Fitness

My thoughts on Country Heat

COUNTRY HEAT – COUNTRY SWING PREVIEW AND REVIEW WITH AUTUMN CALABRESE

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Alrighty everyone, here are my FIRST impressions of Country Heat!

Country Heat – Country Swing Overview

  • Trainer: Autumn Calabrese
  • Country Swing Duration: 30 minutes, with a brief warm up and cool down!
  • Country Swing Goals: Like all the Country Heat workouts, this is a cardio dance routine. I haven’t done the other workouts yet but in this workout you are doing various stepping and arm movements for the 30 minute duration. As expected, it’s a good workout, but not intense like a dedicated fitness program is.
  • Country Swing Required Equipment: A big fat zilch , nada!  Just your ready to have fun attitude!

Country Heat – Country Swing Dance Moves

I won’t go into every dance move, but I will give you an overview of how Autumn brings the moves in with the music.

Each Country Heat workout video has 6 country music songs in it, which are rerecords from the original artist.

These are the songs in Country Swing:

  • John Cougar John Deere John 3:16 Artist: Keith Urban
  • Kick the Dust Up Artist: Luke Bryan
  • Young & Crazy Artist: Frankie Ballard
  • We Are Tonight Artist: Billy Currington
  • That’s My Kinda Night Artist: Luke Bryan
  • Crash and Burn Artist: Thomas Rhett

There is definitely a pattern to the workouts. Everything is done on an 8/8 count for those of you that know dancing.

There are 22 moves total in this workout:

  1. The Mosey
  2. Side Mosey
  3. Heel Digs
  4. Toe Digs (see my video below!)
  5. Country Swing
  6. Tumbleweed Roll
  7. Clodhopper
  8. Lasso
  9. Grapevine
  10. Honky Tonk Turn
  11. Footloose Feet
  12. Booty Shakes
  13. Gospel
  14. Ride the Horse
  15. Mambo
  16. Charleston
  17. Box Step
  18. Skips
  19. Squat Heel Tap
  20. Grease Step
  21. 2 Timing Hop
  22. Skate

The base move that bridges everything together is just a side step with a clap to the beat, haha I was really good at this one. Autumn demonstrates the move while we do the base move, then we all do the move together. Each “round” consists of doing the first move, then the second move, and then combining them, before moving on to the next two!  Just that easy!  For real my two left feet were able to keep up with this and get a sweat on.

Week_0_Day_3Country Heat – Country Swing Review & Thoughts:

Honestly, I’m really excited about this program! Our challenge group is kicking off on Monday and what I LOVE about this program is how accessible it is, but that you can still scale it and make it more difficult depending on your abilities. For example, the squat heel tap move you can really go deeper for each move to get some extra burn, or you can stay higher to make it easier. You can basically “embellish” any move above with some extra arm or exaggerated movements and make it harder also! So go as nuts as you want to turn up the calorie burn or scale it back if you are just getting started.

Autumn also does a great job explaining the moves and I never felt lost or out of sync with what was coming next, and trust me when I say I’m not dance or musically inclined.  I trip over my feet walking to bathroom on a daily basis.  🙂

They actually even have a 20 minute “Country Heat Move Breakdown” video, but I didn’t even watch it, and I had no problem, so I don’t even know if it’s necessary. I’m guessing workouts later in the program will transition between moves much quicker. This country swing routine though is extremely accessible and easy to follow along.

 

Week_4_Day_6So, who do I recommend the Country Heat program for?

I think this is a great program for a bunch of different groups, including:

  • If you LOVE Country Music, but don’t really like working out
  • If you are a NEWBIE to fitness!
  • If you love country music but are a fitness maniac, this is a great program to throw in during recovery or when you want a fun break!
  • Anyone who just likes to dance and have fun; where working out doesn’t feel like working out at all!

If you’d like to join our next challenge group, fill out the FORM and I will be in touch! You guys are going to LOVE this program! I’ll be sharing more from the other routines as we do them!

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