DVD Review: Dancing with the Stars Latin Cardio Dance

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
9/30/2008 6:55 AM   :  48 comments

I am a huge fan on ABCís ďDancing with the StarsĒ TV show! So when I heard about their first cardio dance DVD (back in 2007), I was so excited. But sadly, it got some poor reviews, so I didnít bother buying it. Fortunately for me, a new one just came out a matter of days ago, so I jumped on the chance to try it out, hoping that the producers might learn from the mistakes of the first one and make a better workout the second time around. I tried it out at home last week, along with my best friend. Want to hear what I thought about it?

Dancing with the Stars: Latin Cardio Dance ($11.99 from amazon.com) features a 3-minute warm-up and five separate sections, which you can do all at once, or one-at-a-time. There are four 10-minute dancing sessions: the meringue, cha-cha, samba and mambo, and a 15-minute ďdancerís toning workout.Ē You donít need a partner at allóeveryone just dances on their own on the DVD. We opted to do all the segments at once, which took us just under an hour to complete.

Iím no ballroom expert, but I didnít see a ton of variation among all of the dances. Despite that, I didnít think it was boring at all. As simple as it was, this workout was actually kind of fun! Each 10-minute segment really flew by and was over before I knew it. The choreography was fairly simple and easy to follow for the most part, which is hard to come by in a lot of other dancing DVDs Iíve seen. The pace was comfortable. I felt like I could keep up with it pretty well in terms of following the basic steps, but the idiosyncrasies of each dance are more difficult to masteróI have even more respect for the celebrities who go on this show and make it look as good as they do!

PROS:
  • The workout is fun and you donít really feel like youíre exercising.

  • The movements are small enough that you can follow along in your living room.

  • Itís pretty fun to watch the dancers in their costumes simply because their technique is so amazing. Certainly, my own technique doesnít compare, but I still had a good time trying!

  • The ďdancerís toningĒ at the end included some challenging squats, lunges, balancing and core moves (like the plank), and pushups, so it was pretty well-rounded for being so short.

CONS:
  • In terms of ďcardioĒ this workout was not challenging for me. I wore my heart rate monitor and my heart rate was pretty low (around 52%) the whole time. There are a few quicker bursts in some of the dances that got my heart rate up above 60%, but it didnít go much higher than that. Actually, the most challenging part was the toning at the end, which elevated my heart rate close to 70%. Overall, Iíd compare the intensity to light walking.

  • The dancers are amazing, but itís clear that they are dancers and not fitness instructors. They didnít give a ton of ďcuesĒ or explanations in terms of form or safety. Also, there werenít any modifications to make dancing and toning moves easier. The toning segments were somewhat challenging, so those might be too difficult for some people to follow safely.

  • There was no cool down and very little stretching. Each dancing segment ends abruptly, which is OK if youíre doing to just do all of them anyway, but even after the final toning segment, there is no real cool down. I also would have expected more stretching from a dancing workout.

  • In terms of safety and alignment, thereís a lot of turning, twisting and rotating at the ankles, knees, hips and spine, yet very little attention paid to how to stay safe while doing that. Also, the dancers wear high-heeled shoes but donít say anything about what you should wear at home. (Iíd recommend regular exercise shoes.) And because of all the twisting and directional changes, this workout could potentially be unsafe for people with previous hip, knee or ankle injuries, and those who might be prone to such injuries.


Overall, if youíre a fan of the show and enjoy dancing, you might want to give this DVD a try. Iíd recommend it for beginners since the overall exercise intensity is low, but itíd also be good for people who want a dancing workout thatís less complex and easier to follow. Seasoned exercisers wonít get much out of this in terms of fitness benefits, but like me, you might enjoy it on days that you donít really feel like workout out but still want to do something.

Are you a big enough fan of the show to try this DVD?


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Comments

  • 48
    I've been really wanting this dvd, but after these reviews, I don't think it will be challenging enough for me to spend money on it.... :-( I'm glad you've all saved me from spending money! haha I guess I'll stick to the FIRM (love those- they're challenging and the dance ones are fun and give you a decent workout if you put the right effort into it!)

    Thanks! - 6/1/2011   9:24:49 PM
  • 47
    I tried this DVD and was disappointed. I love the show but I felt the DVD needed a little more work out /guidance, while I would like to learn the dance moves, exercises were the main reason for my purchase. I stuck with it for 2 weeks and it's been collecting dust since. I opted for a Zumba class that is for all levels and found that it's not only A LOT of FUN but a pretty intense workout! - 3/3/2010   12:01:21 PM
  • 46
    I'll have to check this one out! Sounds like fun! :) - 11/18/2009   7:34:00 PM
  • GRANNYDITTY
    45
    Sounds like a lot of fun for a beginner. - 10/5/2009   10:30:36 AM
  • 44
    I've been doing this video during our breaks at work. It's definitely a fun workout and gets you moving. I love it. - 10/5/2009   10:04:30 AM
  • ROXYH223
    43
    I bought this a couple months ago when I started my diet plan. I was so excited I used it right away. I was not to happy when I couldnt move around because of my shoes. My floors are slick tiles and I couldnt move my ankles without possible hurting myself. You definitely need some type of dancing shoes or heels to do this dance on slick floor. Since Im overweight its very hard for me to be in heels let alone dance with them. Besides that it is a great work out if your a beginner or dont want to work out too much. I think some of the dances could have had different steps to them also. But if you like to dance then this video is for you. I love it this motivates me to lose more weight to be able to dance in my heels. - 10/5/2009   3:26:35 AM
  • 42
    SO the thing to do is to put on a pair of heels and REALLY move those hips! It was a great work out and I work out a lot! - 10/2/2009   11:35:13 PM
  • TAKMILLION
    41
    I would love one of these. I just managed to regain my motivation to lose weight and this be a great DVD to mix it up and keep going. - 10/2/2009   11:05:40 AM
  • ZEEDEE
    40
    I am enjoying this video. I needed something simple, easy to follow, and not too challenging because I am just beginning to exercise. It's perfect for me, but I can see how others might want more of a challenge. - 6/6/2009   7:31:08 AM
  • 39
    I own both the first and second Dancing with the Stars workouts. The second one is much better. Cheryl is very easy to follow. It's not a very intense workout, but it is fun for days when I want something a little more fun and little less intense. - 5/28/2009   6:34:42 PM
  • SPANKYBUNS
    38
    My Son and I play together on the We Dance version he always beats my butt in scoring, I am just starting out on my diet & exercise program (again) so walking and this is fine for me, as long as your moving right. Plus the music on this DVD is good stuff, we have fun together doing it and that's a big plus. - 2/3/2009   10:46:17 AM
  • 37
    Seems like everybody is trying to cash in the beginning of the year. Hope some of these are good for the money. - 1/31/2009   2:04:17 PM
  • 36
    I bought the DVD and only got todo the warm up the first time I tried. Today I made sure I had enough time to get to the first dance session too. I am a great fan of the show, so it felt like I was working out with friends. I got lost on some of the steps and my heart rate did go up during the first dance. I am 61 so I need something that is not quite as intense while I get started getting back into shape. I also walk on a treadmill and work out on a bowflex and rowing bike. I decided I will be in shape or die trying. All in all I liked the DVD very much. - 1/21/2009   5:47:22 PM
  • 35
    Think I'll stick to watching dancing on tv, and get a bike.
    But I do love watching it. - 1/10/2009   1:47:55 AM
  • AQUASPLASH
    34
    Almost purchased the DVD today....I love the show!! - 1/6/2009   7:28:45 PM
  • 33
    I am a big fan of the show and have the game for the wii that in itself was a little misleading. So I won't be buying the dvd. - 12/23/2008   10:04:34 PM
  • 32
    Thanks for the review. Don't think I will be purchasing it. - 12/9/2008   3:02:42 PM
  • 31
    I love cardio but my heart rate must rise higher than that (knowing we are all different fitness wise). I will pass on this one though. - 12/9/2008   9:27:00 AM
  • LUV_BEIN_MOM2
    30
    I love to dance but I have never tried any ballroom dancing. I was wanting to purchase this and try it out, but I'm so frickin' cheap that I have to talk myself into buying something forever before I finally do it. Thanks for the review... I think I just might look into if for real now!! - 12/2/2008   3:37:28 PM
  • 29
    Going to put it on my xmas list! - 10/8/2008   6:52:40 AM
  • 28
    I go to Zumba class twice a week and we really get a workout. She wears a monitor and uses up around 550 calories per class. I'd like a copy of my instructor's CD so I can dance to it at home. - 10/1/2008   3:28:55 PM
  • 27
    I found the DVD on Netflix, but there is a long wait. Perhaps one of the other dvd rental places will have it available. I would like to try it; it may be slow enough for me (as uncoordinated as I am) and I am a fan of the show. - 10/1/2008   12:43:16 PM
  • 26
    I've watched DWTS long enough to see 2 Mario performances (last season I believe). I generally don't watch tv and only turned it on because my sister told me (each time) that he was about to dance. Mario looked so good on the dance floor! Ok, sorry, back to the point.... If this DVD is comparable to light walking, I'll not waste my time & money by getting it. Thanks for the heads up! - 10/1/2008   11:06:49 AM
  • 25
    thanks for the review, but I will have to pass. I want a exercise program that is going to challenge me. - 10/1/2008   10:07:27 AM
  • ASINGH527
    24
    Thank you for the review. I like the more challenging dance DVD workouts as I was in dancing school for over 10 years and I get easily bored if all the moves are really simple. Plus, it doesn't seem like it would be a real workout. I love DWTS, but I'll pass on their workout videos. - 10/1/2008   8:51:34 AM
  • 23
    Thanks for the info, I think I will pass on this DVD. It sounds boring. - 10/1/2008   8:31:35 AM
  • 22
    I always loved Cheryl's body, ever since the 1 st episode, but the new season, someone needs to send her SparkPeople, she has gained alittle....Still would love to have her body though... - 9/30/2008   8:15:09 PM
  • 21
    My friend teaches Zumba dance, a mix of cardio and toning exercise. I have never tried it but she swears it works very well for weight loss. It will be interesting to see some feedbacks from more "every day people" on this one. - 9/30/2008   4:25:56 PM
  • LADYMOONWILLOW
    20
    I'd buy it to just watch Maxim......now thats one good lookin man......wish I was 40 years younger...teehee - 9/30/2008   4:06:28 PM
  • 19
    I stick to low impact workouts, due to health issues. I mostly use Leslie Sansone workouts, but this one sounds doable for me too. I think I will wait awhile though and see if I can get a used a copy on Ebay. - 9/30/2008   2:01:06 PM
  • 18
    The first Dancing With the Stars DVD (Cardio Dance) is *much* better than this one. I enjoyed that one a lot. This one is really dull in comparison. Maks and Cheryl are just blankly going through the motions; they appear at times to be deciding on the spot what to do next, and they just keep parroting the same lines over and over. The music is so-so and the steps aren't interesting at all. The first DVD was much more lively, fun and engaging. I would agree that it doesn't provide as good of a workout as the first one. The one positive is the inclusion of a strength section, although it's very short.

    I don't think either DVD would be good for someone who isn't at least a little bit familiar with dance steps. They don't do a good job of explaining or demonstrating most of the time. - 9/30/2008   1:43:01 PM
  • 17
    I love the show! But I think I'll pass on the DVD - 9/30/2008   1:35:16 PM
  • JUNETWO68
    16
    I had the first one and it was fun but not much of a workout for me - 9/30/2008   12:41:19 PM
  • 15
    I dont think this is a work out video that I would spend my money on. It doesn't sound all that great to tell you the truth. - 9/30/2008   12:22:26 PM
  • 14
    I have the first DWTS DVD, and while it doesn't get my heart rate as high as other activities, if I do all of the segments, it's still a great workout. I found some of the dance moves to be a bit difficult (there are still some parts of the jive that I can't do, so I just jog in place), and there's a "challenge" segment that basically is the instructors showing off, with little guidance from them as to how to perform all the steps.

    It's strange that there's no cool down on this new video; the first one has great warm-up and cool-down segments. I'll have to think about whether or not I want to try this one...

    Thanks for the review! - 9/30/2008   11:38:08 AM
  • 13
    I don't really use DVDs. We both (my hubby and I) know ballroom dancing so the learning aspect wouldn't be too much help. It might be something, however, that my hubby could do. I'll talk to his about it..... He doesn't exercise much.... - 9/30/2008   11:23:18 AM
  • 12
    All I've used so far is Leslie Sanson DVDs, so this sounds like something I'd like to explore. Thanks for the review. - 9/30/2008   11:05:37 AM
  • 11
    I'm going to try it thanks for the tips
    - 9/30/2008   10:48:27 AM
  • 10
    Having done ballroom dancing, I love these videos. I agree with the statement that you should use smooth soled shoes due to the "grip" that exercise shoes can give, but overall, I think these videos are great and have allowed me to stay in touch with the dance moves and work on my technique. If you put the energy into them and really work with the music, you can get a really good cardio and core workout. - 9/30/2008   9:37:52 AM
  • 9
    I bought the other one (with the blue case), and even though I used to be very athletic and was a cheerleader/dance team member, I found it difficult. I would not even think about wasting my money on this one. - 9/30/2008   9:36:44 AM
  • 8
    I am a huge fan of the show, but I was disappointed in the first workout video. I have zero dance experience and I couldn't figure out most of the steps or routines. I was gonna pass on the new workout, but now I think I'll give it a try. - 9/30/2008   9:00:21 AM
  • 7
    I'd like to point out that doing twisting moves in exercise shoes could be unsafe. I'd use shoes with smooth soles for twisting moves to protect your joints. Exercise shoes give to much drag for twisting. - 9/30/2008   8:56:50 AM
  • FITANDHEALTHY67
    6
    Sounds like a fun way to exercise. I'd like to try it. - 9/30/2008   8:55:34 AM
  • 5
    Test drive Zumba Nicole and tell us what you think :) I received it, and am learning that dancing is NOT like riding a bike......you can lose it if you don't use it LOL It's been hectic around here so it's been put on the back burner to the treadmill and things that keep me active without the learning curve but I'll be back to trying again soon.......with curtains closed and no way for anyone to watch and laugh, aside from laughing at myself LOL - 9/30/2008   8:54:55 AM
  • 4
    Sounds like it would be alot of fun especially if it doesn't seem like your working out at all. I think I may go ahead and add it to my dvd workout collection. - 9/30/2008   8:38:51 AM
  • 3
    Why don't you check out Strictly Come Dancersize?? Its the UK version of Dancing with the Stars, and I think delivers all the benefits of this DVD, yet improves on Coach Nicole's criticisms. Its slightly higher intensity (if a little more challenging choreographically), and has proper cool down and stretching at the end. I'm sure its available in the US via amazon or something. Its great and I highly recommend it. - 9/30/2008   8:38:48 AM
  • 2
    I am going to buy this I also like dancing with the stars - 9/30/2008   8:08:52 AM
  • 1
    I have Dancing with the Stars Cardio Dance and I love it. It has four dances, the Cha-Cha, Samba, Paso Doble, and Jive plus a bonus challenge. I love the warm up at the beginning and the cool down at the end. I do work up a sweat with this video. I don't do all the moves as perfectly as the instructors on the dvd but I am learning. If someone were watching me they would probably get a good laugh but I have fun doing it. - 9/30/2008   7:22:00 AM

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