Jazzercise Dancin' AbsShanna Missett Nelson, Young McCarthy
Year Released: 2009
Categories: Abs/Core , Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance
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This was my first Jazzercise workout. It consists of dancey combinations interspersed with standing abs work. The combos are made up of about 4 moves of mixed impact and these moves are repeated at varying tempo. There is a fair bit of repetition which gives you a chance to really get the moves down. The combos are paired with songs, and when a song ends, everyone freezes with a dramatic flourish. I've never seen that in a workout dvd before. A new song introduces a new combo. There are 2 instructors that take turns leading. Both start out slow introducing the moves and then speed up. Some familiarity with Jazzercise would likely be helpful because moves are cued with names that meant nothing to me but seem to be part of the Jazzercise repertoire. As I mentioned the choreography is dancey with hip shaking and chest pumps etc. During the standing abs you really have to "put your mind in the muscle" or you won't get much out of the movements here. The music is pretty hip-hoppy with vocals, which differs from a lot of my workouts. I definitely prefer DH not in the room when I do this one due to the chest pumps and such. There are options for a 30 min and 60 min workout. It is fun and I recommend.
I like both instructors. Shanna seems somewhat more robotic than Young.
This is a 60 minute core and dancey aerobics workout. Shanna & Young workout side by side w/ 4 b/g'ers working out behind them. Everyone is on raised platforms and there are some blue/purple/reddish lights going on in the background. It has, of course, a very jazzercise feel to it- so while its dancy, its not difficult choreo and has a great high-energy class feel to it. You wont need any props for this workout and the dvd has a 30 minute premix version included.
This workout is loads of fun and really really hits the core while "dancing" and getting your heartrate up the whole time. None of the moves were hard to follow or overly dancy. They do a superb job of adding core work into traditional cardio moves and vice versa. For example you do a toe tap (cardio) but add in a pelvic tuck or standing crunch to hit your core. Brilliant! They also add in various arm movements that add to the cardio and the core effect. This workout was fast paced and you never stop moving!
Some of the moves include: hip shifts with arm movements, side heel taps w/ an oblique squeeze, cross heel taps, step ball change, triple steps, high knees, pelvic pushes, knee pulls while pulling your arms across your body, pliet with torso twist, front toe taps with a standing crunch, and the likes thereof.
I would rate this a solid intermediate workout. This was my first experience with anything Jazzercise and I am impressed and can not wait to try another dvd from them- or a live class would be a blast. The cueing on this workout was great and I liked both instructors but Young was my fav- her moves were more straight forward (though none were difficult to catch onto) and I just enjoyed her personality in general. Great high energy, fast moving workout that is an awesome alternative to boring floor core work. I received a copy of this dvd from Jazzercise to review.