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Cuerpaso For You

My sister and I weren't allowed to play soccer as kids.  No, really.  Dad's a pediatric neurologist, and heading soccer balls is apparently quite bad for one's frontal lobe.*  Soccer wasn't the only forbidden sport (see also gymnastics), but it's the one I really, really wanted to play.  It's the only team sport I wasn't awful at, and it seemed easier to fake than, say, softball.  No one wants to be the kid that strikes out all the time.  (BTW - that's still not fun, and actually a little scary when you're playing in the lawyer league.)  As long as I didn't score for the wrong team, I figured I couldn't really mess up playing soccer, but it wasn't meant to be.

Apparently, it's still not.  This week, I was supposed to meet Tadeo and try out his class, Cuerpaso.  Cuerpaso is Spanish for "ultimate body," and the class combines Caribbean dance moves with... soccer!  True, dance and soccer seem somewhat incongruous, but remember how much fun I had at that latin dance/kick-boxing fusion class?  Anyway, Cuerpaso looks ridiculously fun.  They get to use soccer balls!  And, the buzz is that it's an incredible workout.  Sadly, though, my evil pinched nerve acted up, and I had to cancel last minute.  (On the plus side, kudos to me for taking my own advice and not pushing it.) 

I may have to get my soccer fix from counting down to the World Cup, but you can check out Cuerpaso.  In fact, if you're curious, Tadeo's teaching a six-week class that kicks off this coming Monday.  The $199 class is held at Reebok, but you don't need to be a member to sign up.  (Details here.)  Cuerpaso is also offered at New York Health and Racquet and on video

I'll be checking out Cuerpaso as soon as I can, but if you beat me to it, let me know what you think!

-Gym Belle-

*AYSO has since amended its policy, and heading is no longer required.

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