Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Dancing with the Stars Dance Off the Pounds|
Actors: Kym Johnson, Lacey Schwimmer, Dmitry Chaplin
Director: Cal Pozo
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Each season, audiences watch in amazement as stars shrink down and shape up on ABC?s DANCING WITH THE STARS. Now you can share their weight-loss success and dance off the pounds with three different cardio dance routines?S... more »
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Fun and cardio!
JJ | USA | 12/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having done this DVD multiple times in the last weeks I have changed my review a little bit based on things that I have noticed. I have also changed my original rating of 4 stars to 5 stars because I realize that this is a better workout than I gave it credit for.
"Dancing with the Stars: Dance off the Pounds" is a workout DVD that was choreographed by Cal Pozo, the choreographer of the other DWTS DVDs as well as the Dancefit series. This was the best of his choreography that I've ever seen, and not only was it fun, but it was extremely cardio. There was no warm-up, therefore the viewer has to either do his own or just let the beginning of the workout act as the warm-up. As opposed to the former DWTS workouts, this DVD's dances are all routines instead of just moves taught. The DVD was divided into the following four parts of the workout:
Swing-Led by Kym Johnson, it is the most basic of all the routines. It includes moves such as the triple step, rock step, kick-ball-changes, sailor step, Charleston, and many more. It has a lot of kicking, and it will really get the heart rate up. Kym is very motivating, but she can be a little too sweet sometimes-almost like she's talking to a child. I really liked this segment.
Jive-Led by Lacey Schwimmer, I found this the most fun of all the routines. Lacey teaches the moves rather quickly and prefers going from the top a lot more than making sure you have the moves. She breaks down one really fast move that I am SO glad she broke down. Moves included are the triple step, kicks, Charleston, heel bop, jump step, and more. Lacey is very chirpy, but she really did say "Good job!" way too many times. This is my favorite segment, though!
Quickstep-Led by Dmitry Chaplin, this was the most challenging of all the routines. The moves were really fast and sometimes hard, but Dmitry broke most of them down really slowly which did make me wonder if my heart rate was going down, as well, but I just do the quickstep segment first and let the beginning low cardio segment count as my warm-up. There is lot of using the floor to move around and there are quite a few jumping steps, as well. Some of the moves included are the box step, pendulums, knee bops, shuffle hops, and many more. Dmitry was the most genuine of all the instructors, but he did have a little bit of difficulty explaining the moves. His jokes made me laugh, though. The most challenging footwork of them all.
Cool-Down-All of the instructors are here for the cooldown, and they each have turns leading you in stretching. Unfortunately, they don't stretch the entire body, they don't have a specific stretch for the calves, neck, glutes, or arms. But it does bring your heart rate down.
Overall, I definitely think it's worth $10, and it is most definitely better than "Cardio Dance" or "Latin Cardio Dance." Get it if you are a fan of the show, or if you want a great, old-school, cardio workout. Beware, though, if you are a beginner, you might not get the steps right away."
Dance Workout DVD fan says "It's Adorable, Sophisticated, an
Erin | France | 12/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a DVD dance-workout junkie. I buy *everything* dance-dvd, almost. This is the best of the four Dancing with the Stars workouts. It's not modern dance - it's super-cute jive, swing and funky-quickstep. It's a great workout.
The first segment is adorable and sweet learning the American dance 'the swing' (triple-step, rock-step, the sailor, etc.). Great intro to what's to come on the dvd. It's not slow either.
The second instructor and routine really shines, is a crazy-fun good time; the pace increases as you are taught the taught the international version of 'swing' which is called 'jive' (faster triple-steps, kicks, heel-bops, Big-X step, swivels, the charleston, the Lindy,etc.) High-impact and difficult cardio which can be modified by not doing arms.
The last segment is a suave, dressed-in-black quick-step routine that is explained well and, tho different, has the same great dance-flow as the first two parts. Make sure you watch it to the end it just is a sophisticated blast! Great job of teaching old dances with a totally-modern feel! Gene Kelly would approve.
I go back to this DVD as a "serious" fat-burning workout because it's a smiling good time that really makes you sweat and laugh. It's pure dance-cardio with, again, great flow. You ARE dancing, not aerobics pretending to be dance. Beautiful choreography that works. It's fun, not lame, slow, or dull, if you know what I mean. Just good times, dancin' hard like it's 1920-1945. And, whoa, did they move it back then. The dvd includes the option doing the workouts with music and instruction or just music so you can cut out the chattering once you're proficent and just dance. Love it. Super-fun. Good for beginners and established dancers alike, this is a serious workout worth the $$.
(A similar buy is the spectacular "Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom" (purchased after this dvd review) which is also fantastically-fun cha-cha, jive, etc,-- another dancer from the Dancing with the Stars franchise.)"
Fun and challenging!
mcel | Salem, MA | 12/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is a VAST improvement over the previous DWTS DVDs. First off there are less sections, but the segements are longer, which I like more since I think choppy short segments don't give you an adequate workout.
Lots of cardio in this DVD, and while it is a whole lot of fun, it is very challenging. I was soaked after doing the workout. To give you an idea of my background, I am an intermediate level in fitness DVDs and I have been dancing since the age of 4.
I decided to do this DVD from start to finish so I could see the quality of the workouts and time it as well.
The first section is Swing with Kym. This is great, alot of what you may have seen in the Jive sections if you got the first DWTS DVD, but it is still a very good workout. Kym not only does swing, she also adds in some Charleston, which was a nice change since I've never done that. You may be a little lost if you don't have any background in dance, but Kym does do her best to explain moves like pas de bouree the best she can in the few seconds she has before jumping in. Definitely gets your heart rate up with kicks. This was just the first section and I was tired after it--and I still had two more sections to go!
Next up was Lacey with Jive. Whoooo!! This moves fast and is similar to the swing section, but the moves are smaller and more precise, so it is more difficult since you have to keep your moves compact. This one was a real burner AND the steps while a lot of fun, again are hard to get down on the first try if you don't have a dance background. And it goes REALLY fast. I even had a hard time keeping up and just had to triple on the spot a few times. She also throws in some little X jumps and squats which were unexpected but complemented the moves quite well and were REALLY intense layered with all the moves in the routine. I thought this was the hardest section until I got to.....
Quitckstep with Dmitry. This dance I am totally unfamiliar with, as is most people, so it starts off a little slower in the breakdown of moves. But don't let this fool you, this section must be a HUGE calorie burner because there are a lot of jumps and hops, and the pace speeds up as you go along. Dmitry was great and is absolutely adorable! He is a good teacher for the amount of time you get, and does his best to break down these moves that go so fast and look so easy, but take so much effort. He also throws some jump squats in at the end of the routine, which I enjoyed and felt the next day!
Then there is a short cooldown with all 3 instructors, about 8-10 minutes if that. The cooldown is adequate and by that time I was so tired, I just didn't care and any stretches felt good.
This is an excellent video and is sure to burn major calories and fat. Here I am the next day and my butt and legs are sore--almost like when I go for a run! It is that good. And it has to be great cardio. I am so glad since I hate doing cardio, this is fun and something I will actually look forward to doing!
A couple of cautions: 1) There is no warm up here (which is odd since it is such an intense workout) so if you need a warmup do some light strecthing or aerobics.
2)These are fast dances, so you will lose time frequently in your first few workouts. I know I did. So that kind of messes up the routine as you go along. But please don't get discouraged. Just triple step or march in time until the routine starts and try again.
All in all,excellent cardio DVD if you are looking for something different and love to dance. I also purchased the DWTS Dance Body Tone and will try it later this week! I will post a review of that as well, but I think "Dance Off the Pounds" is top-notch!"
Difficult for non-dancers
Richard W. Baker | 01/03/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Good points: This video is a good workout. It will make you sweat and work your leg muscles as much as other cardio workouts.
Bad points: Unless you're someone who really knows how to dance or follow dance steps instantly, you will probably feel discouraged and frustrated like I did. Their feet move really fast when demonstrating the dance moves for the first time, and only demonstrate it two or three times quickly before moving to the next move. There are almost no slow demonstrations of the footwork, so for most of the dvd I was just flailing and kicking around the living room, attempting to copy them somehow. This wasn't helped by them wearing black pants in some or most of the dances, making it hard to tell whether their leg is moving in front or behind their other leg.
Summary: If you are really good at dancing, can learn complicated dance moves by watching 10 seconds of full-speed demonstrations, or enjoy flailing around trying to dance as your workout, you'll probably enjoy this DVD."