Exercise is a pleasurable activity for both would-be athletes and recovering pyromaniacs desperate enough to settle for burning calories. Fuel fitness regimens with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get four Kangoo classes, including boot rental, from Mario the Trainer (an $80 value).
Having appeared on The Tyra Banks Show, Today, and a host of other programs across the country, fitness finesser Mario Godiva Green sets students bouncing in high-energy Kangoo classes. The good twin to the evil moon shoe, special Kangoo boots cushion workouts with low joint impact, high resistance, and easy balance. Whether bounding through Central Park on a 2-mile Sunday-afternoon run or shaking it out during a Monday-evening hip-hop class, bouncers power through squat jumps to enhance abs and use strength-training moves to build endurance and work up to bench-pressing an entire family. Green’s vibrant personality and motivating attitude keep students sweating during interval-training routines that constantly burn calories while distracting the core by engaging it in muscle-building motions. Class locations vary, so check the schedule before heading out.
Mario Godiva Fitness
In his early teens, Mario Godiva Green was overweight. At school, kids bullied him daily, and he was tired of their incessant mockery. At 16, his mother died, providing the catalyst to the dramatic life change that Mario was about to embark on. Over the next 11 years, his rise to prominence in the fitness circles of New York and Chicago was nothing short of meteoric. From modeling for Calvin Klein to pioneering Kangoo workouts in the United States, Mario has been at the forefront of physical fitness. His work has been featured on the New York Times, The Steve Harvey Show, and ABC Nightline.
Today he jet-sets around the world to promote and teach Kangoo to throngs of eager exercisers and underachieving gravity forces, and his Kangoo classes have become one of the trendiest, most exclusive workouts in the city. A firm believer in having fun while exercising, his hip-hop classes are half dance, half fitness class, and he also leads hoppers throughout Manhattan during outdoor boot camps and jogs. The springy shoes reduce the impact on the joints and spine, harnessing the 33 health benefits associated with rebounding without danger to joint cartilage.