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Liz Delgado, a 30-year-old mother from Miami, does the Vixen Workout because it makes her feel sexy.

“I did it for two months in Miami at least twice a week,” she said. “I was on Instagram begging them to come to Gainesville.”

The Vixen Workout, a club-style dance workout that originated in Miami, made its way to Gainesville last week as part of its School of Ratchét Tour.

Having enjoyed activities like Zumba, I thought the Vixen Workout would not be much different. However, it was a completely unique experience.

The girls, many sporting Vixen Army T-shirts, entered through the VIP section of Simon’s and were set up in rows of five.

The workout started at about 7:15 p.m. with a story-style introduction of some of the dance moves by Janet Jones, a former Miami Heat dancer and creator of the Vixen Workout.

It went something like this:

You’re driving around and getting it, and there’s a move for that, then you get hungry, so you strike your hunger pose.

Then, you do the milkshake and add a squat to make your milkshake bring all the boys to the yard.

If you do this in front of your apartment, boys will come, she said. Then, you get a booty call, and there’s a move for that. When you wake up the next morning, and he’s gone, it’s OK because we’re strong women and we got this, and that was also a move.

The twerking, percolating and booty shaking started when the music came through the speakers. Some of the songs played included Lil Wayne’s “Love Me,” Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” and Jay-Z’s “On to the Next One.”

Jones jumped into a high-intensity choreographed routine, letting the participants learn as they went and encouraging enthusiasm.

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After an hour of intense squats and leg workouts disguised as club dancing, we were all sweating and smiling.

When Jones, who now has a child, created this workout, it was to provide confidence and an hour of escape to women of all ages.

“I think it’s a common need for women to feel seen whether you’re 18 or 65,” she said. “All of a sudden, at 19, you’re supposed to decide what you want to do and who you are, and it’s a lot of pressure. With this workout, no one is judging you. It’s invigorating and empowering.”

The tour has made its way through Florida, leaving behind a trail of dedicated followers, and it shouldn’t be long before Vixen Workouts are popping up in clubs all over town.

“It’s such a good workout and so fun,” Delgado said.

A version of this story ran on page 8 on 10/24/2013 under the headline "Vixen Workout booty-pops its way into Gainesville"

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