Doonya the Bollywood Dance Workout: Beginner Breakdown
I want to start out by saying I feel awkward when I work out. I have some knee issues, I’m not in the best of shape and I’m definitely uncoordinated. I also have a hard time remembering my left from my right. But I tried Doonya the Bollywood Dance Workout because while I’m not the best dancer, I enjoy watching the occasional Bollywood film online. This is one of the first dance exercise videos I have used that makes dancing feel like fun. I had to be very careful about my knee and keeping my balance. Even though I was huffing and puffing through the class, I really found myself enjoying the experience and feeling good when the workout was completed. I wished there was more to this series, so I will keep checking hoopla for updates.
Gaiam: Cardio Burn Sculpt
After completing a dance class, I wanted to branch out into something that would feel like a class hosted at the Bolingbrook Park District. I chose Gaiam’s Cardio Burn Sculpt because it combines some of the moves I have learned in a few of their fitness and weight lifting lasses. All the programs I tried in this series were great, and the instructors provided a good combination of upper body, lower body and core moves with stretching. Again, I was huffing and puffing through each session, but the exercises were effective without feeling exceedingly difficult. The instructor did a great job demonstrating a lot of low impact alternatives and gives you suggestions to increase intensity. She’s entertaining and interesting to listen to while working out.
Next on my list: Gaiam: Cardio Burn Balance Ball
The FIRM: The 500 Calorie Workout
I loved the instructor from this workout series! Her attitude and teaching style was so engaging, and I enjoyed watching them more than once. The first few times I tried the program, I didn’t use weights. I’m very uncoordinated, so I wanted to make sure I had good form and balance before I added anything to the routine. The length of each class in this series varies, and I found I really enjoy taking 30 minute classes so I can try two different sessions in one day, like pairing a 30-minute cardio with a 20-minute yoga class.
Next on my list: The FIRM: Get Chisel’d
Crunch Live: Dance It Off
After trying these different workout options, I began to really miss my Zumba classes. I’m not the most coordinated, or the best dancer, but I really like the Zumba format, music and fairly approachable dance moves. I saw the great reviews for Crunch Live: Dance It Off and thought it would be close enough of a class substitution that it would fill my workout goals and not harm my furniture in the process. I have to say, I loved this series—absolutely adored it! The first session focuses a lot on belly dancing, which I took a class in ages ago and never had a schedule to attend again. In the first ten minutes of the session, I was in control of my moves and wondering ‘where has this class been all my life?’ The second class in the series has a hip hop format. I enjoyed it, but with little to no sense of timing, this was more of a struggle for me. I went back to the first session a few more times because I loved it so much.
Next on my list: Crunch Live: Hardcore Cardio
Gaiam: Beginning Yoga with Chrissy Carte
I have love-hate relationship with yoga. It can be either intensely calming or exceptionally frustrating. There’s no in between. After a week of tight muscles and becoming aware that I really needed a deeper set of stretches, I checked out Beginning Yoga with Chrissy Carte. I skipped to the second episode “Connect” for a 20-minute class. This was the perfect length for me. Not too short to feel effective, but not too long as to damage my calm. While I’m not new to yoga, I really appreciated how much time the instructor spent on explaining each pose and leading good breathing cues. After two sessions, I moved on to some of her other videos in this series. All of them were very good. I highly recommend them to anyone with little or no yoga experience.