Louis Van Amstel is most widely known for his role as a dance pro on Dancing with the Stars, but in the off months he stays very busy with LaBlast, the fitness program he designed and teaches. It looks like LaBlast may be taking off very soon, especially with a national fitness company on the horizon. Here’s a recent tweet from Louis Van Amstel, who’s currently in Lake Tahoe for some high-powered business meetings…
Important day today. At 5:15, I’m presenting LA Blast to probably the biggest fitness brand on the planet! I’m so excited. Cross your fingers.
Van Amstel’s program is a full-on cardio dance workout designed to use ballroom dancing as a way to lose weight and improve overall fitness. Van Amstel first conceived LaBlast after working with Kelly Osbourne during season nine of Dancing with the Stars. He told the Chicago Sun-Times…
When I was partnered with Kelly, I started thinking to myself, I’m on the number one show in the country, it’s all about dancing, people are loving the dances. They are seeing how fit we are and how the contestants are transforming, so why not create a dance program people could do without a partner and just feel good about themselves? As the season went on, people really connected to her (Kelly’s) transformation, and that’s what LaBlast ultimately does. It builds up your confidence and transforms you on every level.
Already immensely popular in Los Angeles, LaBlast is spreading worldwide and is currently available in Denver, Sarasota as well as in over 40 European dance studios (and growing). In Van Amstel’s native Holland alone, LaBlast currently has 45 certified instructors, and the well-known Crunch gym on Sunset Blvd in LA has partnered with Louis to offer classes.
After transforming the bodies of each of his last three “DWTS” partners – Kelly Osbourne, Niecy Nash, and Margaret Cho (and raising their self-esteem and changing their self-image in the process) – Louis Van Amstel has established himself as the world’s foremost expert on fitness through dance. He explains…
I run this class for the people who think they can’t dance or have two left feet, and offer five challenging levels catering to everyone from the absolute beginner to the very experienced dancer.
Plans are in the works for a home LaBlast DVD and a possible national clothing line. Although Louis Van Amstel still doesn’t know if he’ll return for an eighth season of Dancing with the Stars (the pros aren’t asked back until right before rehearsals begin), things away from the DWTS ballroom are looking up. One has to admire Van Amstel’s ambition and drive.
The new season of Dancing with the Stars premieres at 8/7c on Monday, September 19th on ABC.
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