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  • Fun cardio?

    Posted by halfjack on January 16, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Okay, I am in desperate need of some fun cardio suggestions…anyone??
    I love dancing and I usually go to dance classes but its out of the question for me the next couple of weeks because I’ve nooo money.
    I pole every other day, and I dance a lot around it and that makes me work up a sweat, but I need something more. I kind of want a cardio routine, with no weights etc, to do on my non poling days…but it needs to actually be fun, or I won’t do it. I won’t go running. I just won’t. I know it’s not realistic. I can’t go swimming because I’m not a good swimmer and the nearest pool is miles away or gym…as once again…too expensive.

    I don’t mind forking out for a dvd…but theyre usually so boring I just get bored to death and give up. Dancing is probably the only exercise I seem to be able to be motivated in, because it keeps me excited.

    I also need something that will get me properly warmed up for my daily stretching sessions…I don’t seem to properly warm up without a rigorous cardio session of at least 30 mins.

    So ideally I’m looking for purely cardio based workouts that are fun and exciting and rigorous and will keep me motivated and are structured and routine based (so I don’t just end up getting distracted and doing something else, like I can do if I’m just improvising moves) is about 30mins-1hr long and can be done daily for little or no money.
    Too much to ask?
    If anyone has any idea of dvds or routines or…anything, would be great!

    Chrissy485 replied 14 years, 3 months ago 15 Members · 20 Replies
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  • mysunshine276

    January 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I have several of the Biggest Loser DVD’s they are challenging and fun
    I also use Daily Dozen by Denise Austin it has a 12 minute routine for every day of the week which you can mix and match

  • chemgoddess1

    January 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Exercise TV

    There are a TON of free workouts plus you can download some of the videos for $1.99.

  • Audball

    January 17, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Thanks for that link chemgoddess.. I found some dancey type workouts that would do great for a 20 min warm up.. even if it is extremely corny

  • Veena

    January 17, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Start hooping!! Its great for cardio, and you can make your own.

  • Audball

    January 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Oh that sounds fun.. How do you make your own?

  • halfjack

    January 17, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks for the link chemgoddess, theres so much on there! I’m definitely thinking of taking up hooping veena, looks like so much fun…only tiny problem might be the space issue…

  • k2weller

    January 18, 2010 at 3:34 am

    It’s not something you can do in your own living room, but I’ve been going to a Zumba class for a few weeks now and I LOVE it. If there is a class offered near you, check it out. I guess each instructor can tailor their classes however they see fit, and the lady who runs my class is way more high energy than some others I’ve seen. It’s a dance/cardio class, mixing salsa, hip hop, indian style dance moves, and many others. Sometimes I can’t figure out whether my brain tires out first or my legs! It’s also a great way to brush up on some dance moves that come in so handy in floor work on the pole! Check it out!

  • chemgoddess1

    January 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I just took my first Zumba class last week. A place in town offers $5 drop in classes. Had a BLAST!!

  • Trena

    January 18, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I bought the Zumba DVDs!!! They’re expensive though so I dont think its an option for you halfjack! That link looks good though!!!

  • BooBoolicious

    January 19, 2010 at 3:09 am

    I know what you mean. Zumba is a lot of fun but tends to add up around where I’m from. I’ve been playing with the idea of purchasing a dvd from It’s very similar to Zumba.
    Try a Samba dvd…those are fun too.

  • luvlee

    January 23, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Hey HOOPERS! I have been wanting to start hooping and finally found a websight where I can get an adult hoop!!! The sight is hoopnotica. Is there anything I should know before I buy one? I am thinking about the starter kit w some dvds. Also are there any other good sights you could recommend for hoops and dvds??? Please share any info or advice! THanks!!!!!

  • Veena

    January 23, 2010 at 1:58 am

    I just received my hoopnotica hoop a few days ago, its the travel hoop. I have to say I prefer my homemade hoops. My hoopnotica hoop is warped and it huge!! LOL I know its easier to hoop with a larger size but this is BIG. It will be fun to take with though. I ended up making two new hoops myself too.

  • Audball

    January 23, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Hooping seems like great fun. How would I make my own?

  • Hoddska

    January 24, 2010 at 1:37 am

    HOOPS!! Yay!!
    you can go to Hoopnotica for the travel hoops or the regular types that are one big circle with no connectors(it arrives coiled up and you then un-coil it) Hoopnotica has very pretty hoops,
    or try "Hoop City" it’s a forum much like SV!!! They have lessons, tutorials, forums and vids of members; plus links to make/buy hoops

    a good supplier of custom hoops you can try is Pixie Hoops…..mainly ship to canada and U.S

    I love my hoops, I hoop every day as cardio and warm up for the pole

    Alex (aka Hoddska)

  • kleigh

    April 29, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Hi halfjack,
    I really like ellen barretts studio dvds. She does a fusion flow method which draws from ballet, and uses standing pilates. Its cardio and toning but light toning that you can do daily. My favorites are fat burning fusion, fusion flow, and the yogini. You can bUy used copies on amazon for not to much.also, you can watch clips from her workouts at

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