Not too long ago, you might've assumed "twerking" was something to
see your doctor about. But as a controversial performance at this year's
MTV Video Music Awards has made clear, the dance craze is now firmly in
When former Disney star Miley Cyrus dropped
some of her twerk moves on stage with Robin Thicke while the two
performed his hit single, “Blurred Lines,” it made headlines.
case you haven't been tuned in, "twerking" is a dance in which the
dancer violently shakes her (or his) rear end in the direction of an
object of desire. In the case of Billy Ray Cyrus’s daughter, the twerk
was directed at Alan Thicke’s son, blurring the lines of what some
consider good taste.
As the rhythmic shaking of one’s behind gains
popularity with the American public, some are using it as an amusing
and creative way to burn calories. After all, many popular dance-based
workouts have swept through the country before, including Zumba.
So, it must be asked, can you twerk your way to better, ahem, assets?
Your Twerk On
Rey Tabora, a San Francisco-based personal trainer, said yes, yes you can.
He said that any kind of movement is good and that all types of dance, twerking included, are art.
using their legs and butt, and when you do that, you increase your
metabolism because your heart beats harder,” Tabora said. “If it gets
you moving, all the better.”
Caley Bohn, a certified personal
trainer and assistant director of a corporate wellness company in
Wisconsin, said twerking engages a person’s core, hamstrings, lower
back, and, of course, glutes.
Using guidelines from the American
College of Sports Medicine, Bohn estimated that "vigorous dancing" burns
about eight calories a minute, but twerking burns between five and
eight calories per minute for a 150-pound individual.
“Dancing burns calories, but you have to do it regularly to see results,” she said.
So constantly twerking for an hour, should you choose to do so, will
burn somewhere between 300 and 480 calories in an hour, about the same
as 60 minutes of power yoga or an hour of moderate jogging.
are, of course, safety concerns for those new to the ways of the twerk.
Bohn suggests that anyone a bit out of shape consult their physician
before starting any physical fitness regimen, especially one that
involves a strain on the lower back.
After all, you don't want to explain to your boss that you threw your back out twerking.
The Roots of Twerking
is essentially a modern version of an African dance called mapouka, or
“dance of the behind.” It, too, involves the rhythmic shaking of the
rump while facing away from the audience, but the traditional way is
considered much less obscene than the modern variety.One of the
first pop-musical calls to twerk on the dance floor was 1993’s “Do The
Jubilee All,” by New Orleans–based hip-hop artist DJ Jubilee. Twerking
has recently become so popular that people are uploading YouTube videos
of their pets and even babies doing it.
As a dance trend, it's
sure to be short-lived. Remember how cool you were doing the Macarena or
the Cupid Shuffle until you saw you grandma doing it?
But while it's in, go ahead, shake it like you mean it.
Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 10:17:54 AM