Dancing With the Stars: Fat Burning Cardio Dance
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The DVD is divided into four different sections: Mambo, Jazz, Hustle, and Cooldown. This is what I thought of each individual section:
Mambo Mix - This first section fuses Mambo and Salsa moves together, and I'm afraid that the different tempos of the two dances in addition to Edyta Sliwinska's (the instructor for this routine) bad cuing makes this low impact segment the worst of the bunch. While you start off by doing some very easy and slow mambo steps to the side, forward, and back, Edyta soon adds in moves that are very fast, and the two different speeds just don't really feel right together. Edyta does do a good job, for the most part, of slowing down each move before bringing it up to tempo, but there are a few times when she teaches the move incorrectly and never corrects herself, leaving the viewer to notice the mistake a few minutes later when doing the move quickly. Overall, the moves were very Latin and sexy, but the speed differences between the two styles was just too awkward for me.
Hollywood Jazz - Kym Johnson leads this routine which is a mixture of many styles of dance such as: Swing, Jazz, Broadway, Charleston, and more. Kym starts off with a very slow fosse move, but the rest of the routine is very high cardio and very much fun to do with moves that include fast kicks and lunges. The cuing is really well done, and most of the moves are broken down to teach but brought up to tempo before the heart rate falters.Read more ›
Edyta started off fine but then she ended up going way to fast and did not explain alot of the steps that well. I was very impressed with another DVD that had Kym in it and am able to do that dance but this one she did same thing was lost part way through. I felt that out of all the dances Chelsie was the best and easiest to follow.
I will give it another try but it is not fun doing a DVD that you get frustrated doing
A good place to check the level of workout is collagevideo.com. They will give you a breakdown of beginner, intermediate & advanced, this will give you a starting point because in the Dances with the Stars videos they go from Beginner to Intermediate/Advanced. This dvd is considered "intermediate".
The dvd is broken down in three sections mambo, where Edyta is your instructor, Hollywood Jazz, with Kym & Hustle & Pop with Chelsea. My favorite was Chelsea's section because the moves were retro, fun and you move a lot. My least favorite was Edyta's, because it didn't seem to flow as well. I took dance training for many years growing up, so I have done many of these steps before, and it is just a matter of learning the combos and speed of the movements. After doing it once I had most of the moves down, but it would probably take me, as an intermediate/advanced exerciser about 3 run throughs to really have everything down-pat, and probably a bit longer to look polished and have memorized the steps so that they flow well.
Dislikes: The videos really should have a special segment that breaks down each move, this would make this dvd appeal to many more people, as some do not have dance experience but want to learn. The breakdown section could be aside from the workout so that you are not consistently having to slow down, but at the beginning this would be helpful and probably more people would have stuck through it if they had some instruction and additional follow-the trainer kind of moves.Read more ›
Just to give you a little bit of my workout history. I've been able to stay in good shape over the years working out mostly with at home workout DVDs. I even had a few VHS workouts that I used back in my teen years. Back when it was common for supermodels to release their workout program(Cindy Crawford, Kathy Ireland, and Elle McPherson). I've done various workouts: aerobics, step aerobics, tae-bo, circuit training, pilates, etc.
I had devised my own weekly workout regime that I had stuck with for the past 3 years. Consisting of strength training from a DVD, some ab work from a DVD and my cardio was walking my dogs and the treadmill. After so long of doing the same thing I was getting bored. I spent months trying different videos that I already had in my collection to get me out of my rut. I was still looking for something to make me more excited to workout. I've always loved dancing but I'm not a dancer. One area I felt I needed to improve was my cardio stamina. So in a rather spur of the moment decision I bought Julianne Hough's Cardio Ballroom and her new release Just Dance. I began learning the Cardio Ballroom workout this past October.
During another shopping trip right around the first of the new year I noticed the 2 newest DWTS workouts that were on sale(this one I'm reviewing and DWTS: Ballroom Buns and Abs). I bought both DVDs that feature the same 3 pros. So for the past 2 months now I've ditched Julianne's workouts and I've focused on the DWTS DVDs. I interchange them depending on the day. I like this workout a lot. I do the complete video each time, all 3 dances plus the cooldown.Read more ›
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This is not much of a workout. I can't imagine actually losing weight with this DVDPublished 17 months ago by Tiffany
I was looking forward to this DVD as a workout on days when I can't make the gym and I was very disappointed. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Suzy Q
If you don't have dance class experience you will be absolutely lost. You have to remember lots of moves and do them very quickly. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by JKD in NM
I'm not one who innately loves working out, so it's really important for me to find workouts I enjoy if I have any chance of making it a regular, healthy habit. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Candace N. N'Diaye
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I bought this in a store before I read the reviews..bad move. I found it very difficult to follow. If you are not experienced in ballroom dancing, I would not recommend this DVD. Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by TB
I found this DVD to be a lot of fun! Yes, definitely challenging and hard to keep up with at first. But I think that is a good part of it! Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by MissDiamonds
This product is one of the best I have ever bought. The exercises are wonderful and funny. I've learnt a lot of it!Published on August 9, 2012 by Jalihegi