Each class is an hour and 15 minutes long and starts with a dance-based warm-up, and then we move into stretching and conditioning exercises choreographed to music. Each exercise (or what I call a “track”) is focused on a particular body part. Throughout the class we visit all of them — legs, arms, abs, back, hamstrings, and core.
Eva explains the exercises and teaches the most challenging option, but always gives alternatives, and explains the benefits of good form while ensuring everyone is on track. The beauty of it is that you choose the level you want to challenge yourself at. We don’t use weights, but the length of each exercise + your own body weight and resistance are definitely enough!
Every class features the same exercises and cardio week after week, so you get to know the choreography and can track your progress as you improve each week.
Is BCBD just for dancers?
Absolutely not! Women who take the class come from all backgrounds. Some have a dance background but some have dance skills that max out at the Chicken Dance. Participants sign up because of the intense workout and most of them come back session after session. There is some dancing involved in the cardio components but these parts are meant to be a fun change of pace, not an audition for So You Think You Can Dance.
What do I need to bring?
All studios require you to bring your own mat for floor exercises. You’ll also need indoor running shoes (no outdoor shoes allowed), comfortable workout clothing (wear layers to get your sweat on), a towel and water.
Because there are usually classes before ours, please be ready to start on time, but wait quietly outside the space. You’ll have access to washrooms and a place to change, but not other studios or equipment.
What happens if I miss a class?
If you need to miss a class we’ll try our best to accommodate a make up! The more notice you give us, the easier it will be to schedule you in another class, but unfortunately there is no guarantee that space will be available, so it’s always best to honour your commitment to the class that you registered for.
You’ll have the chance to make up one missed class if you participate once a week, or two classes if you’ve registered for classes twice a week. At least 48 hours ahead of time, email email@example.com and tell us what class you’ll be missing and provide three options for make-up classes (dates and times) that work for you. We’ll do our best to accommodate and let you know.
Should you have an injury or pregnancy where a doctor indicates you should no longer resume class, a full refund of unused classes will be provided.
Where can I get more of Eva’s expertise?
Eva is constantly sharing her thoughts and knowledge about living well, even outside of class. Sign up to the weekly MIM e-newsletter and get tips about keeping your mind and body healthy and motivated throughout the week. Or follow Eva on Facebook or Twitter for daily bursts of inspiration and updates about upcoming sessions, important dates and other fun BCBD events.