Dancing with the Stars Exercise Video

Laura Williams, M.S.Ed.
Dancing couple

If you want to shape up while having a lot of fun, dance along to a Dancing with the Stars exercise video. Many people who love the benefits of working out -- increased energy, weight management, improved sleep, etc. -- don't always love what they have to do to get results. That's why it's so important to choose exercise routines that are enjoyable. You're much more likely to stick to a workout regimen if it doesn't feel like a mindless chore.

Dancing is a great way to burn off calories. While there are many dance workout videos on the market, the television phenomenon Dancing with the Stars has taken advantage of its popularity by putting out a number of videos that you can dance, and exercise, to.

About Dancing with the Stars

This reality show is a staple in ABC's regular show lineup. While maybe no one suspected that teaming up celebrities with professional ballroom dancers would become as wildly popular as it's proven to be, there's no questioning that this show has taken America by storm. In the process, dance as sport has once again captured the public's attention. Some dances you will see performed on the show include:

  • Cha-cha-cha
  • Foxtrot
  • Jive
  • Mambo
  • Quickstep
  • Rumba
  • Samba
  • Tango
  • Waltz

The dancers on the show, like ballroom dancers everywhere, have some of the most enviable bodies in the world and they owe it all to well-placed steps around a dance floor. Unless you're a professional dancer it's unlikely that you'll spend the same kind of time out on the dance floor, but you can still get the benefits of a dance as exercise. Dance works your entire body, so you can lose weight and tone up your legs, arms, back, and butt all at once.

Buy a Dancing with the Stars Exercise Video

One video that parlays the TV show's popularity into a workout routine is Dancing with the Stars: Cardio Dance. In 60 minutes, you can cha-cha, jive and paso doble along with dancers Ashly Costa, Kym Johnson, and Maksim Chmerkovsy. Expect a nice warmup period followed by some fat-blasting aerobics. While some people will have an easier time than others learning new moves, the whole point is to have fun!

If the dances are new to you, take your time to get acquainted with the moves. In no time at all, you'll probably be able to execute professional ballroom steps while getting in shape at the same time. You can take your newfound dance knowledge to the next party or wedding reception you attend.

After the success of the show and the first exercise video, numerous videos followed suit, some focusing on specific body parts while others focus on weight loss or a specific dance style. Consider picking up the following DVDs to add to your collection:

  • Dancing with the Stars: Ballroom Buns and Abs
  • Dancing with the Stars: Dance Off the Pounds
  • Dancing with the Stars: Disco Abs Exercise
  • Dancing with the Stars: Fat Burning Cardio Dance
  • Dancing with the Stars: Latin Cardio Dance
  • Dancing with the Stars: Dance Body Tone

You can pick up most of these DVDs from major big-box retailers like Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy or you can make online purchases from stores like Amazon.com, and Overstock.

Other Dancing with the Stars Merchandise

If you just can't get enough of your favorite show during its off season, there's also a book, Dancing with the Stars: Jive, Samba and Tango Your Way into the Best Shape of Your Life, which details behind-the-scenes actions, what goes into making the show a reality, and dance moves which will help you get into shape while having fun.

You can also satisfy your Dancing craving with a wall calendar, which will provide 365 days of motivation.

Make It Fun

If you're already a fan of exercise videos, adding this one to your collection can introduce some new moves to your repertoire while shaping you up. Even if you never set foot inside a ballroom, you can learn dance steps to cha-cha your way into great shape.

Dancing with the Stars Exercise Video