No doubt you have seen or at least read about Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV Video Awards, where her ‘twerking’ has caused enormous controversy.
Yet despite the complaints there are those who have started to wonder whether the act of twerking is actually a good way to workout and lose weight.
This has led to ABC News to seek the advice of Michelle Olson, a professor of exercise science and a certified strength and conditioning coach at Auburn University in Alabama.
Her response was a little surprising as she believes that twerking could be a good workout, that is if it is done correctly.
What is twerking?
Twerking is a movement that combines a deep squat and pelvic tilt.
Michelle Olson explains it better in her own words:
“You take a wide stance with your legs turned out at 10 and 2 so your hips are externally rotated. Then you pulse up and down as you thrust the pelvis bone forward and back.”
Olson states that this movement can give your butt and thighs a good workout, while the deep muscles of your hips along with your core muscle of the lower back and abdominals will also be strengthened.
Twerking workout videos
Michelle Olson is not the only fan of twerking as there are numerous ‘workout videos’ on YouTube that all involve this strange form of movement.
Vanessa Isaac the creator of Hip Brazil Dance and Fitness has said that:
“For what I see this can be very good cardio, and the fact that you work your legs, hips, and waist can help in the toning of muscles in this area too.”
Starrene Rhett-Rocque an entertainment journalist is also a fan of twerking:
“Twerking is absolutely fascinating. Most people make it sexual when they see it, but it’s not just about that. The muscle control needed to perfect the art shouldn’t be taken lightly, so hats off to women who can do it. Plus, these women probably have a healthier body image than most women. The booty is a beautiful thing, even Beyonce figured that out when she decided to pop in her “Dangerously in Love” video.”
“There’s a sense of satisfaction we get with knowing how to jiggle and ‘pop-it’ right so … if the classes could be women only, then we could actually use it as a form of exercising and having fun,” she said.
Despite the growing popularity of twerking there are risks involved, for example if you do not perform the movement correctly there is a risk that you could injure your lower back or knees.
By all means have fun but hurting yourself will surely derail any weight loss attempt.
How to twerk like a pro?
If you want to twerkout these following tips will help:
- First you will need to warm up using hip rolls, rotating your hips up, down, left and right.
- Next place your hands on your hips, feet turned out with your knees over your toes.
- To go forward press your thumbs into your butt and move forward.
- To go back, you should pull on your hip bone.
- It is important with any twerk that you squat so that the only part of your body moving is your hip section.
- If you rest your hands on your knees with your wrists facing out your twerk will be more pronounced.
- Shake your butt.
Whatever you do don’t be like Miley and stick your tongue out all the time, it just looks silly.