I used to think I could kind of dance, but these Dancing with the Stars workouts make me look (and feel) like a bumbling idiot. Significantly easier than their other videos I've tried--Dance Off the Pounds and Dance Body Tone--Ballroom Buns & Abs still left me tripping over myself, couches, tables and my ego after it crashed to the floor. The video features three 15-minute routines--Paso Doble, Rock'n Abs and Argentine Tango--and a five-minute cool down. Throughout each routine, I get which moves are intended to target the "buns" and abs, but I find that I spend so much time over thinking each step and trying to keep up that it's difficult to really engage those muscles as intended.
Paso Doble - This routine is led by Chelsea Hightower who is upbeat to the point of being obnoxious. Still, it's the easiest of the three on this video so I found myself getting into the whole "look at me I'm a sexy bullfighter" deal. This is intended as the butt workout so get down in those lunges or it isn't doing a thing.
Rock'n Abs - Edyta Sliwinska takes us through this high-energy (read: fast and hard to follow) routine intended to "flatten your abs while tightening your entire core." The moves in this one are more fun than the Paso Doble so when I managed to move through a full 8 count without messing up, I celebrated just long enough to throw off the next three. I just can't win with these videos.
Argentine Tango - I think that this routine (led by Kym Johnson) could be a lot more fun and a LOT sexier were I not decked out in my standard video reviewing attire: sweatpants, no shoes, baggy shirt and hair a hot mess. It's a good bit slower but do not be deceived into think this makes it easier. This just means you look more ridiculous spending a longer time trying to look sultry in each move.
On the other hand, if you really like dancing (or don't and don't mind looking ridiculous), you might really enjoy this. I suppose I can't speak for everyone when I say I look like an idiot. Maybe you really do look like a sexy bullfighter. Who am I to say?