For those who are looking for a serious calorie burn, Hemalayaa Bollywood Booty probably won't be the right choice (consider our picks for total-body workout videos). Still, if you love to dance and are looking for a fun way to mix up a mid-week workout slump, or are just getting back into the fitness groove, reviewers say this workout DVD is the right way to go.
A charming instructor is overshadowed by voice-over cuing. Hemalayaa Behl has made a career out of transforming Indian Bollywood dance into a calorie-blasting fitness trend. In her Bollywood Booty, Hemalayaa takes participants through four routines. Reviewers say that the trainer is lively and engaging -- as are the two happy background dancers -- but wish that Hemalayaa would cue live.
A fun workout, but minimal calorie burn. Reviewers say that this video is a fun, cardio workout. The routines are not very challenging, and buyers desiring an intense workout should look elsewhere. Still, for beginners, those who hate working out or those just looking to mix up their day-to-day fitness routine, this video is a good place to start. Reviewers say that while the dance-inspired lunges and torso-twists won't be the source of a major calorie blast, the routines will leave you sweating and in a good mood. Some users say that although the moves become repetitive, the video is an interesting one to include in your fitness DVD collection.
Fun music suffers from heavy repetition. Hemalayaa and her team perform all of the moves barefoot, but if you're worried about knee or other injuries, opt for light fitness shoes and a mat. Production value of the video is good, say reviewers, and the music is fun but can get repetitive. Still, some reviewers say that they would prefer that the cuing be done live. There are no additional guides or content included with this DVD.
Review Credibility: Excellent The editors of FitBottomedGirls.com review current top-selling fitness DVDs and workout videos based on instruction, long-term likability, music, fun factor, whether it meets expectations and overall. Bollywood Booty receives a good but not excellent reception. Editor Erin Whitehead says that it is a solid way to have fun and work out, but notes that viewers should not expect a super-difficult workout.
Review: Bollywood Booty, Erin Whitehead, Jan. 1, 2009
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 50 users review Hemalayaa: Bollywood Booty at Amazon.com, far fewer reviews than other popular fitness videos. Still, this workout receives positive feedback, with 36 users rating it a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewers say that while this is not the most difficult routine, it is a fun way to mix up your typical workout regimen.
Review: Hemalayaa: Bollywood Booty (2008), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good ThatsFit.com editor Kristen Seymour writes several detailed workout DVD reviews for this health and fitness site. Here, Bollywood Booty gets a lukewarm reception. Seymour notes that while the video is suited for beginners it does get repetitive. Unfortunately, while detailed, she does not rate her reviews.
Review: Bollywood Booty - DVD Review, Kristen Seymour, June 25, 2009
Review Credibility: Good In this article, fitness writer Michele Bender tries two different Bollywood-style dance workout DVDs -- The Bollywood Dance Workout with Hemalayaa and Hemalayaa: Bollywood Booty. The article gives a good sense of what it is like to do either video. The writer concludes that both DVDs provide a stellar workout and notes that the workouts are very fun, not in small part due to the likability of instructor Hemalayaa.
Review: Get Fit -- and Tone Your Butt -- Bollywood Style, Michele Bender, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Good Fitness review site FitBottomedGirls.com provides a roundup of top videos by category based on their extensive library of exercise video reviews. Hemalayaa: Bollywood Booty is selected as the ninth best workout video for beginners. Jenn Walters says that the routines will get you moving, laughing and having a great time.
Review: The 10 Best Beginner Workout DVDs -- Ever, Jenn Walters, Jan. 1, 2011
6. Fitness Magazine
Review Credibility: Good Fitness magazine writer Marianne Magno selects a dozen different dance exercise videos in this February 2009 roundup. She offers only a brief caption on each video, focused on what each video includes. There is also a short video clip of each workout. More than half of Magno's selections are Bollywood dance-focused, while other genres of dance (such as ballet) are mildly represented. Hemalayaa: Bollywood Booty is picked as a great way to spice up your cardio and tone your lower body.
Review: Dance Off the Weight: Dance Exercise Videos for Weight Loss, Marianne Magno, February 2009
Review Credibility: Good The editors of FitSugar.com selected the top videos mentioned by readers. Unfortunately, these picks are only based on the experiences of a few readers and therefore this site receives lower credibility. Still, Hemalayaa: Bollywood Booty is selected as a favorite by several readers, who say that the workout is a fun way to burn calories.
Review: FitSugar Readers' Top 8 Favorite Fitness DVDs, Editors of FitSugar.com, Dec. 23, 2009
Review Credibility: Good Editors of Health magazine suggest seven various dance workout DVDs. Each video suggestion includes a very short description of what can be expected from the workout, but it is unclear as to how or if these videos were tested. Additionally, the review is more than three years old. Hemalayaa: Bollywood Booty is selected as a favorite, but the editors simply note that it includes four routines.
Review: Dirty Dance Off That Weight with Home DVDs, Editors of Health magazine, Nov. 21, 2008