Anyone can dance with Amy Blackburn! The DVD cover reads: Have a blast while you blast off calories. Blast off? I don’t usually see the phrase “blast off” and “boot scootin’ boogie” in the same place. My interest was piqued.
This 2009 Dance Off the Inches DVD tries to make it easy on us. All you need are ten basic moves to line dance, and this video tries to teach you those ten moves in only ten minutes.
Definitely learn the moves before going on to the workout, or you will be spinning around lost! This is supposed to be a video workout that anyone can follow, no matter their age or fitness level. Dance Off the Inches: Country Line Dance is one fitness video in a series. Also look for
- Dance Off the Inches: Hip Hop Party, by Jennifer Galardi
- Dance Off the Inches: Dance it Off Ballroom, by Kristina Milova
- Dance Off the Inches: Fat Burning Belly Dance
- Dance Off the Inches: Sizzling Salsa, by Stella Sandoval
and many others. (There’s even a striptease video – yikes!) So if country music doesn’t flip your switch, don’t panic. You can still find a way to dance off the inches.
This playful fat-burner workout is led by Amy Blackburn, an AFAA and ASCM Certified Instructor who puts a southern spin on her dance cues. Amy is fun and motivational, with a southern drawl thrown in for free.
How Does Dance Off the Inches Work?
As in the other Dance Off videos, there is a step guide to teach you the steps. Most users recommend using it.
The video features 4 minutes of warm up, then 28 minutes of dancing, followed by 4 minutes of cool down. The workout is short, simple, and low impact. Yet, you will burn calories because you will be up and moving. If you want sweat pouring off you, this probably isn’t the video for you. But it’s a great video to add to your repertoire, for those days when you don’t feel like pushing your limits.
Amy Blackburn’s workout philosophy is:
It’s only exercise – don’t take it too seriously. If people don’t enjoy themselves, they won’t come back. I try to make every class an “experience.” I want them to leave my class and think, “That was fun!”
What Others Are Saying – Does Dance Off the Inches Deliver?
Yes. Line dancing burns about 150 calories per 30 minutes. Not only does it help you burn fat, but it also improves blood circulation, and helps you strengthen and tighten your core muscles. Here is what Denise, who used the DVD, said:
"Dance Off The Inches: Country Line Dance is an excellent workout DVD that I would highly recommend to anyone! Amy is an outstanding instructor who cues well the entire workout and also keeps you motivated!"
If you are looking for a dance with a simple routine, this is probably not for you. Gail says:
"What I like about this DVD is that the steps are complicated and there are a lot of steps to a routine, so it keeps you interested."
Will It Help Me Lose Weight?
Certainly. How much weight you will lose depends on how much you have to lose. If you use this workout daily, along with a sensible eating plan, you could easily lose 0.5-2 pounds per week.
Pros and Cons
- Line dancing can be a bit complicated, and requires your focus and attention. So, you’re so busy concentrating, you can forget that you’re exercising!
- This is a good, low impact workout video for beginners.
- This is a good workout to do with friends, or children.
- Amy doesn’t expect you to memorize anything. She gives cues throughout the dancing.
- There are a few dance moves that ask you to “hop” which some people found challenging. (You can easily modify the move so you don’t have to hop!)
- Line dancing doesn’t offer much upper body movement.
- The video does not feature “top country hits” or any familiar songs.
- Some people don’t like that the music is only instrumental. (I guess some people like to sing along when they dance!)
- Some people found the workout repetitive.
- Amy kept telling me to be sexy, which got annoying after a while. (She was dancing in a sports bra with her rock hard tummy showing!)
Problems and Complaints
If you are an experienced country line dancer, this workout will probably bore you. This video is more about a low impact aerobic workout than it is line dancing. And if you want to try this because you love country music, then the music will annoy you. You can guy a line dance instructional DVD that features real country hits, and still burn calories.
My Take on Dance Off the Inches: Country Line Dance
Dance Off the Inches: Country Line Dance is a fun, alternative to the usual aerobics videos. It’s an inexpensive addition to your weight loss toolkit, and one you might really be happy to pull out on a rainy day. Read more reviews.