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This Strip Is No Tease

Newest fitness craze means shedding all for aerobic workout

(HealthDay) -- When it comes to aerobic classes, some health nuts are taking it off.

And we don't mean just the pounds. The new fitness craze on the West Coast is Cardio Strip Tease, according to an article from C-Health. The class is being offered at the Crunch health club chain and is proving extremely popular.

"People want to know how to strip," choreographer Jeff Costa says in the article. And it's not just to impress a girlfriend or boyfriend, he says. "When someone takes that big old T-shirt off their body, and they can see their body and see what they are doing at that moment, the workout is so effective." Crunch, an international health club chain based in New York, is known for its experimentation when it comes to fitness classes. Costa used to choreograph a male revue in Boston. His expertise is in dance, but that's also where he learned about stripping.

Costa says stripping is truly an aerobic workout, not just a gimmick. It's medium intensity and low-to-no impact. The feet don't leave the floor. Instead of jumping, participants wiggle and wriggle. And not everyone takes it off, he says. Some take the class entirely clothed. The age range is from 18-year-old Baywatch-babe types to 70-year-old women who like the class because they can follow the steps.

So you want to get into shape, but maybe strip tease isn't your thing. If you're stuck at a desk all day, you can take a break with these desk exercises detailed in a story from the Deseret News. If time is the problem, you might want to consider short-bout workouts. To find out more, you can read this from Ivillage.com.

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