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zephyr524
01-01-2010, 10:26 AM
Does anybody belly dance? I'm considering getting a video to do at home and wondering how good of a work out it really is.

Any reviews of some of the video out there? Which ones are good?


juliejenson
01-01-2010, 08:04 PM
I used to belly dance. But it's been a long time!
When I did do it I thought it was great exercise and also very fun. My husband liked it too.

Can't help with the video though I took it as a class.

Definitely worth trying.

salsa chip
01-02-2010, 09:00 AM
I'd really like to start! There's a place in my city which runs courses, so I'm seriously considering going for a trial lessons next week and seeing how it turns out. Bit nerve-wracking though.... :o


Catsgetnhealthy
01-02-2010, 12:19 PM
I took it once a week through the community here, it's a blast. I'll be doing it again this month. Check your local library for dvds, mine had a few.

loquaciousjogger
01-03-2010, 12:36 AM
I took a class on it. It was really fun. Definitely a great way to feel more confident!

PinkyPie
01-03-2010, 08:24 AM
I did a belly-dancing course last summer and LOVED it! I would have done the next course but I had my foot operated on at the same time so I couldn't do it. I'm going to be signing up again for the next one.

It's fun, it's great exercise and it gives you a really nice feeling about your body. you can do it at any size and that was totally apparent in my very diverse course that I took. I can highly recommend it :)

Hyacinth
01-03-2010, 08:30 AM
It's great fun, and I found it impossible to not feel sexy while doing it.

I think some of the DVDs are instructional and some are geared more toward a cardio workout. If you buy one, make sure it meets your expectations first. I like the idea of using the library or netflix to try them out ahead of time.

salsa chip
01-03-2010, 08:50 AM
Wow, hearing everyone's experiences is so encouraging! I think I'll sign up for that trial lesson next week :)

zephyr524
01-03-2010, 08:52 AM
Great idea about the library and netflix. I think I'll check for DVD's there. It sounds like so much fun and I love the way it looks. Does it give you a good workout as well?

salsa chip
01-11-2010, 06:03 PM
Ok, I'm going for a trial lesson tomorrow. Will report back on how it was! :)

Aclai4067
01-11-2010, 06:08 PM
I just read an article on the WW website about this the other day. I don't have $ to try a course but I might check to see if they have videos at my library. I'd love to take a course when I can afford it!

zephyr524
01-11-2010, 06:11 PM
salsa~ I can't wait to hear what you have to say about it! I wish one of the gyms around here offered classes but they don't. I think once I lose some weight I may do this. Right now I'm focusing on the C25K but once I get up to running 3 miles I might add a different type of cardio in every now and then.

Aclai4067
01-11-2010, 06:14 PM
I just remembered the gym I work at has a class. But people always watch through the window. I'd be much more comfortable in a studio setting than a gym.

Martina
01-12-2010, 12:25 AM
If you have the fit network they have a show called Shimmy which is a belly dancing based workout. Its pretty good and good for low-impact or begining workouts.

Hyacinth
01-12-2010, 11:08 PM
Check your Community Education classes for belly dancing classes.

salsa chip
01-15-2010, 10:41 AM
salsa~ I can't wait to hear what you have to say about it! I wish one of the gyms around here offered classes but they don't. I think once I lose some weight I may do this. Right now I'm focusing on the C25K but once I get up to running 3 miles I might add a different type of cardio in every now and then.

It was definitely interesting.

On the positive side: woah hello leg muscles! It was lots of fun and is definitely something I can see myself enjoying. It's not what I would call a heavy workout (for me), but the day after some muscles were letting me know what they thought of it ;)

On the slightly negative side: there was a lady there who ducked behind a curtain and got changed. She emerged in a full-on outfit, white translucent material in the skirt and a kind of bra-top with swingy gold things dangling from it. The rest of us were in something a bit warmer ;)

Now if someone wants to come along dressed to the nines, go for it! But um, could you please wear underwear under your translucent skirt that's a little, um, more covering?

Actually this is me being picky. The lady's attire was nothing compared to the way she periodically turned around to look at everyone else! A bit unnerving for a complete beginner (me!), but hey, my skin needs to be thickened somehow ;)

All in all - go for it! I figure there'll be "characters" in every class out there ;) I've signed up for a course of ten lessons and am looking forward to learning :yes: