Hip Hop Abs Dance Party Hard Body

Shaun T.
Year Released: 2007

Categories: Abs/Core , Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance , Upper Body Strength

The Hip Hop Abs Dance Party DVD is the third Hip Hop Abs (HHA) set that I have purchased from instructor Shaun T. I really enjoy both the first HHA set and the subsequent Hip Hop Abs Level 2, so when I had the opportunity to get this DVD as well, I jumped on it. Dance Party has two longer routines, this one, Hard Body, and a second, Rockin' Abs, plus a 5-minute bonus, Ab Blaster. For each workout, Shaun T is teaching live in front of a large group of both male and female exercisers. Shaun mirror cues to the viewer throughout the workout. Finally, you have the option of using weighted gloves or light dumbbells for these routines.

This 3.5m warm-up starts with pump side-to-side, robo, and heels with push up/down. Picking up the weights, Shaun then moves into the Rock Your Body Combo (12m). There are several new moves here, including the Fly Drive, Turntable, Bounce Jog, and 'Lil Busy (variation on Get Busy) plus old favorites Freak, Roll Out, Rainbow, and another new one, The Meeting. The next series is the Bounce Your Body Combo (10:48m). Many of these moves are new as well, starting with the Jiggy Scoop, Poke it Out (a sort of punch combo), Rise Up, Wobble, and Rock It Out. The last combination is the Sculpt Your Body Combo (6:52m), and it includes the Afro Slide, Lunge Bounce, Sexy Abs, and Frat Punch. There is just a quick (1.5m) standing cool-down to conclude this workout.

I had a lot of fun doing this workout! I enjoyed it more than the other routine on this same DVD (Rockin' Body), but I also think it is one of my most favorite HHA workouts so far, especially given that it included a lot of new moves. I think that Shaun T. does a masterful job at offering cardio combinations that are a lot of fun while still being very simple and mostly low impact (there is some higher impact, but one of the exercisers, Tania, always modifies).

HHA Dance Party Hard Body is appropriate for those who enjoy dancey cardio, who don't mind an instructor who can be a bit goofy at times, and who put greater value on having an enjoyable workout than a "killer" one.

Instructor Comments:
I find Shaun's cuing excellent and easy-to-follow. Even though he teaches the Dance Party routines in a "take it from the top" (aka TIFTTing) style, which I usually hate, I still enjoy these workouts--I think it's because we are continuing to work out while learning the new moves rather than stopping and pausing like you tend to see with other TIFTTing-style workouts.

Beth C (aka toaster)