The Firm - Cardio Dance Slim Down
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The warmup starts out with some head and arm rolls and eventually we're `dancing'. We did the mambo and we did some disco. We finished with a short cool-down, which consisted of some more dancing. Now when I say dancing, I don't mean actual dancing. Nobody I have ever known would go out in public and dance this way. Allie keeps saying everybody will want to dance with us at the club, but I seriously doubt that.
I wouldn't classify this as a workout simply because there just isn't enough cardio in it to make it so. There are no weights used, no resistance, and no core exercises, although there's some hip shaking and hip thrusts thrown in as part of the dance. I didn't really work up a sweat, and my heart rate stayed pretty low the entire time. The workout is about 32 minutes long, and it was (kind of) fun but did not feel particularly beneficial. It won't be part of my usual rotation as I like longer and much more intense workouts than this one could offer.
My recommendation is that if you are a beginner or intermediate and want a short, fun, but not intense workout, then this is for you. Even people with two left feet can get the hang of this one. If you are advanced, this video would be for easy days or if you just like to have fun and not really work out. You cannot go into this expecting an intense workout experience or to learn any cool dance moves, otherwise you'll be mighty disappointed. I'll admit I felt pretty silly at times, but I did not hate it. It just isn't something I'll do very often. My overall impression: ambivalent.
I didn't expect to learn how to dance from this video. I expected a cardio workout with a dance-flavor and that's what this is. I think it's a nice short (40 minute) workout that is great on days when I don't do the strength training. I thought it was a lot of fun and didn't find it boring at all.
If you are looking for strength training or a more traditional Firm video, this is not it. If you are looking for a light to moderate cardio workout and a nice change of pace, I think you'll enjoy it.
The music is terrible and frequently does not fit the dance "moves" Allie instructs us to do. There are also some moves that do not work well on carpedted floors (the "butterfly" move in the warmup is what I am referring to). It does not get my heart up very much. However....
I like this workout! On days when I do not want to work out I reach for this DVD. It is over quickly and still gets my heart up a little, and I don't have to go outside in poor weather (when we have it here). I feel like an idiot for enjoying this workout but I do. It is a keeper for me, although I agree with the other reviewer who stated that you will not be doing ANY of the moves in this workout in a club.
Allie is not going to win any dance contests with the moves in this DVD!
As for the quality of the workout - I worked out on a rather chilly evening and still found myself in a pretty decent sweat. While I wouldn't consider myself to be an advanced exercizer, I do go to the gym during the week and run a mile or more several times a week, as well as workout on the strength machines. I found my heart rate adequate, and I felt as if I really did some good for my body.
Overall, after trying this workout (yes, it is a WORKout for some of us), I really look forward to doing it again, and trying more Firm videos - especially ones with Allie. She's energetic and fun, without going overboard with obnoxious strained smiling. I would recommend this video to anyone who's tired of doing the same ol' same ol'.
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Like the instructor and the workout but I could do without having to watch the advertising every time I put the DVD into the player. Read morePublished 1 month ago by P. Wagner
Incredibly boring. I hate to exercise and need a lot of fun to motivate me. I take hip hop classes which are awesome. The time just flies by! So, I wanted a dance DVD for home. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sandra P. Naumann
Allie Del Rio Pointer is the best fitness instructor ever!! I love her!Published 15 months ago by flatlakegirl
This is one of the more fun workouts by The Firm - Allie is one of my favorite instructors and she gives very clear instructions. Read morePublished 19 months ago by RN
Allie is my favorite instructor and I was disappointed the Latin section was on another disc, cardio dance party. Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by lavig81
Been a Firm Believer for 23 years now and love almost all of their vids and trust the quality of their methods. Dance vids are some of my least fav but overall good workout. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by lisa0619
Though this isn't an amazing workout, it's really not THAT bad. Maybe it's not great cardio and it doesn't use weights or anything, but it's still fun to do and does get you... Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This workout was a lot more low impact than I had expected. The moves aren't bad in themselves, but the team was really cheesy. Read morePublished on November 1, 2012 by Allie Snow