Jamie King- Rock Your Body
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"Rock Your Body" is a non-stop, high-energy cardio routine filled with the latest dance moves. Jamie King has devised a workout that tones all parts of the body, increased flexibility and strength, and promotes weight loss.
About the Actor
Jamie King is the hottest director/choreographer in the world of pop music. A multiple Emmy Award and MTV VMA nominee, he has choreographed some of the most popular music videos and directed some of the highest grossing concert tours of all time. For the past ten years, he has been Madonna s creative director, having most recently directed her record-breaking Confessions World Tour 2006 as well as her hit music video, Sorry . In 2005, his strong caché in the pop music world and his athletic dance moves caught the attention of athletic gear powerhouse, Nike. Nike recognized King s genius for designing dance moves that enhance, energize, and improve the body and tapped him to create the Nike Rockstar Workout. The Nike Rockstar Workout by Jamie King is a series of dance fitness workouts that has become a hit at gyms worldwide. In 2006 Variety named King one of the most influential movers and shakers in the music industry.
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Jamie King leads the workout, and he is accompanied by four back-up dancers. Jaime has a lot of energy, and makes the workout fly by, which is always nice. The workout is broken down into six main sections: a warm-up, rehearsal 1, rehearsal 2, dress rehearsal (where you put the two sections together slowly), the performance (where you put the two sections together more quickly in front of an "audience"), and a cool down.
In each of the two rehearsal sections, Jamie breaks down the choreography and makes it very esay to follow. If you can't get a move, though, a great feature of the DVD is that in several places you can click on a sub-menu and go to the bonus section where Jamie breaks down the move even more slowly.
One of the things that makes this workout so unique is that the workout is done on a stage with a DJ playing music. During the dress rehearsal and performance sections, the dancers and Jamie also change into "costumes" and even do the routine in front of a live audience. It really feels like you're a rock star while doing these sections of the workout!
The DVD also has a bonus strength section and a section where Jamie breaks down the moves in more detail. The first time I did this workout, I couldn't quite keep up with the nuances of the moves, but I can see progress and I can also see that I won't be bored with this DVD in the future.
The last thing I wanted to say is that I was pleasantly surprised about how this workout got my heart rate up. It's true that there are much harder cardio dance workouts out there, but I was definitely breaking a sweat -- and having fun while doing it! Overall, it's a fun, very unique workout!
There is a section that helps you with two of the more complex moves, but it is still a short intro.
I would say if you don't like minimal instruction and feel like you have two left feet, this one won't be for you-too frustrating and may take longer than you would like to learn the moves. If you love dance, have some background, natural talent or are super patient, then give it a go. Jamie is fun, upbeat and cues well.
Overall, I really like this one, but it will be a while before I can do all the moves fast and look good doing them, but that is all in the fun of it.
Basically, Jamie teaches you a full-on professional-quality dance routine (and nothing less). That means it is challenging, both choreography-wise and physically! But that's what's so great about it. Although there is almost no repetition of anything (just like a real dance routine, and unlike a dedicated exercise vid), the breakdown is so good, it's not that hard to pick up. I am not a pro dancer (never taken a dance class), but I was able to (kind of) do the performance by the third time I did it. I've done other dance workout DVDs, and I have to say this is best broken down. And the feeling of getting it at the final performance section is so awesome, it's totally worth it.
I think this DVD is for you if you want to learn a real pop/hip-hop routine and get a workout doing it. It's not as intense as doing, say step aerobics, and it's really more like interval training as the half time breakdowns are interspersed in the middle of the full tempo sections. BUT it does get your heart rate up, I do break a sweat, and this is way more motivating to do than step aerobics so I do a lot more of it than just plain old cardio workouts.
Other good points: Jamie is a great presenter and the dancers are all really good. The best touch, though, has to be DJ Baktrack. They actually have this live DJ in the background mixing the tunes. It's actually a bit funny, as Jamie will shout out to DJ Baktrack randomly throughout the DVD, after which he cheers you on and does a bit of a clap and jive number.
Overall, this is one the best dance DVDs out there (if not THE best).