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Old 07-15-2008, 11:04 AM   #1
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So today I did an intro Hip Hop video with Carmen Electra early this morning (well, on TV, not in the same room). Now, I consider myself a fairly intelligent person in academics. I'm a pretty quick learner.

Do you think I could do even the simplest Hip Hop moves? Not only could I not get the sequence down, but I didn't look ANYWHERE NEAR as sexy as she did doing it. People would laugh if I tried that out of the house... or in the house.

Anyone have this problem? Is there a solution or am I just REALLY slow?

PS I have no rhythm but it looks like good exercise and I'd like to learn it.
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:13 AM   #2
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I am the exact same..I have some of those types of videos and can't do them for the life of me. I have absolutely no rhthym either. I even avoid the classes at the gym so I don't look like a complete idiot. I guess it all comes with repeatedly doing them but I don't have much for patience with myself. Keep at it and I'm sure you'll get better.
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:57 AM   #3
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I love my "dancey" videos for cardio but I exercise in a room at the front of the house and I've often said that, the way I flop around trying to get the moves down, I have to make sure I keep the blinds closed lest some happless girl scout trying to sell cookies see in the window and be scarred for life thinking she saw the fat lady having a seizure

It's also really tough to get the moves down because you are facing the person doing to routine so it's like a reverse image - remember the shower game of trying to spoon jellybeans into a cup on your head while looking in a mirror? If you can, put a full length mirror opposite the TV and work watching in the mirror until you get the moves down.

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Old 07-15-2008, 12:29 PM   #4
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OMG I definitely have similar problems, which is why I avoid DVDs that make you memorize complex moves. i have Turbo Jam, for instance, and I can follow the 40 min. weight training workout, but the cardio kickbox ballet thing is just beyond me. I can't move that fast and in tandem... ::graceless?::
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:08 PM   #5
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Don't worry about it. Have fun and just keep moving
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Old 07-15-2008, 04:10 PM   #6
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The solution is to keep doing the video, you will improve! And don't worry about how you look, just keep moving around and having fun!

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Old 07-15-2008, 10:06 PM   #7
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Well, if you're slow then I'm on the short bus right with you!

I'm totally the same way: I just can't do those complicated dancy work-outs. I've tried, and it just isn't for me. I hate flopping around in half-starts, missing cues, and not being able to keep up while I'm trying to figure out how to do what they are doing!

It's just not fun or motivating for me. I also don't have the patience to go through the whole DVD knowing I'm not getting much of a work-out because I'm actually just doing half-a**ed prancing around while trying to learn the moves!

Besides, they make me feel even more uncoordinated than I know I already am.

So, I stick to work-outs with choreography that's easy to learn and follow. This means lots of basics, like marching, prancing, grapevines, etc, but at least I can keep up and focus on getting a good work-out rather than not tripping over my own feet!

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Old 07-15-2008, 10:10 PM   #8
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lol no I am exactly the same. I still would like to learn though.. I think it just takes waay more practice haha. One thing though, belly-dancing is I think a lot easier to learn, I can watch a DVD of that and learn it a lot faster than other dance dvd's, not to say that it is easy to master, just seems more do-able.
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:50 AM   #9
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no you're not slow at all... and neither are the rest of us, we're all a little uncoordinated till we get the moves and the grove.... Some of us never get it though... Unfortunately
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:11 PM   #10
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I don't think it's a matter of intelligence. Dance moves just come easily to some people and not to others. Same thing for any other type of physical activity. The people who are really good at any sport always have some natural ability. I'm good at swimming and it's the only thing I'm good at. Dancing, especially anything that choreographed is a disaster for me. Even the simplest steps require all my concentration. And I do have rhythm, for Pete's sake, I was in marching band. I can dance fine when I'm not trying to follow a specific dance step, but anything that requires a specific movement is really hard for me.

Same for a lot of other sports--baseball, tennis, rock climbing, martial arts--I'm horrible at them all. In fact, just the other day my trainer was teasing me that if I ever get into a fight, I better just run because I was miserable at the kick-boxing stuff that he had me do (but I run intervals at a pretty fast pace, so he's pretty sure I can outrun whoever is trying to fight me )
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