Melissa P. from GRESHAM, OR Reviewed on 2/12/2011...
I had this dvd for a long time and finally threw in the towel. Being somewhat choreography challenged (this is a dance workout) I had trouble keeping up with the footwork which was not helped by the BAD CAMERA ANGLES throughout. If you can keep up with the footwork it would be a good workout. I gave it many, many, many tries and could never learn all the choreography without getting turned around. And I have mastered step routines that have me with my back to the tv! The toning is all lower body focused. One is pilates inspired, the other I believe dance inspired(?). It was not the most challenging but maybe nice for a light day when you just want to do a little something. Personally I have no need to ever do this workout again as there are so many better, more fun, more challenging offerings out there. But some may like it, especially if you like to learn choreography.
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Like everything except the cardio
LPrene | Illinois | 01/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There are four workouts on this DVD. One is a ballet-type lower body, one is yoga/pilates inspired lower body, a 12 minute full body weight workout and a cardio work-out. I loved the two lower body and the full body weight workouts. I like the short duration of each. I almost never do shorter workouts in isolation. I like doing them together and the short segments mix it up a bit. I've been having a hard time finding DVDs that focus on the lower body and this has a lot of different exercises and it definitely worked up a sweat. Jury's out still on whether it produces good results. I'm suspecting it will.
What I didn't like was the cardio. This is based on MY personal preferences however. It is a dance-style cardio workout. I don't like these because I find them too difficult to follow. I've never been into dance-style cardio at the gym or at home. But if you like that kind of workout, you might like this one. I just find it difficult so I end up not watching and just doing what I want along to the beat and listen to the talk-along as if it was referencing what I am actually doing!
I would definitely recommend this DVD though for the two lower body and the bonus 12 minute full body weight workout. It'll get a lot of use even if I don't ever use the cardio portion."
What won't kill you, makes you stronger - But be warned - yo
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 12/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Due to sneaky repackaging, this is an old workout with a new cover, so you may already have it. However, this is tough and effective. Done a couple of times a week along with their cardio workout and you'll be in shape in no time. This killed the first couple of times, but now it's getting better and I am seeing results. I love the set, the music and the instructor is great. It's motivating and challenging, but worth the effort. Get this if you want a tighter butt and if you want your thighs a little leaner. You'll be glad you did."
Like a dance party
DJ | USA | 02/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The DVD is basically broken down into three sections; 1) dance-style cardio, 2) standing ballet work, and 3) floor pilates and yoga work. I don't normally like "dancey" stuff as I'm not all that coordinated, but Lisa Wheeler breaks down the steps and builds on them, so I know I'll get it eventually. One student, Sam, shows modified versions of the steps, and each student makes the workout her own by adding some individual flair, which encourages me to add my own little spice (I love Sam's shoulder shimmies, wish I could do 'em!) The ballet section doesn't do much for me, but the pilates/yoga section really works my legs. Over all, this workout is a lot of fun!
For the advanced
S. Rettig | 02/27/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Don't bother with this DVD unless you already know all the dance moves. They're supposed to teach us how to do the exercises, but on here, the trainer and her very skilled assistants just get right into it. It was hard for me to follow along, because there wasn't any beginning, slow motion of the steps. Because of the above, it wasn't a very effective workout for me."
A little frustrating...
Kelly J. Rott | Austin, TX | 04/06/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This woman may have a great body, but she cannot teach dancing for anything. In the 35 minute 'cardio dance' portion, dance steps are taught frustratingly fast (and this is from somebody that enjoys dancing!). It took so long to figure out the steps--which are not your 'typical' exercise or step class steps--that I shut the DVD off and jumped on the treadmill.
The two 15 minute hip and thigh workouts are a little better, but you really need to do them both back-to-back to feel any benefits. I would say this is a good video for anybody thats got LOTS of patience to learn the moves and an alternate workout for the first few times you run the DVD, because you'll get no benefit from the workout while trying to figure out what she's doing. Save your money!"