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PulsePDX ups the traditional Zumba ante by creating a party-like atmosphere inside a combination dance and fitness studio. Twinkling spotlights cast a multi-colored glow on the dance floor as students step in time with fiery Zumba choreography and metronomes taped to their backs. Zumba's not the only draw at this nontraditional gym, though. Pound classes replicate the energy of musical jam sessions, blending elements of cardio, Pilates, isometrics, and plyometrics with drumming motions to strengthen and sculpt infrequently used muscles. Fusion classes continue the musical theme, plotting flexibility-boosting workouts around a carefully designed playlist. Cardio-based classes, such as Burn, incorporate resistance bands into workouts, while strength-based classes, such as Bamboo Bodies, might focus on workouts derived from ancient qigong practice. Leading each session, fun and supportive instructors promote a carefree, calorie-burning environment for dancers of all stripes.
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