Healthy Hollywood: Get Movin’ Monday – Dance With Maks!

“Dancing with the Stars” season 13 is still a few months away, but fans can get their Maks fix now. The “DWTS” phenom has his own chain of dance studios – Dance With Me – there are 3 studios in the New York metro area and one opening in LA.

Maks Chmerkovskiy reveals to Healthy Hollywood he started his first studio as a teen, “I opened up my first studio called Rising Star Dance Academy (it’s not part of Dance With Me) – it’s all kids… I opened it when I was 16 and I had no idea what I was doing.”

Now, 31, Maks not only teaches celebs how to move, but also trains us regular folks and “DWTS” troupe members. I mean - what woman wouldn’t want to tango with Maks? Sign me up!

“I love dancing. I love what it does and I love promoting it,” states Maks.

What dancing does is shape shift many a body into a toned body of work. Need proof? Just check out Kirstie Alley or other “DWTS” slim-down alum Kelly Osbourne.

“Dancing is a great workout because it requires you to use every inch of your body. Its high intensity and the dynamic rhythmical changes elevate your heart and burns calories faster than regular cardio,” states “DWTS” troupe member, Ted Volynets, who also trains at Dance With Me studio. “The fact that dancing is a FULL body workout results in it sculpting your entire body. You are losing weight and toning up simultaneously. Your core muscles are engaged the entire time, holding your posture strengthens your back, and your legs are always active.”

Yet, for those who feel darn right silly getting on the dance floor, Ted has this advice - “It’s cliche but it’s true: ‘Dance like no one is watching.’ As with anything else in life, if you are caught up with what other people are thinking, you are missing the moment and opportunity to better yourself!”

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