Bellydance Fitness for Weight Loss featuring Rania: Cardio Shimmy
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Cardio Shimmy is a vibrant and electrifying bellydance workout that explores the numerous varieties or "Shimmies." Shimmies are fast, shaking, and electrifying movements commonly seen in bellydance. In this workout you will learn a medley of hip and shoulder shimmies at different rhythms and speeds all while getting a full aerobic workout.
Bellydance is one of the most ancient and evolved forms of dance in the world. Universally embraced for it's incredible benefits to the body, bellydance is a powerful way to lose weight and sculpt the body. This is because bellydance not only burns calories and fat but massages and stimulates the digestive system, thereby increasing the metabolism. This is the key element to losing weight.
Rania is a certified aerobics instructor and a multi-award-winning dancer. Her vast dance background, extensive aerobics training and award winning bellydance flair combine in her unique series, Bellydance Fitness for Weight Loss. Rania's bellydance skill is truly remarkable and her dancing is beauty in motion. Let her lead you through this fun, easy to learn dance workout routine while you shake and shimmy those pounds away!
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Update 10/31/2013: Al right, so I've had since 2005 to sit with this one, and I think I've softened toward it a bit. I no longer think Rania looks bored, I think her expression is one of concentration. I don't do this workout a lot, but it's really good for days when I feel sick or I'm too tired to do a really hard workout. I know all the steps and I can perform the moves confidently now, so it's kind of a no-brainer. The music no longer annoys me. And there's also a pretty darn good bonus arm workout that can be done with or without weights, and I've done it quite a few times over the years, so I feel as if I've gotten my money's worth. For a winter's day when I'm coming down with a cold but I really want to stay on track and exercise every day, this one works quite well. The arm workout is something I've tacked onto the end of other workouts quite a bit for an extra toning boost. As for being repetitive, we learn through repetition. I would recommend this DVD to beginners, people who are starting out getting fit, sickies, and people who like to do long drills and really get the moves down.
I'm not a belly dancer or dancer of any sort so I can't comment on the authenticity of the dancing but I was looking for a good cardio routine that was different from the basic grapevine, step, etc. workouts and that is what I found. I think it is very intense and I consider myself intermediate. I've actually had a hard time doing the whole thing nonstop.
My calves killed me the next day after doing the choo-choos (shimmy on tippy-toes) but you can always work into it gradually. I did feel than Rania had a pretty fakey look on her face most of the time - kind of like a stepford wife look. I actually focused more on the 2 blondes in the back that looked like they were having more fun.
All in all I would recommend this DVD as a good one for your collection.
The workouts are fluid, and you sweat a lot, but it is not strenuous. FOr those with fibromyalgia or arthritis this is easy on the joints. After a few weeks of workouts, I was losing inches off the hips and thighs. It is a very good cardio that won't kill you. I love the multi-volume cd because you have five workouts, and you can work everything in your body. This is great to get to also keep your routine fresh, by doing a different DVD everyday. I highly recommend Rania, I think out of all the bellydance DVD's I have used, she is definitely the best.
Presents DISCOVER BELLYDANCE" I really enjoy it, and am about to purchase some of her additional videos, such as "Too HIp" and "Hipper than Hip." The editing for her videos is not great, but she explains the dance moves well and gives you plenty of repetitions to get good at each combo before putting them all together. The most important thing I like about her videos is that I ALWAYS SWEAT! Definitely what I am looking for in a cardio dance DVD.