If you want to give yourself a bigger workout during Tahitian class, you can make a hip belt weight.
1. Buy a bicycle tire inner tube. Make sure it is long enough to be able to knot around your hips. Also, the longer the tube, the more it will weigh. I would also look for a soft and more pliable inner tube. Otherwise it is harder to tie when filled with sand if the inner tube is too thick.
2. Tie off one end and fill with sand from one end to the other. Pack it in good. I shake it and tap it down and keep filling.Then tie off the other end.
Then you are done! Just tie it around your hips during class or whenever you practice Tahitian dancing! I just wear it the whole class.