Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Hula Workout Weight Loss|
Actors: Katie Ka'aihue, Kili
Director: Andrea Ambandos
Genres: Educational, Exercise & Fitness
Join Kili on the beautiful beaches of Hawaii and experience an innovative Hula Workout for Weight Loss. Kili has designed this program to allow the you to learn a choreographed hula dance combined with an aerobic workout. ... more »
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One star for the scenery
Lena, LMT | 01/04/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"One positive about this video is that it got my heart rate up... mostly due to frustration from incomplete instructions on how to do the moves, poor transitions, and a pace too quick given former problems. The instructor seems to be in her own world with little regard for the fact that people are watching the video. There is no slower breakdown of a series of movements before a gradual progression to full tempo, and she throws in moves and variations with little or no warning to the viewer. (For instance, during one of the moves, she starts migrating forwards and backwards with no explanation.) Then, sometimes the verbal cues occur after she's already executed a move. Also, unlike the excellently produced Bellydancing tapes by Veena and Neena Bidasha, this instructor does not separate the arm movements from the legs movements, later inviting the viewer to add the arms movements at will. She'll say something like,"Extend the left arm, extend the right arm, lift those hands to the sun" or "feel free to add those arms." She never says how to extend the arms (with a turn of the wrist for instance) or which arm movements would be appropriate for you to "feel free to add", so you're already following the poor verbal cues and just putting your hands out there like you're doing the hokey pokey. Then you see her gracefully turning her wrists and arms to the music with arm movements which were never taught. Yet another bad thing about this video is the tone of the instructor. At one point she says, "Let's go through the entire routine...from the tippety-top" and "Smile!" I suppose there's nothing wrong with a fitness instructor telling viewers to smile, but by that time I was I was ready to eject the tape."
Great DVD, Great Workout!
LARASDDW | Illinois, USA | 04/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this DVD to add variety to my workout routine. I am a grandparent, overweight, and now working out regularly for health reasons. I really like dance routine based exercise for working out at home, or while travelling. I became interested in this DVD for its "new slant" on an old idea.
This one is a welcome change. I read from other reviewers that it may not be authentic hula. However, I think the instructor has made appropriate modifications to make sure the routine has an aerobic component. All dance instructors I have encountered do this. She also warns against overwork for beginners, and suggests modifications. She covers all the bases.
It's fun also to be transported to Hawaii for a few minutes in the great photography, and also in the contemporary Hawaiian music.
I found this a very fresh approach and a worthwhile purchase. Highly recommended."
LARASDDW | 03/11/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I was very excited to get this video since the same company made a very enjoyable bellydance series. But this was nothing but a let down. It was difficult to follow the instructor and the music resembled that of a hillbilly ho-down. The moves are presented quickly with no practice move or smooth transition into the next move. With practice it would probably get easier. However, with the annoying music, it's difficult to make it through the video once! The ultimate goal of the video, as defined by the instructor, is to be able to perform the "sunshine hula" dance which looks like it should be the official state dance of Arkansas instead of Hawaii. I would skip this video and just buy one of the belly dance ones. They use a lot of the same moves but the belly dance one is easier to follow and has better music."
This video stinks
Lena, LMT | 03/19/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I tried this tape once and got nothing even remotely resembling a workout, because the entire time I was standing in one spot, halfheartedly swaying my hips while scratching my head in bewilderment (simultaneously!). Note to the makers of this video: Next time, it *might* be a good idea to actually show the lower half of the instructor's body. Some of us weren't taught hula in the womb, and need to be, I don't know - instructed, perhaps?This video is really bad."