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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I get bored easily and I love Dancing With the Stars so I thought this would be a more fun way to incorporate cardio, and it was. The Cha cha was the easiest, the Jive the biggest cardio and humiliator, and the Paso the most interesting. WATCH THE PERSONAL DANCE LESSON FIRST!! Some of the more negative reviews address the lack of footwork instruction as well as not enough full body shots of the dance moves. To some degree that is a valid argument, but her dance lesson helps with that a lot. Plus the nature of the dances themselves make them difficult initially; they move quickly, Very, very quickly. But, it makes sense as they have to move quickly to get the cardio level in. The jive was the biggest killer for me as the steps are so fast. I pooped out on it the first time, but I did not watch the dance lesson. Thank God, no one saw me do the dancing as I know I looked like an idiot, but I will improve with familiarity. At least I hope so.
So, here's the deal. Try it; you'll like it!
1. Have fun with it. It's different.
2. Don't get discouraged about the steps, they will fall into place after a couple of times.
3. You will burn some calories.
4. You can hope (I will) that I end up with a better figure and more endurance.
5. You can pretend you are a hot Jive girl with long legs.
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.