And, of course, the strength community was raring to make fun of this (as with many aerobics-type classes). Of course they were. It's not badass. And one person even ventured to say that it's "not exercise."
I'm going to share something with you:
I own a pair of Kangoos.
An ex of mine gave them to me for Christmas many moons ago.
And you know what?
THEY'RE FREAKIN' FUN.
No joke. The main reason they've been sitting in my closet ever since that Christmas is that it's not nearly as much fun Kangooing alone, and I don't know anyone else who owns a pair. And they freak my dogs out.
That having been said, I wanted to share with you my comments about this, because I really think this is an important subject to broach. So, at the risk of the strength community shaking their collective head at me in shame, here's what I wrote:
In response to "I wouldn't call it exercise..."
It depends on your definition of "exercise." Does it get your heart rate up? Yes. Does it encourage good movement patterns? Not really.
And my further comments:
It certainly won't make anyone stronger. But it will burn calories. A lot of people just need to move. If it's fun, even better. The average person doesn't find lifting heavy weights inherently fun (well, maybe till they try it, anyway ). Most people do find bouncing around fun. Hell, I find bouncing around fun. I'm like Tigger. The Western culture desperately needs ways to get people off the couch. I think this is one of many ways that *could* make that happen. Like the SkyZone chain of indoor trampoline parks. Like Zumba. Like going out dancing at night. Like romping with your kids or your dog or your cute neighbor. Whatever. If it gets people moving (and doesn't get them hurt), I'm all for it. Not everyone needs to be a powerlifter. I mean, I do. But not everyone does.
I think a common problem we make as fitness professionals is thinking that in order for something to be "legit" it needs to be badass. It doesn't. It just needs to get people moving more than they sit. We have a horrible culture of sitting. It's killing people. Some of this stuff looks ridiculous. Some of it is ridiculous. But it works in that it makes people move, makes people want to do more of it, makes people smile and laugh and get the hell off the couch. I am a big believer in the "does it make you better?" mantra. In this case, does it make these people better at not sitting? Yes it does. More power to them.
Bottom line: Have fun. Look silly. Freak out your neighbors. But move. Please. Just move. As far as I'm concerned, Sloth is a much bigger sin than happily bouncing around like Tigger on crack.
I will leave you with this picture of me from 2010, after receiving my Christmas gift. And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to organize a Kangoo race. There's gotta be someone else out there with a pair.
Questions? Comments? Post 'em here!