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I'm Becca - mom to three cute kiddos, professional photographer, chocolate addict, in love with all thing wildflowers, and (most importantly) a sinner saved by grace through faith!
I recently completed the Country Heat Program by BeachBody and I still can’t believe it! It was my first BeachBody program to actually do from start to finish and I’m so proud of myself. It helped that it was only 30 days long (compared to the 8 week long 22 Day Heat program), and that I absolutely love dancing! When I first heard that they were releasing Country Heat, I was ecstatic. I’m always looking for a low impact way to get some cardio in, and this sounded right up my alley.
The program comes with five 25-30 minute dance workouts that also have a move breakdowns that walk you through the moves before you start the routine. It also comes with dance conditioning workout, and since I purchased the deluxe package, I received a bonus line dance and the Dirty 30 from the 21 Day Fix.
To be completely honest, when I did my first workout, I had no idea what to expect and was a little disappointed by the format of the dances. The workouts go through a variety of songs that have been edited to coincide with the moves you do. Each move lasts for an 8-count, and you repeat that same move eight times. Then you do a second move for eight 8-counts, and for the next 8-counts combine the two moves (refer to the video below if that description was confusing!). It was a different from any other dance workout I’ve ever done, and took a little getting used to. But after a few of the videos, they got more fun, and I found myself enjoying the workouts.
Overall, the dance moves were not super difficult or high impact. There were only a few that I had to skip every once in a while because of my knees. The dances increased in intensity over the course of the program (I followed the calendar that came with my package), and the later ones were the ones I liked the most! My favorite dances were Down and Dirty and Trail Ride, because the songs were so fun, and I loved the moves. The Dance Conditioning was also great, but I prefer Tone it Up for my toning workouts. Some days I combined the dancing with a run (usually 2-3 miles), and others I did some toning afterwards. But to be honest, I didn’t workout every day, which is probably why my results weren’t as great as I would have liked!
I have done the 21 Day Fix before, and this was the same meal plan as the Fix. I’m personally not the hugest fan of the plan, because I feel like it’s not enough food for me. I don’t know if it’s just because of me and my love for food, but I feel like 1,200 calories is not enough for me, and that’s the plan I’m placed in. I ended up just focusing on eating healthy, clean foods, and I felt pretty good by the end of the four weeks! I know I could have done better, but it was a great start to getting back on track.
If you aren’t familiar with the BeachBody meal plan, you are given a specific number of containers of each food group to eat. The point is to focus on eating the right amount of the right foods, and I love the concept behind it. I just need more food than they tell me to eat, and it’s not as effective for me. If you are interested, I highly recommend it, because it really opened my eyes to portion control and to really watch what I eat. The meal plan also came with some recipes, and I tried a couple of them. They were easy, delicious and filling, which (if you don’t know already) is the only thing I cook!
If you are looking for something to get your heart rate up and into the groove of working out, this is the program for you! Country Heat was a lot of fun, and I loved getting to dance every day. If you are a fan of country music, don’t mind having some fun in the privacy of your living room, and want to learn some super sweet dance moves (I feel like a professional dancer now ;) ), then I know you will love Country Heat as much as I do.
And now, for your entertainment, enjoy this video I made of my favorite moves from each dance workout! It’s nothing special (and I am definitely not a talented “dancer”), but I did this so you can see what the workouts look like. If you are interested in purchasing Country Heat, head on over to BeachBody.com and check it out.
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I appreciate the honest review! I’ve been looking into beach body recently, I’m currently doing the free 3 week yoga retreat and this is my first experience. So far so good, but there is NO way I could only eat 1200 calories a day. I would be the crankiest person ever!!
Oooh I saw the ads for that! So you’re enjoying it?? And girl- I was SO cranky. #givemeallthefood
Thanks for the review! I wasn’t sold on this one – I felt as though it looked too easy. I need all the push I can get.
I was nervous about that too, and the first workout was SUPER easy, but the others were a lot better. And doing it after a run was great, too!
Are the dance styles sorta like Zoomba? I’ve started doing that and have enjoyed it, but I want to try something that’s not as hip-hopish. Know what I mean?
A lot of them were super similar, and they are definitely not hip-hopish. I wouldn’t have done it if it was like that!!
1,200 calories is ridiculously low, especially if you are working out and burn over 200. I’m glad you had fun with the video though.
Tell me about it!! And yes, it was a lot of fun :)
I’ve been looking at this! I might have to check it out. It looks like a lot of fun and a nice thing to mix in with my usual Zumba/Dancinerate/Hot Hula workouts. :)
Ahh those all sound so fun!! I love dancing as a workout :)
You are so cute! Love your honesty in your review. I do like the idea of fun dances for fitness.
Girl, it’s so much fun! It’s such a great way to break up the usual cardio routines/runs I do. Plus you feel like a rockstar the whole time ;)
I tried this when they had the preview. I definitely enjoyed it!
That’s awesome!! Have you thought about buying the program?
You should! It’s so much fun. :)
Haha I loved the video. You laughing was making me laugh. I can’t wait to see start. I’m Curious What your results were. Good job