Warm up time: 4 minutes
Cardio time: 22 minutes
Equipment needed: None
Although the disc is 39 minutes long, your actual cardio time is only 22 minutes – the rest of the time is made up of breakdowns of each dance and a warm up.
On the box, Tracy wears one of the bikini tops which is later transformed into a top for one of the dances. And we can see by the quotes given that the workout is endorsed by Jennifer Lopez, Hilary Rhonda and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
This is actually pretty hard, the dances are so different to the type of thing we’re used to with Tracy like star jumps etc, it’s probably because these dances have all been choreographed by someone else that they’re so different. It’s a lot of fun and I’m glad that it’s something so different and it’s great that there’s now a low impact option available for all of us with bad knees/shin splints or those who haven’t been able to work up the stamina to her other workouts. You’ll definitely not get bored of this DVD quickly as it’ll take you a while to master the dances. It’s definitely low impact, there are a few jumps, but not many, what makes it hard are all the fast steps and the different style. So I would disagree with the cover where it says “easy to follow”. I think you would probably burn less calories doing this cardio compared to her other jumping cardio, my heart rate definitely didn’t get up anywhere near as much as it does with her other cardio. That being said perhaps if you master the dances and really perform it you might burn some more.
Tony G seems lovely, he seems like loads of fun, in fact if he had a range of dance DVDs available based on this you would want to buy them. The breakdown section is a lot shorter than the breakdowns we’re used to with Tracy- he literally goes through the whole thing once and then it’s time to do it up to tempo, so if you’re struggling it’s worth doing the breakdown a few times. It’s definitely fun and upbeat. Tony gives really clear and fun instructions. Once the dance is up to tempo you do a dance once all the way through without flair- so I suppose this would be an even lower impact or less complicated version and then another time but with “flair” which means extra arm moves etc.
You can tell that Tony is a seasoned choreographer who’s used to teaching dancers who would normally pick up the moves very quickly. He uses terms like “syncopated grapevine” which I have no idea what that means and probably unless you’re a dancer you won’t know what that means either. The rhythm/pace is completely different, maybe it’s a cha-cha pace? I don’t know I’m not familiar, but it’s definitely different to what we’re used to doing with Tracy.
Tracy changes her top for each dance which is useful if you’re having to skip through the play all option to find a new dance. All of the tops she wears seem to be bikini tops with fabric attached underneath to transform it into a top- this is literally what they’ve done as during the last dance the attached fabric breaks free from the bikini and bunches itself into what looks like a waist belt.
The music is really fun and thankfully something new and different sounding to her past soundtracks
As the DVD is presented by two people unfortunately there are a few moments when it gets a bit awkward as they’re both vying to lead the workout and have different styles. Tracy is more chatty and takes her time whereas Tony is more to the point and wants to get it done quickly with no chit chat. On dance number 4 just as they’re about to do the dance up to tempo with music, Tony is eager to get on with the dance and gives instruction but Tracy starts chatting over him to Maria about about how she’s wearing a top that matches a Hawaiian move in the dance, you can tell Tony gets impatient as he says “We going?” and then Tracy snaps back loudly “5, 6!” showing that she’s ready to go and she’s not holding them up.
This DVD has a “fame” feel with dancers in different brightly coloured clothes warming up in the background during the intro section. I love the set- with the bright lights and the group dynamic is really nice. You might recognise some of the instructors from Tracy’s studios. Tracy gets all a bit street talk and says “this is how it’s going to go down” when explaining what the different sections of the workout will be.
On the DVD you’re able to choose Play All, Intro and then all the individual dances. However the breakdown section is included in each dance bit so you can’t choose to do the dances all the way through without the breakdown, so it’s quite frustrating having to skip around getting to each up tempo section.
Tracy has said this is the “first TAVA DVD” which suggests there may be more to come in the future. I think by the new direction that Tracy is going in for at home clients (she has said that she prefers those without access to the Cardio Fly Super G Flooring to only do TAVA as her other workouts are too high impact to do on a non bouncy floor and will harm our joints) that Tracy will want to continue to add to the collection, and if it sells well of course she will!
Tracy Anderson’s Cardio DVDs in order
Every Single Tracy Anderson Cardio Workout