On a miserable, rainy Saturday afternoon I sat on the couch with a hot cup of coffee, flipping through the channels on the television. Not too much was on, but it was a perfect day to do absolutely nothing but drink coffee under my fleece throw and watch a little tele. The only option for my viewing pleasure was a Shaun T infomercial for his new workout program called Shaun T’s Dance Party. It seemed to be essentially dance moves, similar to Zumba or even an updated version (much more updated) of Sweating to the Oldies. It was obvious to see that Shaun T is in phenomenal shape, complete with six-pack abs and chiseled arms. He must be doing something right. Why not be shirtless in an infomercial if you look like Shaun T? The ladies that danced and shook their booties alongside him also looked extremely fit. They were not simply skinny or slim, but looked muscular and well-defined, some looked like athletes or Oxygen fitness models. Taut abs, chiseled shoulders and well-developed arms were on all of these rock-hard bodies. Many of the women in the Zumba infomercials also look muscled up and athletic. I asked myself this. Realistically, would I achieve the physique of these women doing this type of dance/exercise on a regular basis? Sure, the workout looks fun. It would definitely aid in weight loss, getting a good sweat and increasing the heart rate, but gaining all that muscle mass? In my humble opinion, I have my doubts. If not hereditary, the people in this infomercial must weight train, they must.
Like Beto Perez’s Zumba, Shaun T’s Dance Party looks like a great workout because it is fun. Exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise. Never a dull moment, the moves are never boring. As a former lover of Zumba, I have to give this Latin-fused form of exercise a lot of credit for helping me lose those extra pesky pounds below the waist when I first started this blog. I participated in Zumba class at my gym at least three times per week for this reason, it was so much fun! We did a whole lot of cha-cha’s, grapevines, mambo steps, mambo hops, and left and right spins. I did indeed sweat to the sweet sounds of Pit Bull, J.Lo, Reggaeton, and Shakira, but it was not muscle building. Depending on the instructor, it could be intense. The most challenging part was figuring out if I did the steps correctly with my two left feet and hoping I wasn’t looking like a fool. I could equate the level of physical activity in Zumba as dancing the night away in a Salsa club. In fact, to me Zumba was just like a big dance club, minus the mojitos and margaritas. Yes, I wiped the sweat from my brow, and it is a calorie-burner. Shaun T’s Dance Party seems a lot like this. A blast, but not as intense as his original baby, insanity. During insanity you are using body weight as resistance to target the muscles with push-ups, burpees, mountain climbers and planks. High reps and high intensity. I have to give insanity a lot of credit for increasing my strength and stamina.
So as you sweat to the oldies, cha-cha to Latin rhythms or bump and grind in Dance Party, I guarantee it will be an enjoyable time and a great way to lose weight and fit into those skinny jeans, but it most likely will not get you a chiseled body like the intensity of weight training. Ask Pit Bull if you don’t believe me.
Have you ever tried Zumba or Shaun T’s Dance Party?
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