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THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014

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by Molly Schechter | Contributing Writer

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Kai inventor Kelly Atkins, center, leads a class at Sara Dance.

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Local teacher launches new way to dance yourself fit Look closely at the photo above and you will observe the following: No two people are doing exactly the same thing. The movement ranges from the near90-degree kick by the teacher (front row, center) and others, to both feet on the floor (back row, left) with plenty of variations in between. The women here range from 30-somethings to 70-somethings — and there is a guy off camera. Notably, the dancers are MOLLY sweating. Yet everyone is SCHECHTER smiling; everyone is having fun. The sheer joy of movement is a key idea behind Kai (pronounce it like “eye” with a “k” in front), a new fitness modality Kelly

Atkins created. By way of a disclaimer, I should acknowledge that Atkins is the mother of the Aerobic Grandma’s grandchildren, which renders me less than fully objective about her work. But, if you have read this column over the years, you know that I have repeatedly and passionately written that the best kind of exercise is the one you enjoy for the simple reason that you’ll do it. And the smiles on her students’ faces make that point more powerfully than anything I can say. What exactly is Kai? It’s a dance-based form of cardiovascular conditioning with strong connection to the mind/body universe. Technically, it probably belongs in the same category as Jazzercise and Zumba and other kinds of aerobic dance classes. I mention that only for those of you who try to balance your workouts between cardio and strength and range of motion.

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Longboat Observer 4.24.14  

Longboat Observer 4.24.14