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Paula Abdul - Cardio Dance (2000)

Paula Abdul  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Paula Abdul
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2000
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305973385
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,628 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Behind-the-Scenes Photo Shoot Featurette
  • Music Only Audio Option
  • Instructor Cueing Enhanced Audio Option For Working Out To Your Own Music

Editorial Reviews

Who said exercise has to be like work? This is a workout for people who want to have fun! Paula Abdul brings you the best of her own unique style in this dance-packed cardio workout, followed by lower body toning and a dancer’s stretch. Count on it, you’ll break a sweat, AND, you’ll get in shape. The cardio segment is taught dance-class style, a segment at a time, then you’ll put it all together at the end. Paula teaches each routine slowly, then speeds it up to tempo. Paula’s style of dance – classy yet funky and "edgy" choreography – looks challenging, yet the basic steps are simple. She makes the transitions between steps so smooth, you’ll be into the next move without even knowing how you got there. Plus, if you’re a "footwatcher," you’ll have the advantage of watching the steps in reverse, with Paula facing the same direction as you learn. In the lower body toning segment, be ready for some classic dance-inspired exercises to tone and define your thighs, buttocks and calves. These exercises are moves that dancers use as part of their core training.

Customer Reviews

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145 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Paula Gets The Gold March 17, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
What a tape this is! WOW! Paula Abdul really gets your heartrate going, and she is great company to sweat with.At first the dance moves DO seem a bit complex but they are easily mastered and really work your body out. What I like the most is that the warm-up is quick and effective, then Ms. Paula takes you right into the dancing. And how-these are some real funky moves! She takes it slow(and uses an inset box which I find useless), and after a few times you'll get it. If anyone expect to pop in an excerise tape and have to routine after only 5 minutes-you have got another thing coming.After the dance routine, Paula does some real great toning and stretching. The workout really burns in you legs and thighs(hey-it's that "good" burn), and the stretching feels fantastic for you back and legs.If you consider yourself a beginner try Paula's first tape "Get Up And Dance". Otherwise pick you this tape(or DVD!) and get to it.
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118 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcomed Dance/Exercise Video April 12, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a instructional video for all who want to have a good workout and the added benefit is learning fun, trendy fast paced dance moves which is incorporated into all of the exercises. The workout is different in that respect than the standard exercise tapes- unlike anything else out there on the market. I'm 18, and I'm very glad I found this video as I would have never had an opportunity to learn those kinds of hip dance moves- I had no idea how fun they are to do and can imagine what I'll feel like once I master them. The moves remind me a little of the dances done in a Christina Aguilera video or that kind. The workout is very good- I was really sweating, yet at the same time it's manageable. As she does the workout in full screen, the footwork is demonstrated in a small square at the bottom of the screen with Paula facing the same direction as me.
On my first try, I couldn't follow much of it and I don't imagine there are many who would be able to without a few practices. Yet don't forget, even professional dance classes require that the dancers practice- if practice was not needed, I suppose no one would take them as there would be no need to. I didn't let what I could not do right away deter me and it shouldn't stop you either as again, almost everything takes effort and practice- even popular Tae-Bo (trust me) :-). When I couldn't follow the moves to this video, I tried my best moving my feet and keeping my heart rate going, not stopping. Yet I can see how it's very manageable where only a few plays of the tape and I'll get down the moves perfectly in step.
Paula Abdul is sweet, her personality is warm and sincere- not at all demanding, arrogant or into herself as you may find in some funk or 'cool' dance tapes.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something Tae Bo CAN'T do January 21, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I can understand why many of the previous reviewers thought this DVD was too technically difficult to follow. I mean, hey, she was a former Laker girl, for crying out loud. BUT, after only owning this DVD for two whole days, I've gotten the routine down....AND I like it!
Paula Abdul is ever-known for her funky dance style, and she really expresses it in this workout video. Granted, the steps are really hard to follow when you try it out for the first time (like I felt yesterday). However, by the second or third time through, YOU FINALLY GET IT. And you get a decent cardio work out while doing it.
More importantly, I think "Cardio Dance" emphasizes one component of fitness often overlooked by the fitness denizens of today: coordination! I notice when I take dance classes (including this DVD), I feel more nimble and able to tackle other workouts more effectively. Your stability and posture improve, not to mention your confidence.
You may not sweat buckets doing this DVD, but you will improve your foot coordination and HAVE FUN! Paula's enthusiasm is great, and her program is well-choreographed. The ballet-based toning exercises are good, focusing A LOT on "plies", lifts for your calves, and stretches to finish off.
Keep in mind, it's easier to do this DVD on a non-carpeted floor (although not impossible on a carpet as long as you pick your feet up), and you will need a fair amount of room in which to follow the routine.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You will sweat! June 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I just bought this video because I had abdominal surgury a few weeks ago and could not keep up my high energy kick boxing schedule (I've been too tired!). I also do not get to go out dancing like I used to, so I thought this would be fun. I was right, this is fun. I watched the video several times before trying the moves and it is taking some time to learn the steps (I don't dare look in the mirror!). Even though I have only gotten through the first section, I am looking forward to completing the video. It gets me warmed up quickly without over taxing and Paula is upbeat and cheerful. I feel happy when I'm done and enjoy the somewhat funky dance moves. My 8 year old daughter likes to watch it too!
PS You will need a large area to get a good workout. Also this workout is hard on the ankles.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully uncheesy January 2, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The idea of exercising in front of my television set generally embarrasses me; perhaps I associate exercise videos with dancers in the background squealing "WOOOO!" every time they lift their legs. Paula Abdul's video is wonderfully understated, very challenging, and a true pleasure to dance to. That's the key, though--you're learning a dance and then doing it; you're not repeatedly doing the grapevine and the whatever else they call various aerobic steps. I have a dance background, and I found the routine challenging at first. I just played the DVD twice in a row until I could feel a bit less disoriented and clumsy (and I'm not a clumsy person). I was glad I stuck with it, however, because her moves are really fun and her music is not the least bit annoying.
I did not give the video five stars because, as another reviewer indicated, you need a very large space in order to do the routines adequately. Very few people I know have the kind of space in their living rooms they'd need to do this workout correctly. I just did things diagonally instead of right/left and front/back, but I would have rather not found myself crashing into my table here and my couch there.
One final note: another reviewer found her insert box useless, but I found it very helpful to watch the moves done from the direction I was facing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Paula's Best Feel Good Party Dance Workout
I absolutely love this dvd! I have the original vhs tape and bought the dvd as soon as I learned it was on dvd. Read more
Published 1 month ago by royalty1022
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE it!
When I was in Jr. High, I had put on some weight and wanted to lose it before the summer was over. My grandmother had 'Paula Abdul's Get up and Dance and Paula Abdul Cardio Dance... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sheri03
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dance workout, easy to follow
I got this DVD years ago, but gave it away (and regretted it). I was so happy to see it's still available on Amazon. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Angela Criscimagna
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute workout
Not rated the best but I had fun working out with Paula. I use it as a filler with I need something fun but not too strenuous
Published 12 months ago by Dolores Velez
3.0 out of 5 stars Its okay
Not as fun as I expected. Thought it would be more exercise, but felt like activity level was very mild.
Published 16 months ago by Katharine Karraker
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good dance workout
Paula Abdul leads in this workout, and I believe that she choreographed it, as well. It's broken down into a warm-up, a workout, a toning segment/cool-down. Read more
Published on January 7, 2010 by ĴĴ
2.0 out of 5 stars Workout Isn't Hard Enough
As a trained dancer, I wanted something fun and dance oriented, yet something to help be burn calories and sweat my butt off! Read more
Published on October 17, 2009 by R. Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't do it
Okay so I think if a certain routine on a DVD requires the person buying it to have a specific item (let's say hand weights or a floor mat), that would be clearly advertised,... Read more
Published on January 7, 2009 by Kris Dudoich
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll need room and prior dance experience. Very fun.
This is a dance tape, not really an instruction tape. It begins with some standard aerobics moves that take a lot of room. Read more
Published on October 12, 2008 by Poppyx
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Workout Videos I've Done
I've had this video for about a year and I work out to it very frequently. The reason? The steps are fun, Paula's energy is infectious and the routine at the end is really fun. Read more
Published on December 12, 2007 by Karen M. Troiano
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