Monday, December 13, 2010

12.13.10: Billy Blanks Jr. Dance With Me: Groove & Burn Review

Today: Just realized I am a complete idiot. I signed up for a videofitness secret santa gift exchange. Well somehow I mailed her a package intended for my Japanese family and to them I sent her fitness gift. Ack. My Japanese mom called me yesterday to tell me she had received a package intended for someone else. Ugh, I can.not. believe I did that. I sent my secret santa a PM and (desperatley) asked if I could pay her for postage to return anything she hadnt yet used- tacky, I know. My Japanese mama is sending her gift back to me so I can in turn- send it to her... :( I feel like such an ass and wouldnt haveeven asked for any of it back but some of it was handmade & I know they all dont want each others gifts. I am so upset by this right now & feel so incredibly horrible for MY mixup. Not to mention the $50 I wasted in postage to send wrong gifts all over the county and the $50 more I will have to send to get the correct people their gifts. Ack, Im such a moron.

Today's Workout:
-Firm Get Chisled
-Dance Off the Inches: Country Line Dance (20 min)
*total w/o time 60 min + stretch

Sat- Rest day

Sunday's Workout:
-Firm Calorie Explosion
*total w/o time 48 min + stretch

Today's Review: Dance With Me: Groove & Burn
Billy Blanks, Jr., 2010

This is a 50 minute dvd that has three 13-14 minute cardio "dance" segments, a warmup, and a cooldown. You can select an individual segment or mix and match. The dance segments (disco, African, & Latin) are easy to catch onto, not overly complicated at all. Billy leads with his wife and 5 other backgrounders in a pleasant "studio" looking fitness room. You wont need any equipment for this workout. The dvd also includes a seperate breath tutorial.

The music is instrumental & fits each segments theme. While this is a "dance" workout- it was not hard to catch onto & I think most everyone would do fine following along. The workouts are built add on style so there is some TIFTing but not a lot-the segments are only 14 minutes after all. Each workout ends with a "cardio (or) toning burst." Between moves, Billy has you go to "home base" and basically free style within each workouts theme (a good time to amp up the intensity IMO). Billy shows lower impact modifications througout.

Disco: (13 minutes) This is the least challenging cardio wise, but the choreo in this one is a bit more challenging (though I had no real problems & I am dance challenged). Some of the moves include body pump, hustle, kick cross step, wash & lather your hair, snake, and flip. This section ends with standing unweighted upper body work.

African: (14 minutes) This section is probably the most challenging cardio wise, the choreo is easy to catch onto and really quite fun. The moves include double step touch w/ varied arm movements, scarecrow, Afri-can-can, safari shuffle, beat the drum, and celebration pony. This workout ends w/ standing unweighted lower body work that includes plenty of plyos for a nice cardio bonus.

Latin: (14 minutes) This section is pretty close in intensity to the African section & also fun & easy to follow. Moves include mambo, volta, shake it shimmy, Latin lover, mambo chacha, and samba. This section ends with a cardio burst- where you can really get your heart rate up.

There is a nice positive energy throughout the workout and the moves were unique, new (to me), upbeat, and fun. This dance w/o suprised me by being cardio intensive as well- I would rate it an intermediate cardio w/o. It was easy to up the intensity by wearing weighted gloves, adding some impact, and really giving it my all. Great for days when you want to just have fun while working out! Great to do in its entirety or in parts. Billy is a great instructor-good cueing and great energy. I received a copy of this dvd to review.

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  1. Yikes - sorry about your postal disaster! My hubby does all my mailing and I live in fear of him sending off the wrong DVD to someone. Gah!

  2. thank you for your condolences LOL. I feel like such an idiot- but whats done is done....

  3. Thanks so much for your amazing review on our DVD! We are so grateful to have the opportunity to bring our new workouts into homes across the US and we do not take the support for granted! Keep us updated with your progress. In the meantime we are adding your button to out site! Great blog by the way!

    All the best,
    Billy and Sharon Blanks Jr

  4. Lindsey - O-M-G! I feel your pain. I'm always worried about doing the same thing when I'm mailing a whole bunch of stuff at once. Don't beat yourself up - to err is human! Sounds like you've got everything under control now.

    Great review of Groove & Burn!

  5. Billy & Sharon, Thanks so much!!!! Cant wait to try your Cardio Fit, hope to have the review up by next week :)

    Fit Kitty, thank you. I feel better about it now- DH did a good job of calming me down LOL. There are much bigger issues out there LOL :)