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So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit: Cardio Funk
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o Hip Hop - Lauren
o Contemporary - Travis
o Disco - Courtney
o Cardio Funk Bonus Workout
o Cool Down
Interview with Lauren
Interview with Travis
Interview with Courtney
Top Customer Reviews
Three different styles of dance routines (hip hop, contemporary, and disco), you can pick one or do all three, and there are separate chapters for the instructions to learn the routines that you can skip and go straight to the workouts after you get them down. Learning the steps is nice and slow, and easy to follow or repeat if you get lost. Then in the workouts they start with doing the routine counting, and get faster, add music, until it's more like a performance at the end - just music no counting at full speed. There is also a bonus dance that mixes the styles together. The dancers on the video are Travis, Katee, Dmitry, Twitch, Lauren, and Courtney.
My only slight complaint is the music is a bit generic, so you aren't going to feel like you are telling any kind of story in the routine like from the show, but after all it is an exercise dvd, so this isn't that big of a deal. It would be cool if they came out with a couple that were focused more on just dance so you feel more like a real routine though. But for now I'm pretty happy they did this at all, and I'm looking forward to trying the other one, Tone and Groove!
First thought-I LOVE these dvds! Because the routines were explained well and taught in a progression, I was able to pick up the choreography for each dance the first time through, though I felt all of the routines were definitely challenging and VERY effective as workouts! After just finishing the second dvd today; my muscles are sore, I'm sweating, and I feel fantastic (and like I worked really hard)! The dancers were all very energetic, encouraging, and none of them ever missed a beat/step on the routines. It was exciting to see all of these great personalities from the show (definitely 5 of my many favorites) choreographing, dancing, and having such a blast out there-and it's even more fun to dance along with them!
Getting down to business, the menu screen has a 'Play All' option which takes you through the warm-up, all 3 routines (with instructions), and the cool down. In the 'Workouts' section, you can choose between the 3 routines (with or without instructions) and the bonus workout that combines the three styles with some extra steps (also with our without instructions). The Warm-Up and Cool Down sections are taught by the whole group of dancers, switching off. They're the same combination of dance-infused stretches on both dvds and they've got a funky flavor going on the Warm-Up and more of a bluesy tone on the Cool Down. I found them to be fully effective in preparing me for the workouts and cooling me down afterward, as well as enjoyable ways to begin and end the session.Read more ›
Most dance workouts are arranged like an aerobics class. The teacher teaches you a move to the music, and then you practice that move while watching the teacher. Then you move onto the next part, you practice it, then put the moves together. This way, you are constantly moving while creating muscle memory.
The creators of this DVD decided it would be better to spend an absurd amount of time having the audience just watch the instructor talk through the dance before actually getting to engage in it. When you do start dancing, it's to the instructor counting out a beat rather than to actual music. After some of that, you finally get to do the dance to music.
This means that over the course of 20 minutes, you learn one short dance routine, and you only dance it to music for 7 minutes. In order to get a workout, you have to just repeat that part over and over again.
I think the whole setup was a really poor choice by the creators of this DVD, and I regret purchasing it.
Some things you don't get on an ordinary dance exercise tape: the contagious energy and enthusiasm from the SOTYCD crew. Also, really creative choreography. And don't think these guys don't know their physiology as well as say, Kathy Smith. They have been training for years, and throughout the DVD they point out how to do moves correctly to avoid muscle strain.
Throughout the teaching of each set of choreography (hip-hop with Lauren, disco with Courtney and contemporary with Travis), the moves initially seem confusing when they are taught one-on-one with the dancer. But they are done again and again, slowly adding more dancers and slightly increasing tempo, then adding the music, and by the end when they are doing it full tempo with music, I totally had it down.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The warmup was fun it gets you started for 10 mins, but when they are trying to teach you the steps it's too technical for someone that's trying to burn fat.Published 11 days ago by Nakomiah
As someone who danced all the way from my childhood through the end of my college career, this was an awesome workout DVD for me. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Elizabeth Croft
Lots of standing around while they talk and explain. After learning a combination, they walk you through a sustained cardio for about 7 minutes. Read morePublished 15 months ago by C. McKague
It takes a little time to master the steps, but it's not really hard, and it's fun. The young instructors are appealing, not the slick, lacquered kind you get on so many exercise... Read morePublished on July 17, 2014 by turmeric29
There was so much focus on fancy choreography & old boring music, I felt like I barely got to just dance!Published on March 1, 2014 by Jen Bigos