Quickie Review: MaDonna Grimes’ Urban Street Heat

Let’s face it: the ultimate test of a workout video is whether you want to keep doing it.

MaDonna Grimes’ Urban Street Heat has the tight structure of a typical cardio dance workout: she adds on a move at a time, adds arms and styling after the footwork, and repeats the whole thing from the top. To help you remember the choreography even further, Grimes gives each move a name that she can call out.

While I’m not sure that I’d pull out many of these moves in a club, they’re definitely “dancier” than those of other cardio dance workouts. Enough of them are doable the first time around, and enough of them are hard enough, either because of the arm work or because of their speed, that you can still grow into the program. Still, the most important thing is that the workout is *fun*. Grimes is sassy, teasing the male dancers in her group. The dancing requires your entire body, which makes it hard to sleepwalk through it. You’ll break a sweat, but the entire workout is short enough to fit in your schedule and leave you energized rather than tired. And, after doing the video twice, I find that I’m still looking forward to the next time.

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