Lori | Albuquerque, NM | 05/27/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have really enjoyed this and Lisa's other workout videos. I was amazed that they got my heart rate up like they did. I have around 120 workout DVDs and probably 95 of them are dance, so I thought this would be a breeze. Although the steps are easy, the pace really gets you sweating. I did try starting out without the break down of the moves (as I always skip the "step guide" on the "Dance off the Inches" series) but learned quickly the breakdown is good, quick and does begin to raise your heart rate. I have stopped doing the "high" intensity as the workout is good at the low and medium speed and at high it just seems you are going so fast you aren't actually doing any moves just jumping around trying to keep up. The pitfalls are as previously stated. Her cueing is reversed and sometimes bad. Other complaint, if you select one speed (ex. slow dance) it does not automatically send you on to the next dance level (medium) you have to "select" and hit "play" on your DVD player, which takes up precious time and allows a short rest. I think she does amazingly well for someone who is not a fitness professional. I enjoy her personality and the camera angles aren't so annoying if you do- do the breakdown first, as you should know the steps then you aren't thrown by not seeing her feet. I would have given this a five if the cueing wasn't off and she occasionally makes mistakes. I notice that with Denise Austin, too, and it always amazes me that when Denise slips up a step or calls out the wrong name for a position that with the money her productions must cost they can't catch or edit them. So I guess whether your are a fitness pro, or an actress dancing, those mistakes are not fixable or the editors just don't care. I would recommend this to the more intermediate/advanced exerciser and would definitely recommmend it if you are trying to loose weight. I am very impressed with this as an actual "workout". It isn't fluff."
What a BODY!!
Fun Fitness Girl | 04/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK so I looked at Playboy to see Lisa and I was struck with amazement at her body. For her age it's amazing. I know she is a big dance person so I bought this DVD to see if it's a good workout. It is! A little complicated but a very engaging - going through the full DVD is almost impossible with out breaks but doing each dance is a great start to my home fitness routine!"
Not my favorite
L. Jacobson | CA | 04/16/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This workout was okay, but not that impressive. It was a little sloppy as far as how the workouts are put together compared to other videos. Lisa Rinna makes a few errors that could have easily been edited and redone in the making.
The setup is that you learn a few steps at a slow pace for a set period of time, then a medium pace, then fast pace. Then you do the routine through at the fast pace for a set time, but don't necessarily complete the last part of the routine. In other words, once the timer goes off, she stops you wherever you are and that's it for that segment. That bothers me. I prefer to learn and complete the dance steps for the joy of dancing and having fun, not to get a workout over with which seems to be the mindset here. If you are looking for good ballroom workouts that are well put together I highly recommend, Dance with Julianne Cardio Ballroom, and Dance it Off Ballroom with Kristina Milova. These are challenging and a total blast!"
nctmac | TX | 05/24/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Ballroom Body Blast starts out alright...I tried to have a positive attitude. The DVD includes; warm-up, 4 dances (jive, salsa, samba, disco)and cooldown. Lisa first gives you the break down of the steps for each dance. After the quick overview of steps by Lisa, the dance is done with the group - SLOW, MEDIUM, and FAST. The problem is the lack of cueing in reverse. This was frustrating at first, but manageable. When it was time for the samba, manageable went out the window.
She does give you the beat prior to showing the steps, which was helpful. Several times, the camera angle wasn't on her feet during the dance - it needed to be! This will get your heart rate up, and you can at least learn the breakdown of each dance. I was disappointed in this as far as cardio fitness. I recommend this for more recreational uses =)"