Video: Are you ready to Prancersize?
posted at 12:42 pm on May 31, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Er … no:
Is it my imagination, or is the first piece of music an instrumental for Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London”? Sure sounds like it to me, and believe me, this is about as far from the mental imagery of that piece of classic rock as it gets. It comes up again at the 4-minute mark too, if you can manage to get that far without laughing the weight off of you.
CBS reports that this is going viral, but it may not be all that effective:
Just what exactly is Prancercise? It’s a “springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait and ideally induced by elation,” Rohrback writes on theexercise’s official website.
Billed as an alternative to workouts at the gym, Rohrback says Prancercise aims to get people back into nature with free-spirited exercising while listening to favorite music to stay engaged. Diet is also a crucial component of Prancercise, with instructions that foods that induce cravings should be eliminated. Rohrback has also written a book on the subject, “Prancercise: The Art of Physical and Spiritual Excellence.” The Florida woman developed the activity in 1989, according to her bio. …
Prancercise burned about 4.2 calories per minute, Platkin determined, which is similar to walking slowly (about 2.5 milers per hour) while carrying something. About one more calorie per minute can be burned by the Prancercise Trot, he said, pointing out the activity has a similar expenditure as walking briskly while carrying something, like weights. The Prancercise Gallop burned the most — 5.86 calories per minute — and is similar to dancing.
Compared to other exercises, Prancercise burns more calories than yoga (2.92 calories per minute), he said, and given the equestrian connection with the exercise, Platkin also compared it to horseback riding and found comparable calorie burning (4.687 calories per minute).
Brisk race walking, however, can burn more calories than Prancercise, about 7.6 per minute, Platkin said.