Friday 130531

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From The Atlantic

Exercise: You’re Doing It Wrong

“Prancercise® may be considered a revolutionary form of aerobics someday.”

We’ve all been exercising and walking incorrectly, according to this video circulating today. Here’s what we know so far. Prancercise — actually, Prancercise® — is “a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait.” It involves ankle weights that double, creatively, as hand weights. It involves music. It involves, optionally, sassy workout wear. It involves, less optionally, “using imagery to imagine ourselves as a beautiful animal that’s a symbol of beauty, strength, and endurance while we’re exercising in order to free our minds of any self image that may be less appealing.”

Prancercise® was invented and trademarked by social worker Joanna Rohrback. The invention is actually not new — it took place in the late 1980s (when else?) in Florida (where else?). It’s now being revitalized around the publication of Rohrback’s book, Prancercise: The Art of Physical and Spiritual Excellence,which begins:

Prancercise® may be considered a revolutionary form of aerobics someday. Just as Isadora Duncan revolutionized dance with her new techniques and approaches at the turn of the century, so do I project Prancercise® could change the course of approaches and techniques towards fitness indefinitely.

The video is all you really need to know to come to terms with the fact that everything you assumed about the necessarily isolated practices of exercising, walking, and prancing is wrong.

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13 comments on “Friday 130531

  1. Prancercise is the ONLY workout program for me. It is my life. How dare you try to besmirch Prancercise! #unfollow

  2. Is this the original Napolean Dynamite?! Also, I think if we raise $500.00 collectively as a gym, Herb should have to duplicate this workout and let us tape it…just saying.

  3. Is this a new class we’re starting? I just got my business workout top in the mail so I’m ready! Actually, just got back from the advanced Prancercise® course…ankel weights AND hand weights at the same time!

  4. New WOD for Monday:

    400m Trot
    25 Wallballs
    400m Gallop
    25 Box Jumps
    800m Shadow Box Gallop
    20 TTB

    And done!

  5. I just want to point out that Christopher Walken was doing Prancercise in the Fat Boy Slim music video for Weapon of Choice.

  6. I normally do not comment on here for fear of sounding like I’m tooting my own horn. Ya know, posting all my times and PRs and so on. But I feel that you people are not taking the Prancercise movement serious.

    And it is not just a physical movement, but a spiritual and social movement as well. I was Prancercising to lunch awhile ago while contemplating the nature of the movement and how my 1980’s themed organ based music made me feel while I was Trotting to Qdoba for my steak queso burrito, add guac, add sc, add cheese, add lettuce, add rice, add black beans, add sc again, I was dismayed by the closed-mindedness of people and the unwillingness to take your quest for fitness to what is an obvious next step and superior level.

    I do one on one sessions for Gallop or group sessions for Trotting anytime between Noon and 12:10 pm on the top level of the parking garage above OTB on Penn and Washington. $45 / first minute, each additional minute $2.43. Every other day except for Saturdays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

  7. There goes the cone drill (lateral, change of direction) training. Next week it’s Prancercise and TTB.

    Bets on who does this first Saturday post Murphy?

  8. Oh.My.God. Charlie, thank you for that…I laughed so hard I was crying. My coworkers enjoyed that comment as well!

  9. Charlie- HILARIOUS!!!!!!

    I need to see a demo from the coach first…..I dont want to do it wrong!!! Please Herb pplllllease!!!!!!!

  10. As I was reading these comments, an interview with Joanna appeared on my tv. It must be fate. I will now prancercise to the kitchen for another piece of pizza!

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