You know Bollywood, right? Well, if you are anything like me (and who isn’t?) then you secretly try and imitate their awesome dance moves in the privacy of your closet, despite not having a walk-in. So when Acacia Lifestyle contacted me to ask if I wanted to try out any of their videos, I got so excited I was twitching. Because Bollywood is just that awesome.
I called up a few of my best girlfriends, D, S, G, and of course Gym Buddy (a.k.a. Good Sport) Allison. We all put our kiddos in their respective beds and then met up in G’s basement to learn how to groove like the Kama Sutra.
The Bollywood Dance Workout
I want to be Hemalayaa. Seriously. She is one sexy chick despite not being the Hollywood Ideal Anorexic Barbie. And she knows how to work it too. She and her “sisters” wear awesome gold chain belts to highlight the exact feature that us crazy Americans use Spanx to cover up. Plus they have the coolest floaty pants. If I knew how to work it half as well as these gals I’d never have to buy myself a meal again.
Thankfully for stock boys everywhere, I’m not a good dancer. I love to dance. Love it more than almost anything else! I swing, hip-hop, charleston, cha-cha, salsa, waltz, rumba, cumbia and polka my little heart out but that’s the thing – I’m all heart. Zero coordination. Thankfully I’m not embarrassed easily so my lack of skill doesn’t slow me down much.
Indian dancing is harder than it looks. But so SO much fun and full of attitude. My fave line from this video was during the “play time” sequence where Hemalayaa instructs you to first do a hip shaking move called “The Goddess” immediately followed by the Running Man. Yeah, like your 8th grade dance running man. In her sultry voice (she narrates the whole video rather than talking while exercising, which I really appreciated) she giggles, “The Goddess and the Running Man. Yeah, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Maybe the man is chasing the goddess? Who knows? Laugh at yourself!” That pretty much sums up the vibe of the whole video. Just good fun.
But how is it as a workout? We all sweated. Here’s the Girlfriend Lowdown:
G: It was fun! But don’t bother wearing your heart rate monitor.
S: Definitely a good core workout and fun cardio but nothing intense.
D: I probably wouldn’t do it again. I had a hard time with some of the moves and the music was really monotonous.
Allison: I liked it but it would have been more fun if they put all the dance moves together to make a whole dance sequence.
As for me, I would definitely do it again for entertainment value and because it seems to embody the essence of confident femininity – a trait I would love to posses but sadly lack. As far as exercise though, it was pretty mellow. Not my go-to cardio but good for an easy day. It made for a great girl’s night out though!