Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Director: James Wvinner
Genres: Educational, Exercise & Fitness
Creator of the bestselling Bollywood Dance Workout turns up the heat! Spice up your workout and boogie to the bhangra beat. Inspired by the sassy, sexy moves seen in hit Indian films, this isn?t the same old boring exercis... more »
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YogaGirl | san francisco, ca United States | 11/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just did this workout and I must say that I sweated bullets. You can see a trailer at the acaciacatalog web site.
Setting: Theatre stage with teacher and two dancers, 1 woman and 1 guy. This time the backup dancers are quite good and look like they are enjoying the choreography.
workout: the dvd is divided into 3 workouts, each with its own warm-up, learn the steps, routine and cool down. The cool down is brief for segments 1 &2 in the event you want to do segment 3. The steps are easy and fun. BE WARNED, MANY OF THE STEPS ARE HIGH IMPACT. I have bad knees and I had to modify the criss cross jumping jacks, half jacks, hop turns and jumps. No modifications are shown on the video. However, I am aerobically out of shape and I still got my heart rate up doing low impact.
Music: This is bhangra hip hop music. The music is different for each segment. The teacher is in voice over and she is much louder than the music. There is a music only option and when you hear it without her talking, it is quite good and rhythmic.
Overall: A good workout that is edited and choreographed much better than her bollywood workout dvd. There is also a free dance special feature with the 3 dancers clowning around. Next time I do this, I will use the music only option as it is pretty easy to visually follow. the production quality is very good and the steps are in beat with the music. The camera loves Hemalayaa and she and her dancers are a joy to watch,
Bollywood thighs of Steel!!!
S. Rutigliano | Brooklyn, New York | 02/09/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This might just be one of the most difficult workout DVDs I have ever done. A girl at work mentioned that she had tried it and loved it so I checked it out. She warned me that her legs were burning after she did the workout but that was the understatement of the century. About 3 minutes into this workout you already feel like your thighs are on fire. This should be called Bollywood Thighs of Steel! Don't let the fact that this is a dance video fool you. Its serious stuff! Definitely not for anyone for who has bad knees."
Fun and highly motivating!
Elizabeth Rose | 01/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Part of our New Year's resolution, my honey and I, was getting back into moving and exercising more. Well, we really got into the swing with this one! The 15 minute segments make it easy to do, even when I'm feeling lazy.
It's easy to be happy with this DVD. We both worked up a sweat doing the shimmy and steppin' high with Hemalayaa. She's very upbeat and lighthearted, which kept us both engaged and relaxed. Laughing a lot makes it easier to not overfocus on our mistakes and lack of coordination.And right now, I'm pretty uncoordinated, believe me.
I had to modify some of the jumps and hops, but I've gotten used to that since I hurt my knee last year. It was great to have a man in the video and I noticed his moves were a little more subtle and solid, which gave my guy and I permission to not overdo it. But we still got a workout!
The best part? I put it on again a couple of days later and my partner got up from his desk (!) and came over on his own to hop around with me. No nagging required. Yaaayyy!!!
Great Idea, Not-So-Great Execution
S. Gardner | Central Wisconsin | 10/15/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The first thing I notice is Hemalayaa's voice over. I wish I could say that it was likeable, but I find her style of narration rather annoying; something in her intonation and giggling rubs me the wrong way. It's not necessarily in sync with the video and doesn't cue very well; often it's not until she and the other dancers are doing the move that the narration identifies the change.
The workouts themselves are not necessarily well-paced. The workouts go from bouncy dancing to yoga, then back to bouncy dancing. This is also most assuredly NOT low-impact, so it's impossible to recommend for people with joint problems. (It doesn't purport itself to be low-impact, at least, though neither does any preview or packing information present just how non-low-impact it is.) That being said, the workouts also are rather a lot of fun, silly if not sexy, which goes a long way to redeem this particular video.
Overall, I enjoyed this video the few times I did it, but finally had to set it aside when all the hopping got to be too much for me. I can't speak for its Bollywood authenticity, but it can still be a fun addition to the library of someone with excellent knees."