Last weekend I pulled my hair up, put on my favorite pair of leggings, paired with an airy tank and Nikes to match. Packed with a water bottle, towel, and banana for post-workout recovery, I threw my gym bag over my shoulder and hopped into my car. I was looking forward to supporting fellow Florida International University instructor, Ratasha Iribarren, or better known on social media as @the_ice_ninja as she hosted her signature class, Figure Skulpt™, in celebration of National Dance Day. The talented instructor and exceptional athlete is a former Florida Panthers Ice Skater who co-created this figure skating-inspired workout that allows you to train like a skater! The workout is a unique combination of power, balance, footwork, strength, flexibility, blended with fun choreography!
After a one-shot, 45-minute drive up the Florida turnpike, I had finally arrived at ATP Atomic Training and Performance in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I entered a welcoming atmosphere with women of all ages eager for what Ratasha had in store! The girls and I worked up a sweat with HIIT (high intensity interval training) involving jumps and other plyometrics, smoothed it out with some Ballet which challenged our balance and stability, and picked the pace back up with a little bit of Latin-inspired dancing. We even performed some classic Michael Jackson Pop moves, Hee-Hee! The last quarter of the class was dedicated to on-the-mat conditioning for the ever so important core, (abs, back, glutes), followed by a well-earned cool-down. Many of us hung around afterwards to take pictures and chat a bit. Shortly, we parted ways, leaving with sweat, smiles, and a sense of empowerment.
I’d recommend this class to any former/current dancer or athlete who desires a fun, yet challenging, well-rounded workout and doesn’t have time to spend all day training. As Miss Sweet Brown put it best, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
Personal Tip: Wear soft, flexible sneakers, (rather than the stiff, supportive kind), to help develop muscular stability and improve your balance.
Figure Skulpt™ is currently offered at Florida International University, MMC and will soon be available at ATP Atomic Training and Performance, Ft. Lauderdale. For business inquiries, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org