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NOT BAD FOR THE MONEY: my review that got erased from 04-23-05
on April 23, 2005
I don't know where someone get's the idea these workouts are ancient... I put production dates if I found any.
Time to Tone - 15 min stretching & kickboxing first by a marine/martial artist Robert Ferguson who also takes turns with Krista Clarke teaching you the correct way to use free weights & a bench. Very detailed instruction on proper posture, etc. whole body circuit training. Great for people who use free weights to avoid injury.
In The House (2005) - Shari Layne's Step workout cardio & toning & stretching. She seemed fun & sweet. This is still offered on Amazon. I am not into step workouts so barely looked at it.
D's Hip-Hop Routines/Aerobics (2004 wansome com) - Devora Canario done choreographer & worked with Janet Jackson, tv commercials w/dancing, etc. Availabe in 2.0 or 5.1 Doby Digital, she teaches in a gym w/about 10 talented backup dancers, 2 of them guys. It's 50 min aerobics that teaches each move a little slowly at first & then repeats it many, many times noromal speed before moving on the the next to build to one big routine. Since so many times before moving on, there should be no problem following. There's another 35-min bonus teaching in quick 8-count in only normal speed of more complicated cool hip-hop moves w/jumping, etc. for people in great shape & can learn dance moves fast with 4 backup dancers. On par with many other dance instructional/fitness DVDs. Very good teacher & very nice sounding, I had fun. Great dance moves. Great menu options. See trailer at shamiproduction com
D's Hip Hop Routines: City Style & Southern Style (2002 & 2003 wansome com) - Devora Canario again, this time City is 50 min & Southern is also 50 min. Each Style has an impressive amount of cool dance moves. She only goes through them 1-2x with just 8-count & left & right cueing in normal speed. It's built up to 3 different routines & repeated by adding new moves.
Since no slow speed breakdown, was a bit hard for me which I'm disapointed because the moves looked GREAT. Also available in 5.1 surround sound. Great backup dancers, all girls. Only bad thing was on the southern workout, someone had the lighting on too bright & you lost a little detail on her. Not horrible, but someone definitely screwed up. Great menu options again.
La Chica Fitness (1997 awool com/lachica html) - See picture of the VHS version on Amazon. Has great menu of the two workouts:
Yvette Quez's La Chica Fitness - Everything is taught in Spanish & English for every cue (watch it enough you'll learn some Spanish words, LOL). She has two talented backup female dancers & done at the beach & pool side. Great latin music, warmup is good & she teaches slowly 2-3x & then speeds it up. Mostly salsa, box step, cha-cha, hip circles, samba, merenge & other popular dance steps & some other interesting steps. The workout is 42 min. The 8 minute cool down is done at night by campfire on the beach which includes meditation. Great production quality. Surprised wasn't more popular when it came out, very good & fun.
Dance Party w/Franky Armas - teaches you the very basics of latin dance for 50 min in a studio with 7 other dancers who they introduce with detail. Makes you feel like you're in a dance class. The latin music is good, but slow & hard to hear. The quality looks VHS quality & again the lighting could be better, & sometimes goes b&W which is annoying, but you can still follow easily. He teaches Bachata, Cha-Cha, meringue solo & couple, salsa, mambo, cha-cha routine, salsa routine, etc. Great teacher, teaches each new move slowly & repeats several times & you keep doing it over & over til sometimes you get a bit bored. Even the most uncoordinated will get it.
Power Stretching (1994 modelfitness com/michael_wehrhahn html) - Michael Wehrhahn has long history of martial arts, gymastics & stunt work. He created this video & stars in it. He's in leotards on large gym mats w/a bright green wall. The music is elevator style. THERE IS NO WARMUP or COOL DOWN. He starts with VERY hard 90 degree hip stretch that even with my 3 years of yoga I couldn't do. I am VERY impressed with his flexibility, but he does NOT give any good cueing, advice, warnings, etc. Within 10 min, he says if you can't do a full russian split, you will not be able to do part B. He uses an assistant a few times as well, even on basic butterfly stretch he says to have a partner STAND gently on your thighs & PUSH your back down. (How does one stand their full weight GENTLY on your thighs?) I couldn't finish it though workout only 32 min. This should be used only by gymnists & flexible martial artists IF THAT, otherwise be prepared for an injury or just plain boredom.
Nantucket Pilates (2005) - Phoebe Finch's teaches 15 basic exercises for 20 min for the whole body at the beach of Nantucket, Mass. She has a very soothing, sweet voice. The music is almost non-existant & you can hear the waves nicely. She teaches moves at a moderate speed with good cues & in between she stretches those same muscles to keep you fleible & avoid spasming/tightness for a second which I think they all should do. There were great moves I haven't seen before that felt great. I surprising love it & will probably use it again & again.
I got this DVD mainly because of the price & because offered 3 different dance workouts which is the main part of my exercise regimine. I surprising loved the pilates also & sure others will like the step or free weights.