Anchor Bay // 2005 // 26 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // September 22nd, 2005
Take the work out of your workouts and just dance!
Yeah! I just wanna dance!!! Dance Off the Inches that is! This disc is another entry into the digital fitness genre that wants to provide you, the lazy slob who despises anything that's explicitly exercise, a backdoor to calorie-burning. And I should know -- I'm one of them.
I loathe exercising. Ten minutes on a treadmill is tedious, the Stairmaster is a remnant from the Spanish Inquisition, and don't get me started on squat thrusts. So I rely on strenuous activity that I enjoy and that happens to be good for the old bod, like swimming or basketball.
Well good news exercise-haters, if dancing is your gig, then I've got the DVD for you. Dance off the Inches is a 15-minute workout, set to music and incorporating a slew of nifty dance moves, geared toward burning those fat globules. The workout is hosted by Lydia Haskell, a fitness professional with a background in dance instruction. Oh, and according to her biography, she's also a wife and mother, but there's no step-by-step instruction for those areas. (BA DUM DUM).
The workout program is divided into three "tempos," with each successive tempo escalating the challenge of the dance moves. Tempo 1 is basically the warm-up stage, Tempo 2 the intermediate, and Tempo 3, the quickest, most taxing workout. Also, as the program advances, the different tempos are mixed in with each other to, presumably, offer a more balanced workout.
Additionally, a 10-minute "Dance Off" is included, which is just another ten minutes of, well, dancing.
Dance off the Inches sports a slick execution, with adequate camerawork to show the details of the workouts. The music, while certainly generic, is catchy and more than functional.
Bottom line: if you like dancing and want to get your fitness on, this disc should serve you nicely.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Anchor Bay
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 26 Minutes
Release Year: 2005
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Ten-Minute "Dance Off"
* Studio Site