Grind Workout: Tai-Funk Aerobics is an odd blend of two very different styles--box aerobics and funk-style dance--but it works. The workout is clearly designed for young exercisers (the heart-rate chart starts at age 15), ... more »with the moves demonstrated by a group of boisterously enthusiastic, good-looking, youthful dancers: young women with perfect bare midriffs and buffed young men. First Dimitri Ehrlich leads a slow nai kung warm-up, consisting of kung fu postures that include isometric exercises and stretches. Then Heidi Van Ambergh starts the dance workout by demonstrating a few complex steps of a routine, and in turn, the other dancers each teach a few more steps, stringing them together as they go. The moves are mostly funk, with some self-defense arm work and kicks. Coordination and attitude definitely required! Good production quality, except that the ever-changing camera angles may frustrate you when you're first learning the moves. The workout is hosted by C-Note, a modern rhythm & blues group, who sing a song during the cool down. The video ends with a demonstration of some self-defense moves you can practice and use in time of need. --Joan Price« less
Actor:C Note Genres:Educational, Exercise & Fitness Sub-Genres:Educational, Aerobics Studio:Sony Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 02/08/2000 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1999 Release Year: 2000 Run Time: 1hr 0min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 0 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
Read This Before Buying
A. Mischler | Sullivan, Indiana | 01/11/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Although the Tai Funk Dance moves are fun to learn, this video is not what it promised. Camera angles make it difficult to learn the dance moves for one thing. Next, once you do manage to learn the routine, they only do the whole routine three times before the video concludes. Most exericse videos, such as Tai Bo, teach the moves individually and then have a 20-30 minute routine encompassing all you've learned. I didn't even work up a sweat doing this workout. Therefore, if your only interested in learning some new dance moves, then purchas this video. If you are actually wanting to exercise, purchase Tai Bo."
Worse than it looks
jhtatroe | 02/22/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this workout because it was one of first dance-aerobic routines available on DVD. It looked fun and intense. From MTV, I expected something very up-to-date with good moves and better-than-average music.It wasn't as good as it looked. Strange camera angles make it difficult to learn the moves. Often, the camera cuts away to an info screen and there's not enough verbal instruction to keep up without any visual input.Some of the instructors were quite good, giving clear explanations of how to get the most out of the steps they were teaching. However, many of the moves were taught by CNote members who, while fun to watch, obviously didn't really know what they were doing. I would have expected the workout to be a bit more intense than it was, but with practice it's probably possible to funk up the moves enough to make it worthwhile. Overall, the DVD may be a worthwhile investment for CNote fans, but probably not as a fitness tool."
Great, Fun Workout with an awesome view!
jhtatroe | 10/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I completely love this workout...not only does it allow you to dance and get your heartrate going, but it is not boring...C-Note totally gets you pumped and I have to say that the cool down serenade is worth working out for... The self defense techniques at the end are a great bonus. I have to say that having cnote there throughot the whole workout is a great reason to do it every day."
Hotttttttttt Young Men, but....
Nordeqka | Canada | 11/20/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"That now is my main attraction to the tape because the instruction is so well-done it drags onnnnnnnn and onnnnnnnn... However it is an interesting, unique concept - the mixture of dance and gentle martial arts moves, but... there's too much talking and not enough moving. It takes forever to gain momentum then when you nail the sequence they move on to the next endlessly-long break-down of instruction. This tape does have a great *fun* engergy level, it's sexy, and if you like gazing at male 20-somethings in their resplendent, physical prime, it's hard to go wrong. In fact...even when I'm mentally critquing this tape's bad points, I'm praising the physical beauty that abounds. Men, men, men. Some of the moves are very intriguing, challaging, and the concept is grand but the usefulness points are few and far between. You basically stand around and 'wait' in this one. If they would have grouped instruction from actual routines it would made all the difference in pace and satisfaction.Buy it as either an innocent, sexual novelity or a tape to provide a very-occasional physical work-out diversion when you want to practice extreme patience or Disney's version of a high school gym atmosphere when the cheerleaders and jocks are at their best (said with a grin)."
Not for over 25!
Margaret Pettit | Long Island, New York | 02/21/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I am 35 and found this video very frustrating. The beginning is a good warm up with interesting Tai chi moves. The dance part is all instruction on learning one routine, taking 20 minutes, then executing it only once. I was sweating very little. The camera angle moves right when you really need it, away from the dancers bodies , to thier faces. I would not recommend this video. However my 7 year old liked watching the group C-Note perform at the end."