‘Why exercise when you can Prancercise?’

Posted at 1:21 PM, May 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-31 13:21:33-04

A new workout craze - or maybe it's just crazy - we'll let you decide.

Wild horses couldn't keep us from reporting on this new exercise routine...why exercise when you can prancercise?

Is it a workout, or is it a spoof? It is definitely something to behold. Let's pick up the pace.

With Prancercise trot that's really hot.

The outfit, the jewelry, the 80s this real?

When you Prancercise, what's it make you feel like?

"Um, it makes me feel liberated."

60-year old Joanna Rohrback of Florida invented Prancercising 25 years ago.

"It didn't really start catching on until this week I think."

When blogs started featuring the video she put online last year. She'd already written a book and created a website. She describes Prancercising as...

"A springy, rhythmic movement forward similar to a horse's gait, ideally induced by elation."

She's elated by the web's sudden discovery of Prancercising, even if much of the commentary is mocking. On The Huffington Post, her fitness routine was put on the comedy page.

The web though can be kind of harsh?

"I know, but you know what? I'll take all of it. The harsh. The goof. Everything, because that's what getting famous is about, right?"

The lady's got horse-sense. There are four modes of Prancercising, most of them done wearing ankle weights.

"We're really going to cut the noose and let it loose with the Prancercise gallop!"

Joanna says Prancercising is great aerobic exercise, low impact on the body, and lots of fun. It reminded us of an episode of friends in which Rachel discovers that running unself-consciously like a goofball can feel great.

Now, it's your turn.

"I'm channeling my inner horse. This is exhausting."

As for all that mockery, Joanna takes it in stride.

Well, maybe my presence because I'm not a youngster, not wearing you know, the usual pierced ear and punk hairdo."

She's a horse of a different color, all right.