With 340 million views on Youtube, its safe to say that music video for the Korean pop song "Oppa Gangnam Style" has become an Internet sensation. It swept into popularity last month due partly to its catchy tune but mostly due to its over-the-top choreography.
The crazy popularity of the K-pop also caught the attention of Laurel Noel, the director of the Chesterfield Athletic Club. She decided to add the song to the lineup in the fitness dance classes she teaches.
"I just heard people talking about it, so I looked at it and I realized how much fun it was," she said. "It's just a silly, funny dance and I thought it would be perfect to segue it into the classes."
Noel has been in the fitness industry for 23 years and said it's important to keep up with the rise and fall of trends, especially with something like an aerobics-oriented dance class. If it becomes too repetitive, people become bored, which is death to their determination. By mixing in Internet sensation's like the "Gangnam style" video, popular music and international flavors, you can keep people engaged.
"When you take a fun element like that, they are not really focusing on 'Gosh, I wish this was over' or "Gosh, this is hard,'" she said. "It's a distraction and allows you to really enjoy yourself.
The Chesterfield Athletic Club is located at Highway 40 and Chesterfield Parkway West, near the DoubleTree Hotel. For details on how to sign up for the class, call 636.532.9992 or or visit their website.