Get Off The Elliptical: 8 Fun Moves To Try

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opener2Photographed By Lauren Perlstein.
We totally get it. Cardio is terrible. Sure, there's the endorphin rush that comes after an elliptical sesh. But, that doesn't change the fact that spending an hour on the treadmill is soul-suckingly boring.

Which is probably why New York City is buzzing about 305 Fitness: It's actually — gasp! — fun. Started by Sadie Kurzban in 2012, 305 (named after the area code in Kurzban's native Miami) is basically a serious workout posing as a dance party. We first met Kurzban at a 305 class, and to say that she kicked our butts would be a pretty big understatement. This is clearly not your mother's Zumba class.

Lucky for all of you, Kurzban and company have come up with an exclusive series of dance-inspired moves that are designed to burn some real calories. But, the thing is, you don't really get the full effect unless you have the right tunes. So, the ladies have put together the perfect playlist to get your booty moving, whether you like it or not. Press play below, then click on to the first move. We dare you to stay in your seat.

Photographed by Lauren Perlstein.
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The Bird
Begin in a squat, with your feet together, your butt as far back as possible, and your arms crossed over your chest. With your right foot, take one step to your right, opening up your knees into a plié squat as you open your arms; keep your abs tight, and keep your butt as low and as far back as possible. Step your left foot to the right so you're back in your squat, closing your arms across your chest. Then, with your left foot, take one step to your left, opening up into a plié squat as you spread your arms. Bring your right foot back to the left so you're back in your squat, closing your arms across your chest so you're back in your starting position.

We recommend repeating this move continuously for three sets of 30 seconds each or incorporating it into a choreographed routine with any of the other moves in this story.

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The Interrupted Run
Begin with your feet hip-width apart, standing up straight and keeping your abs tight. Take three running steps forward. Plant both feet on the floor before going into a jumping jack. Then, take three running steps back to your starting point, and plant both feet on the floor before ending with another jumping jack.

We recommend repeating this move continuously for three sets of 30 seconds each or incorporating it into a choreographed routine with any of the other moves in this story.

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The Bongo Beats
Begin with your feet in a wide stance with your toes pointed out, as if you’re going into a plié. Keeping your abs tight, drop your hips into a plié squat and use your glutes, hamstrings, and quads to propel yourself back up. Repeat continuously as you simulate a drumming motion from one foot to the other, and back again.

We recommend repeating this move continuously for three sets of 30 seconds each or incorporating it into a choreographed routine with any of the other moves in this story.

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The Ballet Jump
Begin with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, with your arms in front of you in a port-de-bras. Jump up, crossing your legs as you raise your arms up above your head into a rounded ballet pose. Land with your feet crossed, bringing your arms down slightly, keeping your arms extended but still curved. Jump again, uncrossing your legs as you bring your arms down to their original position, landing with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart.

We recommend repeating this move continuously for three sets of 30 seconds each or incorporating it into a choreographed routine with any of the other moves in this story.

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The Motorcycle Pump
Begin with your feet in a lunge stance, with your left leg planted firmly on the floor and your right heel raised slightly. Make sure your feet are a little wider than hip-width apart and that your stance is wide enough to do a proper lunge. Extend your arms with a slight downward angle, making fists with both hands. Keeping your abs tight, lower your right knee into a lunge, bringing your hips down until your left thigh is perpendicular to the floor. Push down on your front heel to propel yourself back up. At the same time, pull your right fist straight back, letting the momentum of the arm movement open up your core to your right side.

We recommend repeating this move continuously for three sets of 30 seconds each on each side or incorporating it into a choreographed routine with any of the other moves in this story.
R29Fitness_Shot5_AnkleTouches_086Photographed By Lauren Perlstein.

The Ankle Touches
Begin with your feet hip-width apart and your arms extended overhead. Keeping your abs tight, lift your right foot as high as possible as you bring your left arm down to touch your ankle. With a hop, repeat with your left leg, raising your left ankle up as you bring your right arm down.

We recommend repeating this move continuously for three sets of 30 seconds each or incorporating it into a choreographed routine with any of the other moves in this story.
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The Stairmaster
Begin with your feet in a wide stance. Keeping your abs tight, bend your left knee and lean over to your left, extending your arms overhead. Pull your right knee and your arms into your chest, then reset and repeat.

We recommend repeating this move continuously for three sets of 30 seconds each on each side or incorporating it into a choreographed routine with any of the other moves in this story.

R29Fitness_Shot2_SlapItOut_061Photographed By Lauren Perlstein.
The Slap
Begin with your feet hip-width apart. Keeping your abs tight, raise your left knee as high as you can and bring it toward your right side as you swing your right arm across your body with a slow-motion "slapping" movement. Then, with a little hop, simultaneously bring your right knee up as you send your left knee down. Bring your right knee toward your left side as you make the same slapping motion across your body with your left arm.

We recommend repeating this move continuously for three sets of 30 seconds each or incorporating it into a choreographed routine with any of the other moves in this story.


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