Tuesday, June 1, 2010

REVIEW: Samba Party: Brazilian Rhythm Celebration with Vanessa Isaac



Review: Samba Party: Brazilian Rhythm Celebration
Vanessa Isaac, 2005

This is a 35 minute cardio workout done on a really cool set. Vanessa and 4 background exercisers are on a platform surrounded by a "Brazilian village." You can also see a live band playing different drums and such in the background. You will not need any props for this workout.

After a nice active warmup you move into a stretch and then onto the body of the workout. This is a add-on style workout where Vanessa teaches us a move and then moves onto the next move. After going over each move a few time, she adds a new move and then we string them together. I liked this format and didnt feel it was too much TIFT-ing (take it from the top).

I am NOT a dancer and I had NO trouble following this workout at all. Vanessa is a very good lead and her cueing was great. I was also not bored with this workout so for me, she did very well with balancing how many times to repeat each move and how long to spend on each one. I liked this wokout and could definitely find a place for this in my workout routine.

I really got a great w/o with this dvd this AM- but Vanessa seems to just be having a good time dancing that you can easily forget that this is a fitness dvd. She doesnt comment "bikini body, shape those abs, widdle the middle" etc. which upped the fun factor even more. I could really feel my core being worked in a lot of the moves.

While this is a dance workout I actually saw some "basic" aerobic moves hiding under the Latin flare, which made the moves easier for me to catch onto and made it easier for me to up the intensity of each move a bit. I think done as is, this is an intermediate level workout that is easy to modify up or down. I enjoyed this one!!!

53 comments:

  1. I found out that Collage Video is located in Minneapolis Minnesota.

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  3. Reblogged here:

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    Maria

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  4. I am not a "dancer" either but have been meaning to give it a try!

    Maria

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  5. I found out that Collage sells exercise video games. Hmm...

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  6. And for my second entry, I already receive Collage's newsletter.

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  7. And for my third entry, I like the look of this workout because it looks easy enough for even me to follow!

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  8. I receive the newsletter from collage.

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  9. I like that this is a 30 minute workout, thats all I can fit in most days.

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  12. I like about this workout that this is a dance workout. I love dancing!

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  31. What I love about "rhythm" workouts such as this one is that it makes it more of a fun dance party instead of a workout. I'd much rather tone up doing something I love!

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  33. Following you on twitter! (allyvc)

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  34. Tweeted! http://twitter.com/allyvc/status/15353932525

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  35. Mandatory entry: I learned that Collage has 983 online video clips. I also watched a clip of Samba Party - it looks like fun! Woohoo - I'd love to win this one!

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  36. What I like about this workout: It looks doable for someone like me. According to your review, and to the clip I watched - I think I could do this one!

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  37. Already a subscriber to Collage's newsletter.

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  38. for my entry: collage video started back in 1987!

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  39. I like Collage Video on Facebook

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  40. I already receive Collage Video's Newsletter

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  41. I learned Collage Video has 983 on-line fitness video previews

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  42. I've been in an exercise funk and don't have any dance videos. Who knows -- it may be that I just need to try something new

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  43. I already subscribe to Collage's emails.

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  44. I love dancing to Latin music and I like that you say it is easy to follow!

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  45. I read your blog and enjoy it!

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  46. I follow your blog now - just figured out how to do it - it wasn't that hard :-)

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