Mardi Gras! It is a good time to celebrate, even in my workouts. And I do have to workout. ‘Tis the season of King Cake.
Dance and Be Fit: Carnaval Workout is a festive dance workout led by Kimberly Miguel Mullen and is fitting for the season. Mardi Gras is part of the worldwide Carnival celebration, so this video seemed to fit the holiday. This DVD is a workout inspired by Brazilian Carnival.
The workout includes three short workout segments, and a warm-up and cool down:
- Warm It Up (5 minutes)
- Wind It Up! (12 minutes)
- Step It Up! (12 minutes)
- Jump Up! (13 minutes)
- Cool It Down (5 minutes)
Of course, the segments can be done individually or combined for a longer workout. Each segment is different, and there is not a lot of repetition. As the segment titles suggest, the workouts increase in intensity. ‘Step It Up’ and ‘Jump Up!’ are more energetic than ‘Wind It Up.’
The dances are inspired by Brazilian rhythms and moves, meaning lots of hips and big arm movements. Within each segment, the moves are repeated many times to build a choreography. For those without dance experience, the footwork may seem complicated at first. Mullen does not show modifications, but with practice, the workout can be done at different intensity levels.
The cueing is done by voice-over. There is an option to do the workout with Caribbean music only. Mullen dances barefoot and no equipment is required.
Bonus features include a ‘Bonus Performance,’ which features Mullen in Carnival costume. It’s more like clips of Mullen dancing than a performance. Also, the DVD features previews of Bollywood and a belly dance DVDs available from Acacia.
Dancing at home is one way to burn off King Cake calories. If you are near a Mardi Gras celebration, here are some additional suggestions from Molly Kimball of The Times-Picayune:
One-inch slice (diameter of a quarter): 100 calories
- Burn it! 25 minutes of strolling along the parade route will burn off the calories in a one-inch slice of king cake.
2½-inch slice (width of iPhone or Blackberry): 250 calories
- Burn it! Catching beads for 78 minutes will negate the calories in this average-sized slice of king cake.
Six-inch slice (length of a dollar bill): 600 calories
- Burn it! To offset the calories in this slab-like piece of king cake, you would need to second line for two hours.
And two hours is a lot of second lining, to say the least. But it’s nothing compared to the additional five hours it would take if you washed your king cake down with a 1600-calorie 32-ounce daiquiri.