Yogalates, Zumba, underwater yoga and even the sexually suggestive shake weight have all been big fitness trends, so it’s safe to say people are more than willing to try out anything for the sake of losing a few pounds. But this new exercise routine might just be the strangest (and coolest) of them all. All around the world, women are donning monotails, taking to the water and attempting the mermaid workout.
Schools have opened in the Philippines, Germany, Thailand, Florida, Hawaii and most recently in Montreal that are teaching girls, women and even a few men, how to flip their way to a better body. A take on the dolphin kick, the mermaid workout allows girls to live their Disney fantasy while promoting good exercise habits, not to mention giving those abs a serious workout. Did you know that Olympic swimmers use the monofin to train butterfly and freedivers use it for records? Mermaid swimming is all about the core—the power comes from there because you are gyrating all day.
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While some Mermaid schools offer the full fairytale experience complete with makeovers and beachside photo shoots (Prince Charming not included), others focus on the workout and creating a space that is fun and educational for young girls.
But are people actually willing to don a glittery pink tail and flop around in the water just for the sake of getting better abs? It seems like it. Mermaid schools are popping up around the world and fitness enthusiasts seemed pretty eager to try the Ariel-inspired workout in lieu of their spin classes. Plus, since swimming is one of the best workouts for the body, one can only imagine how the ab-focused class would give us a glorious Shakira-worthy stomach.