Dancing one's way into fitness amid COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 23) — While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to stay at home, this hasn't stopped 808 Studio from giving fitness buffs and newbies alike their dose of exercise and fun amid the health crisis.

"Imagine a dance fitness party that really gives you a full-body workout and we have our 808 DJs that create exclusive mixes for each class. So no experience is the same and I think that's what people love about it so much," 808 Studio co-founder Sofia Coyiuto told CNN Philippines' The Exchange With Rico Hizon.

Gyms and fitness centers are among the industries forced to scale down on-site operations or even shut their doors in light of strict quarantine measures since the onset of the pandemic last year.

Luckily, the Manila-based boutique dance fitness studio is set to celebrate its first anniversary in a few days and is nothing but grateful for the huge member turnout in its virtual dance classes.

For one, co-founder Dorthee Li attributes this to the growing demand for "unique" fitness experiences online especially over the last year.

"We hold multiple classes daily. What happens now is we have classes which have more than 300 attendees in one class. That's really amazing because you know, we can never do that in a physical studio setting," she explained.

But more than the numbers, Li is amazed at how 808 Studio has gone beyond its classes and even led to the creation of a community among members.

"So what happens is people who don't know each other in person, they actually become friends and support each other not only inside the classes but also outside," Li said.

Ultimately, this reflects the studio co-founders' vision of creating something fun and inclusive for all, they added.