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Kickin'With Country

Music: Modern country (Elvira, Saturday Night, Boot Scootin' Boogie, etc. and the omnipresent Achy Breaky Heart)
Length: 31 minutes. 3 minute motion warmup, 20 minute dance, 3 min cooldown dance and stretch. 5 minute abs (floor exercise) separate from the aerobic section.
Energy Level: Moderate
Choreography: Some easy, some harder but section at end does 4 dances in slow motion
Production: OK

Denise Austin is way too perky for me, but she seems to have a knack for putting together a "theme"workout. The country music she's chosen is fun, the dances are reasonably easy to learn and fit the music. At the end of the tape is a special section in which each of the four difficult dances is taught so you can practice before you use the tape for a workout. It's pretty easy to modify to your intensity level. Austin cues well, although in one section she starts doing her own thing and you can feel lost for a minute or two. The ab workout is solid, if brief, and completely separate from the main program, so you don't have to do it to get to the stretching.

Diane Danielle

I happened upon this video while rooting through a bargain bin at Walmart. I like line-dancing and country music to a certain degree, so i thought this might be a fun workout - even though Denise Austin has never been my favorite instructor.

Turns out I should have left this one in the bargain bin.

First of all, let me say that I am very choreographically challenged. I have three left feet and they all liked getting tangled as i tried to learn this workout. There is a short instructional segment at the very end, where Denise teaches all of the moves, but i found it very confusing to follow, and perhaps a tad fast paced.

I tried to do the workout a couple of times, but just got so frustrated that I gave up and traded it away.

Instructor comments: As always - somebody took their enthusiasm pill before starting to film this workout. Denise is her usual overly-perky self.

Cori (ziggy2306)

February 28, 2004

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