Hip Hop Workouts

2012-01-04

As one of the most popular dance styles to have hit pop culture, hip hop is an easy choice for those who want to learn dancing for fitness. The wide variety of moves makes it surprisingly effective and versatile, and the beat-heavy music is easy to get caught in. The reviews aren’t bad, either—many have claimed to get in shape by doing hip hop dance and little to nothing else. From the first hip hop fitness videos to hit the market in the late 90s, the trend has stirred up dozens of follow-ups and spinoffs, each one promising fun, fast results.

Of course, as with anything that goes mainstream, not all hip hop videos are effective—a good number of them are just cashing in on the fad. One of the biggest myths is that it works wonders for your abs. It’s not entirely untrue—any exercise that makes you sweat and drives up your heart rate will burn fat if you stay at it long enough. What’s misleading is the claim that you can burn fat in your midsection by doing a certain dance move (usually akin to a crunch, but on your feet). Because you’re standing up as you do it, the effort tends to come largely from your feet, not your stomach muscles.

That being said, hip hop fitness training is effective in other ways. For instance, it’s a great source of cardio, an essential aspect of every fitness plan. Fast, upbeat dancing helps you reach your target more easily than regular dance or beginner aerobics. The trick is to challenge yourself; keep it up instead of stopping as soon as you start getting tired, which is what a lot of people do. If you’re new to exercise, start small—follow the dance for ten to fifteen minutes at a time, then add five minutes to your routine every week. As soon as a certain routine becomes too easy for you, do something different or try doing it for longer.

Your choice of music can greatly affect how well hip hop training can work for you. This is especially true if you tend to lose focus or get bored easily. Most videos come with catchy music that can keep you going for hours, but if this doesn’t work for you, try muting the video and putting your own music on. Or if you already know the moves, do it without the video and try tailoring the workout to suit your particular problem areas.

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In hip hop, unlike many other genres, it’s hard to separate the moves from the music. Hip hop dance moves are practically an art form to members of the culture. And while most of the moves are easy enough—the basics have been turned into a popular workout video—one move, known as grinding, is challenging as much because of its nature as for the amount of personality it requires.

The grind basically involves two or more dancers rotating their bodies while staying very close together, touching at times. Obviously there are sexual undertones to this move, and that’s what most people notice when they first see it done. It doesn’t help that grinders are often seen in night clubs. But the hip hop grind isn’t just an outlet for youngsters’ raging hormones. Depending on how you see it, the move can be a test of flexibility and balance, a show of rhythm to match that of the music, or the core of a really good workout routine.

A common variation is “freak dancing,” or “freaking” to some circles. It’s basically the grind in a form that’s less inhibited and more daring—and almost expectedly, more popular in younger crowds. Think of it as a beat-driven and energy-fueled version of dirty dancing. If you have the energy for it and the right music is playing, this is one move you’ll want to try at least once if you’re a big hip hop fan. Of course, you’ll want to do it where appropriate—most schools have banned it from student performances and the only safe place to do it is an adult venue, such as a hip hop club or bar.

Hip hop grinding is also among a number of dance styles that have been picked up for fitness purposes. Along with pole dancing, it’s one of the most popular dances in fitness classes, mostly because of the core workout it provides. It’s especially useful for toning the abs and improving flexibility, as well as getting a good dose of cardio.

Needless to say, upbeat rap music lends itself best to hip hop grinding. Some people prefer instrumental music, while others don’t mind the words—it’s a matter of personal choice. Catchy songs work great because you can time your moves according to the beats, and if you’re doing it for fitness, there’s a lot of repetition worked in. Whatever you choose, of course, the most important thing is to get into the music and do it for fun!

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RNB vinyl records are far more preferable in my mind to any other form of media, and the same can be said for hip hop music –  vinyl is always going to represent a truer form of the music. Why do I say this? Simply because if you look back at the way RNB developed, and gave rise to hip hop music, the whole method of performance required the use of vinyl to allow DJs and performers to be more creative with the music. Hip hop can be played, or recited, certainly, but it’s the kind of music which reminds me of those cans of paint.

You know the aerosols used for graffiti? Let’s not forget that hip hop refers to far more than just music; in fact, hip hop music is simply that branch of RNB which grew out of the hip hop youth culture of New York. The culture itself is far more diverse and incorporates far more than just music, despite the importance and significance of RNB and hip hop to the whole culture. Hip hop culture included a wide range of traditional symbols, activities and ways of making statements felt and messages heard, including graffiti for one thing.

A can of aerosol paint might look quite pretty. But once you’ve seen one you’ve pretty well seen them all, and they cease to have much appeal. Although this is taking the analogy a little far, one might almost draw the comparison with hip hop music. A track of hip hop is great, and immensely enjoyable. But one of the great things about RNB vinyl records and hip hop vinyl records is that they can be mixed, scratched, spun, sampled and played about with in creative ways. Let’s not forget – that’s largely how hip hop music developed in the first place, with DJs mixing, scratching and spinning whilst MCing or rapping. Of course, that’s when the breakdancers came in as well – another creative outlet generated by the whole hip hop movement.

This is the whole essence of hip hop and RNB – the ability to play with the music, be creative with the music, and do your own thing. When it comes to hip hop music, vinyl is the truest and most dynamic way of enjoying the music. Don’t get me wrong – I realize the benefits and advantages of being able to carry your music around with you on compact disks or even as MP3s on your iPod. But these methods of storing and playing music tend to be too static, and too limiting. You can’t really experiment or play about with the music much, except to shuffle your playlist about from time to time.

I know that there are plenty of whizz kids who’ll argue that computer technology does now allow for scratching, mixing and playing about with MP3 files in much the same way, and having tried such software myself, I can see where they’re coming from. But this is again the difference between grabbing a few cans of paint and creating a one-off masterpiece on a derelict wall, and using the computer to generate a pixel perfect vector graphic which can be scaled, transmitted, saved, printed or emailed around the world.

Certainly there are advantages, but do these really make up for the losses? Where is the tangible creation, the physical product which you created with your own hands? On a computer, it’s all virtual, but grab your hip hop vinyl records and sling on your RNB vinyl records – get your hands on the turntable and actually touch and feel the music, creating something unique and original.

For me, as with most RNB and hip hop fans, the best of both worlds is usually a good place to be, enjoying being able to take your music with you wherever you go, as MP3s or CDs, but at the same time, having a cherished collection of RNB vinyl records at home to experiment with, and play with. Hip hop is a culture which thrived on creativity as a means of personal expression, from the music to the dance, from the art to the language – almost every aspect of the Bronx cultural movement was geared towards expression of some kind.

Of course, it’s true that the artists creating the music were experimental and creative, not to mention original for the most part, but their performance, once recorded, almost ends up like that vector drawing – duplicated, pixel perfect. Now what are you going to do with it? Remember, when it comes to hip hop vinyl is the way to channel your creativity.

By: T. Barnaby Milne

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Barnaby Milne is a musician, DJ and avid collector of music from the 70s to today, particularly RNB vinyl records and for hip hop music vinyl is his top recommendation.

Posted in Hip Hop Dance by: Hip Hop Diva

Music cds and rap music were not heard of during that period, it was all about the vinyl records and rhythm and blues soul. Their music became universal music. If it weren’t for the music and the movement known as hip hop, an entire generations feeling and beliefs would have passed by without being heard. No matter if you like the hip-hop form of music or not, two things are obvious: It sells well and caters to a violent, depraved way of life.

As soon as a new artist hits the airwaves all fans start to imitate their favorite rap artists and start to dress just like them by wearing bling jewelry and clothing accessories. The prolific rise of the rap industry as a mainstay in our cultural landscape is undeniable. The hip hop and rap culture had been promoting this for decades prior and now it suddenly is main stream. A theory on urban fashion jewelry would be that Hollywood has been embracing the urban culture more and more over the years and upon rap becoming more and more mainstream to the extent of when you turn on MTV you no longer have a daily hour segment to rap videos after the hours of rock n’ roll or alternative music, but rather a total reversal where you’d be hard pressed to find any rock videos or anything besides hip hop or rap.

The biggest change is when the hip-hop stated using remixed tracks, this became all the rage and it crossed racial divides which earned the artists recognition. Hip Hop artists need to create a certain type of persona that establishes their masculinity to be accepted by the communities that listen to Hip Hop. In today’s world poets and Hip-Hop artists show their love stories in a way that allows them to maintain there respect.

Even though our culture is forever evolving, we cannot forget how we got where we are. Culture and in depth coverage of the hip hop you want is what they offer. Hip Hop has started in the late ‘70s but become much more popular in the ‘80s, Hip Hop is a mix of rapping and DJing which is mixing and scratching albums on a turntable.

Because everything in the hip hop world is out of this world, it just makes sense that it has its own clothing line. Since Hip Hop has become so popular many celebrities started their own clothing line to fill in the gap of the Hip Hop generation.

When you think of the word hip-hop most everyone associates it with music. In fact, this term has become so widely used, that the Oxford Dictionary has included it, along with “jiggy” and “phat”.

By: David Marc Fishman

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David Marc Fishman is the owner of www.bornasuperstar.com The online talent shows for musicians

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n’t know anything else, you probably already know that hip hop has the beat that makes you want to get up and dance. But what do you really know about hip hop dance? Did you know that this energetic dancing evolved with hip hop music and street jazz? It’s true. Today, hip hop has taken its place alongside ballet, tap, jazz and ballroom dancing; to name a few.

The first notice of hip hop dance dates back to the 70’s when some new moves were introduced to the dance world to accompany the funky sounds of hip hop music that was also being discovered. Most popular among African Americans and Latin Americans at first, there are many races who now lay claim to defining this diverse dance phenomenon.

Across the United States from the ‘Boogie Down’ Bronx, New York to the ‘Beat Street’ corners of Compton, California, young people everywhere took to this new style of dancing that included such feats as breaking, popping, locking, gliding, ticking, vibrating and krumping. In the earlier days, some hip hop dance moves such as the Humpty Dance were made popular by hip hop artists who had created the songs from which these dances were derived.

Early on, dance competitions on sidewalks included beat boxing, a form of music-making that included raps and special sound effects made with the hands and mouth. Artists like The Fat Boys rose to fame and fortune with Buffy’s beat boxing talents.

After the outbreak of interest in hip hop dance, there were even several movies highlighting this new form of dancing that combined beats, sounds, and gravity-defying moves. Crush Groove and other movies saw their day in the spotlight as hip hop dance continued to expand to different cultures and races and locations around the globe.

From freestyle forms that were often the spotlight of informal battles both indoors and outdoors to formally trained dancers who began to incorporate hip hop dance as a means of dance and physical exercise, hip hop dance has continued to evolve. Today, hip hop dance has earned a recognized place in dance studios and is practiced as regularly as other styles.

Whether hip hop dance was the brain child of some who were simply looking for another form of expression or the intentional genius of creative souls who were looking to put another dance expression into the mix of music is not clear. What is clear is that hip hop music has survived challenge and change and fought its way into the dance scene around the world.

In 2005, the popular television show “So You Think You Can Dance” presented yet another platform for hip hop dance artists to display their talents while competing for fame and fortune against other recognized dance forms such as ballet, tap, jazz and ballroom.

By: Gen Wright

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The History of Dance brings many different styles together in one creatively collected site. A great place to buy hip hop DVDs and videos without leaving home!

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Breakdancing is considered as one of the significant elements that make up hip hop culture. Also known as breaking, b-boying, or b-girling, this street dance was developed in the 1970s among the African-American and Hispanic youths of South Bronx, New York. It is widely believed that breakdancing began as a means of rival street gangs to resolve differences or to set the location for rumbles. Others say it was an offshoot of or was heavily influenced by capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art/dance.

Breakdancing was brought into the mainstream through the proliferation of various dance groups, most notably Rock Steady Crew. Soul and funk legend James Brown also popularized the dance style with his high-energy performances. In the 1980s, breakdancing faded from pop culture and went back to being an underground phenomenon. It made a comeback in the 1990s and since then has become a fixture of pop culture.

There are no set routines or structures in breakdancing. Rather, dancers employ basic moves while embellishing them with more complex styles and power moves. Dancers could start off with the toprock, a relatively simple dance made up of any variation of steps performed while standing up. This serves as a warm-up in preparation for further acrobatic moves. The downrock, in contrast, is performed with the hands and feet on the floor. A common downrock move is the 6-step, which looks like walking in a circle while one hand touches the ground.

The basic moves lay the groundwork for power moves, which involve more difficult routines and require physical stamina. One of the more common power moves is the windmill. This requires dancers to spin from the upper back to the chest while twirling the legs around the body in a V-shape. The windmill is a tough move to perform and usually takes two to six months to learn.

Another power move is the flare, which involves swinging the legs around the stationary torso in continuous circles while the arms carry the weight of the whole body. In gymnastics where it originated, the flare is usually performed on a Pommel Horse but in breakdancing, it is done on the floor. The headspin and the jackhammer are also among the popular power moves. The latter is performed with the dancers hopping around in a circular motion while one hand supports the body.

A routine usually ends with a freeze, a full stop in an interesting and often difficult position. This usually means suspending one’s body with feet off the ground and supported by the hands or the torso. A suicide is another way to end a routine. This involves a painful-looking drop to the buttocks, back, or stomach. The desired effect is for the dancers to look like they injured themselves.

Today, breakdancing has gained international recognition and has become popular in Europe and Asia. Annual competitions are held in Germany, Britain, Japan, and the United States. It has also inspired fashion trends and has been featured in a number of movies, music videos, TV shows, and commercials.

By: Kristien Wilkinson

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Kristien Wilkinson is an online writer and contributor to http://www.hiphop.net”>http://www.hiphop.net””>http://www.hiphop.net

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New studies are in the news practically every day: childhood obesity is on the rise and the percentage of children ages 6-19 affected by this condition has tripled since 1980. That translates to roughly 9 million kids who are at risk for Type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke and even some forms of cancer – all this from preventable, weight-related issues.

Supersized junk meals are not the only cause for the increasing weight. Kids today are not as active as they were a generation or two past. Their attention is drawn to sedentary hobbies such as computers, video games, and television as never before—and this is beginning to seriously affect their emotional and physical health. As the weight piles on, so does the shame and low self-esteem—and thus begins a vicious cycle that can sadly last a lifetime.

Adolescent fitness coach Mike Hope (http://mikehope.com)witnessed so many situations where the overweight kids tried to melt into invisibility instead of participate in a team sport, that he decided to do something about it. “Schools and camps would often invite me to teach special martial arts or dance classes and it was really sad to see kids wanting to take part, but so afraid of being made fun of that they preferred to sit out the session.”

Inspired by the exercise videos that work so well for adults who can’t get to the gym, Hope produced several interactive videos that teach kids the basics of martial arts and break dancing. These videos not only help burn calories, but also get kids into a routine that gets them off the couch and moving. “It’s a terrific feeling,” Hope says, “when I get a letter from a parent telling me that the video helped their child lose weight.” And many kids who outgrew the videos (you know what attention span is today) went on to other physical activities to keep themselves active.

“It’s like Flintstone vitamin,” adds Hope. “Kids don’t necessarily need to know that it’s good for them. Yet parents get the satisfaction of knowing they are getting fit, having fun and building their confidence level.”

By: Christina Zika

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A freelance fitness writer and editor

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Growing up in the City of Detroit during the early sixties was a memorable era for music. It was a period of time whereby the unique sounding records of Motown were being played and heard throughout the streets, nightclubs, house parties and radio stations everywhere. It was common to have the soulful R and B records playing on the jukeboxes while folks were dancing in the streets or singing in the barber shops and beauty parlors to the love songs that eventually captivated the hearts of millions of people throughout the world. Music cds and rap music were not heard of during that period, it was all about the vinyl records and rhythm and blues soul.

The songs that were written by Motown songwriters during the 60’s & 70’s had so much meaning. They were songs that spoke about true love, current events and the heartache and pains of life experiences. Oh yes, Motown had it going on! Their music became universal music. Many of the soulful tunes crossed over into other markets such as pop, jazz, blues, etc… But just like George Benson said in one of his recordings “Everything Must Change”, and sure enough, he was right about the music.

After giving so many years service and great music to the City of Detroit, Motown moved out and Rap/Hip Hop moved in. Instead of hearing someone singing My Baby Loves Me or My Girl, you began to hear new sounding lyrics of street experience expressed in rhythms with the mouth, chest, hands and feet as such had never been heard before.

This new sound called Rap evolved in the early 80’s and took off as a sky rocket in the late 90’s and New Millennium as Hip Hop/Rap. Even today Rap/Hip Hop music is still a multi billion dollar genre. Millions of cds, videos and dvd’s are sold each year in the Hip Hop genre of music. And there is no sign that Hip Hop will be slowing down or taking a back seat to anyone anytime soon.

So what happened to the Motown sound…. did it die out? No! The Motown sound will never die out. It will always play a significant part in the hearts of millions who embraced it’s sound back in the early 60’s, and continued to pass that sound on to their children throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Sometimes you just have to move over and let the new kids on the block have a turn in expressing their musical talents, songs and ideas. That’s what Motown did…moved over-not out. And now the Hip Hop artists are not the new kids on the block anymore, for they have taken their position to express themselves musically, just like the rhythm and blues artists took their position to express themselves in the Motown era.

That’s how we’ve gone from Motown to Hip Hop!

Sincerely,

Michael Bell

©2006 Michael Bell

http://www.buymusicfromus.com

By: Michael Bell

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Michael Bell, Lansing, Michigan.

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“The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.” — Mikhail Baryshnikov

Here the winner of So You Think You Can Dance 2009 comes.

The two-night, four-hour season finale of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE promises to be the series’ most spectacular showdown ever! Brandon Bryant, Evan Kasprzak, Jeanine Mason and Kayla Radomski, the Top 4 compete one last time in the hopes of winning America’s vote and the title of America’s Favorite Dancer, a $250,000 cash prize and a featured spot on the cover of the November issue of Dance Spirit magazine. Judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as guest judges Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Adam Shankman and Debbie Allen, offer critiques on the final performances of the season. Broadcast for the first time from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, the season finale airs Wednesday, Aug. 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Aug. 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

So You Think You Can Dance Season Finale Official

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In addition to naming America’s Favorite Dancer, the two-hour live finale features performances by this season’s Top 20 dancers, Hip Hop dance team The Rage Boyz Crew and Talia Fowler, winner of Season Two of “So You Think You Can Dance Australia.” The celebration also showcases encore performances of the Judges’ favorite routines from Season Five.

So You Think You Can Dance 2009 Season Finale Video

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By: Jason Gabirlla

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I’ve been a dancer my entire life. I started out at the tender age of 4 with my first pair of shinny black tap shoes with little pink bows. I later graduated to jazz, swing, ballroom, a little country line dancing and in my mid 20s returned to my love of tap where I studied with a professional dancer who taught the likes of Paula Abdul and other celebrities how to shake a leg.

So when I decided I wanted to drop a couple of pounds before the holidays hit I went back to my roots and signed up for a series of dance classes.

Going in I knew that dance requires creativity, focus, control and power. But driving home one day I thought about how much learning to dance is like running a business. Here are 5 business lessons I’ve learned from hanging out in a hip-hop class.

I can do a whole lot more than I thought.

Each lesson is broken down into sections. It doesn’t matter what class I’m in the instructor belts out 8 counts of new steps and I watch thinking, “my body doesn’t do that”.

You know what, after it’s broken down and we practice a bit, “my body can do that”. It’s the same with your business. What business tasks, systems, phone calls, and risks are you not taking because you think you can’t? All it takes is breaking it down and a little practice and you’ll be amazed at what you can do.

It gets easier with time.

My first day in hip-hop class I looked around at the room full of 20somethings and through, “what on earth is a tap dancer doing in a hip-hop class”? I tripped over myself, got frustrated with the steps and pretty much looked like an idiot. But the more I do it the easier it gets and the more fun it is. To top it off I’m surprised at how fast I’m picking it up.

In business you don’t start at the top. You have to try things that make you feel uncomfortable, self- conscious and maybe even (gulp), out of control. But keep at it because soon things that gave you the heebie jeebies become second nature.

It takes more than good feet to be a good dancer.

So there I was feeling a little cocky because I had all the steps down. I was moving all over the floor and then I looked in the mirror and I looked like CRAP.

My feet were perfect. But the rest of me was stiff as a board. I wasn’t moving my arms, hips, head, or shoulders. Nothing. I was only doing 10% of the work, but expecting 100% of the results.

It’s the same in business. If you have the perfect marketing plan, but no systems to back it up, it’s like you’re working at 10%. You need a balance of marketing, sales, accounting, products, staff, etc. Make sure you aren’t dancing with just your feet, use your whole body.

Why do I have to force myself to do something I love?

Sunday morning I’m curled up on the couch with my dog, a nice cup of tea and the TV. I love the dance class, you’d think I’d be ready to jump up and head off to class. But no I literally had to force myself off the couch.

Even though you love what you do, sometimes you’ll have to force yourself to work. Figure out what motivates you to get going even when you don’t feel like it.

A group of peers is really supportive.

When there is a really big class we split into two groups so at the end of the class each group has a chance to really let go without worrying about running into their neighbor. It’s great having more advanced dancers to follow in case I forget the steps. Then at the end the group watching claps and cheers – no matter we look like.

Find yourself a group of cheerleaders. Personally, I have a mastermind group, an accountability buddy, and a coach. All help me when I need help with the steps and cheer for me when I have even a small success.

By: Beth Schneider

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© 2005 Beth Schneider. Want to reprint this article, feel free as long as you include the following: Beth Schneider, Chief Infopreneur of Process Prodigy, is a business process consultant who helps solo-entrepreneurs, small business owners and network marketers who want to systemize their business to increase profits, increase productivity and grow their business without having to give up the family oriented, flexible, balanced lifestyle they desire. Beth works one-on-one with her clients, offers home study courses, and teleclass boot camps. For more information visit http://www.processprodigy.com and sign up for your FREE 5- Step Process Starter Kit and FREE Process Tips.

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