So I just did my first Country Heat workout today – Country Swing – and I loved it! At first I thought it was kind of easy and doubted whether or not I’d burn many calories but I was using my Fitbit Charge HR to track how many calories I burned from start to finish and am happy to share the results with you! First let me tell you a bit about the workout.
To start off, you can do the Country Swing Breakdown video which is a 23 minute video giving you step by step instructions on how to do each move that is included in this workout video.
Country Swing Workout Length: 31 minutes, 44 seconds
Style: Cardio style dance with some muscle work (light squats and lunge movements in a dance style)
The Workout Moves:
The Mosey: You sort of strut forward and backward moving your hands and clapping. This move helps get you warmed up for the exercises to come.
Side Mosey: A side strut, stepping and touching your feet together
You’ll do each move independently and then combine the two together. This is standard in the Country Heat workouts. Once you master each move, you combine them together to make a small series or sequence.
You then step and touch your feet together in between learning new moves!
Heel Digs: You’ll push your heel forward in front of one foot and repeat. You can take this at your own pace and to increase the calorie burn, lightly jump throughout the move to get your heart rate going.
Toe Digs: This move is a bit more high impact and works the abs as you throw your arms in the air and push your legs behind you from side to side.
Again you’ll do both of these moves together to form a new sequence.
Country Swing: This move was one of my favorites and really works your abs and legs as you dip down and swing your hips from side to side.
Tumbleweed Roll: This move also works your legs and abs as you dip down and turn your knees inward.
Once you combine these moves together, you’ll really feel your abs aching and muscles sore! I was surprised by how sore they were.
Clodhopper: This is a sort of marching on the spot move where you swing your arms at the same time as you march forward with the tip of your toe and then your heel.
Lasso: This one is a lot of fun. You’ll move from side to side throwing your hand in the air to form a lasso.
Grapevine: Another classic move, going from side to side and putting one leg behind the other as you move to the left and then to the right.
Honky Tonky Turn: Okay, personally this one was okay for the first 5 seconds but then I got dizzy, haha! Turning that fast in a circle is never good for me (not on the dance floor either), so I did it lightly but then just did the whole series as the grapevine.
Footloose Feet & Booty Shakes: These ones were super easy to follow and got my abs ACHING seriously. You twist your hips from side to side and then literally shake your butt!
Gospel: This move is a jump forward with your hands in the air and then backwards with your hands down. You can jump high to even get a higher calorie burn.
Ride the Horse: This is my absolute favorite of the whole workout dvd (I keep saying that), but you jump up and down pretending to ride a horse and the music is great.
The above moves are just about 60% of the moves in Country Swing. I was hesitant at first because it usually takes me awhile to learn a routine. But the instruction was wonderful and the moves were easy to follow once you got the hang of it.
How many calories do you burn during Country Swing?
I used my fitbit to track how many calories I burned and I was consistent throughout the workout. I didn’t stop for breaks and did all of the moves for the full 32 minutes. I burned a total of 257 calories in this Country Heat dance video which isn’t bad for a half hour workout. If I were to do two of them, I could burn over 500 calories. And the best part is that it was actually fun, not exhausting and I wasn’t bored at all.
Overall rating is 4/5 – the beginning was a bit boring and basic with the Mosey and Side Mosey but the workout moves got better and better and I really enjoyed it in the end.