Crunch: Fat Blaster Goes Latin

Gloria Quinlan
Year Released: 1999

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

I've done this tape several times, and I like it. Don't love it, don't dislike it. Its not a tape I'll do regularly, but will throw in here and there and will keep along with Crunch Burn and Firm in 30 minutes for coming back after being sick or injured. Since there are no reviews for this tape. I thought I'd post my initial thoughts.

This tape is very different from Kathy Smith's Latin tape. Its more of a aerobic routine with latin moves thrown in, just as the Collage catalogue describes. Even though none of the moves are difficult to do, I seem to miss the rhythm on some. This is due to me, not the tape or instruction. I'm so used to the normal aerobic rhythm changes and standard moves that the way she puts them together, which is a little different, throws me. I can't yet tell if putting more body into the moves will make it more intense. So far, I can get a more intense workout from Kathy Smith's beg/int tape than this intermediate tape. She does do a mambo towards the end that's a blast

One other suggestion, don't preview this tape. For some reason the whooping and the music really irritated me during my preview. But were fine while I was actually doing the tape. The workout is fun and is pretty much standard Crunch fare. The intensity is intermediate, and I can't do it well enough to get the shoulder hip thing going, and hey I am almost 39. If you can do the hip and shoulder shake, you would be able to get a more intense workout.

The cast of this tape was a young hip female crowd, but it was not the perfect body type of crowd. There was a variety of body types and they all looked real. The cast looks like they are having a great time. I must admit to being very amused when Gloria talked about attitude, which for her is pursing her lips up towards the camera. All in all, not a bad investment for 7 dollars. One last thing, I just love the way at the end she talks about stretching because "those muscles thems needs it." You'd have to hear it to understand how cute it sounds.

Instructor Comments:
Gloria is a fine instructor. She cues well, and does some motivational talks. Telling people to do what they can, work at their own pace, etc. Good reminders to stand up straight, shoulders down, stomach in type reminders. Beautiful, but real looking.