Quickfix - Cardio Hip-Hop Workout
If you have 10 minutes you can burn fat and enjoy dance moves like you see in today's music videos regardless of your dance or exercise experience! Quick Fix Cardio Hip Hop Workout uses specially designed combinations that are fun and easy to master. Each routine begins with a "dance lifeline" - one simple move you can always go back to should you ever lose your way. As you learn each sequence, you can use your life-line to keep up the intensity of the workout and not miss a single minute of calorie burnin time.
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The first time I did the Cardio Hip Hop tape, I really didn't get any of the moves. The second and third times, I got some of them down and then after a few more work-outs, I was able to follow rather well. Granted my form is still not perfect, and I shudder to think what I would see if I were to tape myself doing the moves at this stage :) However, I am mirroring the moves on the screen well enough that I am usually starting and ending on the correct foot/arm and at the right time.
For me, not getting it right off the first few views gave me more drive to keep doing the tape; I liked the challenge it provided. Initially I thought there was no way I would get the moves down, but now I have and with time will probably get better. I would also like to note that other than one ballet class in the 1st grade, I have ZERO dance experience.
The DVD is broken down into 3 ten minute sections with a bonus ten minute section. I found section 4 to be the most difficult choreography. There really is no warm up or stretch time, but hey, for a ten minute work-out, what do you expect? Same thing with the short break down of the moves. They are trying to cram a decent heart pumping work out into a ten minute session - if they did a warm up, a cool down, and more break down, well there wouldn't be much actual dance time. That being said, I think the 10 minute solution people should offer a couple 2-3 minute sections to designate for warm up and cool down. It could be optional, just like selecting the number of sections of the work out you want to do for the day. That way you can do a warm up and cool down if desired, which is usually highly recommended. It would only add maybe 5 minutes to the entire workout, which would be well worth the benefits. But, a 15 minute workout certainly doesn't sound as enticing as a ten minute workout.
So, long story short, I will list my opinion on the pros and cons
FUN (once you start to catch on)
Can choose 1 ten minute session or all 3(4 w/bonus)for 30/40 min work out
Instructor is pleasant and NOT annoying
Encourages adding your own 'flavor' to the moves
On screen timer so you know how much time is left - can be a great motivator during those times you are dying to be done!
No warm up or cool down session
Moves are tricky at first and you aren't offered a whole lot of break down
Music is lame - in fact I heard the same songs on other work out DVDs I own!
As a further note, if I did want a longer workout in the beginning while still learning the moves, I would just repeat the same section three times in lieu of moving on. Once I had the moves decent and wanted something new to try, then I moved on to the other sections.
If you love to dance and don't go "clubbing" very often--this is a really cool way to scratch that itch AND do something good for yourself. I highly recommend it for anyone that even THINKS they want to dance. Have to say this tho--if you don't have a very natural "groove"--you might struggle at first. I felt a little like a geek during a couple of the moves, but after running thru it a time or two, it's all good! In fact, i'm fixing to get my "groove" on right now! Time to work out! :o)
even if you really want to learn hip hop.
I'm not going to say its easy but it's truly
The other problem with this workout is how white-bread it is. Many of the moves are from the 80's, really dated. Also, all three dancers are white and look like they've never been in a black dance club. They dance with goofy smiles and wear weird wannabe outfits like a sportsbra plus camouflage cargo capris. I'm white, and I would never let my black friends see this video, because they would laugh really hard.
I gave this video three stars because I like the setup - you can do the same 10-minute workout three times in a row in order to try to learn it better. I'm sure that when I finally learn the moves, it will be a fun, sweaty workout.