It’s swimsuit season. I know this, even though it’s still erratically cold and rainy in SF, because every fashion and beauty email list I’m subscribed to reminds me on a daily basis that I need to shop for/fit into/agonize over my next swimwear purchase.
This barrage of reminders doesn’t stop me from eating gruyere quiche with sausage for breakfast (Thanks, Nicole, for the treat at work this morning!). But it does make me feel a tad guilty—enough so that I’ve gotten back on a somewhat regular fitness routine of running and starting to explore gym memberships and their group exercise classes to keep me motivated.
A couple months ago I wrote this story about Zumba, the huge Latin-inspired fitness trend that has blown up in San Francisco and around the country. One of the best classes I attended is taught by a passionate and skilled instructor at the Sports Club/LA, Ana Saroj, who introduced me to some cool subgenres of Latin music, like Zouk, a form of Caribbean calypso, while throwing in an addicting smattering of Bhangra into her high-energy mixes.
The blend of traditional Indian music with electronica and dance beats got me so hooked on the class, I kept thinking that it would be the perfect spin-off if there were an entire dance-exercise movement devoted to Bhangra. (I should have guessed that that light bulb moment meant someone had already come up with this brilliant idea—and capitalized on it!)
On Thursday, Sarina Jain, founder of Masala Bhangra®, will be coming to The Sports Club/LA in San Francisco for a debut workshop of the Masala Bhangra® Workout. The class bills itself as a cardio workout that blends Bhangra, a traditional folk dance from the northern state of Punjab, India, with moves from Bollywood (musical Hindi films).
If you’re at all bored of the treadmill, or you’re into dance, learning new music, or need safety in numbers to stay motivated, this may just be the class for you. And if it turns out this is the next big trend in fitness (TBD folks, I’ll have a better idea after Thursday …), don’t forget you saw it here first.
What: The Masala Bhangra Workout with Sarina Jain
When: Thurs., April 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: The Sports Club/LA, 747 Market St., (415) 633-3900
Info: $35 for non-gym-members (gym day pass included with use of on-site facilities); free to Sports Club members