Brazilian booty

Natasha Cooper, of Federal Hill, teaches Brazilian Booty, a class that she designed and teaches at Spa Seven in Timonium. (Sarah Pastrana, Baltimore Sun Media Group / September 13, 2012)

When I signed up for the Brazilian Booty class at Spa Seven in Timonium, I thought I was about to move, groove and shake my way to fitness. It sounded like a great dance class.

I was wrong.

You will not learn samba, salsa or whatever dance craze is sweeping the country. You will, however, tone your tush and discover muscles you never knew you had.

The workout is based on the TriAngle Training concept, which focuses on three major muscles of the buttocks — the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus — according to instructor Natasha Cooper, who developed the class in March.

"It's a high-energy, lower-body workout that focuses on lifting, shaping and building the glutes while having fun," she says.

During class, you will use a variety of equipment, including hand weights and Pilates balls. Cooper, who also teaches Barre and Pilates at Spa Seven, draws on her dance and yoga background to create a fluid workout that builds long, lean muscles without adding bulk. I felt the burn during the first stretch.

And if you have two left feet, don't worry — there is no choreography to memorize.

The class is designed as more of an aerobics workout than a dance routine, even if it's set to Top 40 dance music.

"It focuses on the lower body, but you also tone your abs and arms at the same time," Cooper says. "The cardio gets your heart rate up and we always stretch at the end."

Cooper teaches Brazilian Booty on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. I highly recommend registering online to reserve your spot in class. Afterward, you can indulge in a facial or a massage at the adjoining spa. Your body will need a little TLC after working so hard.



Details



Spa Seven

2080 York Road, Suite 250

Timonium

410-252-2510

spaseven.com

No dance experience required.

$14 per class; introductory class is free and discounted packages are available.

Equipment is supplied, but you should bring a yoga mat and a water bottle. Yoga mats are also available to rent for $2.