Fitness classes that can rock your body

If the thought of another grueling boot camp class has you yawning and dragging your feet, why not try a workout that makes fitness feel like a party?

Whether you like to dance, spin or just channel your inner rock god or goddess, there's a class out there that will fit the bill, and still burn fat and build muscle.

The L.A. Times scoured Los Angeles gyms to come up with three total-body workout classes that bring the music and fun from the clubs into the studio. Think of these as alcohol-free happy hours or your time to release stress while keeping your fitness goals on track.

Prices vary, depending on whether you belong to the gym where the class is offered or buy packages of classes. Some sites offer discounts for the first class. Single classes cost around $20 to $25.

Buti Yoga

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Buti Yoga, developed by yoga and fitness expert Bizzie Gold, is a sexy hybrid of Miami Booty Dance, yoga and CrossFit-type plyometric moves (explosive moves to build power).

Set to loud Afro-Brazilian funk, hip-hop and reggae music, Buti's intense 60- to 90-minute workouts will have you swiveling your hips during warrior one pose and shaking your bum during deep prayer squats.

The suggestive moves are enough to make some first-timers blush or giggle, but Gold believes that Buti's sexy stance is good at building self-esteem and body awareness.

Buti (pronounced booty, not beauty) also amps up the calorie burn. Plank jumping jacks, squats and mountain climbers keep your heart rate elevated between longer poses or vinyasa. And many classic static yoga moves, such as triangle pose, have been transformed into dynamic exercises to help participants stay in a cardio zone.

"It's more strenuous than other yoga classes," says Candy Sylvasy, taking a Buti class at Yoga Blue in Pasadena. "At the end of it, I feel I have totally improved my body. "

With its abundance of plyometric jumps, this hot pants yoga mash-up is probably not suited for novice exercisers or those with bad knees. And those who want to hear the instructor's cues to follow along might have trouble doing so because of the booming bass.But for intermediate exercisers, it's a great way to burn calories and increase your peace without making trips to both the yoga studio and the gym.


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"There's one very important rule in this class," shouts Cristina Peerenboom as she and her partner, Kirsten Potenza, start their cardio drumming class in Burbank. "And that's, make noise!"

Within minutes, a packed class clutching weighted neon green drumsticks, dubbed Ripstix "because they get you ripped," is drumming on the floor, in the air and hitting the sticks together to tap out the beat as they run through a series of exercises.

It's loud, it's proud and it's Pound, a cardio interval class designed to burn fat and build muscle.

Peerenboom and Portenza, both drummers in their spare time, developed the 30- to 45-minute workouts because they were bored with traditional strength routines and noticed that when they didn't have a stool, they got a really good workout behind their drum kits. With the addition of two quarter-pound sticks, the workout got even better.

But Pound's real appeal is in its ability to distract exercisers from the hard work they're doing.

When you're tattooing a beat on the floor to Rihanna, it's hard to remember how many squats and lunges you have done. Even the floor work, composed of bridges and boat poses, incorporates drumming.