancer, no worries: The choreo is fairly easy to follow. Here, we have Jones demonstrate five signature Vixen Workout moves and a seven-minute workout that’ll have you wanting to join the #vixenarmy by the end of it.

Jump Squats With Inner-Outer Thigh Sits

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How to do them: Starting with your legs together, jump into a plié squat. Repeat twice. Bring the left knee in, then sit into the squat and repeat with the right knee.

Cross Punches With Pops

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How to do them: In a plié squat, alternate rapid cross-body punches 4 times into 2 alternating booty-pops. (In the booty pops, be sure to contract your abs before and after popping the hips back.)

Hip Swings

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How to do them: In a wide “V” stance, place hands on hips and swing hips from right to left. Alternate arms between on the hips and over the head.

Punch Downs

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How to do them: Twist the torso so your chest is facing the right corner. Bring the chest down to the knee and punch down with both arms. Because you are twisting to the right first, the left arm should be in the front when the right knee is up. Bring the foot back to neutral and the arms up by your chest. Do the same movement to the left. This movement can be done in different patterns (for example: singles/single-single-double/doubles)

Battle Arms With Roundabout

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How to do them: Starting in neutral position, bring the left arm across the body. Bring the right leg out to a bent, wide stance and pull the left arm. Make sure you hit a sharp movement with the elbow. Repeat on the other side. In a wide stance with bent knees, drop the torso in a circular movement twice while keeping the abs engaged. Repeat.

Now that you’ve got some basic moves down, try this 7-minute dance workout:

Vixen Workout hosts classes ($18) in Miami and New York. Sign up here. Wardrobe by Live the Process.
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