Pure Spice: Cinnamon

Christi Taylor
Year Released: 2013

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

I received this DVD as a free preview. I’m a former Zumba instructor, and I tell you, it doesn’t get any better than Christi Taylor’s new Pure Spice workout! My understanding is that “Cinnamon” is the first of several new “Spice” dance workouts that Christi plans to put out – and I say, Bring ‘em on!!!

One of the most important things is a workout of this type is the MUSIC!!! Many people are put-off by the inclusion of “gangsta-rap” or songs with explicit lyrics in their dance routine. The music that Christi has selected is REALLY fun (and has a nice variety!) and you don’t have to worry about your five-year old (or whomever) overhearing the songs. There’s also none of the “overt sexuality” so prevalent in a lot of dance workouts – not that that can’t be fun as well, but some people don’t want to posture or pose; they just want to dance!

Now to the actual workout: It’s true! Christi doesn’t talk at all during the workout! Instead she points and uses other hand motions to show you what you’re going to be doing next. Of course, this means you have to be watching the video the entire time, and I like to watch myself in the mirror (only to make sure I’ve got correct form, etc., not to admire myself, LOL!) It’s the same in a live dance class of this type (Zumba, etc.) – you are watching both the instructor AND your own image in the mirror to make sure you’re doing it right. That little quibble aside, it’s not hard to pick up the moves – it will just take a little time. It helps that she repeats several of the moves, so you know what to expect. Starting with the energy-infused warm-up, there are 12 short dance routines with a small pause in between each song (just like in a real class); just enough time for you to catch your breath, grab a quick sip of water, or wipe away some of the sweat. Christi moves right into each song with no long explanation of dance steps (there’s a “move master” tutorial for that!) so the entire workout has a really nice flow.

Christi is dancing with a large class of maybe 15 people of varying ages and fitness levels. As a 50-something year old woman, I appreciate seeing both “older” and “younger” people represented in fitness videos – and every one of them seemed to be having a good time!! I know I was!! By the end of the workout, I had a nice little “glow” going on, LOL. If you like Zumba or Latin dance – or if you’ve wanted to try it, but were intimidated by the thought – you should absolutely give this a go!

Instructor Comments:
Christi seems very open and accessible. I would LOVE to take a live class with her!!

Debbie J