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Bellydance Fitness:Pure Sweat

 Unrated   VHS Tape
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Pure Sweat is a cutting edge, high energy aerobic workout that combines bellydance moves with hot Salsa, Rhumba and Samba dance rhythms. You will learn to move, gyrate, shake and twist all while getting a weight reducing, calorie burning, aerobic workout. The music cleverly combines uplifting Latin American sounds with hip shaking Middle Eastern percussion. The music is hot and your feet won’t stop. It’s Pure Sweat, all the way through!

Join certified aerobics instructor, Rania, a multi-award winning dancer, in this unique weight loss series. Rania’s bellydance skill is truly remarkable and her dancing is beauty in motion. Rania has combined her vast dance background, her extensive aerobics training and her award winning bellydancing flair into this fun filled dance workout.


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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT despite the flaws April 9 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
While I agree with some of the complaints in the other ratings (Rania's space cadet expression, elevator-style music, not true bellydance instruction), I still LOVE this DVD - so much so that I just bought the other three workouts. What's great about it...
* No props or equipment needed, not even shoes
* A 25-minute cardio workout (with warm-up and stretching) that actually gets you sweating
* The women who accompany Rania represent a a nice range of ages and body types - it's good to see women bellydancing without perfectly flat abs or stick-like thighs
* No need to be coordinated. Rania starts slowly and repeats the movements until they build into a "dance" routine.
* Excellent voice-over. She may be a space cadet, but she has a clear, calm speaking voice and doesn't sound like a wind-up doll. She also counts and speaks just enough to get you going - she doesn't blab throughout the workout.
* Bonus 10-minute ab workout is extremely challenging (not necessarily for beginners or people with lower back troubles), but seeing Rania's rock-hard abs is inspiration enough for me.
I've purchased and tried so many exercise videos, and this is the first that I really enjoy and look forward to doing. It's great to find something that feels effective, but doesn't punish my body as so many workouts do. I think that's the trick to actually working out, i.e., having so much fun that you WANT to do it. Best of all, and this may sound corny, but I feel feminine bellydancing, even though I do it in a gawky, goofy-looking way. All of these positives outweigh the negatives of this DVD for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars top quality workout and dancing Dec 31 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I am half Lebanese and have been bellydancing all my life. I am fully aware what great health benefits it has (I have 3 kids and it does not show). Also I am a big fan of Rania and of Veena and Neena (the same company produces their videos and I have all of them!). I think Rania's new videos are dynamite. She is responding to people who want to learn bellydance without having to hear Middle Eastern music, so all the workouts have different type of music. She is a real bellydancer and great teacher. I read some of the negative reviews and all I can think is that they are expecting the bellydance looking set and music, whereas this set is more high-tech. If you can just look at the quality of instruction and the moves and combinations, you will be very happy, she teaches a lot. You will be doing bellydance combinations by the end of the tape.You will learn alot and not realise you had a workout.
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Format:VHS Tape
With well-chosen Latin music and a fast-tempo'd pace guaranteed to satisfy the aerobic-dance crowd, this is the most accessible entry in Rania's Bellydance Fitness for Weight Loss series. Travelling steps, such as the grapevine, the duck walk, swivel walk, with a little shimmy to boot are featured. The "dessert" at the end - Rania's playful Folkloric performance with veil and cane - shows how these travelling steps are used to advantage.
I firmly believe, though, that the sum of entire Bellydance Fitness series is greater than its individual tapes. Use Pure Sweat and Cardio Shimmy on your aerobic days, Bellydance Boogie when you want to really work on your torso moves, and Hip Hop Hip Drop on your yoga days and when you need to work out sore muscles. You need to master the elements in all the tapes, not just one, to become a well-rounded dancer.
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With well-chosen Latin music and a fast-tempo'd pace guaranteed to satisfy the aerobic-dance crowd, this is the most accessible entry in Rania's Bellydance Fitness for Weight Loss series. Travelling steps, such as the grapevine, the duck walk, swivel walk, with a little shimmy to boot are featured. The "dessert" at the end - Rania's playful Folkloric performance with veil and cane - shows how these travelling steps are used to advantage.
I firmly believe, though, that the sum of entire Bellydance Fitness series is greater than its individual tapes. Use Pure Sweat and Cardio Shimmy on your aerobic days, Bellydance Boogie when you want to really work on your torso moves, and Hip Hop Hip Drop on your yoga days and when you need to work out sore muscles. You need to master the elements in all the tapes, not just one, to become a well-rounded dancer.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite What You'd Expected... May 1 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Ok, I've been a dancer (although not a belly dancer) most of my life and a certified fitness instructor since 1988, and I've never seen any anyone simply go through the motions like Rania. She is beautiful and has impossibly incredible abs but she is SO stiff. AND she is absolutely vapid. I'm pretty sure she doesn't know where she is. Rania's background dancers have more talent and panache than she does, and are apparently happier to be doing this video than she is. The workout itself is good for beginners and fun if you watch anyone but Rania, but I didn't learn much about belly dancing. I'd hoped I would learn a little more than was begrudgingly offered. Many "moves" are basic for any aerobics class.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This video bored me. Nov. 21 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I first got into bellydancing through Veena and Neena's videos and since then have tried many others. I am always interested in trying something new, so I immediately ordered this video. Not only is the music lousy, the set uninspiring, but more importantly the workout is boring. I couldn't make it though the second workout. There is a routine at the end that has nothing to do with what you just learned, which is irratating. I still enjoy after many viewings The Veena and Neena Sensual videos, Dolphina's Goddess Workout videos and Shamira's bellydance video. All of these teach you how to bellydance, while giving you a great workout and teach you a routine YOU can learn!
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2.0 out of 5 stars "Pure Sweat," puh-leeze
Not only did I not sweat, but my heart beat didn't really raise any. I will grant that I work out a lot.
This is probably a good workout if you're really out of shape. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004 by Lynn
2.0 out of 5 stars Plastic and Stuffy.
That's the feeling I get from watching this video!! The instructor is so stiff and looks like she is trying so hard to look pretty, happy and to actually do the moves properly... Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I bought this video because Essence Magazine rated it as being in the top four workout videos of the year, and I was not disappointed. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Awful!
I cannot believe that I actually spent money for this video. The music is terrible, boring and the moves are pathetic. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars four stars
I did enjoy this workout, and the performances, but I did not give it five stars because the music was to 'elevator' sounding. Read more
Published on May 19 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars love the dancing and learned alot
I really enjoyed this dvd. I got the set of four and liked every one of them. What I liked best about this one was the variety of movements and combinations, and that they were all... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars fun workout
I enjoyed this video very much, so did my daughter. It was easy to follow and before I realised it, I was doing belly dance routines. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Bellydance Fitness for Weight Loss: Pure Sweat
I really enjoyed working out to this video. Rania is great - very graceful, full of energy and enthusiasm, she is very mesmerizing, just a very talented dancer. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2002 by Diana A. Korte
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