Prancercise: A review

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prancerciseOver the years, Travis and I have covered a number of ridiculous exercise fads and gimmicks. Anyone remember the Shake Weight, the Hawaii Chair, or the uGallop?

The most recent addition to the silliest exercise fads of all time comes courtesy of Joanna Rohrback, the inventor of “Prancercise”, which has taken the media by storm over the past few days.

What exactly is Prancercise? Rohrback describes Prancercise as “a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait and is ideally induced by elation.”

Based on the viral video, which showcases Rohrback prancercising like an elated horse while wearing ankle weights, the activity is composed of four key movements (referred to as “modes”), which look largely indistinguishable from one another and seem to be mostly random limb-flailing:
1. Walking
2. Trot (“Its really hot!”)
3. Gallop
4. Shadowbox prance

“This form of movement, along with dietary and spiritual principles can create the most satisfying, holistic and successful fitness program one could hope to experience,” claims Rohrback. According to the Prancercise website, approximately 20 years have gone into the development of the above four equine-inspired movements.

While Prancercise is definitely silly in name, form, and promise, to be perfectly honest, there is really nothing wrong with prancing around like a galloping horse through your neighborhood – from a physical activity standpoint.

“Whatever floats your boat,” explained Tim Church, a renowned obesity researcher, when asked about his thoughts on Prancercise.

If running, biking, swimming, walking or other (more accepted) forms of aerobic activity appear dull to you, Prancercise may be just what you’ve been waiting for. Sure, everyone around you may think you’ve lost your mind, but at least you’ll expend a few calories in the process.

To anyone that actually goes out in public and performs these movements: I commend you!

And here is the video that started it all:

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Peter

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