Best Latin Dance Workout, August 2014
As paint-by-numbers Zumba classes continue to pop up at cookie-cutter gyms, Muev8 at Heartbeat House has a way of blasting mediocrity off the dance floor. On Monday and Thursday nights the charismatic Marilyn Valderrama leads a booty-shaking, cardioactive 55-minute session that’s inspired as much by L.A.’s Latin club scene as it is by classic south-of-the-border dance styles. Bangin’ bachata beats and ramped-up reggaeton combined with sultry moves make this a high-energy class that’s simple to follow. Don’t be fooled by all the fun; you can burn more than 700 calories in a single workout.