Dancing With the Stars: Ballroom Buns & Abs
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"Ballroom Buns and Abs" is divided into four sections: Rock, Paso Doble, Argentine Tango, and the Cooldown. Here is what I thought of all the routines seperately:
Rock'n Abs - Led by Edyta Sliwinska this routine is largely composed of Jive moves with a few other styles of moves mixed in. Edyta, who is upbeat and encouraging the whole time, teaches very well by slowing down the moves to half tempo and doing them with the viewer several times slowly before moving onto tempo and then the next step. The first 5 minute section is spent teaching you combo 1, and the second 5 minute section teaches you the first part of combo 2. Then the third 5 minutes finishes combo 2 and puts both combos together for a high cardio routine that you do a few times through. Although the moves are taught slowly, you will still get a cardio workout because the moves are really fast and high-impact with kicking, triple-stepping, and twisting included in them (very reminiscent of the moves in Jive sections of the previous DWTS DVDs). These moves are designed to work the abs, but I mostly felt this workout in my calves even though the twisting worked my abs a bit, too.
Paso Doble - Next up is the Paso Doble with Chelsea Hightower. The majority of the moves are traditional Paso Doble and Flamenco moves taught with leg-toning in mind. Chelsea is just as chirpy (without being over the top) as Edyta is, but she has a different teaching style.Read more ›
The PROMISE: Tango, Paso & Rock your way to sexy dancer's curves.
If you watch Dancing With The Stars (or So You Think You Can Dance), there's no denying that the lady dancers have, well, insano-bods. I mean seriously. LOOK at them! No wonder their outfits are so, barely there. Hell, if I were them, I'd be naked all the time!
Aside from wanting to live in their abs, I also wanted to learn how to move the way they do. I've been on a bit of a dance kick lately, so I was really excited to try this workout. Like most new dance workouts, I did this one twice before writing this review. And while my dreams of being ballroom dancing superstar are perhaps a little unrealistic at this point (lol, who am I kidding!), I might still be able to get a ballroom bum bum. Bring on the Tango!
* Running Time: 60 minutes total, broken up into 3 sections.
* # of Workouts: 1-3
* Equipment Needed: A chair for the Argentine Tango & a mirror will help.
* Trainers: Chelsie Hightower, Edyta Silwinska, Kim Johnson
* Bonus Features: Ability to customize your workout & a music only option (YAY!)
* Approx. Cost? $10 - $15 on Amazon.com
Music: Instrumental ballroom, matched to the style of dance. Very much in the background.
Style: Choreographed cardio & dance, with a focus on sculpting & repetition.
Difficulty: Intermediate. Moves are fast at times and not always well explained. Unless you're a dancer, expect a few run-throughs before you feel confident.
Best Suited For: Dancey peeps or those not afraid of a challenge.
The Morning After: Really felt some soreness in my tush & thighs. It wasn't terrible, but noticeable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very well cued and simple to follow routine if you take it slow and do your best to really properly learn the routines. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Fiona McLeod
Pretty fast paced. I couldn't get the hang of the moves as quickly as they were presented.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am starting to work out more to get back in shape. I have not worked with this video to long, but out of the videos I have, this is one of my favorites so far. Read morePublished 20 months ago by eaytech
I am a fan of dance work out DVDs, but this one did not impress me. As a dance instructor, I can tell you that the instruction in this DVD is subpar, not to mention the fact that... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kelley Elliott
If you are looking for a great intense workout, this is it! Just what I was looking for. Fast shipping. Great value. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tina H.
I got these with the thought of doing them at home. I have a 2 and 4 yo and they will not give you the time or space to do them :) You need A LOT of room to get the full impact of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Heather