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DVD Review: Dance and Be Fit — Latin Groove

I won't lie; I like a dance workout. After watching the fiery Latin numbers on So You Think You Can Dance, I was ready to rumba. Unfortunately, Dance and Be Fit — Latin Groove ($15) did not satisfy my dance craving.

Like many workout DVDs produced by Acacia, the instructor's voice is dubbed over the music. Without the spoken instructions coming directly from the person leading the workout, I found the moves hard to follow. The three dancing bodies on my TV screen seemed oddly separate from my workout as I attempted to merengue in my living room. This DVD is shot on location, under a palapa roof gazebo. The image was a bit dark, which made the workout a little hard to follow visually as well.

The DVD is billed as a "fat-burning" workout, and this is because it is a really light workout. My heart rate crept slowly into a zone 60 percent of max. Aside from the emphasis on the hips, the dance moves felt much like any other low impact dance workout, and frankly I was a little bored. The DVD is comprised of a nine-minute warmup, and two 20-minute dance workouts followed by a seven-minute cool-down. If you need to move around and get your blood flowing without bothering your downstairs neighbors with your stomping, this DVD could work for you. I ended my workout with some strength training, and that's when I began to sweat.

You can buy this DVD directly from Acacia.

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