Awarded DVD of the Month in December 2006 by SHAPE magazine! NO TIME TO EXERCISE? We have the solution for you ? the 10 Minute Solution! Everyone can find at least ten minutes in their day, and we?ve developed 5 fun and en... more »ergetic dance routines that are just 10 minutes each. You?ll get great cardio and toning benefits from the ten minute segments ? designed to fit into even the busiest of schedules. Split them into 5 mini dance parties, or mix and match to hit your own unique problem areas ? or do all of them together for an incredible 50-minute dance blast! SIMPLE SLIMMER "Get down" and shape up with some simple, fun dance moves that even a non-dancer can enjoy. CALORIE MELTDOWN This segment takes it up just a notch ? it?s full of energy and a real calorie-burner. FAT BURNING PARTY This dance party is for everyone ? let loose, have fun and melt away those extra pounds! BUTT & THIGH BLASTER The Butt & Thigh Blaster is more than a dance party ? it?s your way to finally get jiggle-free buns and thighs! AB ATTACK Really whittle your middle as you move and groove. This set is specifically designed to attack and flatten those abs.« less
A pleasant surprise--a fun, easy-to-learn, yet INTENSE dance
Beth Cholette | Upstate NY USA | 08/26/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I wasn't sure whether I would like this workout--as I've become a more advanced exerciser, I've tended to move away from exercise DVDs which offer short segments, as I have found that these usually aren't intense enough to provide me with a good workout. Therefore, I was pleasantly suprrised upon trying Fat Blasting Dance Mix a discovering that my heart rate was in my target fat-burning zone for nearly the entire workout! Plus, the moves were fun and relatively easy to pick up after a few times through.
Overall, this video reminded me a bit of Dance Off the Inches: Calorie Blasting Party. Instructor Jennifer Galardi is a bit similar in style to the instructor from that video, although more low-key, which I prefer. Also, rather than teaching the moves at three different tempos as in the Dance Off series (which I didn't like because it causes my heart rate to drop), Jennifer teaches by building on different aspects of each move. For example, first she'll teach you a simple leg move such as a step out, then she'll incorporate a bit more of a dancey feel, and finally, she'll add arms to complete the exercise. In each of the five segments, she teaches the moves in an add-on style, eventually taking it from the top so that you can run through the entire sequence (but because each segment is short and there are only five or so total moves, it never feels like the combinations are overly long).
One of the best things about this DVD is that it is programmable--ie, there is a menu which allows you to mix and match any of the five segments to create your own customized workout, which I loved. Three of the segments are cardio-focused--Simple Slimmer, Calorie Meltdown, Fat Blasting Party--while the last two are more toning-oriented--Butt & Thigh Blaster, Ab Attack--although still intense enough to produce a cardio effect. The cardio segments gradually get more intense, with SS containing the most basic moves, CM taking it up a notch, and FBP adding a bit more impact with some hops and jumps. Both toning segments were performed entirely in a standing position, pairing some traditional strength training moves (eg, lunges, crunches) with dancey choreography, which I found to be fun and different.
I enjoyed this video, especially the programmable aspect and the unique, dancey toning segments. I would definitely recommend this DVD to anyone who enjoys dance workouts and who is able to pick up choreography with a slightly-beyond-basic complexity level.
Update 12/11/06: The more I use this video, the more I like it! It's one of the only dance videos I've ever owned which gets my heart rate up quickly and keeps it there. I find myself mixing and matching the various segments often. If I could change my rating to 5 stars, I would--very highly recommended!"
Fun and motivating :-)
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 07/29/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Jennifer Galardi is an outgoing and motivating instructor and she makes you feel like you're having fun and actually happy to be exercising. You can buy this workout already on other online sites and I've had it for a week now and I'm really enjoying it. Three of the 10 minute segments are aerobic and one is butt and thigh and the last segment is an ab workout. The cardio ones are challenging but short (which I guess is good if you are wanting to get fit or increase fitness rather than maintain fitness). Obviously you can do all together or mix and match. The way the dvd is set up, you can arrange to play them in any order. The routines are all very dancy but yet not tricky and so this is very fun to do. I recommend this if you are wanting to boost your fitness, but if you are fit already, you may not find this challenging enough. It's cued very well and enjoyable to do. Jennifer is a good instructor."
Gets you moving!
Mirage08 | VA | 11/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have 3 of the other 10 minute solution workouts and I enjoy those. This one is not exception. It's fun, gets you moving and sweating. Also the moves are easy to pick up as well. Definite recommendation!"
Great, fun beginner workout; dance throughout the day!
R. E. Davis | Fitchburg, MA USA | 02/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is my first 10 Minute Solution workout video, and I like it so much that I just purchased another one of the series.
I am a true beginner - overweight and fairly uncoordinated - but this video really makes me feel confident. I can't do all of the fastest moves yet, but I stumble through them and don't feel bad about it. There are enough simple moves mixed in with the complex ones that you can just dance in place for a second or two, and you'll be back to the easy moves again.
I like the 10-minute segments because I find them convenient to intersperse throughout the day. I can do a quick mini-workout in the morning to get my blood pumping, another some time in the afternoon and one before bedtime, and I know I've exercised 30 minutes in total that day, without the pressure of overexerting myself in one go. You can do anything for just 10 minutes! Even if you're tired, you never have time to think "God, how long until it's over?" It ends before you know it, and you feel accomplished after each segment. I feel energized afterwards, instead of exhausted!"
Karen M. Horowitz | 12/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I definitely have 2 left feet, so I was hesitant to buy this video. But, because there are 10 minute segments, I figured I'd give it a try.I'm sooo glad I did. The moves are basic enough for someone even like me. I was so excited when I realized I was able to follow along. I was sweating really good too! I've only done 3 segments so far and looking forward to doing the others as well. Jennifer cues very well too. I'm so glad I FINALLY found a dance video that I can do :)"