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Altheatized: Funky Dance Aerobics Volume 1

Althea Lawton Thompson

I think Iíve finally found my perfect dance video. I absolutely love to dance Ė ballet, jazz, tap, funk, hip-hop, you name it, I love it. I love dancey choreography and Iím always on the lookout for a workout that takes me back to the fun of taking dance classes as a child.

Unfortunately, trying to capture that feeling on a workout video is a little hard. Sometimes the steps are really funky and awesome, but the instructor has to break them down so much your heart rate drops and the video isnít good for a steady-state aerobic workout. Other times, the workout is great for steady-state aerobics but itís more aerobics than dance. And still other times, the intensity of the dance moves is gotten from a lot of higher impact moves.

I have a chronic back condition that allows me to do a little bit of high impact but not as much as whatís found in some of the dance videos I own. Since I usually turn to dance videos because my back is hurting at the time and I either canít do aerobics or I want some cheering up, high impact moves without showing modifications brings my opinion of the video down quite a bit.

Hence my comment that I think Iíve finally found the perfect dance video for me. There are some really neat moves (moves with attitude!) and thereís one exerciser who always shows the low impact version. Thereís not a lot of marching in place while learning a move, which can be a drawback in other dance videos. There are some intensity bursts that involve running in place and so the low impact version is marching but I can also choose to do some other low impact move during that time.

I really like the routine that Althea puts together and I love that she has a participant showing the low impact version all of the time. I wish instructors would do that more often. The only complaint I have with the routine is that thereís this one move where you turn to the back and are supposed to do something but unless you stop and watch the video (or preview that part and can remember what to do), you might not get the move. I have to review that particular move sequence when Iím not working out.

Grade: A-

Instructor comments: Althea seems to really enjoy herself and I love the ďattitudeĒ she can convey with her facial expressions.

Sharon Muha

Altheatized is loads of fun. It's the perfect workout for when you need some cardio and find it hard to get motivated. It's 35 minutes of fun dancy aerobics, but Althea builds it slowly so that it's really easy to follow. I particularly appreciate the fact that the background exercisers aren't perfect hardbodies. They are obviously fit but they look like real people. I also appreciate the fact that one exerciser shows low impact options.

The music and moves in this one are really fun and different. Great choice for intermediates and advanced who aren't looking for killer intensity.

Althea introduces the video as Altheatized Volume 1. I'm totally up for Volume 2!

Instructor comments: Stylish, dramatic, fun-to-watch and easy to follow.

Micki Voelkel

I was pleasantly surprised by this tape. Like another reviewer said, it is hard to find the perfect mix of good intense aeorbics mixed w/ fun dancy choreographed steps. Althea mixed these 2 elements perfectly. She teaches each combo in a add-on style. She always has 1 low impact exercisor to her right and she shows high impact variations as well. She cues each move very well. This tape uses some traditional aeorbic moves like grapevines and jazzes it up w/ funky moves & attitude (eg. hip sways). It has a lot of fun choreography that was easy/moderate to do. The music was great Latin House (NYC club music) and motivating.

After each combo she does some intense aeorbics like jumping jacks to keep your heart rate up.

After the dance section. She does some standing legwork (squats etc) which I think was not enough reps because I did not feel the burn. So for me, this section is useless. I haven't done the ab section or cooldown yet so I cannot comment on that.

This tape is now one of my favorites along with 'Cardio Dance Floor' and 'Crunch: Fat Blaster Goes Latin'.

Instructor comments: She's very friendly, excellent cueing and instruction, warm personality, and I look forward for more of her videos.

Ang D.


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