Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Fitness with the Pros|
Actors: Alec Mazo, Edyta Sliwinska
Genres: Television, Exercise & Fitness
Workout with Edyta Sliwinska from the hit ABC-TV Show, Dancing with the Stars!! Tone, shape and burn fat while learning Ballroom dance movements. This 3 level workout program based on Ballroom dancing incorporates elements... more »
Fantastic and Fun!
Jenn | Phoenix | 10/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a fan of the show I ordered the product, not expecting the workout to be much of a challenge as far as cardio goes. Wow, was I wrong! My heart rate was up, and thanks to the setting and wonderful instruction from Edyta...you almost forget you are working out! As a personal trainer, I know that cross training is key to keeping the results coming, and this is something that I will incorporate into my program on a weekly basis. It challenges my body in a completely different way than anything I get at the gym, and I love it! Highly recommended! This proves the theory that trainers have been saying for years....working out IS fun! :)"
Well done DVD!
Sharon Balik | 10/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I own both this DVD and its companion teaching DVD. Both are wonderful, with easy to follow instructions. In the fitness DVD, Edyta is your instructor, and she's everything you could ask for in a teacher. There is even a helpful feature where if you have trouble figuring out a movement, you can have it broken down so you can learn at your own pace with just the touch of a button on your remote. I've lost 30 pounds over 4 months with the help of this DVD, and I'm still just on the beginner workout, preparing to advance to the intermediate. I found this DVD easier to follow and complete than the Dancing with the Stars one that features Ashly, Kym, and Maks."
Good dance steps, but almost no instruction & bad camera ang
Lena, LMT | Nassau, NY | 02/27/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
Beginner - Waltz, Cha Cha, Jive
Intermediate - Cha Cha, Samba, Jive
Advanced - Samba, Jive
All are 10 min each, all have a Help option during the workouts to see a SHORT 30 second slow-mo camera speed with Edyta in voice over telling you how to move your feet. Moves that most never heard of like volta point, step point twists, etc. are all taught this way. All dancers ALWAYS face you, never show their back or side views.
Stage - large hardwood floor going back a good 40 ft. to tall white, simple backboards with the black ceiling exposed with extra colored lighting. There are 8 men & women behind Edyta & Alec. Everyone looks serious about perfecting their dancing & the idea of fun is the furtherst thing from their minds. Edyta calls out the type of step & counts. Barely any other instruction is given. The camera stays on Edyta's face & other beautiful dancer's faces & rarely shows their feet.
The direction/teaching style looks more concerned with looking cool/stylish rather then helpful. It does have beautiful production, but I'm not happy it's at the sake of helping one to follow the steps.
The dancing has many steps I'd never seen & everyone dances well.
The moves are good overall, it will definitely make anyone break a sweat with it's fast pace & vigorous movements, I just like a more relaxed, fun, body awareness type of dancing or at least fun/centered on burning calories. Not this style on perfection/stiffness.
I actually found this harder to follow then ther Dancing with the Stars: Cardio workout dvd, since at least that one contained dance steps/moves that are popular & found on other dance workout dvds.
If they added a 1/2 speed teaching of all the steps instead of a quick slow-mo, more camera work showing the feet even of background dancers, showed some laughing or smiling & had fun, this would be 5 stars.
This is good for those who can learn with minimal instruction, who are already dancers or have had dance class training or at least an extensive dvd collection.
I have now tried Dancing with the Pros. That is the more instructional set, while this is the cardio/practice set. Why split it up to be more confusing & giving it different names? Makes no sense, like the content. The Dancing with the Pros splits the dances to beginner, intermediate, advanced for each that run consecutively & each difficulty is about 10 min each. This time they teach in 1/4 (very slow), exaggerate the steps a couple of times, then FULL tempo which is quite jarring. I do best with 1/2 time for a long time WHILE giving instruction & later full tempo as many dances are truly fast & very few dancers can keep proper form going so fast so soon. Again, with all the couples behind them, same stage, they never turn their back to you, the camera likes to look cool by showing the upper body so you can't even focus on the feet."
Jana Hege | Shady Grove, PA United States | 01/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I hate exercise. I love this video. It is so much fun learning all these dance steps, I hardly notice I'm exercising. And that's saying a lot. I go through the beginning and intermediate workouts in about an hour. I've only had the video a week and I'm already noticing more flexibility and toning.
My only complaint is the music, which is very repetitive and tends to get stuck in my head. But that's a small price to pay for the best workout video I've ever seen!"