Burn Fat With Sizzling Latin Dance Moves! Welcome to CRUNCH Fitness! You dont need to travel south of the border for a hot, hot workout! This low impact fiesta is packed with fat blasting choreography, sizzling with a spic... more »y Latin dance flavor that turns up the body heat to ""caliente."" Even if youre not a dancer, Giselle will break down these easy-to-follow dance steps so you can follow along. Put some Latin attitude into your hip sway and get loose. Weve added live drums for extra fun. Youll burn the fat as you burn up the dance floor, feeling the beat of the merengue, mambo, cha cha, samba and more. Say ""Adios"" to boring workouts!! All Fitness Levels. No equipment necessary. The CRUNCH Philosophy: The CRUNCH fitness program welcomes people from all walks of life regardless of shape, size or ability. We created a workout environment that is not competitive or judgmental. Enjoy these favorite classes with imaginative instructors in an atmosphere that makes working out fun. Meet the instructor: Giselle Roque de Escobar, instructor at CRUNCH Miami. Certified fitness professional teaching for over 18 years, as well as personal trainer. Fitness philosophy: Never underestimate what your body can do; strive for new limits. Favorite splurge food: Peanut M & Ms. Amazon.com description« less
Beatrice M. from RALEIGH, NC Reviewed on 9/3/2014...
Good cardio-vascular work-out!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Ilene H. from POWDER SPGS, GA Reviewed on 9/14/2011...
This was fun! A little different and time goes by quickly. I exercise daily and rotate through DVD's and this one gives me a good workout!
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Laureen A. (SgtSlum) from TAYLORSVILLE, NC Reviewed on 6/22/2010...
This is a really fun dance video. I'm not sure about the workout as far as losing weight or building muscle... I haven't had it long enough to notice anything. But, as far as the dance workout videos go this is my favorite. The dance moves are not silly like some of the other videos I own. It was pretty easy for me to pick up the moves and it doesn't seem to be high impact. There's not a lot of jumping around which is great for someone with Arthritis.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Brigit H. Reviewed on 9/24/2009...
This workout video is actually a lot harder than it would seem. It's nice for a change of pace.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Stacey P. (staceyplaisance) Reviewed on 12/31/2007...
I actually really liked this workout video. It was really fun! If you enjoy dancing instead of "working out" then this is a great video for you to own.
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Great Cardio Fun!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This workout is a lot of fun and aerobic enough to get me into my training heart zone (moderate level; this isn't Tae Bo!!)I've only had it a month, and I can't stop working out to it! It's made my weekly rotation--and I'm picky.I do exercise videos 5-6 days a week and have lost 40 lbs doing them (with a reasonable diet). So, I take my video selections seriously. I've purchased more than 100 videos, but many of them are rejects because the workout isn't aerobic enough, it's boring, the instructor is uninspiring, etc. This Cardio Salsa Video, on the other hand, has so much going for it:
1) The instructor is lively, and breaks down the moves so they are easy to learn.2) The workout is presented in six segments--so the time flies. Before you know it, you're off doing the next segment, Salsa, Samba,Merengue (my favorite)and more. This short segment approach keeps the workout very fresh for those like me who want to do a video regularly and not just once or twice.3)The workout incorporates large arm movements and some jumps, so even someone who is fit (like me) can get their heart rate into the moderate intensity zone. Put some energy behind the moves, and you will get a good workout! OK, it's not the strenous workout of Tae Bo, but it's not too easy like a lot of Latin tapes out there that are only good for "light days" or are in my reject pile.4) The live drummer Ravi and his drumming add something special to the video. He's on several other Crunch videos, and I've liked all the ones he's on. Are you a beginner or someone who does not like dancy videos? Stick with it; you'll learn these short routines in 2 or 3 times through the video and you WILL be converted to an Aerobic Latin style enthusiast thanks to Giselle and her good choreography."
You get out of it what you put into it
Sundari | San Francisco, CA | 08/24/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There's a lot to say about this compact little video. Overall, it's a great little workout for days that you want something a little less intense, and it's good for people who are beginner/intermediate. Ultimately, you really get out of it what you put in to it. It's fun and lively, and if you really use your muscles, you'll work up a sweat. The key here is to contract your muscles as you're moving them, so you get a bit of isometric work while you're dancing. If you just flop your arms and legs around, you won't work up a sweat at all. Experienced exercisers and athletes will know this automatically, but some beginners or even intermediates will become frustrated with the level of this workout if they don't do this, and the concept is not really explained in the video.
As an instructor, Giselle is right on top of things. Some of the steps and combinations are a bit tricky, and you have to really pay attention to do the routine well the first or second time, but expect to have to do this video at least three times before you really get it. If you find yourself messing up, just laugh and go back to your basic step. Giselle does have a bit of an accent, but I find her very easy to understand.
Overall, I enjoy this workout. It's fun, and features a variety of women of different shapes and sizes - some not even wearing real workout clothes. The message of this video seems to be that no matter who you are or what fitness level you're at, you can have fun and get a great workout. I don't know about you, but I find that incredibly inspiring. "
Fun and energetic dancing = a good workout!
Sheri in Reho | Rehoboth Beach, DE | 12/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Crunch Cardio Salsa is a lively mix of Latin dance styles reworked as cardio exercise moves. The instructor for this workout is Giselle Roque de Escobar. This workout is broken into 7 segments: 1. Warm-up 2. Salsa Combination 3. Merengue Combination 4. Merengue Salsa Combination 5. Samba Combination 6. Latin Funk Combination 7. Cool Down
In general: This is a fun and active workout--I definitely worked up a sweat and, at one point, my legs felt like rubber. Both the instructor and the backup dancers are VERY good at this and most really get into it, so you get a great flavor for Latin dancing in general as well as the workout. Can't say that I would recommend this workout to guys because there are a lot of very feminine hand and hip gestures throughout the workout.
A few details: I found the Samba portion (#5) the most challenging by far. Until that point, I didn't have a problem learning the steps or keeping up with the pace, but the Samba beat me into submission. Whew!!! I think the music/pace is at its fastest during this portion, so that didn't help. I think that this whole workout would have been easier if done on an uncarpeted surface. That is true of most cardio workouts but triply so for this one. Because of the fast footwork and because you need to stay on your toes for much of it, carpet is especially fatiguing (my calves were screaming by the time I got through Samba). The cooldown is longer than most cardio cooldowns and I kind of liked that. I especially liked the flamenco flavor added in the cooldown.
In summary: If you like to dance and have a good sense of rhythm, I'd suggest you try this. I had fun with it (except for Samba, which I could not follow on the first try) and with all the arm movements going along with the dance steps, you really do feel like you're dancing as much as working out--I liked that. Right now, after having done the workout once, I'm leaning toward buying it, but I will do the workout another two times or so on rental before I make my final decision."
Another | Midwest | 06/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I utilize this tape on those days that aren't scheduled "off" days but on which I really have a hard time gathering the oomph for my usual high intensity workouts. I do break a sweat, but I have dance experience and can embellish moves as needed. In general, I love dance but despise dance workouts, (boring and often annoying), but this instructor is genuine and her choices and pacing are appropriate. Further, she breaks the video down into mini-routines, so if you wanted to, you could memorize the routines and mix and match them to your own music, (she provides counts - mostly 8 but some 4 & 16 - throughout the video). The background dancers have typical bodies rather than being ridiculously skinny with huge boobs, which is a nice change. Finally, if you do not emphasize your core and hip movements, this workout will be much less effective, so if you haven't danced before and aren't used to posture and breathing, keep in mind that you will need to focus on using these muscles, or your moves will be too sloppy to provide a workout."
Sheri in Reho | 09/24/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I worked out at a Crunch gym for 2 years and was excited to learn about this new video. unfortunately, I tried it today and was very disappointed. I've had several dance classes throughout college and high school and found this instructor extremely hard to follow. I agree with other posters that she "yells" the instructions at you and it's very hard to stay on task. She also doesn't take the combinations step by step as they do in most classes. She does one part of the combination, then another part, then expects you to link them up immediately. The music was great and the workout did go by fast...but I've been doing TaeBo workouts for the last 2 months and found TaeBo to be a much more vigorous workout than Cardio Salsa."