Having been a fitness professional for the last 10 years I have seen a lot of DVDs and fitness fads come and go. I was intrigued by Fuse Dance Cardio Lean as it promises a blend of jazz, ballet and pilates. This is not a new concept in the fitness field, everyone is looking to fuse pilates with a variety of other formats – in fact there are other ballet, pilates, yoga fusions on the market.
What I liked most about these DVDs over others I have watched is the energy that Tracey brings to the material, the quality of the production and the upbeat tempo of the music. Music and setting can make or break a workout DVD and this one has what you need to get your grooving.
I would have enjoyed Erica, the participant doing modifications, to have been closer to the camera, and maybe some other modifications shown. There also was not a lot of direction given on how to protect the body from some of the moves, especially for some of the core type movements that were a bit fast paced.
This video was definitely a challenge, but it went by quickly and the burn was noticeable next day – similar to the Ballet Bootcamp class I run – I didn’t notice the intensity until I tried to walk the next day. I also caution that I had to shorten my range of motion a great deal, my joints could not keep up with the bouncing and rapid movements through some of the repetitions, especially on the curtsies.
The floor work was also challenging and may not be accessible to everyone, but those looking for a new challenge will love it. Again, Erica would have been better closer to the camera, in the second row and many times was not modifying. Tracey is a very warm instructor, quite authentic and not over bearing, her smile seems truly genuine and it was a pleasure watching her.
Her FuseDance Cardio Melt DVD picks up where the Cardio Lean left off, starting with salsa moves and sexier style. Again, funky upbeat music is a big attraction of this DVD too. Fifteen minutes in, third circuit, there is a re-introduction to the long, lean ballet inspired moves and some bouncy floor work that might be too much for those with sensitive joints.
Fourth Circuit plays with a little burlesque and hip-hop inspired moves, truly the DVD spans many genres but all in a fitness inspired manner. There is not difficult choreography to follow, instead Tracey brings repetition and slow building combinations so participants never feel like they need to stop and figure out what is going on.
The second workout starts with free weights and kickboxing, I’m not sure how much weight the ladies are working with, but I’d say it looks like 5lbs, which seems a little high for the moves they are doing. Swinging iron weights does come with inherent risks of muscle tears, and strain. For those in excellent condition, this may be a nice challenge, for those starting with free weights they may want to attempt to learn correct lifting form in a stationary format first.
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“I am thrilled to announce the release of my new DVD series,” says Mallett. “FuseDance ™ Cardio Melt and FuseDance™ Cardio Lean incorporate all of the fun, high-energy dance moves my workouts are known for while being low impact on your joints, making them great for people looking to work up a sweat at any fitness level.”
Best known for her dancing and choreography skills, Mallett has created workout programs perfect for everyone, from the time-crunched individual to the postnatal mother. Having sold over 1 million copies of her best-selling DVDs, Mallett has revolutionized the modern workout making it suitable for everyone. She is a growing media presence in the United States and abroad, and recently led First Lady Michelle Obama, Ellen DeGeneres and a group of eager school children through a fun, blood-pumping workout on Ellen.
ABOUT TRACEY MALLETT
Tracey currently owns her own studio in Los Angeles, and spends her time certifying others worldwide in The Booty Barre® technique. Other certifications she holds include: group fitness instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), certified sports nutritionist with the National Association of Sports Nutrition (NASN), BASI Certified Pilates Instructor, Pilates Method Alliance, and Level 1 Gyrotonic Instructor. She is a fitness contributor for the Los Angeles Times and appears regularly in publications including Prevention, Shape, Fitness, Women’s Health and more, and on television on programs including Good Morning New York, Access Hollywood, and more.
I was contacted to review two new exercise DVDs by Tracey Mallett, I received no compensation and the opinions given are my own.