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30/05/2014 11:46 BST | Updated 29/07/2014 06:59 BST

Day 74 ! Jungle Body - Special Guest Review

For those of you who've been paying attention (there will be a short quiz at the end of this blog), you will know the importance the lovely Miss Yau places on a good name for a fitness class. And in this, amongst many other things - that woman is an oyster of wisdom, I tell you - she is absolutely right.

Which is how I found myself in an Islington studio on a rather sticky Thursday evening, about to attempt to get my very own 'Jungle Body'.

Having done my research - I am nothing if not paranoid - I uncovered this quote from the website - "A one hour Konga (the specific Jungle Body class offered) class can burn over 700 calories due to the "switch-up" formula and the sustained, high intensity nature of the workout."

I won't lie to you, I was terrified.

But I needn't have been. Don't get me wrong, it was hard work - several weeks of that and you really would have the kind of body normally associated with Amazonian warrior goddesses - but it was So. Much. Fun.

The class is split into a series of tracks, each with four very simple moves that the lovely Instructor Dani - beaming throughout - took us through step by step. Each track had a wildly different theme, so expect to be doing some classic 80s aerobics, hip-hop strutting, 20's cabaret, boxing, sexy thrusting - in one track, boxing *then* sexy thrusting, that was a new one, believe me - all to a killer soundtrack.

I will certainly be going back. It's worth it for the cabaret version of 'Crazy in Love' alone.

Signed, Miss R xx

Full blog posts and photo of special guest reviewer can be found here!

The Need To Know:

- Where: Pulse Dance Studios (http://www.pulsedancestudios.co.uk)

- Nearest Station: Angel (4mins)

- When: Thursdays 19.00

- How Much: Drop-in around £6 for single class

The Want to Know:

- Who's it For: For those who a mixed up mash up dance cardio class

- Sweat Scale: 9/10.

- Strength / Cardio / Flexi / Tone: Cardio and toning

- Complexity: 6/10.

- Fun Factor: 8/10.

- Changing Facilities: A toilet and a couple cubicles for changing

- Instructor Inspiration: 8/10. Infectious enthusiasm!

The Stats:

- Total Time: 55mins

- Calories Burnt: 258. A decent 4.7 calories-burnt-per-minute

- Average Heart Rate: 116

- Max Heart Rate: 151