Everyone knows The FIRM, so I don't need to say much about how the Cardio Dance Fusion video is pretty no-frills, and the trainer, Alison Davis, is /also/ pretty no-frills:
There's a room.
There are women.
The DVD consists of a "full-length" 45-minute cardio dance fusion (in their own words, "an exhilarating, heart-pumping workout that combines cardio moves, dance, and body sculpting"), and three "express" workouts. I did the "Club Dance" option; the other two are Latin (skipped because I have both "vintage" Zumba and a Crunch Cardio Salsa video featuring one of the original Zumba choreographers; I wonder what went down there...but that's another discussion) and Jive (skipped because my last experience with the Jive was watching Bristol Palin butcher it on DWTS and I didn't want to be reminded of the incident.) Each express workout is 25 minutes long, and I burned about 250 calories.
+"Oops, I got a workout!" I didn't feel like I was working hard at all, but it ended up being comparable to a decent jog. I think I was distracted by trying to keep up.
+True to description. It did, indeed, combine cardio, dance, and sculpting techniques, so gold star for honesty, The FIRM.
+Variety of options. 25 minutes was the right length for the amount of time I could devote to the "test run" tonight, but it would be too short for what it is (i.e. versus Turbo, which can totally get the job done in 20 minutes), for my only-workout-of-the-day. That's where the 45-minute version comes in, which I think is worth a try.
+Music. Cheesy and repetitive. Consistent with the whole "no-frills" thing The FIRM has going on.
+Lack of explanation. The more complicated compound moves were not broken down very clearly, or shown separately on a steps-only feature. She does the weird "aerobics march" that I have NEVER been able to get my body to do, so right away I felt like I was behind. When it got to the actual dancing I was OK, and the different sections in each dance sequence were covered separately before combined.
+Excuse me, CLUB? I guess I was expecting more hip-hop type moves, but I cannot see anyone in their right mind doing these moves in a CLUB. There were a few steps in the first dance that might have helped you blend in in the 90s, but this video was made in 2008. I guess Alison Davis hasn't been to a "club" in a while. The second dance was straight-up BALLET, sooo...
enough to make me want to do it again, but quite a bit of
to go along with it.