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110 of 111 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2004
I had so much fun doing this workout that I forgot I was working out! Sweating in the Spirit includes 3 workouts - 30 min Gospel Aerobics, 10 min Strengthing the Spirit, and 10 min Spirit Stretch - which you can do separately or together. The class is made up of exercisers of all different shapes and sizes. You work out to gospel music, including live performances by Kirk Franklin, Shirley Murdock, and Yolanda Adams. The class is very vocal and enthusiastic, but NOT so much that it gets annoying.

As an instructor, Donna Richardson is very encouraging. She reminds you how important it is to "take care of your temple." She tells you to just have fun and not worry how you look. She makes you feel like you're just dancing with friends, not working out.

The aerobics section is dance-based but the moves aren't too complicated - I didn't get them all at first but I eventually picked them up. The strength section is pilates-based and does not use weights, although you may want to use a mat if you don't have a carpeted floor. In the stretch section, Yolanda Adams sings live and Donna doesn't want to talk over her to cue the moves. She kind of whispers the cues but you basically just have to follow along.

Overall this workout is lots of fun! It's great for beginners and not at all intimidating. I consider myself to be an intermediate exerciser and it still got my heart pumping. For advanced exercisers this would be better for when you want a "light" day.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
This workout is awesome. One of my good friends actually let me borrow hers before I purchased my own. The first time was good, I just had to get the moves. But after the second time it was full steam ahead. Donna definitely deserves some award for this workout. As I'm working out I feel like I am in church and that inspires me to keep moving because I know I can move on to healthy body. You are definitely sweatin and burning calories. Now I have to purchase my own DVD. I can only borrow something so long. :-)
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2004
I purchased this DVD for my mother on her 56th birthday. I found that the dance moves were rather difficult for her, but I realized that this is something that I would like to try. I loved the DVD. It has guest appearances from Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, and more. Overall I realized sweating can be fun. The DVD is a true workout. It has various gospel songs throughout the workout that makes the exercise easier to get to the end. You are so into the music and the familiarity of the songs that you forget that you are sweating and in the spirit all at the same time.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2004
This was the BEST gospel aerobics video I have seen to date. The music is fun and the performance are GREAT. It can be done by overweight and out of shape people like me. It doable and fun.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2005
Workout has more dance style aerobics vs traditional steps. It has helped me reach my goal of becoming healthier. Overall I am happy with this product, it helps boost my energy level and I generally feel better.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2006
I did this tape for the second time today and had a blast sweating and praying. This tape has everything- great music, pretty easy to follow steps and meaningful inspiration. That stretch at the end featuring Yolanda Adams is a particularly great way to start the day. I hope Donna makes more like this one.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2005
I have to say that this is the best work-out DVD I have used. If you are a fan of Gospel music, and you want to work-out, then this is the one for you. As a beginner, I was able to move and get through the routines without too much hassle. This is my first work-out DVD by Donna Richardson, and all I can say is, it is money well spent!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2005
This dvd was very inspiring and uplifting. Exercising with Donna is not just excercise, but it's like going to church. It is very exciting. My daughter and I loved it. It's easy to catch on to. It's basically just like dancing. I would recommend it to anyone.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2005
I like the workout part of the dvd. Donna Richardson does a good job with working you out. It is a little difficult if you have not taken any prior dance instruction. The company that is putting out this dvd has produced a poor quality item. The volume continuously goes up and down. Other than that it gives you a pretty good workout.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2006
I really like this video. It is a lot of fun and easy to follow. I love how they have people of every different size on here; it is encouraging to those who aren't in top physical condition. Donna is very encouraging and the way she introduces new moves, makes it easy to pick up on them. Also, the camera guys do a really great job of really zooming in on her when she's showing a new move rather than just scanning around the room like some other videos do. It's a great buy! I can't wait to get my Sweating in the Spirit 2 video!
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