Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Dance Off the Inches Fat Burning Jam|
Actor: Michelle Dozois
Director: a b
Genres: Special Interests, Exercise & Fitness
"As your repertoire increases, so does the intensity." Health Magazine It features a medley of fun, dance-inspired moves demonstrated in an unusually easy to follow format. Each pattern is taught at three tempos. You'll a... more »
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Teedums | White Bear Lake, MN | 11/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Another workout from the Dance off the Inches series, this one is led by Michelle Dozois, who has appeared in quite a few workout videos over the years. She is joined by 4 other ladies, including Marie Forleo who has led Crunch Cardio Dance Blast and Prevention's Dance Yourself Thin. They are all in a cozy living room setting ready to groove.
One feature of this DVD is a step guide, which demonstrates many of the moves that make up the foundation of the workout. I was glad to find this in this and other Dance off the Inches workouts that I have tried. I am not the best when it comes to dance moves, so it's nice to have this little tutorial when I need it. Michelle will show you the move, slow at first then at tempo, plus she will show any additional variations that might be seen in the workout, any arm movements that go with it for example.
You start with a fun warmuup and move into the first of three dance routines called Shake Those Hips. Some of the steps seen here include single and double hip shakes, side taps, grapevines and circle walks. Then you will move into the next dance routine, Latin Spice. Here you will see the Spicy March, the slide, cross & bounce, mambo, cha chas (with a turn added), kickball change and shoulder shimmeys.
The final dance segment is Jazz it Up. This routine includes chasses, drags, narrow/wide march (out out in in), quick lunges, tap front/back, box step, side taps, double taps and hops. Then it's time to cooldown.
I thought Michelle did a nice job in this workout, she seems to be having fun here and interacts with her backgrounders throughout, asking them to show what kind of arms they like to do with a certain step, etc. I enjoyed her as an instructor. The moves aren't terribly hard to pick up but they are fun to do and once you get them down you can really get into it. The music is okay, didn't particularly stand out to me but I didn't dislike it either. Overall I give this one a solid 4 stars. I have a few workouts in this series and enjoy them all. They aren't terribly complex which is good for me, some other dance workouts that I have tried are just too hard to follow. Those like me who have 2 left feet, this would be a good choice."
Really good and fun too :->
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 09/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You've probably seen Michelle Dozois in some Prevention dvds and 10 Minute Solution dvds. She's really outgoing and fun without being too over the top or annoying. Instead, you find yourself having a blast and you've done a great workout before you know it.
This is one such fun workout. It's easy to follow and easy to do. It's only a little over half an hour so it's not that hard to find the time for it. She lets you know that it's ok to either follow exactly what the others are doing, or make up your own style. There's a fair bit of dancy moves, but not hard and it's like a moderate impact workout. You don't need to be totally fit, but somewhat co-ordinated and not to have two left feet.
This is probably better kept for those days where you can't be bothered exercising but need to do a little something. You don't need to try hard, but this will change your mood and keep you happy for the rest of the day. It's great and I hope you like it too."
Not bad, but not for me
Erica J. Finke | Nebraska | 02/16/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Purchasing this DVD was a leap of faith for me; I always come to Amazon and read the reviews before making a selection. I have had great success utilizing the review system, so when I was up for a new title for my fitness collection, seeing this video and its high ratings was an encouragement.
I'm not going to outright bash "DOTI: Fat Burning Jam" because it does have several merits. The steps are simple so that even someone who has never done aerobics can follow along and be successful in one or two tries.
The instructors aren't stick-thin, non-sandwich eating supermodels. It's refreshing to see that in fitness videos because chances are, many of us just split a Ho-Ho with our toddler (and washed it down with a swig of Capri-Sun) about 45 minutes prior to firing up the DVD player.
Nor are the instructors all 20 and under. Michelle looks to be in her late 30s/early 40s, as is her companion Sasha. That, too, is an encouragement to the real world. You may get a bit creeped out at seeing a couple of women who aren't 20 whipping their hips about (as I was initially); I had to remind myself that just because you turn 30 doesn't mean you can't move like that and boast toned EVERYTHING.
Just don't wear the skirt made from a single paper napkin and the fishnets when you sport your moves in public; now THAT is the fast track to Skankville, my friends, no matter how buff you are! ;)
The cons for Fat Burning Jam stem more from personal taste than anything. I wasn't keen on the "living room" set that was utilized; when I work out, I want to feel as if I am AWAY from my home and at the gym for 30 minutes. I kept waiting for a couple of grade-school kids to chase each other behind the dancers, hollering, "Mom, he's LOOKING at ME; make him STOP!!!"
The music is somewhat dated as well; I had to stifle a laugh more than a few times, particularly when I'd reached the "Jazz" section; the rhythm was about two beats away from an 80s erotic film. Part of what motivates me in my fitness routine is a degree of seriousness, so when I'm hearing this funky music and Michelle saying, "Sasha, I like those hips; look at her move 'em!" I can't help but envision a scene with red satin curtains, haze, and the very afroed Dirk Longjohnson over there on the rotating bed.
So to boil it down, if you're a beginner and you're looking for something to move you, then this is a decent choice. But if you're looking for more intensity and more complicated footwork, I'd suggest looking elsewhere."
Dance off a Millimeter
SapphireMoon | USA | 08/31/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I've been mixing up my exercise routine by throwing in some dance aerobic videos lately to use on lighter days and so thought I'd give this a try. "Dance off the Inches: Fat Burning Jam" is a 35-minute all dance cardio DVD filmed in a living room style set. Michelle Dozis leads this video who is joined by four female background exercisers. As for the workout itself, the dance moves are fairly basic, and Michelle seems to be a pretty good dancer with relatively easy-to-follow lead. Her moves are graceful and well demonstrated and there's a nice flow to the workout. However, there's nothing really new or exciting here - just the same old cha chás, mambos and grapevines I'm used to seeing everywhere else. The music is very generic-sounding as well. Michelle's comments throughout are also quite corny, like she's overly trying to be `hip' and `cool'. I also thought there was a distinct cheesiness to the "Dance-Off the Inches: Calorie blasting party" DVD as well, so perhaps it's just this particular series (we'll see, as I'm now about to try the "15 Minute Express" one). Now I realize that Denise Austin (whose dance exercise videos I admittedly like) also tends to be cheesy but there's a difference. I see Denise as just being her idiosyncratic self (another example would be say, Richard Simmons) which actually makes her quite likeable and entertaining in my view. But to me this just seemed phony with her comments such as "Are you ready to take this South of the Border?!" as they're about to move into the "spicy Latin dance routine" - which there's hardly anything sultry or `spicy' about it.
In addition to the above factors this is definitely a beginner-level workout, which is perfectly okay, and I would have given this DVD three stars since it's by no means terrible and can be kind of fun to do. But I docked off another point because in addition to all of the little things about it that bothered me, I failed to even break a sweat - and I've done other beginner-level workouts that at least accomplish this. I'd recommend the "Crunch" dance-exercise videos instead - and yes, I also enjoyed Denise Austin's "Fat Blasting Dance Mix" a lot more as well.