with trainer Shanna Missett Nelson
You will love it if:
This is a great “just rolled out of bed” workout. It’s actually fun enough that I want to roll out of bed so I’ll have time for it. And it’s a low-impact workout that's not so rigorous that I have to change into workout clothes to do it. I just roll out of bed, dance in my PJs, hit the shower, and am off to work. It’s pretty much a perfect workout for those days when you don’t really feel like working out. I actually hadn’t intended on reviewing any of the other Jazzercise workouts because they don’t seem to be top sellers—but after doing Burlesque, I plan on checking out every Jazzercise video I can find!
Shanna Missett Nelson leads you through the some “Don’t Cha” for some warm-up dancing and stretching. About half way through the song, you’ll switch to a choreographed dancing. Nelson then leads you through 9 more sizzling dance songs like “Lady Marmalade,” “Run The World (Girls),” “Wait A Minute,” and “I’m A Slave 4 U.” Six songs include mostly cardio-dancing moves, the next two focus on moves that work your abs then your legs and butt, and the final song is a stretching cool-down.
Like the video case says, the moves are sassy and showgirl-inspired, so you can’t be too modest to do this video. But the moves are actually pretty mild; you won’t feel like a stripper or anything like that. The choreography is actually a lot tamer than I was expecting. Honestly, Zumba is probably more provocative than Burlesque. The choreography is fun but complex enough that you probably won’t master every move the first time through. (It took me a couple of run throughs to really master the choreography.) This was one of those dance video that actually becomes more fun and more challenging the more times you do it. As you get used to the choreography, you get better at the moves, enjoy the dancing more, and get a better workout.
The set looks a bit like a dance club with stages, draping curtains, and a chair that is reminiscent of a bed. Eight other Jazzercise instructors assist Nelson in demonstrating the dance moves. They are all wearing lingerie type workout clothing, which makes for a fun and sassy set.
One thing I didn’t like about the video was that the stretching moves in the warm-up and cool-down are not your traditional stretching moves. At first, I didn’t even know what I was supposed to be stretching, so the moves were completely ineffective. Once I had practiced the video more, I started to figure out which muscles the different moves were supposed to be stretching and was able to focus more on stretching those muscles. I wish Nelson had explained which body parts you are supposed to be stretching….I still don’t know if I’m doing all of the stretches correctly!
Nada. You really don’t even need sneakers or a yoga mat. You won’t be doing any mat work, and the workout doesn’t include any high impact moves.
This video requires a limited amount of space. You don’t need to lay down, jump high into the air, or do any kicking moves. Some of the moves involve traveling to the front, back, or side to side, so it would be nice to have a square that’s about 6’ by 6’. But as long as you have enough space to do plies and lunges, you can modify the moves to fit the space you have.
If you can comfortably stand and walk around for 20-30 minutes, you can give this workout a shot. It’s a lot more challenging than walking a couple of miles, but a lot more fun too.
What NOT to Expect
Don’t expect a calorie scorcher. This video is challenging enough to maintain good heart health, get your body moving, and burn a few calories. But you probably won’t be burning more than a couple of hundred calories during the 45 minute workout, and your heartrate will probably not get out of the “heart health” or “weight loss” training zones. Also, don’t expect a great strength training or killer core workout. There are some ab, leg, and butt moves, but nothing super intense.
How does Burlesque compare to other similar programs?
In terms of fun factor, I felt this workout was right up there with Shaun T’s Hip Hop Abs, Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results, and Rockin’ Body. The choreography in Burlesque probably isn’t quite as impressive, but the moves are just as fun. If you already own Burlesque and want a similar workout, go for Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results or Rockin’ Body. (If you already own one of Shaun T’s workouts and want to add to your collection, Burlesque is a great choice!)
Burlesque is a bit easier than Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results, a bit harder than Hip Hop Abs, and at about the same level as Rockin’ Body.
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