Sarina Jain’s The Beginings of a Healthy Addiction

Sarina Jain’s, “Bhangra Jam Work-Out”, is often credited with being the first video or DVD to present the ancient Punjabi dance of Bhangra as an exercise workout to the western world. It was released by NetGuru in 2002 and is a slick professional production. Many other’s have followed, but this one will always be my favorite.
Bhangra dancing can burn up to 500 calories an hour. It’s fun dancing to the upbeat Bhangra music. As Sarina Jain promises, you will be sweating by the end of the workout, and you still won’t want to stop. This DVD can be the beginning of an addiction.

The DVD consists of a warm up, an exercise routine, a cool down, and a traditional Bhangra Jam. Extra’s include a very nice section were Jain goes through all the moves slowly, step by step. This extra should probably be watched before anything else, as it makes the work out much easier.

The warm up consists of a series of stretches and mostly slow moves that will get your heart and body going going. Jain introduces exercises and makes sure to tell you to drink plenty of water. Trust her, you are going to need it !

She also points out that everyone has their own style, there are enough dancers behind her that you should be able to find someone to watch that you are comfortable with. The background class comes in many colors, and shapes and before the end some of them manage to look as tired as you probably feel, but they do look like they are having fun !

In the main exercise portion of the DVD Jain shows you the moves and promises you won’t get lost. She starts out slow and simple and calls out the moves, then moves them up to tempo. Typically repeating them four times each. This is an extremely tiring workout and unless you are already used to doing aerobics, you may not make it all the way to the end, without at least one brief pause. The good thing about Bhangra is that it is often easier to keep going then to stop. If you start feeling like momentum is the only thing carrying you through, you are most likely right !

Bhangra is high impact aerobic’s. After only a few, “Bhangra Sweeps”, I found my knees aching. Luckily, Jain gives low impact versions of some of the moves. This can be a real life saver !

The Bhangra jam portion is a lot of fun. It’s a typical Bhangra jam, where people take turns doing their own thing for the most part. One of the most enjoyable parts of Bhangra, is the ability to “mix it up”. This means with a good Bhangra CD or the Bhangra Jam section playing, you can Bhangra away, without thinking about routines and still burn up to 500 calories an hour ! Don’t be surprised at all, if you discover a sudden Bhangra music addiction after buying this DVD, my family has been known to pop it in the DVD player just to hear the music !

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