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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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2.0 out of 5 stars "Pure Sweat," puh-leeze Jan. 22 2004
By Lynn
Format:VHS Tape
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. A total beginner might get a workout, but if your already work out regularly, keep your money and invest elsewhere. (The Cardio Shimmy from the same series is actually pretty good.)
Also, the music is indescribably awful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Plastic and Stuffy. Nov. 19 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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 that it just makes you feel tense watching it. I just didn't feel like these were traditional belly dancers. I feel like this was someone that is fit, and is just sort of going through the motions of the moves!! The Veena and Neena videos are so much better because they are more relaxed and really look like they know what they are doing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it Nov. 2 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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. It is a nice, well-paced workout, with easy to learn and interesting belly dance steps. Rania is an excellent instructor. I have the Belly Twins videos, but they are boring and unsafe. I can't wait for Rania to come out with some more advanced stuff.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just Awful! Oct. 1 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I cannot believe that I actually spent money for this video. The music is terrible, boring and the moves are pathetic. There are maybe a couple of steps you may like but on the whole, I am so disappointed in Rania. She is so beautiful and capable of so much more. I have her Cardio Shimmy tape also and although I'm not overly impressed with that, either the dance routine is worth keeping the tape. I have two of the tapes from Veena and Neena ( Slim down and Hips, Buns, and Thighs ) and this video cannot compare with the twins.
Rania, nothing personal but this one's a bad egg, honey...
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4.0 out of 5 stars four stars May 19 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I did enjoy this workout, and the performances, but I did not give it five stars because the music was to 'elevator' sounding. I don't hold it against Rania because most of the workout videos have that kind of music, but then again, the box said 'hot latin rhythms', which is false.
Rania's bonus workout was great and showed her fitness experience, and her performances were pretty good (way better than the Twins), so I was impressed with the bonus material.
But the main reason I chose to write this review is that I did learn some fun new steps to go out clubbing with, and I feel I got my money's worth.
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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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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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