Crunch: Fat Burning BlastLizbeth Garcia
Year Released: 2006
Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance
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The cardio portion of this workout is broken into three segments, each representing one of Crunch's most popular fitness classes: Latin Grooves, Cardio Tae Box and Sweatshop. Each segment is about 10-12 minutes long and ends in a one-minute "power burst" of more intense activity. The Latin Grooves segment has easy-to-learn choreography and lots of hip action. Cardio Tae Box is fun, but could have used some actual kicking. I normally turn the knee chambers into front kicks for added intensity. Sweatshop is an old-school hi-lo class, with grapevines, ham curls and V-steps. There's nothing fancy or tricky here, just classic moves designed to keep you motivated and keep you moving. After the cool-down, there's a four-minute abdominal segment which packs a lot into the time available but could maybe stand to be a couple of minutes longer.
This has rapidly become one of my favourite workouts because it packs a lot of cardio variety into a fairly short (48 minute) workout and is almost ridiculously easy to follow. Because I don't have to struggle with complex choreography, I can really focus on my intensity. It doesn't hurt that the class is less whoopy and annoying than the typical Crunch video class.
Lizbeth Garcia is very encouraging, cues well and has great energy.