Sports centres launch African-inspired class


A new exercise craze with an African twist could spell success for fitness fanatics as it takes off in the city.

Bokwa, an African war dance-inspired workout, has arrived in Coventry and sees participants take part in kickboxing-style dances which are made easier to understand by using letters of the alphabet to mark out the steps.

The Bokwa classes are being hosted at two of the three Coventry Sports Foundation-managed sites in the city – the Xcel Leisure Centre in Canley and Centre AT7 in Foleshill.

Nicole Freeman, studio co-ordinator from Coventry Sports Foundation, said: “Bokwa is an exciting new dance fitness craze which we believe will challenge the already popular Zumba classes as the latest fitness trend.

“We have already seen large numbers of our dance class participants signing up for this new class, with a large number of the Zumba class also trying this.

“We always aim to keep our classes new, fresh and exciting for our members and that’s why we are always adding to the number and variety of classes we offer.

“There is also a strong desire to offer something for everyone and Bokwa is something that anyone, regardless of age or gender, can take part in and enjoy.”

The Bokwa classes run at Centre AT7 every Tuesday at 10.15am, with a more advanced Bokwa 2 class hosted at the Xcel Leisure Centre every Saturday at 10.15am.

Bokwa classes are free to Coventry Sports Foundation Lifestyles Health and Fitness members but are open to all on a pay-as-you-go basis from £3.50 per adult.

For more information on Bokwa, Lifestyles Health and Fitness membership or any of the other activities on offer at all three of the Coventry Sports Foundation-managed sites visit or call 02476 308258.

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