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One feature of this DVD is a step guide, which demonstrates many of the moves that make up the foundation of the workout. I was glad to find this in this and other Dance off the Inches workouts that I have tried. I am not the best when it comes to dance moves, so it's nice to have this little tutorial when I need it. Michelle will show you the move, slow at first then at tempo, plus she will show any additional variations that might be seen in the workout, any arm movements that go with it for example.
You start with a fun warmuup and move into the first of three dance routines called Shake Those Hips. Some of the steps seen here include single and double hip shakes, side taps, grapevines and circle walks. Then you will move into the next dance routine, Latin Spice. Here you will see the Spicy March, the slide, cross & bounce, mambo, cha chas (with a turn added), kickball change and shoulder shimmeys.
The final dance segment is Jazz it Up. This routine includes chasses, drags, narrow/wide march (out out in in), quick lunges, tap front/back, box step, side taps, double taps and hops. Then it's time to cooldown.
I thought Michelle did a nice job in this workout, she seems to be having fun here and interacts with her backgrounders throughout, asking them to show what kind of arms they like to do with a certain step, etc. I enjoyed her as an instructor.Read more ›
Michelle Dozois is a certified Pilates instructor, and it shows, due to her lack of personality in demonstrating the dance moves. The choreography is basic, dull, and uninteresting. I was able to pick it up in one go without being challenged too much.
Here's what you get
10MIN TEACHING SEGMENT - For people who are new to dance-aerobics, Michelle takes first timers through a 10 minute segment which spends 1 minute on each of 10 different steps that are used throughout the workout. This is good for people with two left feet and are lacking in coordination, but I found it excruciatingly slow to go through it, with the moves being so basic that I could pick most of them up from sight at full tempo. Of course, the advantage of having such a segment completely separate from the main workout itself is I didn't have to use this segment if I didn't want to.
35MIN DANCE WORKOUT - As well as the warmup and cooldown, there are three dance segments. Honestly, I found two out of three of these boring and unoriginal. Michelle Dozois lacks personality and that go-get-em attitude that draws people into a workout. I was stunned when the workout started to see that Marie Forleo is one of the back-up exercisers in the workout. Marie Forleo has two dance DVDs herself; one from Crunch and one from Prevention, and a Dance Off The Inches DVD due to be released soon. This workout might have been more of a success if Marie had lead it instead of Michelle.Read more ›
This is one such fun workout. It's easy to follow and easy to do. It's only a little over half an hour so it's not that hard to find the time for it. She lets you know that it's ok to either follow exactly what the others are doing, or make up your own style. There's a fair bit of dancy moves, but not hard and it's like a moderate impact workout. You don't need to be totally fit, but somewhat co-ordinated and not to have two left feet.
This is probably better kept for those days where you can't be bothered exercising but need to do a little something. You don't need to try hard, but this will change your mood and keep you happy for the rest of the day. It's great and I hope you like it too.
I'm not going to outright bash "DOTI: Fat Burning Jam" because it does have several merits. The steps are simple so that even someone who has never done aerobics can follow along and be successful in one or two tries.
The instructors aren't stick-thin, non-sandwich eating supermodels. It's refreshing to see that in fitness videos because chances are, many of us just split a Ho-Ho with our toddler (and washed it down with a swig of Capri-Sun) about 45 minutes prior to firing up the DVD player.
Nor are the instructors all 20 and under. Michelle looks to be in her late 30s/early 40s, as is her companion Sasha. That, too, is an encouragement to the real world. You may get a bit creeped out at seeing a couple of women who aren't 20 whipping their hips about (as I was initially); I had to remind myself that just because you turn 30 doesn't mean you can't move like that and boast toned EVERYTHING.
Just don't wear the skirt made from a single paper napkin and the fishnets when you sport your moves in public; now THAT is the fast track to Skankville, my friends, no matter how buff you are! ;)
The cons for Fat Burning Jam stem more from personal taste than anything. I wasn't keen on the "living room" set that was utilized; when I work out, I want to feel as if I am AWAY from my home and at the gym for 30 minutes.Read more ›
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I like workouts that incorporate some sort of dance steps to keep things interesting. I have other Dance Off The Inches DVDs so I thought I'd give their "Fat Burning Jam"... Read morePublished 10 months ago by shrinking footprint
Fun, not too challenging, but you will really work up a sweat. I have five DOTI DVD's and none have disappointed.Published 11 months ago by ADKRTCHR
I like this workout video. It has actually kept me working out with it for a whole month. It also made me want to buy another video from this series.Published 14 months ago by always reading
Im not fussy. If im sweating by the end, the video did its job. Its not too long and its versatile . Youve done one box step and hip swing you have done them all. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by virtuouspatience