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SYTYCD Get Fit Review and Huge Giveaway!

SYTYCD-CF_DVD_3D_smallI love the show So You Think You Can Dance. Sure, the title is a tad cheesy, but the dancing and choreography is good enough for even my husband to stop, watch and say “wow” without a hint of sarcasm. (I also have delusions of grandeur about going on the show and wowing producer/judge Nigel Lythgoe with my sweet Paula Abdul-esque moves.)

When I heard that SYTYCD was coming out with a workout DVD series, I was skeptically psyched. See, I’d been excited by other dance-based DVDs (Dirty Dancing and Dancing with the Stars) and been burned. Badly. However, I was pleasantly surprised from the get-go with the SYTYCD Get Fit series. Okay, pleasantly surprised doesn’t express it. I was FREAKING OUT it was so good! Yes, I had low expectations, but it didn’t matter. Someone finally made a dance DVD that’s easy to follow, fun, funky and with enough variations and options to keep you totally engaged. Somehow—and I know it’s not easy—these DVDs perfectly walk the fine line of making the moves totally do-able even for beginners while still being actual “dancing” (read: not aerobics) and fun. Lots of funny fun fun.

There are two DVDs in the SYTYCD Get Fit series: Cardio Funk and Tone and Groove. Both are set up the same way with an intro, warm-up, three dance-routine workouts with your fave SYTYCD dancers, a bonus workout that puts the moves from the other workouts all together (amazing fun here!), a cool down, and interviews with the dancers and the aforementioned Nigel. On each DVD, you get almost two full hours of goodies. It’s SYTYCD fitness heaven.And get this, the dance routines are actually a good cardio workout, and for not being fitness professionals, the dancers are excellent instructors—encouraging, but not annoying. They’re vibrant, break down the moves in an easy to understand way and then speed it up multiple times and at multiple speeds so that you can really get it. In the final segments of each dance routine, you get to bust it down with just the music for a full-out SYTYCD performance experience (minus Nigel).

All of the dance routines are excellent, although I really, really liked Lauren’s Hip Hop routine, Travis’ Contemporary moves and Twitch’s Hip Hop session (I do kinda have a thing for Twitch though, so I can’t be totally trusted on this). There wasn’t a singleone though that I didn’t like—not even Courtney’s Disco (I thought both disco and Courtney would annoy me, but I was so very wrong), Katee’s Jazz or Dmitry’s Cha Cha. Each and every routine had me sweating and thinking that I sooo could dance.

FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Instruction: ★★★★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★★★
Music: ★★★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★★
Overall: ★★★★★!

Fit Bottom line: If you thought this would be another lame dance workout, think again. Both SYTYCD Get Fit DVDs are fun, funky and fresh, and provide a good cardio workout. They’ll make you think that, yes, you can dance! —Jenn

So you think you can win? Comment below or email us at contact@fitbottomedgirls.com by next Thursday with why you want one of these DVDs. We’ll pick EIGHT lucky readers to win! U.S. residents only, pretty please! Good luck!

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85 Comments
  1. Kristi says:

    Every time I try a dance video it's only really good for making me laugh – as in "for real? You want my body to do what?".

    But these look like so much fun I'm goign to have to give them a try.

  2. Brooke says:

    I have never tried a dance video… i am so horrible at dancing in general. I look like Elaine from Seinfield. Maybe this would help me out?!?

  3. Katie says:

    I LOVE dance videos! Usually they are more fun then an actual workout video. I get so bored with regular cardio videos that I pop one of these in just to let my inner diva out. 🙂

  4. Erika W. says:

    I have been to dance classes at the gym, but I wouldn't call the experience fun (too many people, too fast or too slow pace, etc). It would be great to have these DVDs and actually have fun while doing a dance workout!

  5. Kimberly says:

    I loved taking dance classes when I was in college. But since moving back to my teeny tiny hometown, I have not been able to find dance classes for adults. These DVD's would fill in the void nicely.

  6. Jenn says:

    They sound like a lot of fun! I'd love to try one!

  7. Becky says:

    I LOVE So You Think You Can Dance, and I think this DVD would be so much fun. I really hope I win this!

  8. Kim says:

    Sounds like fun – thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Sara D. says:

    These sound like fun! Maybe it won't seem like I'm actually working out?

  10. Elena says:

    sounds like a fun workout!

  11. Nicole says:

    Oh my gosh! I just saw these the other day and I'm so psyched you did a review about them!

    I would love to win these purely because I get bored easily with workouts, always needing something different, and lately I've been wanting to try some dance workouts.

  12. kimmitri says:

    OMG this is my FAVORITE show! I would love to have my fav dancers show me how to bust a move. I feel like this workout would keep me motivated b/c I love watching them on the show so much! This could really make a difference in my workouts!

  13. Mary Sailors says:

    I am getting into Functional workouts lately, not just some curls and phoning it in on the elliptical.
    SO dancing is extremely functional because we do it (some of us not as well as others) in real life!!
    It would really help to boost coordination and balance also, good for my joints. GREAT giveaway!!

  14. Heather says:

    The only dance I can do is the polka. As cool as that is I'd love to try something a little more… hip?

  15. Billie says:

    I love it! I am certainly not below begging…please, please, PLEASE let me win this! It looks like so much fun :O)

  16. Robin says:

    I would LOVE to win these!!! I am always looking for different things to try, I get bored easy!

  17. Megan says:

    I love this show! It is amazing what they can do! And these DVDs look like so much fun! I have never been able to dance, so maybe these will boost my confidence some…? haha.

  18. {cher} says:

    i've always loved exercises that involve dance.. it never feels like a work out!! i love my hip hop abs, and latin dance, and anything that can get me to shake and move with good music is a bonus. gimme!! lol

  19. {cher} says:

    oh, and the other show i love with dancing is "Dance Your Ass Off" on Oxygen… such fun to watch these ppl shimmy their way to weight loss!

  20. Cristin says:

    I have also never tried a dance video – this would be an awesome way to spice up my workout!!

  21. Colleen says:

    Ilove to dance but have no rhythm! This would be great for me b/c I could do what I love w/o being so embarrassed in a group setting 🙂

  22. Miss Theresa says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE dancing for fitness! I used to dance in my younger days and now would love to do it again!

    I could still be a dancing queen!

  23. Sara says:

    I love to dance and never thought to use a DVD! This would be a great edition to my biking/running/elliptical routine.
    I really appreciate your reviews of products and this one sounds sincerely fun!

  24. Georgia says:

    Ooh ooh! I would LOVE this!! I was addicted to DDR (dance dance revolution for the Wii) for a while but have gotten tired of the same songs…sooooo this would be a great change of pace with new songs and dance moves!!

  25. Jenny says:

    I so need one of these so I can learn some sweet moves and lose some pounds!

  26. catheroo says:

    I love SYTYCD and would love to win!

  27. Dianna says:

    I'm so excited about these videos. I've loooovved the show for so long I'm glad they are making dance accessible for everyone. It looks like a fun workout. Pick Me!

  28. Anne says:

    I love trying new workout dvds, and these look really fun! And I love that I could do them in the privacy of my own home, haha!

  29. MoraPiggy says:

    I was excited to hear about these videos and even more excited to hear I could possibly win one.
    I'm a huge SYTYCD fan!!
    I even got to meet Twitch and Will from last year's season, when they came to my hubs' barbershop for haircuts. Yes!!

  30. Kristen @ Simply Savor says:

    i would love love love to win this giveaway. i still haven't found a dance DVD that i actually like (and i'm a dancer!) so to hear your high reviews makes me so excited to try it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Ivy says:

    Wow! These sound great! I've never tried a dance video before so it should be fun to try it out. I would love to win.

  32. Arzu says:

    =OOO I always dance for fitness! and I <333 this show! These sound fun. I would love to win =D

  33. Emily says:

    It looks like fun!

  34. Sarasa says:

    Looks like these are worth picking up! I'm so glad you reviewed these since I was also disappointed by the Dancing with the Stars DVD.

  35. Allyson says:

    I want these dvds because I am not-so-quietly obsessed with "So You Think You Can Dance?" Know why? High School Farmerettes–that's right, I was in drill team, and I constantly stole dance moves from this tv show to WOW my friends with.

    Let's be real now–my passion for this show has lasted–I constantly feature videos from SYTYCD on my website—www.asmellygirl.com, which is ALL about health and women empowerment.

    I love it.

  36. Laura says:

    Awesome!! I have two left feet but it's always fun doing a dance video in the privacy of your own home where you can fall and noone will make fun of you. ha ha

  37. Hillary says:

    This is exaclty the kind of workout I need. Instead of muting the show during the commericals and "re-enacting" the choreography, I could actually learn some helpful moves. I have always had difficulty just going to the gym, I am much more successful with classes or choreography such as Zumba. I travel for my work and this would be perfect in my carryon!

  38. ElleMigliore says:

    Oooo!! Those look fun!! i'd love to try any of them!!

  39. Missy says:

    I would love to win because dancing is a great workout but I am not good so it would be nice to do it in my own home!!

  40. kjl says:

    Is this the first DVD to get 5 stars??? I totally want it–not just because it got 5 stars but also because I LOVE dancing!

  41. Kate says:

    This looks so fun! Would love to try out a non-aerobic-y video to change things up!

  42. Junghwa says:

    i'll love to learn the dance!

  43. blueskyworld says:

    i can't dance well so i never dance in public. it would be nice to try this at home.

  44. Alicia says:

    I've been contemplating this workout dvd for a while because I LOVE SYTYCD! Please enter me 🙂

  45. kelly says:

    You mean I have the opportunity to learn some actual dance moves instead of the ones I bust out in front of the mirror??? Seriously, this would be a great addition to my 30 Day Shred and Couch to 5K plan – it sounds so much fun!

  46. Weezie says:

    I would love this dvd! I'm always looking for a fun rainy day activity with my kids. My oldest daughter (who does think she can dance) would think mom was pretty cool to dance with her.

  47. Jenny says:

    woooof i could definitely use some tips on the dance flo' .. especially because i do NOT like running ( i kno i kno, i'm awful ) so i love switching up my cardio routines with fun things like dance.. unfortunately, i have two left feet so hopefully this will help a sistah out!

  48. Rachel says:

    I wonder if I can talk my boyfriend into screaming like Mary Murphy and telling me I'm on the "hot tamale train"!?!

  49. katgirl_9538 says:

    awww i would love to win these!! i love that show and i am in love with fun workouts! 🙂 hehe

  50. Lizz Hendricks says:

    I haven't missed an episode of SYTYCD, so I was really psyched to see these! I got them from Netflix and only tried a few before I sent them back (I'm weird: I can't keep a Netflix movie for more than 4 days or else I get antsy….). But the parts that I completed were absolutely fun and the time went by so quickly (always a good thing for me when working out). I would love to have these at my disposal all the time! *wink*wink*

    Thanks and love your blog!

  51. Marci says:

    Um, I so love SYTCD and I might have to break my anti-home workout rule and buy these as I am also the one girl who actually bought Darrin's Dance Grooves.

  52. Mia says:

    I love workout DVDs as an alternative to the gym. They also sound like a lot of fun 😀

  53. Dorie says:

    I would LOVE to try these! I've always wanted to try a dance class and have never had the nerve (or a willing dance partner!). These sound like they would be perfect, plus I can dance my heart out, imperfections and all, in the privacy of my own home! What's better than that?

  54. Wendy says:

    I'd love to try this with the kids! Looks like a fun way to stay fit together.

  55. GregandJo says:

    I'm so glad you could try this out for us and be honest about your ratings! Your comments make me want to have a copy to spice up my workouts!~~jo

  56. stigg100 says:

    Fun, fun, fun! I'm pretty excited about your review of the hip hop routine. I'm always drawn to those DVDs, since they have great explosive moves that work the whole body, but too often I'm frustrated by how outrageous the moves are!

  57. S0uthernGirl says:

    I love to dance but, I have no rhythm so my dance moves are usually reserved for my living room lol. I'm wondering if the dance moves shown in the video ones that you would actually do out in public?

  58. Rachel says:

    Oooh! I would like a video please!!

  59. denise says:

    I used to dance in a troupe in college, but since then I haven't had the chance to continue. I'd love a video so I could dance in my living room. Plus, I love the show!!

  60. Playful Professional says:

    Everytime I watch this show I get up and tell my husband that I should be a dancer. Maybe these DVDs would help me be a dancer.

  61. Debbie says:

    I've kept my love for disco quiet until now, but I would love the Cardio Funk DVD. I still have my Bee Gees music and dance to that! The show's choreography is amazing and it would be fun to learn a few moves so I don't look so goofy! Thanks, and Woo Hoo!

  62. Mitchell4 says:

    This will be good. I'm sure it'll kick me in the rear. Let's do this. I'm stoked.

  63. goodywitch says:

    I'd totally love to give this a shot. I love the show (Snow is still my fav, I yell her name whenever I see her in the transition shots), and every time I watch the show, I'm inspired to dance (too bad I can't make it to the classes in my area =( ). It's nice to see that the same people we love are the ones teaching. They're still early enough to be able to teach, but pro enough to know what they're talking about. I've never done the dance for fitness stuff (step classes for me, typically), but I'd love to give it a shot, this looks like it will be fun.

  64. Becca says:

    I love love love SYTYCD, and the video sounds great! Perfect workout combo in my book, and I'd love to give it a try!

  65. pseudostoops says:

    I keep meaning to buy a dance workout video, but I haven't taken the plunge yet. These look great!

  66. Jennifer DKD says:

    I've been getting frustrated and bored with running – would love to get some DVDs that actually motivate me to exercise!

  67. A. says:

    I absolutely love the show, so this is wonderful to have a review of the DVDs. I have to admit, the cover art made me a little skeptical (there I go, "judging a book by its cover") — combined with the fact that I am not a fan of "jazzy" aerobics videos, I thought for sure these were a no-go. But now I'm psyched to try them out. Thanks for reviewing (and for offering the giveaway)!!

  68. Kristin says:

    How fun! My daughter would love to try these as well. What a cool way to work out!

  69. diana says:

    I usually stink at dance videos, but FBGS enthusiasum has peaked my interest!

  70. doorkeepr says:

    i used to have an aerobics instructor a loooong time ago who taught us actual dance moves – in a way that even us rhythm challenged can understand… haven't found a good one since. this sounds like a great video, i'd love the chance to try it out!

  71. lonetree72 says:

    I would like to try these dance video because I really enjoyed watching them on the show.

  72. Anonymous says:

    I really enjoy dance videos, they break up boring routines.

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  73. The Consumer Queen says:

    Ok I have danced since I was an 11 and Now that I have two kids and a full time job I don't have time to dance nor do I have time to go to the gym! This would be a great way for me to work out at home.

  74. Laura says:

    I love to dance and I love this show – hope I win! If not, I may have to pick them up anyway 🙂

  75. Shannon Fab Fattie says:

    I would love to win a dance video! This is something that I have never tried and I am sure it would be a blast!
    If I were to win I promise to do it, review it and shake me boottay! Pssst…and make Angie too!

  76. Abby says:

    Oh i would just love to win this. I am a workout DVD junkie ("Biggest Loser" being my biggest and newest favorite so far!)
    I have some "hip hop" and Carmen Electra stuff that has never satisfied the need to dance and get a good workout. Crossing my fingers for a win 🙂

  77. Niurka says:

    I wanna dance myself fit.

  78. Caitlyn says:

    Pick me! Pick me!

  79. Anonymous says:

    I love to dance and have been searching forever for a good dance workout video, maybe this will be the One!

  80. Staci says:

    I don't have a dancing bone in my body… and it drives me nuts! I don't have the money for lessons (though that would be a blast), and I'd love to – try to – learn at home. These videos actually sound like they might be worth a shot. Thanks for the real review.

  81. angstkitty says:

    I'd love to try it, if my comment isn't too late 🙂

  82. mellissa says:

    I'd love to win this dvd! I love dance aerobics, Zumba is my favorite this looks like alot of fun!!!

  83. Courtney says:

    I think it would be interesting because I have ZERO dance skills. My husband and I took dance lessons for our wedding and after we stumbled through our dance my cousin asked why we never took lessons. What?!

  84. JooleyBooley says:

    would love to see how my two left feet will get through this!

  85. Reva Skie says:

    I am the most rhythmless person ever, I would love to try this in the privacy of my basement. My dark, solitary, windowless basement.

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