I received this video free when the FIRM was
offering their latest step boxes that were subsequently
never manufactured, but first featured in the Tortoise
and the Hare.
I like the ballroom aerobics. But I
like to dance and these basic moves are the same in
almost any form of dance. I like the music and the
workout is excellent when I want to go at a light pace. I
enjoyed the Tortoise and the Hare too--especially the
ballroom aerobics. I think they are fun and not to
strenuous. I can really mentally check out during this
tape and feel good because I have worked out. While not
one of my favorites, it is by no means one of my least
favorites. It is inherently better than some of the
garbage offered -- such as Denise Austin, just about any
supermodel or celebrity tape or those stupid 29-minute
workouts. I use it rather frequently, in fact.
Grade for this Tape: B
I have not read any comments about the Ballroom
Aerobics tape. Did you know it is available through the
It is a compilation of the Hare and Tortoise videos.
Tough Tape is all the heavy workout of both the Hare and
Tortoise, while Ballroom aerobics is all the dance steps.
B.A. has a 32 minute interval of just dance steps. There
are two sections where 3-5lbs. weights are used. I
thought it would be too easy. But, it is aerobic and
those of you who enjoy the dance steps will find it a fun
aerobics tape. I break a mild sweat as I workout to it. I
usually finish the workout with the Lie Down and Workout
aerobics. The Ballroom Aerobics has no ab work or floor
work. I believe in working the ab area every time I do a
workout. Everything is done standing from beginning
warmup to the ending cooldown. If I have a complaint
about this video ,it is that toward the end there are
about 4 different cooldowns. I think one is sufficient.
I did this workout just today and followed with Lie Down
and Workout which is also a compilation of the Tortoise
and Hare. I have all of these: Tortoise, Hare, Tough
Tape,Ballroom Aerobics, and Lie Down and Workout. But, I
think since I purchased the last three all together, I
will probably use them instead of the Tortoise and Hare.
Everything you need is on the 3 different tapes. The
workouts are a little shorter this way and you can
alternate Hard and Heavy with Light and Fast.
Instructor comments: Tracie is excellent as an
instructor. She cues very well. Her physique is very
toned and inspiring. I prefer working out to instructors
who are very fit. Also I rather like seeing the other fit
exercisers in the background. They are motivating as
I think this video is fun. It's definately not the most difficult Firm video, since only two segments contain weights at all and they are pretty light. The cast all use round 4 inch steps during the ballroom segments, but any step will do. I generally use a 6 inch step and occasionally an 8 in order to make the workout harder. It's definately not an advanced cardio workout. Probably intermediate, which is where I am anyway.
I felt like I had really accomplished something the first time I made it through this video without tripping over my step since I tend to be coordinationally-challenged. Now I can do this on auto-pilot due to good cueing and the cool ballroom music, which is by far my favorite of any music on Firm videos up to this time. Some of the segments are tangos, cha-chas, the Charleston, the Paso Doble (sp?), and the swing.
My only complaint (and this is sort of minor) about this video is that you're moving right along and they throw a waltz into the mix. It takes me half the segment to get used to 3/4 time and then they switch back to something in 4/4. Then they do it again. Isn't one waltz enough? And couldn't they have put it at the end where it wouldn't get in the way?
Instructor comments: Tracy cues better than any of the other Firm instructors, which is a very good thing since this video is a bit more complicated than their earlier volumes. She's in fabulous shape and I hope she makes lots more videos.
Wow, am I the first to review this video?? Cool :-) Ballroom Aerobics
is compiled from the Tortoise and the Hare, and the between-segment
segments are done by Tracie Long as well. Here's a general breakdown of
* warm-up and stretch from Tortoise
* waltz (Tortoise)
* charleston (Tortoise)
4-limbed aerobics with delt lifts and biceps (Hare)
* waltz (Hare)
* tango (Hare)
* pasa doble - I think
that's what she called it, and I have no clue what that means but in my
head I call it the bullfighter dance. Don't ask.(Hare)
aerobics with upright rows and triceps (Hare)
* swing (Hare)
cha-cha and aerobic finale (Hare)
* straddle cha-cha (Tortoise - this
is considered a cooldown)
* the very first segment from Tortoise -
the stretch she does before going down to do abs
* lat stretches from
Tortoise (also in Tough Tape, before the infamous cleavage-building
* stretch from the Hare/Tough Tape warm-up
Good things about this tape:
* It's fun! Really! Okay, I know the
ballroom segments are not popular with most VFers, but I'm just freaky
that way. It's a nice light workout to do on a light day, or you can
make it more intense by using a higher step and more impact. I do the
latter, and work up a pretty good sweat by the time it's over. My
favorite segments are the charleston and the swing. Least favorite are
the waltzes, but only because I have some sort of problem with the whole
* The music! It's a nice change from the usual
workout-tape/porno-sounding music. I mean, can you really imagine having
waltz music in a porno? Hmm. Maybe. Ew, never mind! At any rate, it's
still much better and classier than the Firm's usual choice of music
(Flatulating tubas, I'm looking at you...)
* Like I said, the waltz. And some
of the steps take some getting used to. Some segments she cues well, and
other segments she doesn't. Then again, how does one explain a
* It's only available from FIRMDirect, and has a plain
white cover. Also, while they now sell it for only $10, I'm not sure
it's worth that since it's a parts tape (Seriously, why must all FIRM
tapes be partzed to death??) I got my copy for free using one of their
* Their idea of a cooldown. They use a tango segment as a
cooldown and go straight from that to that weird opening stretch from
Tortoise. (That segment makes no sense on Tortoise and makes no sense
here either.) I just walk around during this segment because that tango
wasn't really slow enough to be a cooldown.
* I don't really consider this a bad thing, but it puzzles me still:
Towards the end of the tape, Tracie has little sweat stains on her
leotard during the between-segment segments. Why?? Did they actually
have her do the workout to get them? Or perhaps they used hot lamps or
something, like they use at McDonald's to keep the cheeseburgers warm?
Anyways. I do recommend this tape if you like the ballroom segments
from Tortoise and Hare, or even if you're unfamiliar with the segments
and just like ballroom-type dancing and classical music. But if you get
it from FIRMDirect it might be a better idea to get this as your free
tape. It's not really what I'd consider a total-body workout. It's more
of a cardio tape.
Instructor comments: What can I say? She's Tracie Long. She can make
a video about needlepoint and it would still kick your butt. She cues
well (most of the time) and even tells you what your options are if you
want to add more "power". I like when she says "give it some hip". She's
always fun to work out with.