Growing up, I loved dance class. I was not much of a ballerina, but a good jazz or tap class was always so much fun! I danced from about the time I could walk until I left for college, and even then I took every opportunity I got to join in on a hip hop class at the college gym.
But, now that I am 31, there aren’t many opportunities to dance. I mean, I’m not going out to the clubs (and I never was much of a booty shaker anyways), and adult dance classes are few and far between.
So, when Beachbody announced that they were launching a new dance workout, led by famed Insanity fitness trainer Shaun T, I was beyond excited!
While I have fallen in love with exercise, and enjoy some intense workouts, I would still much rather dance than workout. Even though the new program, called CIZE, is technically a workout…it’s a dance workout! I don’t know about you, but dancing does not feel like working out to me!
This past month I led a group of ladies through the End of ExerCIZE challenge, a 30-day dance workout challenge using the CIZE fitness program. We followed along with Shaun T in the comfort and privacy of our living rooms and got to dance to get fit!
I was super pumped about this program. I have been doing intense workouts for a while now, including T25 and 21-Day Fix, and I felt like I needed a little break to have some fun. While it was a step down intensity-wise from some of my typical workouts, it ended up still being a great workout! I was dripping with sweat after learning the first 8-count!
- The workouts start off fairly easy and build in difficulty throughout the weeks. It’s a great way to ease into dancing, even if you have never danced before, or if it has been a long time (like me).
- The program comes with a detailed nutrition plan. I think this is important because a lot of people believe that if they just start working out that they will see results, without changing anything about their diet. I know because that person used to be me. Having a nutrition plan to follow will really help you get the results you’re looking for with this program!
- The dance routines are broken down step by step and are easy to learn. I can’t say that I mastered the routine the very first time I did it, but by the end of the workouts when it’s time to “cize it up” I was able to let loose, have some fun, and just dance.
- The dance program comes with two calendars to choose from, a beginner or an advanced, depending on how comfortable you feel with learning a new dance workout. I followed the advanced calendar and moved through the routines more quickly, but some of the other ladies in my group followed the beginner calendar and were still able to follow all the routines, at a better pace for them.
- Some of the dance exercise videos were a little too long for me. I am a 30 minutes or less workout person. I like to hit my workouts really hard and quick, get done and start my day. That is why I love T25 and 21-Day Fix workouts (only 25-30 minutes). Some of these workouts were 40-50 minutes long. Not crazy, but just a little longer than what I’m used to.
- I wish there were more dance routines! In all there are 6 separate dance routines, which means if you are following the program for one month you definitely repeat them. I know it’s kind of unrealistic, but I would have loved to learn a new routine every day!
CIZE Dance Workout Breakdown
Crazy 8’s: (30 minutes) This is the starter workout. You will complete this workout on day 1 to determine which calendar you should follow for the remainder of the program, beginner or advanced. If you struggle with picking up the Crazy 8’s moves then you’ll want to follow the beginner calendar. Even though this was the “beginner” routine, I still worked up a sweat!
You Got This: (43 minutes) Now you’ll take some of the basic moves from crazy 8’s and put them into choreography. This is when it really starts to get fun.
Full Out: (34 minutes) You move into level 2 with this routine and you’ll learn some new moves and choreography at a little bit quicker pace. You can take a peak at me “cizing it up” to Full Out:
In The Pocket: (37 minutes) This was probably my favorite routine. You’ll really start to feel like a dancer when you reach this level!
Go For it: (40 minutes) You’ll move into level 3 with this routine. This was kinda more of a “down and dirty” routine. It really attempted to bring some of the “sexy” out of me. Here’s a peak at me doing the “Go For it” routine (don’t laugh):
Livin in the 8’s: (51 minutes) The final and most difficult routine to learn. The choreography is much more intricate. You really get to let loose with this routine. I loved it! Here’s one more little peak of me “cizing it up”!:
8 Count Abs: (8 minutes) This add-on ab routine is not about dancing. While you will do the moves to music, it will feel like work again! It’s a great ab workout if you can get out of the dancing mindset to do it! I tried to remember to add this quick workout on every other day.
All in all, I really enjoyed this program! I knew I would, coming from my dancing background, but I think that even if you don’t consider yourself a dancer you would still enjoy it. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to dance but never really have, I think this is the perfect way to do it! You can pop in the DVD and dance in private at home without feeling judged by others (shame on them).
I am ready to step it up a notch with my Live Fit Training clients starting this week, but I am so happy to have CIZE in my workout repertoire and will definitely be coming back to do it again in the near future!
If you are interested in trying CIZE for yourself, you can purchase it here and join The End of ExerCIZE challenge, or leave a comment below if you have any questions about the program and I will be in touch!
Do you think you would enjoy a dance workout?