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 also like the fact that there are four other people doing the same workout so that I can see four other different ways of performing the same move. I find myself watching the tall blond with shorter hair on Rania's right quite a bit and copying her moves more than Rania's.
I also have Too Hip and Rania's version of My Personal Trainer and highly recommend those as well. Too Hip is a bit more advanced overall than I'm ready for right now but I do like the warmup a little better than some of the others. Using the DVDs makes it easy to tailor my workout to my preferences.
If you're looking for something fun that will get you moving, I highly recommend this one.