REUTERS/Shannon StapletonNot too long ago, a trip to the gym might have inspired dread. You'd have to slog through miles on the treadmill or the elliptical, alone. It was daunting.
Sure, there was the option to take a group exercise class, but unless you were step aerobics acolyte, you probably steered clear of that room. Now, group exercise is all the rage; it's redefined fitness as we know it.
When you think about Zumba, you imagine people wearing brightly colored cargo pants and pumping their fists. You think about the dance fitness craze. But Zumba isn't just about fitness — it's an entire franchise that turns dance instructors into entrepreneurs selling apparel and CDs.
Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Face taut, muscles bulging, his rigid body suspended horizontally in the air on a pole, Bakr al-Makadmeh's "street workout" showcases the urban bodybuilding making ripples in Gaza.