In Weekly Workouts, Less May be More

New research suggests cramming in a workout every day of the week may result in burning fewer daily calories, but not for the reasons you may think.

Published in Exercise & Science in Sports & Medicine, the study found that previously inactive subjects (female senior citizens) who began exercising two or four times a week felt energized and burned more calories per day than before instating their workout routine. The women who began exercising six days a week, however, burned fewer daily calories than they had at the experiment’s start. These participants’ chief complaint was not feeling overworked or fatigued but of lack of time. This is perhaps because the subjects who dedicated six days a week to exercise began cutting corners for efficiency's sake, like taking the elevator instead of stairs or driving very short distances. If you’ve ever jumped behind the wheel to zip a quarter mile to yoga class, you know exactly what they’re getting at!

 

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Music
Allie Burke, courtesy Lo Cascio

If you'd hear it on the radio, you won't hear it in Anthony Lo Cascio's tap classes.

"If I play a song that my kids know, I'm kind of disappointed in myself," he says. "I either want to be on the cutting edge or playing the classics."

He finds that most of today's trendy tracks lack the depth needed for tap, and that there's a disconnect between kids and popular music. "They have trouble finding the beat compared to older genres," he says.

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Teachers Trending
Courtesy Lovely Leaps

After the birth of her daughter in 2018, engineer Lisa McCabe had reservations about returning to the workforce full-time. And while she wanted to stay home with the new baby, she wasn't ready to stop contributing financially to her family (after all, she'd had a successful career designing cables for government drones). So, when she got a call that September from an area preschool to lead its dance program, she saw an opportunity.

The invitation to teach wasn't completely out of the blue. McCabe had grown up dancing in Southern California and had a great reputation from serving as her church's dance teacher and team coach the previous three years (stopping only to take a break as a new mother). She agreed to teach ballet and jazz at the preschool on Fridays and from there created an age-appropriate class based on her own training in the Cecchetti and RAD methods. It was a success: In three months, class enrollment went from six to 24 students, and just one year later, McCabe's blossoming Lovely Leaps brand had contracts with eight preschools and three additional teachers.

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News
Courtesy Shake the Ground

Dance competitions were among the first events to be shut down when the COVID-19 pandemic exploded in the U.S. in mid-March, and they've been among the last able to restart.

So much of the traditional structure of the competition—large groups of dancers and parents from dozens of different studios; a new city every week—simply won't work in our new pandemic world.

How, then, have competitions been getting by, and what does the future look like?

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