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Clowning Around Workout?

Every other Tuesday Laurie Hibberd fills in The Early Show on the latest trends in fashion, music and pop culture with the Hib List.
In my never-ending quest to find the great workout, I've tried them all - aerobics, step, spinning and even yoga. Little did I know that all I had to do was run away to the circus.

The circus workout is challenging on so many levels, it tops the Hib List.

It may look like a lot of clowning around, but don't be fooled by the foolery. The circus workout is an exercise in strength, balance and coordination.

Instructors teach partner acrobatics, juggling and the very challenging trapeze.

"It gives you a lot of different ways to work out. You're moving, you're upside down, you're hanging from things, you're throwing things. It gives you a lot of variety," says circus sports instructor Sarah East Johnson.

And the class is coming to a gym near you soon.

Christmas music: Love it or hate it, you're going to be hearing a lot of this music in the next month. The good news is some of the newer albums are making it much more bearable.

Holiday albums get hipper every year. A Very Special Christmas really started the trend and these days everyone from Rosie to Jewel to 98 Degrees is jingle-bell rocking.

But if you want a Hib List recommendation, I say go to Pottery Barn, because whether you want a cool Christmas or a hip holiday, it has a great music mix.

The Gap: Just when you think it can't top itself, The Gap does it again. This time it mixes urban rap with '40s style choreography to make one of the catchiest commercials of the season. What is it selling? Who cares! It's just fun to watch.

Film festival Web site: If you think film festivals are only for the rich and famous, you are wrong! Leonardo DiCaprio has announced he's running a new kind of film festival, one that doesn't involve a box office. In fact, you never have to leave the comforts of your own home.

Right now it's just a Web page under construction, but soon it will be a full-fledged online film festival. DiCaprio wants young filmmakers to submit their work to be judged by a group of Hollywood experts. To enter, your film can be no longer than 15 minutes, and oddly enough, cannot be shot on film! Video only please.

Winners will be noted online. To enter, just go to www.leofest.com.

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