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Tummy tonin' dance party!
on November 19, 2006
This is a new workout in the Dance Off The Inches series, which I just discovered. Marie Forleo, who leads Crunch Cardio Dance Blast and Prevention's Dance Yourself Thin returns to lead you through a fun dance workout with some focus on the abs. She is joined by 4 friends, including Michelle Dozois who has been seen in numerous other fitness videos. They are ready to Dance off the Inches in a very cozy living room like setting.
There is a step guide that will teach you many of the moves that make up the foundation of the dance routines. I found this to be very helpful as I am a complete clod when it comes to dance workouts, though I am trying to work them into my workout regimen for additional variety. Marie will show you the move and repeat it several times depending on if there is a variation of the move in the working whether it's a traveling move or specific arm movements.
You start with a brief warmup then you go right into the first dance routine which is the Tummy Toning Funk Combo. Steps seen in this routine include funky two steps, step touch w/a bounce, double lunges (heel toe move), triple step, twist step, hip circles, step cross, walk ups, grapevines and body rolls. Marie teaches one step at a time, repeats it a bit until you have it down, then will gradually add on steps, each time taking the routine from the top. While some might find this repetitive, I found it helpful to learn it faster.
The next dance routine is the latin combo, taught in the same format. Steps in this segment include rock steps, cha chas, sunshine arms, sambas, twist & hold, lazy merengue, latin combia, more hip circles, and triple lunges. After this segment you cooldown and stretch a little before moving on to the floor for more concentrated ab work.
The ab segment called the Belly Blaster is about 10 minutes, but contains some unique and interesting moves. You start with traditional crunches in various counts, then you will add a knee pulling in and pressing out, then you will cross over and pulse then an isometric hold, then you will finish with some unique lower ab work. This sequence is repeated once. Then you will do another set of exercises including circle crunches, lift & pulses to the middle, then crossing over to each side.
I liked this workout, Marie as always does a great job here. I am glad to see her get more leads in videos, I like her style of instruction and she is enthusiastic and fun. She makes the steps look so easy too. Overall a good choice for those looking for a fun dance workout that isn't too difficult. Plus the step guide is a really helpful tool. 4 and a half stars for this one.