If you like to dance, or want to learn to dance or even want a lighter not so serious workout this could be for you. Pesonally, I don’t believe this is a beginner workout I found it extremely challenging but while I was talking to my wife she reminded me of something.
Honey, you are Chris Penn from Footloose not Kevin Bacon.
As much as everyone wants to be Kevin Bacon there was a lot of truth to this. If you have no rhythm and have never or cannot dance I think you should start with Hip Hop Abs or another one of Shaun T’s dance series (Sorry, I haven’t done them…Yet.) The hardest things about the series is learning the moves and getting into the flow. That is not to say you are going to get a good workout, this is Shaun T folks and you are going to sweat your butt off!
Trainer: Shaun T
Number of Workouts: 6
Number of Days you workout a week: 7
Workout Duration: Varies
What you Need:
A great attitude or at least an open mind.
At the end of the Cize workout there is a really cool feature, you get a choice. At the end of each workout there is a choice to do a three minute cool down, do the workout it again, or do 8 minute abs.
Song:Hands In the Air
Time: 30 min plus about 3 minutes for a cool down.
Crazy 8’s is the starting routine for Cize and it starts you off pretty easy. Shaun does a good job of taking things slow and teaching you the moves. Which is awesome because I am pretty uncoordinated and have a really hard time with dancing. It took me the full week to figure this out, but I was euphoric when I did. I think the hardest part is just letting go and committing. It’s ok to feel like an idiot at first and you don’t have to get it right off the bad just do your best. I know Shaun says it a lot and I just said that and it’s cliche but it really is true. The hard part is actually doing it and honestly it took me about three days on each workout out to let go and accept I might suck at it but to keep going anyway.
You Got This
Time: 43 min plus about 3 minutes for a cool down.
Shaun Introduces you to some more dance moves but it’s still pretty easy at this point. If you already know how to dance I don’t think this is going to stress you out much. For the rest off you, just relax and remember that you can do this and time is on your side.
Song: Lose My Breathe
Time: 35 min plus about 3 minutes for a cool down.
This one puts together everything you learned from the first two one and it really steps it up a notch. You’ll get there, but I’ll be honest this is a Beyonce song and the cast knows this and I seriously doubt I will ever be able to give the attitude that this routine deserves. Just have fun with it!
In The Pocket
Time: 36 min plus about 3 minutes for a cool down.
Ok so it’s time to switch DVDs so you know the workouts are going to be that much more intense. The moves are more intricate and quicker.
In The Pocket is one of the shortest routines, but when I first did it I was pretty upset with myself and I thought it was impossible. However, I really had to eat those thoughts because I picked up on this routine faster than any other in the series, maybe it was because it was one of my favorite songs in the series. I don’t know, but I end up having a lot of fun with this one.
*Hang in there. It may seem impossible at first but consistence brings comfort and before long things will start to slow down. When that happens you will be able to add the attitude and style to it.
Go For It
Song: Pass That Dutch
Time: 41 min plus about 3 minutes for a cool down.
I will be honest this was my least favorite song, but at the same time it was the most physically challenging workout in the entire series. Lots of movement and it’s extremely fast. Be patient with yourself you will eventually get it. Your body will eventually get it and when you can move to the next move without thinking you are almost there. You will sweat pretty hard core in this one. It took me about a week and half to get it.
Livin In The 8’s
Time: 55 min plus about 3 minutes for a cool down.
By far the hardest routine. It took me a solid two weeks to learn this one and pulling double days on some. It’s also the longest workout in the series to boot, but when you finally get this one you will feel AMAZING!
Tip: For this one. Take a deep breathe and just feel the music, you will get there some days just go over the parts you need to learn for the duration of your workout time. You will get it if you put in the work.
Bonus DVD: Hold Your Own
Time: 12 Minutes
Hold Your Own is basically a tutorial on How to dance in the club giving you a few moves so you feel a little more confident about dancing. It’s 12 minutes long and it’s not a workout. You will not sweat in this but I did find doing it helped with learning about rhythm.
Bonus DVD: 8 Count Abs
Time: 16 Minutes
A pretty standard Beach Body Ab Routine done to some sweet music. If you do it, you will feel it.
The people on the DVD are NOT test group people, they are professional dancers. I am not knocking them I understand the reason behind it, but don’t think when you do your end of the week video you are going to match them. That’s foolish and will set you up for depression and frustration. Do your best and remember you have the DVD and you can redo the routine until you get it to the level you want to be at.
Does it work?
I think so. My wife said I was at getting better about finding the beat. Even though I am pretty terrible at dancing I will say I feel a little more at ease. Granted that’s going from poor panic to “I’d rather not”. I figure if I keep adding Cize in the rotation I will eventually feel the confidence to go out there on the Dance Floor, because honestly isn’t everything about confidence? I think doing Cize enough times can help with that confidence issue. It’s also quite a bit of cardio so if you like dancing and hate walking or jogging this workout series might be for you.