This should be invisible

Kangoo

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.

Kangoo Jumps

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.

Kangoo Toronto

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.

Kangoo Jumps Toronto

Photos by Jessica Goebell


Latest Videos



Latest Videos


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Sports & Play

Raptors' Scottie Barnes has a new Super Bowl commercial this year

Toronto's most over-the-top backyard skating rink is back this winter

Toronto is getting DJ skate nights on a downtown skating trail every weekend

Baseball star Joey Votto keeps showing up to play at chess club in Toronto

Everyone incorrectly thinks a Toronto Blue Jay is dating Margot Robbie

Uproar at Toronto gym over membership fees results in flurry of one-star reviews

Maple Leafs fan passes away after watching 'bucket list' win

Toronto Blue Jays players went full tourist mode on a team trip to Niagara Falls