Essential stuff to bring with you:
- Clean “indoor”, low-tread shoes
- Water and a small towel – expect to sweat!
- Comfortable workout clothing
- Participant Agreement if it’s your first class
- Light hand weights 1.5-3 lb…or more!
- Your own mat
- Get ready to sweat and have FUN!
My Carumba! is a fitness class that combines dance and fitness moves. Inspired by pop, Latin and world dance and music, My Carumba! uses a variety of styles in its routines, including Cumbia, Merengue, salsa, reggaeton, mambo, rumba, flamenco, Bhangra, bollywood and hip hop. Music selections include both fast and slow rhythms to help tone and sculpt the body. You could burn between 350 to 600 calories per class; it all depends on how you exert yourself.
My Carumba! incorporates core strengthening, butt shaping, quad burning resistance training using your own body weight, light hand weights and a variety of exercise equipment. We complete the experience with a long stretch and period of relaxation. Guaranteed good sleep!
This workout incorporates cardio and core training into a circuit routine that is unique and effective! Moving around a series of resistance training stations working your upper and lower body is combined with cardio boosts that will keep your heart rate up and your body burning fat. It’s a true integration of cardio and resistance training – which is proven to have the best results for weight loss. Our Certified Trainers offer our own version of this amazing workout. Try it once and you will be hooked!
You can wear any type of fitness clothes including workout pants, shorts, tank tops, t-shirts; anything comfortable and cool. As for shoes, wear cross-trainers with a low tread, or dance shoes that will give you support. Just keep in mind, if your shoes “looks like a tire” on the bottom (e.g., running shoes), do not wear them in class. You need to lesson the chance of injury to your knees, since you will be doing a lot of pivoting moves.
soul circuit® fitness classes are not like your normal, everyday aerobic class. We use minimal verbal cueing with hand and directional cues – although, you will certainly hear lots of hootin’ and hollerin’ with the occasional burst of singing!
All instructors on the soul circuit® fitness team are licensed and/or certified by their respective class format agencies. Each instructor has her own style and will lead the class in easy, simple movements with a combination of dance and fitness moves.
The music is fun, invigorating and inspiring. Different dance styles will be used, as well as fitness moves, such as bicep curls, lunges, and other body-toning moves. There will be a lot of hip and booty shaking too! While FUN is a goal, your safety is our number one concern; if you have any low back or knee problems (or any medical problems), keep your moves basic and ask your Instructor for an alternative way to do the move.
The structure of the class starts with a warm-up and proceeds to intervals of faster and slower tempos throughout the duration of the cardio section, followed by circuit training and Core on the Floor, ending with a cool-down and stretch. While the main thrust of most fitness classes is a cardio workout, don’t be surprised if a dance move transforms into a squat, lunge or power move – that’s why we call it “exercise in disguise”. We use light hand weights with even more “large muscle” work to build strength, endurance and flexibility. Our Group Personal Training format is packed with strength training exercises to burn fat, build muscle and improve your balance, flexibility and endurance. No matter what class you attend, be sure to bring some water and a small towel, because you will sweat!
Be patient and don’t get frustrated! Okay, I admit, the first few classes may be frustrating, because you may not know the songs and will not know the “teaching style” of your Instructor. You may feel like you have two-left-feet, but I assure you, after you attend class a few times, you will catch on! You could also arrive early or stay after class and ask your Instructor about moves that you do not quite get. We use a lot of repetition steps in every class. After a few classes you will know the basic steps. Remember…just feel the music! Most of all, have fun! Even if you can’t do a step, just move to how the music makes you feel! There is no wrong or right way to participate in a dance fitness class!
Know your own body! Most people know their limits. If not, see your doctor before attempting any type of exercise. Work out at your own pace until you are comfortable with the routine/exercise. Within a few weeks, you will see improvement…you will not stop as much… and your stamina would have improved greatly! Just hang in there, because you already took your first step toward a healthier, better lifestyle – you started out with a fun, rewarding class. Be proud of yourself!
People of all fitness abilities, ages, sizes and nationalities take our fitness classes. We encourage family members to workout together so if you are a mother-daughter team, sisters, or any other combination of family, ask about our family discount!
It depends on how your exert yourself! Physically, you could burn between 350-900 calories in one-hour! You will build cardio endurance, strength and tone your muscles. Mentally, you will relieve stress, stimulate your brain by learning coordination and new steps, plus it makes you smile and sweat at the same time! Socially, you will meet some amazing people who will encourage you to keep at it. You’ll find that after one class, you can’t wait to come back again! You will be a soul circuit® fanatic!
It is very difficult to estimate the number of calories burned during any fitness class; it depends on your fitness level, body type and composition, the intensity, and the range of motion that you use with each workout. You can find out by wearing a heart rate monitor that accounts for your age, weight and height. Participants have been measured to have burned from 400 calories up to 1000 calories in a one hour class. We recommend monitoring how you feel and increasing intensity as your able – the harder you work, the more calories are burned!
Yes! Our classes are a GREAT workout! The minimum guidelines for general fitness include a cardio workout at least 5 times per week. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an organized class… walking, cycling, treadmill, or any type of cardio workout will benefit you… however, our fitness classes are the choice for most people, because it makes working out fun! Our “Unlimited” package allows you to come to as many 90 minute classes as you like during the current 15 week session. That’s 45 hours of fitness at only $7/hour!
Absolutely! We offer a drop in rate of $15 for you to try out a class for the first time! When offered, Group TRX Training drop in is $25 and requires pre-registration.
All Fitness Instructors on the soul circuit® team are licensed by the respective governing agencies for the formats that they teach. We are happy to have guest instructors and SUBs from time to time so you may experience their individual style and flavour!
Lucy Lehman | Certified Personal Trainer
Lucy Lehman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology, and a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Science. As the owner/operator of soul circuit®, Lucy brings her love of personal wellness through fun, friends and fitness to both her loyal group of participants.
“Since being introduced to dance fitness in 2008, I knew it would be something that I would love! Starting with one class of 2 participants, my business has grown to include a great group of women with a love of dance and fitness. Our participants come from Markham, Stouffville, Goodwood, Claremont, Uxbridge, Zephyr and beyond! With a background in Clinical Kinesiology, I incorporate my experience as a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified TRX Suspension Trainer and teacher/trainer for over 30 years into my classes.”
soul circuit® fitness classes, personal training, and wellness coaching services are designed to help you discover what will work best for you. We offer personal exercise training in your choice of atmosphere – home, office, community centre – led by professional fitness instructors. We also offer coaching services to help you design, initiate and maintain a program that is tailor made for your needs.
Please contact Lucy for help with your corporate, workplace or community event.