Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom
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Two-time “Dancing with the Stars” champion Julianne Hough is ready to share her best-kept secrets and techniques for getting a lean, toned dancer’s physique! Known for her standout choreography, contagious enthusiasm, and ability to teach anyone to dance, Julianne will motivate you to dance the Cha Cha, Jive and Paso Doble with her in this fun and effective workout—no partner needed! These fat burning moves are carefully choreographed to keep your heart rate up and help you dance your way into fabulous shape. “Dance is the best way to exercise.” Julianne says. “You’ll have so much fun, you won’t even realize you’re getting a great full-body workout.”
One-On-One Personal Dance Lesson With Julianne! This is your chance to learn from the best! In this bonus feature Julianne will break down key steps at a slower pace and refine those little details that will make your dance “ballroom beautiful!” Take this personal dance lesson before your first workout to make your dance flow smoother. Or do it any time you want some extra fine-tuning for your steps.
Selected as Shape Magazine's DVD of the Month for December 2009.
Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom is an easy-to-follow, infectiously fun, and results-oriented workout that beginners and advanced dancers alike will enjoy and look forward to doing. Julianne Hough, the breakout star of Dancing with the Stars, is not just a fiery dancer, an appealing country singer, and an in-demand choreographer--she's also a very talented dance workout instructor.
Hough is perfectly charismatic on camera, and though her lean dancer body may at first seem intimidating, in fact, Hough's approach is so down-to-earth and inclusive that even true beginners will feel comfortable and right at home. The moves revolve around several key ballroom styles, including the cha-cha and the jive. All the moves are chosen, Hough says, for their ability to raise the heart rate and burn calories--but also because dance moves create "a lean, sleek body--not chunky or awkwardly shaped." (And if one can get even halfway toward Hough's own sleek physique, that's plenty of inspiration right there.) The steps are very easy to follow, and Hough keeps the routines simple, stepping up the intensity with optional hops, squats, and spins. "If you feel awkward," she says, especially to beginners, "then you're doing it right." Each subsequent time of doing the workout becomes more fun, as the viewer/exerciser feels more like part of Hough's "troupe."
The 55-minute workout includes good warm-ups and stretches, will get your heart rate up, and will also work key areas like the hips and waist, which can become stiff in a sedentary lifestyle. Extras include a step-by-step "lesson" from Hough so the viewer can truly understand specific moves, and a very engaging interview with Hough on why she chose this workout: "You can do this with friends, and laugh at the same time," Hough says. "You can't really laugh while lifting weights." --A.T. Hurley
Personal Dance Lesson with Julianne
Behind The Scenes Interview
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Also, someone with knee problems might not like some of the moves. And I do wish the music was a little bit louder or that her voice was a little quieter. It just doesn't balance out well for me.
Now the positives! The workout moves along quickly, so once you've gotten comfortable with the steps, you can still do the video without feeling like you're constantly getting a beginner's lesson in what you already know. The routines flow nicely, like a real dance, and are made up of steps that you will actually see Julianne doing on Dancing with the Stars. So you can sit at home and throw out "he wasn't low enough on those flick kicks in the jive" or "what lousy hip action for a cha cha" in your best British accent and actually know what you're talking about! Seriously, the routines are fairly short (4 8-counts) but they're legitimate ballroom dance.
The cha cha works your hips and abs primarily. I didn't know my hips could get such a workout! I really like this routine and feel like you could take a lot of the moves straight over to a Latin dance club and fit right in. The jive is a killer for your legs and cardio. For the first week, I couldn't make it through the whole jive sequence and resorted to hitting pause and gulping water. It's super fast with lots of quick leg kicks, but once you get a hang of it, the moves fit together really well. The paso is mostly an arm workout, but I also found that it really worked my core as well because of how strong and rigid your frame needs to be. I thought I would feel really stupid pretending to have a cape and dancing the "man's dance" without a man, but I actually really love this routine!
Even though the workout does move quickly, once I really learned the routines fully, I didn't have much interest in going through the whole video. I'm not so into following a strict workout plan but enjoy doing the dances themselves. Therefore, I made a playlist of songs at the right tempo and with the right beat for each style (most of them being songs that couples danced to on Dancing with the Stars!) and now just put it on in my living and dance for a quick 15-20 minute workout. It's great for someone who doesn't have a lot of time to dedicate to a workout video but still wants to get something in to tone up, get the heart rate going, and have fun!