Since stationary biking and physical therapy are all the workouts I’m getting these days, and my “regular” DVD reviewer (daughter Cassie) is currently brewing grandbaby number 3 (due in early February), daughter Carlene has stepped up to the plate and will be muscling her way through the backlog of workout videos Lynn’s Weigh has agreed to review and give away.
Carlene is my oldest daughter. She just moved out of her teeny tiny graduate apartment (seriously, it was the size of a toaster with only one window that measured maybe 18 by 24 inches) after graduating with her masters degree in history. Now she’s living in a real apartment with real (and, unfortunately, buck naked) neighbors and off-street parking. The place is big enough to work out in, so I handed her five videos the other day and said, “Knock yourself out, kid!” I just hope she doesn’t take me literally.
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Now without further ado, I give you Carlene’s review of Billy Blanks Jr.’s “Dance With Me Cardio Fit”:
I’m not a dancer. Not even a little bit. When I try to move my arms and legs at the same time to some sort of rhythm, it typically ends in failure and embarrassment. In fact, I was a dance school drop-out before age 5. So when my mom forced…er…I mean asked me to review Billy Blanks Jr.’s “Dance With Me Cardio Fit,” I had to put on my big girl panties and do it, no matter how ridiculous I looked.
Turns out, “Dance With Me Cardio Fit” is fun and really gets the heart (and arms and legs) moving. Blanks divides his DVD into several dance workouts, including Hip Hop, County, and Bollywood. The music is a bit too techno-popish for my taste, as I’d rather dance/workout to real music of the last 10 years, but I suppose that would cost the production company too much in royalties. My solution: learn the moves, mute the television and put it to your own soundtrack. Not only will your own music pump you up, but you’ll still have cutie-petutie Billy Blanks Jr. to ogle.
My favorite workout was Hip Hop, followed by Bollywood then Country. Because each segment is fast paced and lasts only 12 minutes, it is challenging to pick up the dance moves on the first try. I’m sure it looked more like I was convulsing than dancing, but even I, the dance school drop-out, picked them up on the most basic level.
In addition to the dance moves, each segment has a 2-minute cardio burst, aimed at revving up the pace and working your heart. While I’m not a total fitness dunce, I have to admit, by the time I got to my second cardio bursts, my butt was kicked. Unless you are some sort of fitness goddess, this will definitely make you sweat. However, because you are dancing it feels less like an aerobic workout and more like a party.