If you’re looking for a new workout then forget about running miles, ditch your spinning class – and dig out your clogs.
A new type of workout, which combines fitness with traditional clog dancing, could become the next exercise craze.
From stepping to squatting, Clocs Ffit is designed to work all the muscles but without the mental challenge of feeling like a heavy workout.
With rock and pop music blaring – rather than the usual folk music – groups of people gather every week to put their iron-soled dancing shoes on and exercise together in a rather different way.
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Tudur Phillips, 29, runs the 10-week long courses in Cardiff and also holds one-off sessions in different areas across Wales.
Having grown up clog dancing and won several medals over the years he decided to add a modern and energetic twist to tradition.
Tudur said: “By combining the two elements of dance and fitness it makes it a very interesting session. The speakers are on flat-out with rock and pop music and the people who come along learn some clog steps.
“After learning the steps we then bring in the fitness side as well and they go from dance steps to a plank then some jumps or a squat.
“The clogs themselves are very loud so the place is very noisy and full of life.”
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And although most of us would put on a pair of light and flexible trainers to work out wearing the bulkier option of clogs isn’t a problem when it comes to following the fitness routine.
Tudur has been going around schools across Wales and plans to open out to team building events at companies.
While most participants tend to be women it is open to everyone of all ages and ability levels.
“Most people have never done any clog dancing before,” Tudur said. “All they need is comfortable clothes, water and a towel – it’s a proper workout and the legs normally burn for days after.
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“I try to find that balance between the fun element and the concentration you need for the steps and although they are simple steps you do need to be focused to get them right.
“During the fitness moves you get to relax and not have to think about what you’re doing so much.
“The two types of exercise are completely different and work different muscles, which is great for the body.”
Clog dancing is a traditional folk dance which uses both the heel and the toe to create sound to the rhythm of the music with the iron plate on the sole of the shoe.
It has been practised in Wales for many years and is more commonly associated with traditional folk dancing outfits and music.