Will the Kangoo craze catch on in Toronto?
Want to add a spring in your step? Well, Kangoo lets you do just that. The crazy shoes are elevated about 10 cm off the ground and has bendable plastic that allows you to get more oomph in each step.
Dorina Rigo first saw them in Hungary where almost every gym offers Kangoo classes. "Right away, I knew we needed it in Canada," said Rigo, owner and founder of Kangoo club Canada.
The shoes reminded me of ski boots on drugs.
As soon as I buckled in, I realized they were easy to walk (and hop) in. Surprisingly, it was hard to simply stand still due to the balancing scheme; a sly way of forcing you to keep moving.
The session began and instructor Alejandra Layva had everyone jumping, dancing and spinning. According to Rigo, one Kangoo session burns 25% more calories than the average one-hour workout class. I believe it.
The classes take place at The Yonge Street Fitness Club at 7 Isabella Street.
In a few weeks Rigo will start offering boot camp classes outside in Toronto parks. She even plans to offer group runs down Yonge Street.
The Kangoo craze may be new to Toronto but Rigo said the shoes are popular worldwide -- especially in Brazil, Argentina and of course, Hungary.
"I love the energy in the room," she said. "As soon as people start jumping, they get a huge smile on their face because it brings back childhood memories."
If you have the urge to jump in, Rigo offers your first Kangoo class for free.
Photos by Jessica Goebell
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