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Tracey Mallett's Fuse Dance Cardio Melt
|I have done this a handful of times so I can write a useful review. I find this workout is almost perfect. It is fun and has pretty good music. I like the dance aspect that keeps it fun. I am not worried about my choreography and just move! I love that balance is worked in too. The sculpting that comes at the second half is great with balancing. My heart rate was high during this time.The whole workout is multifunctional. It engages your whole body. I like Tracey and her workout crew. The set it bright and not distracting. This would be just perfect if the dance moves in the first half intervals flowed better. Some of them were awkward and felt useless. Some of the moves that were suppose to put you in your high heart rate just didn't do it for me. I found sometimes I just did my own thing and modified during the few awkward moves. But, don't let this deter you from this pretty good and fun workout! - posted by Cindy on 4/3/2013|
|I loved this work out, it was fun and very well choreographed. The second workout did not need a warm-up as she starts really slow and my heart rate elevated gradually. The modifications were good but honestly the flow was so fluid that the time went so quick. I actually saw this on The Today Show which is why I got it and I was super happy as I do feel I got a good well rounded workout. - posted by Tanya on 3/11/2013|
|The workout is okay. The marketing is deceptive.|
|I found the marketing for this DVD disingenuous because claims that it contains two 30 minute workouts. That is one of the things that drew me to this DVD. However, the reality is that the main menu offers access to the two segments of the DVD, Interval Fat Burn and Total Toned Body, but they are just that - segments - rather than complete workouts. This is because when you choose the individual segments, Interval Fat Burn contains the warm-up, but no cool down, and Total Toned Body does not have a warm-up, but contains the cool down. Consequently, they just chopped up the one workout and didn't do a very good job of it. When a DVD producer is going to claim there are multiple workouts on a DVD, the warm up and cool down should also be offered on the menu as separate options along with the segments.
Additionally, the marketing claims that there are two 30-minute workouts when in reality there is one 30-minute workout and one 23-minute workout. For someone like me who tries to get in a minimum of 30 minutes every day, this is a significant difference. Of course, I was already annoyed when I did the Total Toned Body becuase there had been no warm up and I was realizing that is really wasn't a complete workout. The fact that I was more interested in Total Toned Body and started with it, probably led to a more negative reaction than if I had just played the workout from the beginning.
The first segment, Interval Fat Burn, is a segment that alternates dance combinations with intervals of more toning type moves. It did feel like an interval workout to me as my heart rate went up and down depending on what she was doing at the moment. I thought that the combinations were okay. Then, she spent the last 10 minutes of this segment putting all the combinations together. And, that was fun - time seemed to fly through this section.
Some of the moves can hurt your knees, if they are wonky. It was easy enough though to modify and just go less deep in lunges or not do the twisty move as enthusiastically.
The second segment, Total Toned Body, uses light weights while doing movements that include both the upper and lower body. The segments contain different toning moves and each segment includes cardio moves. This segment felt like a circuit workout to me.
There are three background exercisers and one of them is designated as the modifier, even though she wasn't very good at modifying. She did the obvious things like leaving out impact when there were jumps or hops, but she didn't give alternatives to moves that torque the knees. At times, it was like she forgot she was supposed to be modifying until Tracey would point out that people could follow her modifications.
Overall, I thought the workout was okay, but it isn't one I feel like I will want to do in the future. For people who really enjoy these light dancey, fusiony workouts, this workout is probably a pretty good one. - posted by Laura on 3/8/2013|
|Fun workout for a light day|
|I am a low intermediate exerciser and found this workout to be at the beginner level, which isn't a bad thing. I enjoyed it and thought it was fun for a light day. It contains two 30 minute workouts. Interval Fat Burn has four segments of dance cardio/toning moves with the last segment taking all the dance moves from the previous segments "from the top". It worked the core throughout with salsa like twisting motions, and also the legs with plies, lunges and ballet inspired leg lifts. Total Toned Body uses light weights and combination moves that elevate the heart rate while engaging the muscles. It only lasted 23 minutes though and the remainder of this workout was the cool down. Overall, I had fun and worked up a small sweat. It wasn't too challenging but got me moving! - posted by Christine on 2/21/2013|
|Not My Cup of Tea|
|I can't really pinpoint what I don't like about this video, but I just couldn't get into the rhythm of the moves. I felt no connection to what they were doing and actually stopped the video before it was done. I did Kristi Taylor for years and actually pulled out some older ones recently, which usually has complex moves. So, I can follow different moves, but somehow I just couldn't get into these moves. - posted by Maryanne on 2/21/2013|
|Low Impact FUN CLASS|
|Love that you do some easy dance moves that get your heart rate up and you're bare foot which is so refreshing. Workout Two I loved moving with weights and feeling the nice burn in my upper body as well as the lower body. Tracey cues well and is very inspirational. If you like Dance Conditioning that's not too difficult then you love this workout. I'm a fan of Tracey and do Booty Barre at least a few days a week. - posted by Pat on 2/6/2013|
|Didn't realize that shoes were not required, also had a lot of ballet-like moves that I'm not real fond of. I was expecting more traditional dance moves. Guess I'll keep this in my low-intensity category. - posted by Laura on 2/1/2013|
|Hard to do on a carpeted floor|
|Be warned there are a lot of directional turns that make this workout difficult to do on a carpet. Otherwise the instruction is great, fast-paced and definitely will challenge your balance. - posted by Sally on 1/31/2013|
|The One Workout DVD I Can't Live Without|
|I'm in my latter 50s with a jazz dance background, and I found this intermediate workout to be perfect! I didn't go all the way down on the lunges, it's very easy to modify for my problematic knees. Dance moves are fun but very basic, and Tracey is an excellent instructor. No dread factor whatsoever, time goes by fast. I don't think it's beginner at all though, maybe because she's using light weights. This is a solid intermediate workout. Only drawback is the weird music I didn't find that appealing. - posted by Sharene on 1/29/2013|
|Amazing low Impact workout!|
|Love that it's Low Impact and such a fun workout that's fluid plus easy to follow with great cueing from Tracey. There was a warm-up and I never felt that you needed anymore than what Tracey gave to you. If you love to Dance and want a total body low impact workout then this is the video you should buy. Going to buy the sister video to this FuseDance Cardio Lean. - posted by Kim on 1/15/2013|
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