"The Vixen Workout" twerk dance fitness craze hits Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. - On a Thursday evening in the middle of Ybor City, women of all ages and sizes assembled.

With music pumping, they "oo-ed" "ahh-ed" and grunted as loud as they could.

Risque? Maybe.

Freeing? Absolutely.

The latest fitness craze to hit Tampa is called "The Vixen Workout." It's a fast-paced, high energy, dance fitness class made just for the ladies.

At the front of the room, was Vixen creator Janet Jones.

Jones is former Miami Heat dancer who created the class as a way to work out, have fun, and unleash that inner vixen she says every woman has inside. In her words, the workout gives girls 'a safe environment' to cut loose, drop it low, and get their sexy on while burning hundreds of calories.

"I think with the whole hustle and bustle of life it's easy for them to feel invisible,' Jones said. "So this is an hour where I make sure everyone leaves this room feeling like Beyonce."

The only requirement is to leave your inhibitions at the door and bring shoes you can twerk in.

No men.

No kids.

Just music...and a little lipstick.

"I encourage your hair to be down. I encourage lipstick, whatever you can do to kind of look yourself in the mirror and feel sexy," Jones said.

Jones refers to regulars as members of "The Vixen Army." But even if you don't know all the moves, you're encouraged to come.

"I get women who have never danced. I have women from the ages of 18 to 60," said Jones.

One newbie in the Tampa crowd was Mona Chiarizio.

"It's very hard to squeeze in workouts. We thought this would be a really cool way to workout," Chiarizio said. "I don't even know what twerking is."

But with a friend and a smile, she joined in. According to Jones, Vixen attendees can lose anywhere from 500-1,000 calories, depending on your level of expertise, in just one hour.

Twerking away the need for a treadmill and having a lot of fun in the process.

The first official "Vixen Workout" class begins on Monday at 8 p.m. at FlavaFitness Studio in Tampa. Tickets cost $12. For more information go to www.vixenworkout.com .

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