42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2011
Oh how I miss the times of days gone by when I used to strutt my stuff on the dance floor of various clubs shaking my booty. Fast forward 7 years and I am married to a man who I met in one of said clubs- must have been impressed with my moves ;-) and a mother to one. I thought my booty shaking days were over! Having lost 3 stones for my wedding years ago with the Vicky Entwistle WOW workout trying to lose my pregnancy weight was just not happening. Over the last few months I have infuriatated my husband spending a small fortune on workout dvds- all with various pros and cons. One of my recent purchases was Nadia Sawalha's Fat to Flab dvd which has the beautiful Deanne Berry, from the Call on Me music video, in it. Didn't love the dvd but did "love" Deanne who is a fabulous instructor. So I purchsed one of her Clubland dvds which then led me to this.
This dvd is soooooooo much fun- from start to finish. While I love dancing I am certainly not a natural and haven't picked up all the moves correctly. What I didn't get, I made up my own moves which I think were pretty similar. Gareth- the trainer- does explain the moves- very well- but as I said I'm not a natural. He is so much fun- could imagine going out with him and a few girlies to the local night club! The girls look beautiful and very inspiring. While doing the workout I couldn't stop giggling and my husband came in and said "I'm not sure you supposed to be laughing"- but I just couldn't help it. You can chose from the different sections- I chose four but you only need to choose three. I was sweating so much by the tummy toning section- much more than I usually do during my hardcore Jillian Michaels workouts.
I usually get irratated when people write reviews after having only done a workout once as I think how can you tell if it is gonna work after only one go.However, after doing this workout, I couldn't resist!
If you are up for some fun with your workout- this is definatly for you!!! You will NOT be disappointed. Can't wait to do it again tomorrow!!!!!
58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2010
I was excited about getting this as Gareth Walker's Pump it Up! workouts are by far my favourites, both for his fun and upbeat instruction and the smile his routines always put on my face. This one is no exception; in fact it's probably a bit easier and more straightforward than previous Pump it Up! offerings. The DVD is set out in the following way:
Warm Up (about 8 mins)
Tone it Up (about 12 mins)
Shake it Move it
Pop it Lock it
Burn it Lose it (three sections of around 15 mins each)
Bums, Legs and Tums (around 10 mins)
The three dance sections follow the same format: the (brilliant!) music starts and Gareth talks and walks you through the dance steps, you follow along with his backing dancers, and then you all put the routines together at the end. 'Shake it Move it' contains club/dance moves, 'Pop it Lock it' is a street-dance style workout and 'Burn it Lose it' is a sweatier, more aerobic section with less emphasis on dance. All of them are great fun and if you have any of Gareth's previous DVD's, his presenting style is exactly the same - i.e. "pretend you're in a club and you want to attract someone's attention!" His flamboyant style really makes me smile while I'm working out, but I can understand it wouldn't be for everyone! Some of the moves can be a bit complicated, but Gareth demonstrates and explains the moves well so they get easier to pick up.
There is a warning at the start of the DVD that doing all three dance sections should only be attempted if you're very fit, but I managed it without too much strain - I actually felt this was a bit less high impact than previous 'Pump it Up!' workouts, so if you're a seasoned exerciser you shouldn't have too much trouble.
So...get this if you're interested in learning some new dance moves and don't mind a bit of fun and flamboyance while you're at it!
44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2010
I test drove this fitness DVD prior to its release for a six week period and lost 11lbs. I would highly recommend this DVD. Gareth is awesome and has really worked hard to ensure this DVD will bring you results. The soundtrack is brilliant and Gareth keeps you motivated throughout. To get my results, I used this DVD x3 times a week and on a 4th day did the warm up and the abs section only.
on 12 April 2013
I bought this a few years ago but recently started using it more regularly after started a post-Xmas health kick and I have been so pleased with the results. I am a petite frame but had put on some weight around my middle and particularly the area I have always struggled with - my bum! As well as eating a healthy diet (protein and vegetables) I have been using this video 3-4 times a week and I have never felt in better shape. This DVD is particularly good because as well as giving you cardio exercise options there are also a couple of toning sections which BURN like hell but really really work! I have gone from a size 10 to a size 6-8 in 2 months.
I have previously bought Pump It Up Dancemix which also featured Gareth and I loved his teaching style. Yes he is very very camp but for me that is the best bit! He is entertaining and funny and it feels like you're working out with an old friend rather than one of those boring step touch DVDs. He is very encouraging and makes the workout fun. No, they aren't your conventional aerobic class dance moves - it really is like being in a nightclub strutting your stuff and for me, that has been the most enjoyable part.
The workout is DIFFICULT - but why would you want an easy workout? Because then it wouldn't do anything! I have been dancing from a young age and whilst I found the moves easy to pick up, to begin with I struggled to get through 1 or 2 of these sections, particularly "Burn It, Lose It". Then again, the more I have been doing the DVD the easier it has become which just goes to show how much it has worked for me.
If you want a DVD you won't get bored of in a hurry and one that really works I definitely suggest this one! Good luck!!
on 6 February 2011
I have bought workout dvds in the past, put it on once, and then instantly given up and left in a cupboard to look at me guiltily when I look for movies.
This one, the warm up got me determined to crack the moves and keep up, and I ended up doning the warm up and tone it up and then the shake it move it, followed by stretching for my first workout, and it was heaps of fun! I kept giggling whilst trying to get it right. I hit rewind about twice on the shake it move it section, because I haven't got natural coordination, and it took me a while to get one or two of the moves right! I still mess it up occasionally and lose balance, but I just skip ahead and join back in, it's a simple rhythm to find your place again.
I found Gareth to be engaging and funny, and he kept me going throughout the workout. I now have the warm up completely sorted, and I am getting better at the toning and shake it. I haven't yet had the confidence to do burn it lose it, as they keep stressing that it's the hardest and for fairly confident people regarding exercise! But will tackle it soon.
The music is fun and sets a good pace, and it's nice to have a workout accompanied by proper music, rather than tinkly background muzak type music of the sort you'd get in a lift like some of my other DVDs. (Even if the songs aren't always my taste, it's still nice, and some of them are fab.)
I LOVE how the DVD is set up, it automatically puts you on a warm up and ends with a stretch, and you pick the middle bits by selecting with your remote. No chance of skipping and hurting yourself (as I may have done without it being there), unless you naughtily fast forward (don't!)
It's fun, energising, and works muscles I barely knew I had. Ache a lot the next day, but feel good! Will be doing this a few times a week for effect!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2011
This is my first outing into the Ministry workout DVD series and it didn't disappoint. Gareth is brilliant: energised, strutting and he explains things clearly. For someone with a moderate dash of coordination and a medium level of fitness, it has been loads of fun. I found it far easier to follow than the Tracy Anderson one as Gareth builds the routines up from scratch and then by the fifth or sixth go, they are more dance-like and funky (allegedly - hope nobody saw me doing them!!!!!) I'm fairly fit and found the abs section too easy, but could make it harder myself by lifting legs etc and my other tiny gripe is that the stretching section, while comprehensive, doesn't hold the stretches for long enough in my opinion to really get deep enough release - think a count of 24 rather than a count of 8. Having said that, I am going to stick at it and see if I end up svelte and trim...watch this space!
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2011
I found this dvd really difficult. Not because of the fitness level it requires (since I am in good shape and health and my fitness is great) but simply because of the moves. I'm not a dancer, but I am someone who can keep in time and rhythm and I even used to take a class in street dance. However, this was so much harder. They moved so quickly through each move that I couldn't get through it. It was frustrating to stand there, unable to do the moves that they were rushing through. I warn those who buy this dvd that if they're not already dancers, or familiar with the moves then they might find it quite a struggle.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2011
This DVD sees the welcome return of Gareth Walker. It contains two seperate dance sections which follow the format of 'Dancemix', and an aerobic section that really does the job. In a market flooded with celebrity Interval Training DVDs (and there's still no need to go to anyone but Davina for those), the Pump It Up series offers something completely different. Although there are a few tricky moves it's generally fairly easy to pick up, and provides real fun. Gareth is a great instructor, really funny and a wonderful motivator. A worthy addition to the series.
on 6 August 2011
I love this DVD for several reasons, its motivational and makes exercise a pleasure rather than chore, its really effective and gets you really fit, and the music's great.
'Body Burn' is specially tailored to everyone! The structure's great because it allows you to pick from a selection of different workouts whilst keeping the 'Warm-up' and 'stretch' sections as normal. You can add variety to your regular exercise and keep it interesting but its safe too. Having said that, with plenty of encouragement from the choreographer Gareth Walker, it makes a really thorough, energetic workout session.
Within each section the Gareth and the dancers give you options, so whether you're a regular gym-bunny looking for a challenge, or just barely lift a finger, there's always something for you.
The music includes all good tracks too - they're recent dance and house tracks which lets you enjoy your workout whilst feeling like dancing til you drop.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2012
Loved the pip doing the instruction but my total lack of co-ordination made this too intense for me. Better suited to the young hip, toned women gyrating around to the moves in perfect harmony. Needs uncoordinated pips like me shaking my booty to slow it down lol. Only wish i was one of the gyrating women :-/