We Tried It: A Jennifer Lopez-Approved Dance Workout DVD

06/14/2016 at 09:25 AM ET

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What Is It: Fitness expert Tracy Anderson’s latest DVD, TA VA Strong & Sexy Dance Party, is a 40-minute low-impact, high-calorie burning dance cardio workout you can do at home without any equipment.

Who Tried It: Gabrielle Olya, PEOPLE writer and reporter

Level of Difficulty: 6 (on a scale from 1 to 10). The dances are all definitely doable, but I found the choreography to be a little hard to keep up with.

Tracy Anderson’s new dance workout DVD got the stamp of approval from her celebrity clients Jennifer Lopez, Hilary Rhoda and Maggie Gyllenhaal, so I was eager to try it out (because who doesn’t want to look like J. Lo?).

The DVD is intended to provide a cardio workout to complement Anderson’s muscular structure work. Anyone familiar with Anderson’s method of dance cardio knows that it usually involves a lot of jumping, but the choreography featured on the DVD does not, making it ideal for someone who is looking for a workout that is lower impact.

Anderson worked with choreographer Tony Gonzalez to develop the dances, and together they guide you through five different dances that include Latin, hip-hop, jazz and cheerleading-inspired moves. Anderson and Gonzalez take you through each dance three times – once without music, once with music, and a third time where they encourage you to add “flair” to the movements.

WATCH: Want to Get a Booty like Jennifer Lopez or Rock Hard Abs Like Gwyneth Paltrow? Tracy Anderson Shows us How!

I learned quickly that my dancing skills are not at all on par with Jennifer Lopez’s, as I had trouble following along with the choreography. However, because I was home by myself doing the workout, it didn’t really matter what I looked like or if I was messing up since no one could see me clumsily trying to keep up with the moves.

I powered through the dances without perfecting them, but a more determined person could certainly re-watch each dance until they mastered the choreography. Even without doing them perfectly, I still enjoyed dancing around my living room – and I burned about 200 calories in the process!


The Verdict: The 40 minutes flew by while dancing along to this DVD. Even if you have two left feet (like myself), it’s definitely a fun way to get your cardio in. And I always love a workout that I can do without leaving my house!

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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I think this is an accurate review. With repeated use, I think users can go “all out”, burning more calories and reaping more health benefits.

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Genie Rexford on

It’s difficult to find knowledgeable people for this subject, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks


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