Yoga, Zumba, aerobics aren't just for women any more - FOX 35 News Orlando

Yoga, Zumba, aerobics aren't just for women any more

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By Elisha Pappacoda
FOX 35 News

Workouts that used to be thought of as strictly for chicks are working out for men, too.

Take it from Adam Levine, whose yoga spread in Men's Health magazine had women raising their eyebrows and men wondering whether they could get in that kind of shape doing "downward dogs."

From yoga to Zumba, guys are manning up and hitting fitness classes alongside the ladies.

"When I first started Zumba classes every one of [my students] was female," said Lisa Hines, aerobics coordinator at Platinum Fitness in Sanford. "It took one man to come into class, so then all of a sudden, I'm getting four to six of them a night."

Hines has been teaching aerobics for more than 20 years and recently noticed more men braving her conventionally female-oriented classes.

"I have such a huge variety of male students," she said, adding that their ages range from teens to older than 70.

Adrian Amayo, 22, said he wanted to try something different when he joined the gym.

"It's all about Latin and a rhythm," Amayo said of Zumba.

Amayo said he not only gets the benefits of a cardiovascular workout, but he learns dance moves he can show off at the club.

"I try to get my friends into it, and they're like, 'No bro, I don't need that. I lift weights, I play basketball. I'm a football player,' " he said. "It's a courage thing, too. You have to be brave to do it."

But Amayo is confident in his manhood.

"People think it's a girl thing," he said. "It's not a girl thing. It's a guy thing, man! It's a guy thing too."

Just ask Chris Bell, who supplements weightlifting with Zumba and attends class with his wife, Faith.

"It brings our relationship closer and closer together," he said.

Bell said he'd rather get down and dance than run on the treadmill to burn calories.

"It's salsa, hip hop, country, swing," he said. "You're doing all kinds of varieties of music. Whatever a guy's preference of music is, we do it at Zumba."

And for those single guys, there is one more added benefit.

"I think some of it might be the girls," Hines said. "They like that too."

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