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Dangerous - not for beginners!!
on 14 May 2006
Along with a lot of the other reviewers, I also had the original 'Pump It Up' with Deanne Berry and thought it fabulous! However, this beach version is not a patch on the original. Although the music is great, there are a number of moves within the DVD which are extremely dangerous and should NOT be attempted by anyone new to exercise. As already mentioned, the stretches are 'ballistic' , i.e. they are bouncing stretches (NOT recommended!), the instruction is basically non-existent and some of the body positions of the instructor, Fiona, are down-right dangerous. For example, during any squats or lunges, her knees are not in align with her feet. She also arches her back a lot (this might LOOK sexy but it's not healthy), and most exercise professionals DO NOT recommend Hurdle & Cobra stretches - these stretches were popular in the 1980s but have been condemed more recently.
Good points have to be the soundtrack and a couple of the dance moves - other than that...... stick with the original!!