Music: Disco, mainly instrumental (Disco Inferno
with words at start & finish, I Will Survive for buns
& ab workout)
Length: 43 minutes. 5-minute motion warmup, 23 minute
dance, 15 minute aerobic floor exercises (buns & abs)
Energy Level: very high
Ok, so I like disco and the cover said "with the
original artists" but only three songs were sung;
the rest of the music was instrumental. It also says
"easy-to-follow, low-impact aerobic exercise
moves" - only for dancers. Many of the steps are
complex. Brenda's cueing is pretty good but the camera is
run by MTV folk and seems to be everywhere except on
full-body shots which would help you learn the arm and
leg movements. There are no visual or other cues to the
start of a new song, so it's hard to fast forward and
stop to learn the steps. Moreover, although there does
appear to be some progression and pattern to the moves,
they are not obvious. She seems to be constantly changing
steps and combining them in different ways. You can
modify the intensity level somewhat, but this tape is for
those days when you're full of vim and vigor.
The floor exercises (for buns & abs) are also
aerobic (done to tempo to I Will Survive) and even worse.
There's a constant change of position and no pattern to
the changes that I could discern and one set of ab twists
could destroy your neck if you try to do them and watch
her at the same time. The final "stretch" is
really more like a motion cooldown (on the floor and then
standing) with nothing held long enough to be really
useful. At the end, you run through a bit of the starting
motion warmup. One pulse check.
If you like disco and pick up steps quickly, you will
probably like this tape.
I completely agree with everything in Diane's review
of this video. I love disco music and was looking forward
to working out to it. It started out okay, but then
Brenda started changing the combinations in a seemingly
random manner and it was impossible to follow. The video
is very energetic and dancy -- too dancy for me I guess.
And if I would have heard "Burn Baby Burn" one
more time I would have puked! I didn't make it to the
floor work, so I can't comment on that. It's really a
shame. I wish there was a good disco workout available,
but in my opinion this isn't it.