Class Action: Zumba Sentao at Crunch

The newest variation on Zumba incorporates a chair into the Latin dance-based workout, tacking ab, arm, and leg work onto the workout's usual cardio blast.

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Crunch is known for its over-the-top, often wacky, fitness classes. So we weren’t surprised when we got our invite to the super-shiny press preview for Zumba Sentao (see photo above), a new variation on the cult-favorite Latin-dance workout that incorporates a chair into the class.

But, since normal Crunch classes aren’t taught by Beto Perez, the founder of Zumba, and don’t come with uber-blonde back-up dancers, we gave it another go at Crunch’s Upper West Side location.

The class mostly felt like traditional Zumba—lots of medium-intensity cardio in the form of salsa and merengue-ing. Then, to the chair. In Perez’s version of the class, it felt like a somewhat-silly stage prop, but Crunch’s trainer, Taj Harris, was a master at using the chair to up the difficulty of the workout.

We worked our arms, legs, and abs by doing push-ups, tricep dips, lunges, leg lifts, and ab work—all on the chair. Plus, Harris’s low-key demeanor made the dance moves accessible, fun, and not-as-embarrassing for those of us whose hips don’t lie…about the fact that they have no rhythm.

Who’s it good for? Zumba or dance-workout enthusiasts.

Book it or Skip it: It’s not an every day, total-body workout, but I’d book it once in a while to add a little flavor to my fitness routine.

Visit for class times and locations. Crunch memberships in NYC are between $69 and $99, depending on location and duration of the membership.

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