|Paula Abdul's Get Up And Dance! An Aerobic Dance Workout [VHS]
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Paula Abdul's fans will really have fun with this 45-minute, high-energy dance workout. Even the warm-up is energetic and jazzy. Abdul teaches two dance routines. She introduces a 16-count pattern slowed down, then speeds it up until you're up to tempo, adding on until you've got a routine. Don't expect teaching expertise from Abdul--she cues the moves, but never explains how to do what she's demonstrating. Just watch and follow. You may need to pause this video a lot at first to learn the moves--she doesn't repeat the slowed-down moves enough to catch them--but after you get them, it becomes pure fun. She is assisted by two of her tour dancers and a crowded class of what she calls "ordinary people," though they're mostly young, good-looking, and very fit. The production is colorful and flashy. The constantly changing camera angles are distracting and sometimes annoying, because they hinder you from watching the feet to learn the moves. You'll enjoy the playful cool-down to Village People's "YMCA," led by the males in the class. An abdominal segment and stretches finish the workout. Coordination and rhythm required. --Joan Price
- More mentally than physically challenging
What should be fun was very frustrating for me. Each "step" Abdul mentions is actually a combination of between 4 and 10 different moves. She does a poor job naming the steps and the camera doesn't follow the feet slow enough, so there is a steep learning curve if you don't have a dance background. The last song, which is led by some of the other dancers, is the best and easiest to follow along, but I still didn't feel as worked-out physically at the end of the routine as I'm used to feeling. Overall I was disappointed and must continue my quest for a superb cardio dance tape....more info
- Way too complicated
This is the most complicated workout I've ever tried. Unfortunately, it was one of the first fitness videos I ever bought... at the time I thought that was why I couldnt' follow it. But, now I have been working out for a year and still can't follow Paula. The music is good, but the steps don't make sense and on top of it all ... it sure doesn't feel like you are getting any kind of workout at all. The only good thing I can say is ... the warm up and cool down are all right. I've been known to just do those and do some other kind of exercise in between as I fast forward....more info
- Product in good condition
The tape was in fine condition, but I like her other one much better. This one's almost impossible to follow, & I'm not THAT bad a dancer!...more info
- Don't give up!!!
The steps seem a little tricky at first but if you give it enough time you'll be surprised that it's not nearly as difficult as it looks. I have minimal dance experience and was able to pick up the moves so if I can do it anybody can do it. I think too many people (based on the reviews I've read) give up too soon. After you get the routine down - it's so much fun and you feel so energized!!! So what if the moves are a little out-dated -- who cares??...more info
- good music, too hard to follow for beginners...
I will admit that Paula is inspirational BUT she doesn't give you enough time to "learn" the move before putting you in full gear. I loved the music and Paula's upbeat personality but felt it moved way too fast. This video will definitely get your heart a pumpin'....more info
- Just Stick With It
I have read several reviews from people saying that it is too hard to learn the steps in the video. I loved the video from the first time I watched it. It did take a while to master the steps, but that is what a rewind button is for! You do have to be committed to learning or you will never get it. I tried inviting friends over to learn it with me but 3 or 4 of them bailed out before it over the first time they tried it.
I couldn't believe the review that said you do not get a good cardio workout. Come on! If you are doing the steps correctly you will definitely get your heart rate up! I can't wait to try the next video. Also, I do not have much dance experience except for drill team so if I can do it, so can you! Keep trying. Stick with it and you'll be glad you did....more info
- Challenging but fun! Loved it!
Most movements introduced in this DVD are fast and a little complicated for beginners. If you've never taken a dance lesson before, you'll find it too difficult to follow. However, if you love Hip-Hop or Jazz, this is a fun DVD to dance with!
I haven't done much Hip-Hop dancing but I take Jazz lessons 1-2 times a week. I do ballet and other dancing also. Still, this DVD was slightly challenging for me. I was able to follow most movements on a first trial but I had to go back and relearn 2 of these steps. The dance style is a bit outdated but fun! I loved it because it's fast, challenging enough for a non-professional dancer, and the dance rountines are not boring....more info
- Do this only if you REALLY want to sweat........
Because boy does she really keep the pace going!!! Other reviews mentioned that it is hard to see all the moves. I have to say, it is best to sit down and just watch the video first before you try it. Don't be afraid to rewind a bit and watch it again till you get the moves right. This is a calorie burner, no question about it. I only do this one when I want a bit of a pick me up, so I don't do it often. When I do this one, I do feel terrific and accomplished. One of those feelings like, HEY, I didn't fall on my butt this time!!!! Hooray! All of the music is Paula Abdul music, so if you like her music, you will love this work out video....more info
- Challenging for me but FUN!
The moves were a bit challenging as far as learning the steps, but it made for an enjoyable work-out. I had to rewind a few times to get it so I'd love it in DVD! Good choice for fun and exercize!...more info
- Great & Fun Workout Video
I enjoy any type of dance exercise and that's why I enjoy this workout video. It was a challenge to learn and follow the steps at the beginning; however, over time, I learned and mastered the entire choreography. This video will make you sweat....more info
Proof that ability doesn't equate with teaching ability, Paula Abdul doesn't take the time to break some of the trickier steps down, and counting isn't the same as explaining. Camera work doesn't help. The first time I tried this, I ended up changing tapes in the middle to finish my workout because I was getting too frustrated and my heart rate was going up and down with the stop-and-start required. I might return to the tape later to try and learn the routine in increments.
The steps also were kind of hard on these old knees....more info
- Awesome Workout
Paula's Dance DVD is awesome. Admittedly it does take a few times of practice to get it down pat. Once I got stressed from rewinding and trying to figure out each and every step I just wanted to give up. I always tell my 4 yr old son he can do anything as long as he practice. I want him to see me working hard to accomplish those little things that seem immpossible. Anyhoo after trying and retrying the steps I decided to stop worrying about the moves and just have fun. Do your own thing and when you can incorporate Paula's moves into yours. Eventually you start picking up Paula's moves along with a few cool steps of your own. Don't rush it or you'll get tired of it. Just GET UP & DANCE & HAVE LOTS OF FUN!!!...more info
- The Best Dance Video I've Ever Used
I bought this video a couple of weeks ago, and I absolutely love it! I would definately recommend it to all my friends. The video is fast-paced, and quite challenging at first, but after a few times doing the video, it's perfect. My sister tried this same video and stopped it before she got the whole way through saying that it was too hard. I however, stuck with it, and I now know the whole video by heart, and I love it! I get bored very easily with other videos, and this one keeps me interested. I actually want to work out. If you like to dance, you'll love this video....more info
- LOVE IT!!!!!! Glad I found it on DVD!!!
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS WORKOUT AND HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR IT EVER SINCE I LENT IT TO MY SISTER AND NEVER RECEIVED IT BACK... AN INTENSE ROUTINE THAT IS FUN! IF YOU ARE SLOW TO BEGIN WORKING OUT BUT LOVE TO DANCE YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EXCERCISE... IT DOESNT EVEN FEEL LIKE EXCERCISE BUT YOU WILL DEFINITELY NOTICE A DIFFERENCE! I GIVE THIS 5 STARS JUST FOR THE MOTIVATION IF THE ROUTINE AND HOW PAULA EXPRESSES THAT YOU DO WHAT YOU CAN, CUZ ITS A VIDEO... NOBODY CAN SEE OR JUDGE YOU! INSPIRING!...more info
- Great for dancers who want a fun workout!
This is a wonderful, fun, high-intensity 80's/early 90's style hip-hop workout. As a dancer, I was afraid that it may be too easy for me, but it was perfect. I wouldn't recommend this to someone who has had no experience dancing because some of the steps are pretty difficult, however, all you dancers out there who want a fun workout, this DVD is for you. The ONLY qualm I have with this workout is that there is only about 23 minutes of actual aerobics that make you sweat. However, I must say, I have tried a lot of workout videos and this is the ONLY one that I have been able to stick with for an extended period of time. Yay Paula!!...more info
- EXCITED ABOUT WORKING OUT!!!!!!!!!
I BOUGHT THIS VIDEO TODAY, WED. MARCH 26/03 I HAD A GREAT TIME DANCING, THIS VIDEO IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL WORKOUT VIDEO. IT IS MORE DANCIER THAN YOUR AVERAGE JUMPING JACKS IN PLACE. IT MADE ME LAUGH AND TIME REALLY FLEW BY AND I LOVE THE "YMCA" ROUTINE AT THE END AND THERE IS ALSO SOME AB WORK TOO... GIVE IT A TRY AND IT WILL MAKE YOU SWEAT.. I CHOSE THIS VIDEO OVER "THE NEW METHOD 20/20- CORE CARDIO"
GIVE IT A TRY,GET UP AND DANCE !!!!! :)...more info
- terrible camera work
Not easy by any means, which is not necessarily a bad thing, since at least for me, a challenge keeps me coming back for more. BUT! This video is much more frustrating than it has to be because of the poor camera work. Throughout the video, the camera keeps cutting between shots above her waist, shots from above and far away, shots of her students from funny angles, and shots even of her on what seems to be a monitor tv of some sort. AHHH!! Especially when she is teaching a step and all you want to do is just watch her feet transition from one move to the next, the camera keeps shifting just to confuse you some more.
I'm definitely not coming back to this one. ...more info
- the last Paula Abdul tape I'll ever get
If you are a dancer/choreographer or with years and years experience with dancing, then this is the tape for you. But if you simply want a good aerobic workout, then believe me, you won't get it. Five to ten minutes into the video, you cannot follow anymore. I gave it a few more minutes, the more I got confused. The steps and choreography make it so difficult to have a real workout that you simply get frustrated since you cannot complete one sequence. Please, please, borrow from anyone before you buy your own and you'll see what I mean....more info
I was a little apprehensive at first because I don't consider my self to be all that coordinated. The video is split into three pieces before they put it all together, so I did the first three pieces separately for a week, at the end of the week I was able to put it all together no problem. It's a good workout and it's pretty fun. It is a lot of jumping and straining, so if that's not what you're looking for, stay away....more info
- If you like to dance then you will love this dvd!
If you are really motivated about losing weight, getting a great work out, and hving fun while doing it this tape is for you. YOU WILL SWEAT AND YOU WILL DEFINITELY FEEL THE BURN!!! I had the VHS for a long time and since I do not own a VCR anymore upgraded to the dvd. It's great! Paula does slow it way down so you can get the steps but does not show the feet in detail. Anyone with basic rhythm, coordination and balance can do this tape! As my dance teacher used to say, Practice Makes Perfect!!! I recommend doing this tape at least 2 times a week starting out and then building up to 3-5 times depending on your motivation to work out! I hope you enjoy this DVD as much as I have and am still having!...more info
- Heart Stopping Fun To The End!
Want a video that makes you sweat? How about one that makes you smile? How about one that makes you feel good? How about one that makes you feel proud? Even more so how about one that makes you lose weight or stay in shape? Get ready to boogie with this great video cause its ALL of these! You will just love the fact that you bought this video and added it to your collection. I bought it cause I like Paul Abdul's music and it looked fun. I ended up smiling ear to ear cause you will think I SPENT 45 MINTUES EXERCISING? Its that much fun! You wont even think you are exercising plus you are learning great dance moves! And its to HER music in the background. So if you like her, her music and want to dance and have fun buy this video! The steps are easy once she teaches them and you can rewind the tape you have to but hey you will learn and be glad you learn. I caution wear lose clothing, have plenty of room and water near by cause you will sweat while you smile and have a ton of fun! Enjoy please on me!...more info
- A fun workout!
The outfits may be dated, but the workout itself is timeless! This is a fun workout! May be a little difficult to follow at first, but it is set up to where you start out slow and work up to tempo. Just keep doing it over and over and you'll get it. Some mornings I just do the warm up and the first section. It is segmented so you can add more as you have the time and energy. You don't need a lot of space. I do this in my living room....more info
- Even if you can dance, this video is horrible!!!
Without question, this is the worst aerobics video I've ever done. I acutally gave it away after the first time I did it. I own a lot of aerobics videos, take aerobics classes, and took dance classes when I was younger. I know how to dance and can pick up on routines quickly. But this video is horrible. The moves are impossible to follow. Some of the moves involve so much fancy footwork that you're destined to twist your knee if you're trying to do the steps on a carpeted floor like I was. Anyway, do yourself a favor and find another video....more info
- Challenging Workout and Fun!
I've had this "tape" for 10 years. I came online to get it in a DVD format before I destroy the tape that I've used off and on for the past 10 years. If you don't like to dance, don't bother with this DVD. However, if you like to dance, then that's what will make this one fun. When I first started this VHS, 10 years ago--and 10 years younger--I thought it was hard. It took me a bit of practicing before I could get the steps; but I DIDN'T QUIT. Eventually, I got all the moves. I didn't even have all the range of motion either, but that improves as your body gets use to doing the routines. I haven't worked this VHS for a few years, and I needed to get in better shape so I pulled it out again. I am 47 years old, and about 30 pounds overweight, and if I can do this routine at my age (it took me about two weeks to be able to get through it again), anyone can do it. The key is, you must love dancing and this kind of aerobic workout. You can tone the movements down until you get better at them, and rev it up as you get better. But once you get it, you will always want to do it. This is a great workout, and I will be doing it for along time. For all the nay sayers: either they don't really like to dance, or they just gave up too soon. And by the way, this was not called "Hip-hop" 10 years ago. "Hip-hop" is just a new name which includes a lot of old styles. I don't particularly care for "Hip-hop." And I would not consider this a "Hip-hop" DVD....more info
- It took awhile, but that's the point!!
My sister and I bought this video and when we tried it the first time, well, it was a bit funny. We couldn't catch up and we had to pause several times.
You know what??? That's the great thing about this video! I couldn't wait to try it again. The second time we did the video, it was easier, but we still needed practice. Now, after several weeks, we have the routine down pat. Most exercise videos get boring after one or two tries. Not so with this video.
The abs at the end of the video are long enough to get your muscles burning, but short enough that you don't want to stop the video altogether.
We are definitely going to buy the other Paula Abdul video, any workout tape that convinces me to come back to it is worth its weight in gold!...more info
- I'm a dancer and I love this video!!
I am so glad that Paula created this video! When I am off season from dancing (I dance for a small regional modern dance company), I need to keep myself in shape. I use Yoga for flexibility and strength training, but I needed a cardio workout that didn't feel like "exercise".
It seems that most of the aerobic/cardio workout tapes out there either spend so much time on instruction that you end up having to use the fast forward button all the time after the first time through it OR the moves are just glorified jumping jacks. This video is neither of those things... It is total fun!
Yes, I realize that I am a dancer and yes, I did the whole workout the first time I played it (didn't have all the moves down pat...but did most everything). But if you are not a "dancer" just stick with it! I think you will find it worthwhile in the end. And isn't it better to be challenged?
Anyway, for me this video gets a BIG thumbs up! Thanks Paula!...more info
- I LOVE this workout
I've been doing this workout on and off for about 10 years now, and I was so THRILLED to find it on DVD! I highly recommend this to anyone who likes to dance and wants a good workout. With Paula you will warm up safely, WELL and PROPERLY - and then stretch out effectively - all in a fun, dance format. It's sheer genius.
When the dance steps begin, they are taught in a progression, slowly and then up to tempo. Paula cues very well in this DVD (unlike her second one)and she has her two, main backup dancers cueing you as well. After the workout there is a fun cool down, stretching and some ab work.
When I first learned this workout (years ago) I hit rewind on the "tape" and did the moves over several times until I "got" them. The moves are pretty uncomplicated, but take a little repetition to pick up. However, after you DO it is well WORTH it because it's a FUN, energetic, REALLY GOOD workout! Enjoy!!...more info