It’s winter. It’s cold. And it better be worthwhile if you’re trudging outside.
So trust me when I say Heyrobics is worth that trip.
Heyrobics is a group fitness class that created by Swedish Johan Holmsäter in 1978. His two sons, Linus and Hampus Holmsäter brought Heyrobics to Beijing last summer, offering free classes in Chaoyang Park. The duo currently runs these classes indoors at Chaoyang Gymnasium for RMB 20 (a fee that covers the cost of the venue).
Still wondering what Heyrobics is? Enticing me to join, my friend described it to me as: “Two Swedish brothers, Linus and Hampus, both in pink shorts jumping around for an hour, both with a smile.”
This past weekend, I sought to verify that description at a Heyrobics session. Swedes? Check. Pink shorts? Check. Jumping? Check. Smiles? Check.
In addition, the “jumping” is done to peppy music and attendees are gathered in a giant circle around them, all waving their arms and legs to the same motion as Linus and Hampus, on the beat of a catchy tune. Exercises consist of an endless range of movements, such as sit-ups, push ups, sprints, jogging, jumping and even some moves reminiscent of yoga. Music is modern as well, and Linus is open to song requests. The varied assortment of music adds a welcome challenge and means each workout is unique, with beats ranging from MGMT and Fatboy Slim to Lady Gaga.
Throwing our limbs up in the air together, my friend and I would share a giggle here and there, but the rest of the time (99.9 percent of it), it was clear that these exercises add up to a serious workout. It’s not an exact science and no one will laugh or correct your movements if you’re swaying the wrong direction or clapping off the beat. Heyrobics is just about moving and moving together: women, men, children of all ages and nationalities were present. Language isn’t an issue either, as classes are mostly “monkey-see, monkey-do” and don’t require verbal instruction. There is also a great sense of community in the class and it is clear that everyone is there to just get moving!
Linus ended the class saying, “Tell your friends, co-workers, or anyone who wants to sweat a little.” “Sweat a little” might be an understatement, but either way, I’m hooked. So for a healthy workout and a smile, I’ll be back next week at Heyrobics! See you there!
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