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The Workout

BollyX is a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography with the hottest music from around the world. Its 50-minute cardio workout cycles between higher and lower-intensity dance sequences to get you moving, sweating, and motivated all at the same time. At the very core of a BollyX workout is the inspiration it draws from the music and dance of Bollywood, the film industry of India. We embody the infectious energy, expression and movement of Bollywood and aim to expand the reach of fitness to more people worldwide.

Our fitness curriculum has been created by world-class choreographers and certified fitness professionals to ensure a safe and powerful total body dance workout for all. The BollyX fitness program and instructor training is endorsed by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) in Canada as an approved provider for continuing education units/credits (CEUs/CECs). BollyX utilizes interval training techniques; the unique workout not only tones your entire body but also burns serious calories – participants have recorded a calorie burn of 500-800 calories per session. No prior dance experience is required – just a positive attitude and the desire to unleash your inner swagger!

BollyX pushes the world of fitness forward to a new kind of experience. Because getting you in the best shape of your life is one thing, but giving you the platform to feel like a Bollywood star simultaneously is a whole other ball game.

The Company

Fresh off the semi-finals of “America’s Got Talent,” Shahil Patel was plotting his next move to bring Bollywood to the masses. Meanwhile, Minal Mehta, marketing maven and Harvard MBA, was looking to build a badass brand that brought people together. Together, they teamed up to combine their passions for fitness and Bollywood dance… and BollyX was born!

In June 2013, Shahil and Minal launched their first BollyX classes in Boston, MA. Partnering with boutique gyms, national gym chains, and dance studios, they quickly found that not only was there a tremendous appetite for Bollywood fitness classes among consumers, but that fitness instructors were also looking for a fresh new class to bring to their students.

Fast forward a few months – There are now 1,500+ BollyX trainees and instructors and counting, located between major cities such as Boston, NYC, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. BollyX instructors include experienced dancers and fitness trainers who teach Les Mills, Zumba, CrossFit, Pilates, and TRX. BollyX is also headlining at IDEA World, the fitness industry’s largest convention, and has won the Harvard Business School award of “Most Innovative” new venture of 2015.

As the BollyX instructor community rapidly expands, it’s just a matter of time before BollyX comes to a gym near you.

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Testimonials

  • Trainee Review

    I just want to take a moment to thank you for such a wonderful training! 30 years in the fitness industry means nothing if you don’t stay true to your primary focus, which is that of helping people. And, finding a way to do it that makes them WANT to get healthy & remain healthy. I think BollyX is a fantastic way to inspire many!!! Thank you for helping me find a new way to cue. There is ALWAYS more to learn and/or ways to do things better. One great aspect about life! Thank you for your amazing graciousness in humbly helping our small group to grow professionally. And, most of all, thanks for being such a caring person. Yvette Ford, Connecticut
  • Student Review

    I am a huge advocate for simply getting up and MOVING in ways that challenge my body in order to stay fit, and for me, BollyX definitely accomplishes that and more. I have very little dance experience and especially none in Bollywood dance but the combination of the rhythmic moves and various postures were a blast and had my muscles burning and heart pounding for the length of the class! Julian Camastra, BU Grad Student
  • Student Review

    BollyX just rocks. It’s an amazing place to get a solid workout, learn some Bollywood dance moves, and meet people. I’d highly recommend it to anyone trying to get in great shape and have a blast doing it. Honestly, I’ve never done a dance fitness class before. As a former college athlete, I thought it would be too easy. Then I tried BollyX and they kicked my butt – now I’m back every week loving it! Brint Markle, Entrepreneur
  • Student Review

    BollyX has intensified my passion for dancing in ways I never saw coming. Working up a sweat has never felt so effortless and the enthusiasm of the instructors bring this class to a whole new level. Not only is this an effective workout that leaves my body feeling awesome, it also opened my mind to a whole new culture of music and dancing that I have a new appreciation for. Ingy Alhelawe, BU Dental Student
  • Student Review

    BollyX is amazing! Awesome instructors, energetic music, and tons of fun! Even an uncoordinated and lanky guy like me can do it and have a blast. And, I actually feel like I’m becoming a better dancer in the process. I was really surprised by how quickly I started picking things up. Nicholas Sze, Consultant
  • Student Review

    I keep coming back to BollyX because it brings passion and soul into an intense workout routine that always leaves me feeling happy and uplifted. The Bollywood flare, the cheerful beats, and above all the passionate instructors make it an experience unlike any other I have had in fitness classes! Hong Gou, Biotech Marketing Manager
  • Student Review

    BollyX is a great way to get in a great workout and have a ton of fun. The thoughtful mix of dances and strength calisthenics makes the class a fun substitute for my usual boring treadmill and weights routine. The instructors are fantastic, the environment is judgement-free, and the workout is awesome! Kirsten Schulte, MBA Student
  • Studio Owner Review

    Thank you to the BollyX team for coming up with such a fun program that exposes participants to the beauty of Bollywood steps and music while seamlessly fusing it with mainstream dance fitness components. The iDance Boston clients loved it and are excited to have you continue to offer it at the studio. From a business owner standpoint, it has been an absolute pleasure to interact with all of your team members from planning to execution. Your energy is contagious! Keep up the amazing work! Monica Bou, iDance Boston
  • Trainee Review

    If you enjoy Bollywood and Bhangra music and dancing, take this training! I learned so many interesting facts and authentic techniques about various styles of South Asian dancing at the BollyX Certification course. If you are a fitness or dance instructor, it will take your dancing skills and knowledge of South Asian culture to another level. If you aren’t a fitness instructor but want to share your love of South Asian dancing and music, you can start your journey here. You won’t regret taking this training course. Fen Tung, Boston
  • Trainee Review

    BollyX training was a great experience! The founders of BollyX are kind, thorough and innovative. Being a busy student, BollyX allows me to kill two birds with one stone–get a great workout and still feel the ecstasy from a great dance routine. I can’t wait to teach BollyX and spread the movement. Mili Shah, Boston
  • Trainee Review

    I was so excited to be a part of the first BollyX training in Boston! The 8 hour day was filled with information on different styles of South Asian dance and how to maximize the fitness potential with every move. The music and choreographies are so much fun and very easy to follow. I definitely now have a solid base of knowledge to build from and I can’t wait to teach my first BollyX class! Anita Patel, Boston
  • Trainee Review

    I had an incredible time training for BollyX. The format, song selection, basic steps and goals behind BollyX were broken down and taught in a very easy and enjoyable manner. Harlean Ahuja, Chicago
  • Media Review

    Between the upbeat energy of the class, the motivating instructor, the unique fusion of cultures and music, it’s easy to forget you’re getting a great workout. Stephanie Cohn, Boston Magazine
  • Media Review

    We moved fast, we broke a serious sweat, and we had blast. I think we even each picked up a few new moves to try out on the bar dance floors…Point anyone? Tell the DJ to pump it up! Just Us Gals