Our first bride-to-be, Samantha Jones, is your all-American southern girl who loves beer, fried food, state fairs and country music. She will yell at me when she reads this, but she and I both know that her Southern roots have been part of the reason for her weight gain. Luckily for her, there is a new workout program called Country Heat with an end of July release date that she is excited to start doing to lose weight before her wedding day. This workout program will feature a bunch of great upbeat and popular country music with a great tracklist!
The best part about this program is that it has been designed by BeachBody and Autumn Calabrese who is well known for her 21 day fix workout series. But Country Heat is a totally different type of workout because it focuses more on cardio, dancing and shaking your body to a good beat to burn calories and shed fat. Each of my friends have a different style for how they want to lose weight before their weddings, and Sam is all about shaking that booty. (She just wants to get it a bit smaller before her wedding, haha)
So let’s talk details:
What We Know So Far About this Dance Workout Program:
Country Heat will be an exercise program that you do six days a week. There will be 5 dance routines in total. You don’t need to be a great dancer nor do you need to have perfect rhythm or movement. The moves are easy to learn and designed to get your heart rate up so you burn more calories. If you push hard, you can burn anywhere from 200-400 calories per workout.
Once the program is released, we’ll be tracking the calories Sam burns during each workout. The exercise DVDs will be between 27-30 minutes in length, meaning it should be easy enough for you to throw one into your morning routine without having to spend hours going to the gym. Just throw on your running shoes and get to work!
What Equipment Do You Need?
Unlike her other programs, Autumn doesn’t use weights or resistance bands for this dance routine. Personally, I do enjoy strength training so this isn’t a program for me, but Sam is more worried about losing weight quickly than she is about trying to develop a lean or chiseled body. Any type of exercise will naturally work your muscles, but this program is especially good for those who don’t have a ton of strength or aren’t looking to build thicker thighs and legs. You can follow at a high intensity or low intensity pace, and work your way up to being able to complete the entire workout at high intensity without stopping. All you need is a good pair of running shoes and a smile on your face!
Do I Need to Diet or Follow a Nutrition Guide?
Yes! Country Heat will include the color coded portion control containers made famous with the 21 Day Fix program. You will select a calorie bracket based on your personal needs and weight loss goals. Most women will be eating between 1200-1500 calories or 1500-1800 calories if you are hoping to lose 1-3 pounds weekly. The program will come with seven different containers that are color coded according to the food group that they correspond with.
Country Heat Portion Control Containers:
Green Container: Vegetables such as bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, onions and lettuce
Purple Container: Fruits including apples, pears, oranges, berries, melon, grapes, bananas
Red Container: Proteins such as lean beef, chicken, turkey, cottage cheese, yogurt, eggs
Yellow Container: Carbohydrates including whole wheat pasta/rice/bread, oatmeal, bran flakes, legumes, potatoes
Blue Container: Cheeses and Fats such as avocado, cheddar cheese, almonds, cashews, etc.
Orange Container: Seeds and Salad Dressings
Depending on your allotted calorie bracket, you’ll eat a number of these containers each day to match your target. You’ll always eat larger portions (or more containers) of vegetables and fruits. And you’ll eat a smaller amount of fats or cheeses because these have a higher calorie count per gram than vegetables or fruits.
Benefits of the Country Heat Dance Workout Program:
Ultimately, if you’re a big fan of country music, dancing, a good beat, and working out in a non-traditional way, you’re going to love this program. This isn’t for those hardcore gym folk who need weights and grunting/squatting. It’s for those who love to dance, want to get in shape but perhaps don’t want to get bulky or “buff” and would rather lean out and burn calories while working in the cardio zone. It’s probably not a great program for an advanced exerciser unless you are looking for a way to get in some extra cardio to burn more calories. So Sam is all ready to start this and in the mean time is going for daily jogs outside!