Fit City: LaBlast

Noa Glow | April 2012

Dancing with the Stars’ Louis van Amstel’s LaBlast dance fitness program has come to Canada, thanks to a partnership with Steve Nash Sports Club.

With the 14th season of Dancing with the Stars in full swing, you may be wishing that you too could be as fit and toned as the celeb dancer-pro partner duos you see on TV. Well, thanks to Louis van Amstel, who’s partnered with such stars as Priscilla Presley, Margaret Cho and Kendra Wilkinson for the show in the past, you can.

Louis van Amstel launched his LaBlast dance fitness program in Canada last February in grand fashion, with a 300-participant class at Richmond’s River Rock Casino Resort. The event kicked off the ballroom champ’s partnership with Steve Nash Sports Club, which is now offering LaBlast classes &#151 led by instructors trained by van Amstel himself &#151 in many of its Lower Mainland locations.

“Each month since the show started airing on CTV on March 19, Steve Nash Sports Club has added LaBlast classes to two more of its locations,” he says. “The idea is that people can watch the show and, simultaneously, they can literally learn to ‘dance with the stars.’”

The best part is you’ll be working your entire body while doing it. “LaBlast incorporates all the fun dances you see on DWTS &#151 disco, salsa, samba, cha-cha-cha and more &#151 except you don’t need a partner,” explains van Amstel. “Dancing is a great workout because it’s a workout in disguise &#151 you’re having fun, dancing to your favourite music and you don’t feel like you’re exercising at all.”

Anyone, of any fitness level, dance ability and age, can do LaBlast, he adds. And, if you prefer to work out at home, van Amstel offers his program in a series of five DVDs available at

“I called it LaBlast partly because it really is a blast of a workout,” he says. “You’ll really have a good time and you’ll be in the best shape of your life, physically.”