Introducing Brukwine, Caribbean-influenced Workout


OK, this sounds very interesting, but after watching the videos, I must admit that this workout seems to be geared towards the young, nimble, and experienced in dancehall—and especially for women who can actually wear high heels (and dance, swerve, turn, twerk and shimmy in them). . . not to mention the booty shorts (the eyeliner, I can do! Maybe.) But it certainly looks like a lot of fun. Brukwine is a Caribbean-influenced workout using dancehall, reggae and other ‘riddims’ for “epic sweating and toning results.” Julee Wilson (The Huffington Post—see last link below) calls Brukwine “the sexiest workout ever!” Move over, Zumba!

High heels, bootie shorts, and a healthy amount of eyeliner. That’s an appropriate uniform for attending Brukwine, a NYC-based fitness routine that is gaining in popularity around the country. Brukwine, a Caribbean-influenced workout featuring Dancehall and reggae music, combines cardio and dance, stressing waist and leg movements for epic sweating and toning results.

Brukwine was started in 2012 by Autavia (Tavia) Bailey and Tamara Marrow, two professional dancers with impressive resumes. The duo met when touring with reggae giant Sean Paul for eight years (yes, you’ve seen them in his music videos), and they’ve also danced alongside talents like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Missy Elliot, Whitney Houston and Rihanna.

“We taught our first class in Taiwan two years ago; we were brought out there to teach Dancehall and we thought, ‘let’s do something different’ so we did a sexier routine with heels,” Marrow told Racked at a New York City coffee shop. “When we got back to New York three months later, we decided to really do this thing, so we named it Brukwine and started teaching it as a fitness class.”

Brukwine is a Jamaican term for “breaking out and letting loose,” and if there’s one thing you’ll learn in the class, it’s how to “wine your waist,” as Bailey refers to it. Dubbed “the sexiest workout ever,” the girls mix Dancehall routines with their own signature choreography. After a quick warm up, the class focuses on hip movements, vertical butt drops, and stomach pulses. Both genders are welcome to attend, but classes are generally more geared towards women.

“Brukwine is very sexy, and very feminine. We use a lot of waist movements that really tone your legs and give you a great cardio workout,” Bailey added. “People come to our class and think they are just going to dance but they finish drenched in sweat. You can burn up to 1000 calories.”

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