Kickin' With CountryDenise Austin
Year Released: 1995
Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance
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I happened upon this video while
rooting through a bargain bin at
Walmart. I like line-dancing and
country music to a certain degree, so i
thought this might be a fun workout -
even though Denise Austin has never
been my favorite instructor.
Turns out I should have left this one in the bargain bin.
First of all, let me say that I am very choreographically challenged. I have three left feet and they all liked getting tangled as i tried to learn this workout. There is a short instructional segment at the very end, where Denise teaches all of the moves, but i found it very confusing to follow, and perhaps a tad fast paced.
I tried to do the workout a couple of times, but just got so frustrated that I gave up and traded it away.
As always - somebody took their enthusiasm pill before starting to film this workout. Denise is her usual overly-perky self.
Music: Modern country (Elvira, Saturday Night,
Boot Scootin' Boogie, etc. and the omnipresent
Achy Breaky Heart)
Length: 31 minutes. 3 minute motion warmup, 20 minute dance, 3 min cooldown dance and stretch. 5 minute abs (floor exercise) separate from the aerobic section.
Energy Level: Moderate
Choreography: Some easy, some harder but section at end does 4 dances in slow motion
Denise Austin is way too perky for me, but she seems to have a knack for putting together a "theme"workout. The country music she's chosen is fun, the dances are reasonably easy to learn and fit the music. At the end of the tape is a special section in which each of the four difficult dances is taught so you can practice before you use the tape for a workout. It's pretty easy to modify to your intensity level. Austin cues well, although in one section she starts doing her own thing and you can feel lost for a minute or two. The ab workout is solid, if brief, and completely separate from the main program, so you don't have to do it to get to the stretching.