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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Crunch: Cardio Dance Blast
Crunch: Cardio Dance Blast
Starz / Anchor Bay // Unrated // September 20, 2005
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Review by Robert Spuhler | posted October 17, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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Perky instructors, bad generic music and bright, ugly workout clothes – why yes, yes it is a home fitness DVD!

The goal of Crunch: Cardio Dance Blast! is, hopefully, not to fill a previously-ignored niche in the DVD market. There is little here to differentiate this disc from any of the hundreds of other fitness programs on the market. But for what it is, Crunch: Cardio Dance Blast! is, at a minimum, adequate.

If Bally's or Gold's Gym is the McDonald's of the national gym chains, Crunch is the next step up – TGIFriday's, maybe, or Bennigan's. It's slightly more expensive, with slightly better equipment and slightly better group exercise classes.

For Cardio Dance Blast!, Crunch instructor Marie Forleo leads the home sweat-er through an aerobic routine filled with moves such as "Island Jam," "Fast and Funky" and, most emasculating of all, "Diva Dance."

To Ms. Forleo's credit, she is very good at teaching the moves. Even this humble rhythmically challenged reviewer could get the general hang of the routine after a couple of days. There should be no need to worry about the complexity of the routines here.

However, the easiness of the steps themselves translates directly to the easiness of the routine as well. After completing the disc a few times, the 39-minute (including opening credits and ridiculous forced "celebrating" under the closing credits) workout failed to really make me work. It is easy to adapt to, which is a blessing and a curse.

(Note: As always, consult a physician first before beginning a new workout program.)

The DVD

Video/Audio:

Crunch: Cardio Dance Blast! looks fine in its full-screen glory, with sharp colors and no motion issues. The 2.0 soundtrack does a good job of separating Forleo's instructions from the background music.

Extras:

None.

Final Thoughts:

For anyone who has not taken a dance aerobics class at a local gym, Crunch: Cardio Dance Blast! is a decent substitute. Forleo breaks down the individual steps well enough that even a rhythm-impaired reviewer such as myself could pick up the moves. But at just 39 minutes, it is not a taxing enough workout for even an intermediate-level trainer. It's best used as a supplement to other activity.

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