Oh how I love finding ways to exercise without getting bored. Last year Zumba was my absolute favourite way to work out, but JeKaJo is Zumba’s shiny new cousin, and I like it…
JeKaJo means ‘Lets Dance’ in Yoruba (a Nigerian tribal language) and the 60 minute dance classes are basically like going to carnival, with the added bonus that you can burn up to 1,000 calories, and won’t come out smelling like cigarette smoke and jerk chicken.
JeKaJo Dance combines Afrobeats, Hip-Hop, Soca, R’n’B, Reggae and Dancehall music and dance styles – what’s not to love?
From a fitness perspective, the focus is on improving stamina, core strength, coordination and muscle tone.
I took part in a taster class with founder Tanya Bright at Fitness First in Baker Street, and found that the tracks change so frequently that you don’t get bored – this also allows for interval training, aerobic training and resistance training to maximise results without even realising you’re working out.
You can book sessions with Tanya or another instructor through the website: www.jekajodance.com.