Saturday, September 4, 2010

DVD Giveaway! Billy Blank Jr.’s “Dance With Me Cardio Fit”

Since stationary biking and physical therapy are all the workouts I’m getting these days, and my “regular” DVD reviewer (daughter Cassie) is currently brewing grandbaby number 3 (due in early February), daughter Carlene has stepped up to the plate and will be muscling her way through the backlog of workout videos Lynn’s Weigh has agreed to review and give away.

Carlene is my oldest daughter. She just moved out of her teeny tiny graduate apartment (seriously, it was the size of a toaster with only one window that measured maybe 18 by 24 inches) after graduating with her masters degree in history. Now she’s living in a real apartment with real (and, unfortunately, buck naked) neighbors and off-street parking. The place is big enough to work out in, so I handed her five videos the other day and said, “Knock yourself out, kid!” I just hope she doesn't take me literally.

If you’d like to throw your name in the hat to win this DVD, leave a comment below or send an email to lynnbering@verizon.net. I’ll draw a winner on Wednesday, September 8.

Now without further ado, I give you Carlene’s review of Billy Blanks Jr.’s “Dance With Me Cardio Fit”:

I’m not a dancer. Not even a little bit. When I try to move my arms and legs at the same time to some sort of rhythm, it typically ends in failure and embarrassment. In fact, I was a dance school drop-out before age 5. So when my mom forced…er…I mean asked me to review Billy Blanks Jr.’s “Dance With Me Cardio Fit,” I had to put on my big girl panties and do it, no matter how ridiculous I looked.

Turns out, “Dance With Me Cardio Fit” is fun and really gets the heart (and arms and legs) moving. Blanks divides his DVD into several dance workouts, including Hip Hop, County, and Bollywood. The music is a bit too techno-popish for my taste, as I’d rather dance/workout to real music of the last 10 years, but I suppose that would cost the production company too much in royalties. My solution: learn the moves, mute the television and put it to your own soundtrack. Not only will your own music pump you up, but you’ll still have cutie-petutie Billy Blanks Jr. to ogle.

My favorite workout was Hip Hop, followed by Bollywood then Country. Because each segment is fast paced and lasts only 12 minutes, it is challenging to pick up the dance moves on the first try. I’m sure it looked more like I was convulsing than dancing, but even I, the dance school drop-out, picked them up on the most basic level.

In addition to the dance moves, each segment has a 2-minute cardio burst, aimed at revving up the pace and working your heart. While I’m not a total fitness dunce, I have to admit, by the time I got to my second cardio bursts, my butt was kicked. Unless you are some sort of fitness goddess, this will definitely make you sweat. However, because you are dancing it feels less like an aerobic workout and more like a party.

Happy dancing!

16 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great DVD, please throw my name it the hat for it.
    How exciting, another grandbaby on the way!
    Thanks to Carlene for the review, and glad she has room to dance :)

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  2. Sounds like a great time! Please count me in.

    I dream of being where you are and I appreciated the constant reminder that it can be done. Thanks!

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  3. Sounds great! I tried the original Billy Blanks VHS tapes (yes, I'm getting old!) many years ago, but I am in much better shape now, so I'm hoping I can do it...hmm, I wonder if Jr is as pumped up as Sr?! :-)

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  4. Great Review....
    I started reading your blog (from the beginning) back in July... I'm just starting my journey and down 21 lbs and find this blog world very helpful and inspiring..
    THANK YOU for putting yourself out here!

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  5. I would love to win the DVD. I love to dance,and really need to start off my weight loss in an upbeat way. I have three kids to be here for, and lost both of my parents and all of my grandparents to heart disease at early ages.

    Great job with your weight loss journey. You look great, Grandma!

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  6. Put my name in the hat! I've been getting different DVDs from the library but it would be nice to actually own one!

    Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

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  7. Been exercising a long time just now found doing fitness dvd's to be a fun doable workout. Please through my name in the hat too. Thanks for the review Carlene. Congrats on grand-baby number three Feb will be here before you know it!

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    http://nevertheskinnygirl.blogspot.com

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  9. I am the least cordinated person on this earth but I would love to attempt it! Laughing at myself surely burns calories too, right?

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  10. Please add my name to the hat.
    Thank you

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  11. I would love to win this DVD! Sounds like I could use it.

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  12. I would love a hat pick out to go to my name so throw mine in and then pull it out. By the way love your blog and your inspiration.

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  15. :) Not to show my age but how about dancing to the oldies? (80's hits) lol! I do keep up with the times though! Put me in for the chance for the DVD! THANKS!

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  16. I'd be interested in trying out Billy Jr.'s dvd-please count me in.

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