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jacks • crazes
  1. These ice skates are pretty , but they work just fine.
  2. I'm really out of shape. A few minutes of jumping just about kills me.
  3. Yoga in India.
  4. These books are the all over the world right now.
  5. She is usually not very interested in big .
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1198 Alternative Exercise

Julia and Todd talk about new ways people are getting in shape beyond the basic gym membership.

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You try to recreate the same climate as you'd find in India where yoga originates.

The place where something 'originates' is where it was first created or invented. Notice the following:

  1. Do you know where bread originates?
  2. Some of the earliest forms of writing originated in Mexico.

the big rage

Cross fit's the big rage in America.

Here, 'big rage' is similar 'popular trend' or 'fad.' It's something that many people have recently become interested in. Notice the following:

  1. The singer Adele has become the big rage in the past year.
  2. These shoes are the big rage right now.


People do all of these really old-school exercises, like push ups or pull ups.

Used like this, 'old-school' refers to traditional methods of doing something that may seem outdated now. Notice the following:

  1. She wears a lot of old-school sweaters.
  2. He listens to a lot of old-school music.

jumping jacks

They do like jumping jacks.

'Jumping jacks' are a form of exercise where you start standing up with your hands by your side and then you jump and open both your arms and your legs, then you jump again to return to a starting position. Notice the following:

  1. Jumping jacks are sometimes difficult for children to learn.
  2. We usually do some jumping jacks at the beginning of class to get warmed up.

a big craze

It's actually a big craze where people do more natural body movements.

'A big craze' means the same thing as 'a big rage.' It is something that many people become interested in at the same time. Notice the following:

  1. Fancy electronics are a big craze for people her age.
  2. That diet was a big craze around the year 2000.