Vixen Workout is a hip-hop cardio class with a lot of heart and sass. This week as we embark on our two week Health and Wellness Fitness Challenge we’re bringing you a review of one of our tried and true favorites, the Vixen Workout! “We swirl. We booty-clap. We surfbort,” reads the tagline on Vixen Workout’s website. As someone with no experience or knowledge of any of those moves, I was more than a little nervous when I showed up to one of their weeknight Cardio Hip-hop classes. From the moment the music started playing, it was clear that many of the women around me were full-fledged members of the Vixen Army and had attended many classes before. These women knew all the moves and could execute them perfectly while singing along to the rap and hip-hop remixes. Regardless of skill level, every single person in the class looked fierce in the dimly lit pink and purple studio. As the class really started to pick up, I was in awe of how much fun everyone was having, especially during such an intense workout! I never realized that surfborting, booty-clapping, and swirling could make you burn upwards of 600 calories per hour. Everyone was having such a great time sweating, dancing and singing, an onlooker might think they were watching a very well-coordinated dance party instead of a hardcore workout. By the end of the class, I was pleasantly surprised by the overall feminist tone that was palpable in the room. This was in large part thanks to Vixen Workout founder, Janet Jones, whose goal in creating the company was to provide fun and fearless fitness classes just for women. Jones started her professional dance career as a Miami Heat Dancer in 2000. For the next seven years, her career steadily picked up steam years as she began dancing during live stage performances, award shows, and music tours. She also appeared in videos for various hip-hop, Latin, and pop stars. In 2008, she left the dance world in search of some stability, and she found herself spending almost four years in a corporate job. After getting laid off in 2012, Jones opened a dance studio where she taught children. She knew she wanted to add adult fitness classes to her schedule, but she wasn’t sure what direction she wanted to go in. Then, after a night out with girlfriends, she had a lightbulb moment. She wanted to give women a safe haven where they could get a little rebellious in a judgement-free zone while getting in shape. If you ask me, Jones has gone above and beyond her mission of creating a workout where women can feel safe and have fun without feeling self-conscious. At the end of the class, she encouraged the Vixen Army to make time every day to uplift the women in their lives and she explained the importance of empowering one another. I’m not going to lie, I may have gotten a little teary-eyed during her passionate speech. What can I say, I love me some sisterhood! Vixen Workout offers a much more than just hip-hop cardio. There’s a lot of heart and soul behind all that booty shaking! Head over to Vixen Workout’s site to sign up for a class and join the Vixen Army. If you love fitness and teaching is something you’re interested in, you can enroll to become a certified Vixen Workout instructor. To see more of our favorite workout classes head over to our Fitness section 16 Responses Elizabeth Geiger July 21, 2015 I always pack a bottle of water. Reply Victoria July 21, 2015 Face wipes Reply Linda Levine July 21, 2015 water bottle Reply Colleen Wallace July 21, 2015 I can’t live without my water bottle or the help from my sister and best friend . They get me motivated and keep me motivated! Reply Amber R July 21, 2015 I cant live with my music on my ipod and my water bottle! Thank you for the chance to win! Reply Amie Olson July 21, 2015 I can’t live without my Victoria’s Secret Knockout Sports Bra! Great for support during my workouts… Reply Kelly July 21, 2015 thanks for the chance in the giveaway! Reply Jillian Tyre July 21, 2015 Have to have my electrolyte replacement powder! Reply Angela Erbes July 21, 2015 Can’t live without my water bottle 💕 Reply Jeanne Traeger July 21, 2015 The one item in my workout bag that I can’t live without are my Boots facial wipes. Reply Carol Burgess July 21, 2015 Water in my bag. Thank you for the chance! Reply Bo Horvath July 21, 2015 The one item in my workout bag that I can’t live without would be my hair band! Gotta have my hair up while working out! Thanks for the great giveaway, hoping to win! Reply Kim July 20, 2015 Music – (on phone) Reply Christine A. July 20, 2015 Headphones, got to have inspirational music during sweat weight sessions. Reply julie ferguson gould July 20, 2015 Thanks so much for the review and the chance to be a winner of this great giveaway!! Reply Karlee Lawrence July 20, 2015 iPod Reply Start a Conversation Cancel a Conversation Connect with Enter your WordPress.com blog URL http://.wordpress.com Proceed Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.