Video Fitness

Crunch Cardio Dance Blast

Marie Forleo

Very reminiscent of Fat-Burning Dance Party, Dance off the Inches, etc. etc. Not very intense, but fun and gets you warmed up. It does involve a like of hip-shaking and coordinated arm movements. I am neither a choreo klutz (anymore!) nor a born dancer, so I would say that I got the moves 80% of the time. The other 10% I just improvised and/or didn't do the arm movements. You have to totally lose self-consciousness to do all the shaking and shimmying.

This is a beginner/intermediate workout in terms of intensity, but the choreography, though done in very short chunks, can be somewhat complex. You really have to let go and "shake it" or else you won't get much out of it. I'm neither a total choreo klutz nor a dancing diva, so for me it was kinda fun, and occasionally painful, to learn all the moves.

Very reminiscent of Fat-Burning Dance Party, Dance Off the Inches and others in terms of bright set, gaggle of stylish girls (to their credit, they have some variety in terms of shapes and sizes, though the majority are still 'It' girls with sleek bodies that they surely didn't get from only doing these workouts!). Each of the four dance segments is composed of about 3 different moves that Marie teaches one by one, then puts together. You do each move twice, then at the end do each of them once, non-stop. Typical moves include the cha-cha; two quick squats right, then left; a "popeye" move where you side-step forward with swinging arms; a samba where you tap forward right, then left, shaking your torso the whole time; and a strut where you walk forward swaying your hips then lunge from side to side. One of the trickiest moves was a fast-time lunge-side-to-side-kneeup immediately followed by a grapevine. Tricky in execution if not concept.

This is Crunch, so as always the background exercisers in general are what I call "painfully hip." I almost never give a thought to fashion, and certainly usually don't care what people wear in workout videos, but I just had to comment on this video. One woman wears a pair of fatigue army pants cut so that one pants leg flaps around and shows the leg, while the other has a big slash across the thigh. I guess it's supposed to be urban hip-hop-cum-military chic, but to me it just looks like a bunch of cats went at it on a perfectly good pair of fatigues. :p Maybe I'm just getting too old! :)

Instructor comments: A very competent cuer with a nice sense of humor. "Watch out, Beyonce!" She seems warm, friendly and down-to-earth even when uttering such contrived utterances like, "Shake it, girl!" and doing the occasional whoop that is echoed back by the gang. I would love to see her lead a more intense workout.

acey

11/2/05

The is a 39 minute "VERY FUN" dance workout.

The set is typical Crunch. Bright, airy. The music was very appropriate and really went well with the dances. Very motivating.

Marie was very into the workout and was having alot of fun. As were the other exercisers. Marie's voice was pleasant and she cued really well throughout the workout. Her attire was appropriate to workout in.

It didn't bother me or distract me from the workout. But others have mentioned the outrageous clothing that some of these exercisers wore. And yes some wore clothing not appropriate for working out in. If that is an issue with you this is not your workout. This I must say is the only workout where I saw such clothing. But again it didn't bother me or distract me in any way from getting a good cardio workout.

The workout for me was easy to follow and very, very fun. I thought this choreography was very well put together. Marie did a great job. It got the job done without making me feel like I was actually working out. The time flew by no dread factor. Just plain fun.

In comparison to other Crunch workouts such as: "Fat Burning Dance Party" and "Cardio Salsa". I thought the cueing and the choreography was much better in this one. I totally didn't like either of those workouts and got rid of them fast.

In comparison to "Dance Off The Inches:Cardio Blasting Party" I thought this workout had less down time of learning the steps. However I do like Julz and think that workout was fun also.

Conclusion: I think if you are a true beginner or are choreography challenged this might not be the workout for you. It does have some tricky moves in it. It has lots of variety to keep you interested and great music to move with. You will get your heartrate up.

Instructor comments: Marie is fun, energetic and cues well. Her voice is pleasant. All the exercisers look as if they are into the workout. Their clothes however are a different story.

Sundari

October 2, 2006



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