Burn Fat Fast Latin Dance Workout

Denise Austin
Year Released: 2013

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

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Full disclosure: I received this as a free preview. The menu includes (1) Dance Workout and (2) Bonus Toning; there as also a “music only” option – YAY!!

This 30-minute workout begins with a weight-shift side-to-side, then moves into a V-step. Mambo steps are next; she switches the lead leg with a jump, but I prefer to switch with a cha-cha move (which I did.) She does some hip circles, then double-side steps with shoulder rolls, then leans with arm stretches. Tap-outs are next, then a side-step walk with a twist, then taps behind with a cha-cha change. The warm-up is five minutes long, and Denise acts like she is having SO MUCH FUN!

The actual workout begins with mambos, cha-chas, and “samba circles” (pivoting in a circle); these moves are repeated several times, then Denise holds her arms out by her sides in what she calls a “sexy walk” (although it looked more like she was doing zombie arm moves from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller!.”)

Next up are weight-shift move with arm pumps, body pops, side-to-side jumps, and double side-steps while “looking away” with arms in “goal post” position.) We move to another weight shift move, then transition to single-single-double steps with shuffles, walking forward and jumping back with arms pushing forward, walking forward with arms waving overhead, walking back with arms “swishing your skirt”, then single-single-double heel digs and repeat

The next section includes an exaggerated walk forward, walking back with a shimmy, side-steps with arms punching down (crossed in front of you), mambos, body waves, pony jumps, then “strike a pose” and repeat.

The cool down was some side steps with hip leans and mambos, then a stretch.

The music is a bit of a disappointment; it’s fairly generic, not at all “salsa-like”, and not a very fast tempo. Denise is positive and motivating, but when she tries to “get down” it just comes off as corny.

Bonus toning. Normally I skip the toning, but I did it this time so I could review it; I was very pleasantly surprised! The 10-minute toning section includes marches, knee lifts, bicep curls, squats, mambos, upright rows, hammer curls, lateral arm raises, tricep kickbacks, shoulder presses, chest presses, rear flies, and plie squats. Then it was down to the floor for plank variations before returning to standing for some final stretches.

Debbie J