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Crunch: Fat Burning Blast (2006)

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Exercise & Fitness movie directed by Andrea Ambandos

Welcome CRUNCH Fitness! Awarded as a top DVD that SHAPE magazine loves for 2006, get ready for an exhilarating, fat blasting, total-body burning workout that's unlike anything you ve done before. With this high-energy program of dance, kickboxing and … see full wiki

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Director: Andrea Ambandos
1 review about Crunch: Fat Burning Blast (2006)

Great for beginners, but horrible for everyone else

  • Jan 16, 2011

Having enjoyed a lot of Crunch fitness DVDs, I was very hopeful that I would enjoy this one, as well. Unfortunately the fitness moves used were so extremely basic, boring, and low impact that I found myself eagerly anticipating the end of the routine.

The instructor, Lizbeth Garcia, was a good instructor. She would often preview what she wanted the viewer to do so that there would be no confusion, and she was pleasantly motivatng. She starts out with a good warm up, teaching mambos, squats, and V-steps before finishing the warm up with some stretching. After the warm up, the workout is divided into 6 sections:

Latin Dance 1 - This is very, very basic dancing with some easy mambos and triple steps. My heart rate did not get up much at all, and I was very bored since just 2-3 steps were taught.

Latin Dance 2 - This added 1-2 more moves onto the first moves that you learned, creating a short dance routine. It was just more mambos and triple steps, which did not get my heart rate up any more, nor did it make me have any more fun. At the end of this section you do your first "cardio burst" which is 60 seconds of one move that is supposed to really burn fat. It was simply a lunge and triple step that finally got my heart rate up.

Thai Boxing 1 - My heart rate quickly went down again as I started this section which only taught a bob and weave, a heel tap, and a knee thrust.

Thai Boxing 2 - You finally start to box in this section as you learn an uppercut, a hook punch, and a boxer's shuffle. This got my heart rate up, and my heart rate stayed up through the cardio burst, which were some knee thrusts and runs.

Sweatshop 1 - My heart rate continued to remain high into this section where the grapevine, hamstring curls, and V-step were introduced.

Sweatshop 2 - Then, like the Latin Dance section, more moves were added onto the first moves, making this like a routine. Lunges, kicks, and step touches were the moves that were added before finishing the cardio workout with the last power burst, which was made up of skates and step touches.

After the workout, you finish off with a cool-down and ab workout. I really liked the cool-down; I found it to be sufficient with some back and leg stretches. I would have enjoyed some arm stretches thrown in there, though. The ab workout was on a mat and consisted of basic crunches that didn't work me out too much. After the crunches, you do more stretching on the mat.

Overall, it was a decent workout for beginners, but if you are experienced with fitness at all, give this one a pass.

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