Dysfunctional Review: ROCKIN’ BODY by Shaun T

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This review begins with a tale.  The tale of what happens when your wife catches you doing something you shouldn’t.  Yes, even the best of marriages can be put to the test when you are caught red handed in the middle of getting your groove on and dancing to Rockin’ Body by Shaun T.

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I have to admit, I honestly never thought the day would return where I had to revisit my Hip Hop Abs experience.  But for the sake of getting a review done, it seems I’ll do just about anything these days.

What you get:

7 workouts on 2 DVD’s and a um…“Party Guide” which is a small booklet on what to eat at those rockin’ parties you will absolutely never…ever be invited to. The price for Rockin’ Body is a paltry $19 which means Beachbody understands full well this is not a high demand item.  Years of marital counselling sold separately.

It begins.  Workout 1: Mark, Move and Groove.

Time: 14 minutes

The first face you’ll meet is an unexpected introduction by some random dude talking to some lady who does her best to nod, smile and show off the teeth she spent the entire weekend whitening just for this moment.  Safe to say she reconsidered her career path in acting after this low point.

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 Mark, Move and Groove is the beginner workout to get you accustomed to the moves you will be engaging it.  The cast gives it their level best and dance like Shaun T is holding their kids hostage.  The brief runtime of this workout was kind of nice as it was a slow transition into the curious world of getting down with my inner groove, yo.  Know what I’m sayin?  No really, do you?  I sure don’t.

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Workout 2- Party Express

Time: 25 minutes

Well, I guess our whimsical MC is going to be a regular way to start these workouts.  Oh joy.  Oh rapture.

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Things now get more complex, and longer.  There is a heavy core focus as one would expect, and the moves are all very low impact so don’t expect anything like Insanity or the more recent Shaun T workouts.  That having been said, this is vastly more complex than Mark, Move and Groove.  To be honest, if you can pull this off on the dance floor, you would look great.  On a related note, stop going to dance floors.

Workout 3 – Rock it Out

Time: 46 minutes

Much as I loathe to admit it, this one is a killer.  Mostly because it while it has a dance feel, it definitely sticks closer to a familiar cardio workout.  The consistent use of weights throughout kept it from getting too corny and you can almost see the seeds of Shaun’s more recent creations in this one.  You’ll do rows, curls, push ups…you name it.  This one is hard core.

Workout 4 – Disco Groove

Time: 34 minutes

Hang on, because for the next half hour you’re going to feel like you’ve been abducted by the Solid Gold Dancers.

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If you can avoid slipping a disk doing this one then my friend, you have a bright future as a disco specialist.  Unlike Rock it Out, this one is all dancing.  The core attack is heavy and the co-ordination a real challenge.  But for the love of all things holy, make sure the door is locked before doing this.

From a purely fashion standpoint, Disco Groove also gets the award for the most creative use of gold fabric.

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Workout 5 – Shaun T’s Dance Party

Time : 43 minutes

I’ve never been to a dance party before!  How exciting.  Oh, who will usher in this moment of joy?

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Like Disco Groove this is all dance.  Unlike Disco Groove, this one felt more do-able.  Or maybe it’s just that I’m getting more comfortable with the idea of tearing up the floor with my killer moves.  Although let’s be honest, we Scottish systems analysts are not exactly known for our dance prowess.

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Workout 6 – Hardcore Abs

Time: 10 minutes

Remember “Tilt, Tuck and Tighten” from Hip Hop Abs?  Of course you do!  Well think of it as standing crunches while having a seizure.  Actually, you don’t dance too much here but you do tighten that gut a lot.  An interesting change for an abdominal workout.

Workout 7 – Booty Time

Time: 28 Minutes

What time is it kids?  ( crickets ) Lots of squats disguised as dance moves will make this a surprisingly difficult workout.  But sad to say, I could never get the fast feet going with the same speed as Shaun, or the perpetual delight of his golden co-stars.

CONCLUSION

Ok, I’m not going to make too much fun of a workout that came out in 2007.  Not to mention that I am the absolute last person on the globe to have any concept of hip-hop music.  But still, it goes without saying that Rockin’ Body, like Hip Hop Abs before it, it a product of its time that may not translate well into the glorious modern age of 2015.

I would suggest that anyone over the age of 35 should not even consider this.  Many moves are flat out designed for those no-good kids who won’t get off my lawn, and the resulting flailing about might not be the best use of your fitness time.  Shaun T has also since come out with recent packages that appeal to a broad audience such as Focus T25 and Insanity: Max 30 that are undisputed champions in their class.

However, this is also $19.  So if you’re feeling like trying some thing different ( and by that, I mean REALLY different ) then I doubt you can get a better value for your money than this.  Just close the curtains, ok?

2.8 Feathers out of 5

© 2015, Dysfunctional Parrot. All rights reserved. No reproduction of written material is permitted.

6.3 Dyno-mite!

An inexpensive way to introduce yourself to the world of hip hop dancing while getting fit. However, this is clearly aimed at a very select demographic which doesn't include reviewers who look like a parrot.

  • Trainer Skill 8
  • Value 8
  • Production Values 7
  • Strength 5
  • Cardio 7
  • Audience Appeal 3

About Author

John Paul Parrot ( aka. The Dysfunctional Parrot ) is a disgruntled Systems Analyst who wanders the Canadian wastelands saving small villages with the power of Kung Fu.  His chair is also a little too close to the twenty year old microwave.  As you can well imagine, this has had certain side effects.

  • cassie

    Love your Beachbody reviews, this one was funny, don’t think I’ll be trying this one. I’d love to see a review on 21 Day Fix Extreme. Was thinking about getting it, but I was looking for your review first before buying. Thanks for the awesome reviews! I’ve done a lot of Beachbody programs

    • Kristy13

      I really want a review of 21 Day Fix Extreme as well! I’m in great shape and eat really well. I just need a new program for after I finish Insanity Max 30 in about 3 weeks. I want something to give my joints a little bit of a break.

  • Jennifer

    Thanks for the laughs!

  • CognitiveDissonaceHurts

    Thank you for doing the review! Sooooooo funny. I knew you’d love the MC. The speech bubbles were perfect! I’ll take it as a compliment that I can mostly do the moves and just turned 50. Sadly (or not), as a non-dancing Baptist, I have nowhere other than my basement to show off my Rockin’ Body/HHAbs prowess (to the great relief of my family, no doubt).

  • Hawkman

    OK, now that you have most of the BB catalog & then some, what about a top 10 or 20 list in order? It could be ranked on simply “best” or “personal faves” or “best for the average person” etc. Sure, it’s hard to compare say P90 to Asylum Vol. 2 to Rushfit, but there are many factors to judge overall, music, exercise variety, difficulty level, production, value, etc., so you can still get a sense that 1 program is better than another when comparing.

  • Steve MacKenzie

    I liked the Rock It Out one and it actually was by far the hardest of the bunch with the weights. That being said Shaun T has come a long way!

  • holyguy7

    Unfortunately, Shawn T might be reverting back to his old ways with his NEW workout coming out called, CISE. Another dance workout like Rockin’ Body and Hip Hop Abs. I think I am going to pass on this one. It does not look appealing no matter how much better it might be.

    • It probably goes without saying that CIZE will be intended for a very select demographic and will not be as big a draw as Max 30 or T25. Still, Shaun has dancing in his DNA so I doubt anyone can stop him!

      Naturally, I have to try it out all the same!

      • Sean

        The buzz on Cize is pretty incredible. I think this will be a hot seller, at least in the short term.

        • CIZE will be a hot seller initially no doubt, but I don’t see it having long term steam like Max 30 or his other programs. The problem with dance videos is that they go out of fashion very quickly. Plus, they appeal only to a small subset of workout video enthusiasts.

          Being that I review these things, I will take a look at CIZE. But otherwise I probably wouldn’t even consider it!

      • I’m looking forward to your Cize review. I thought I was the only Beachbody addict who isn’t a coach. Your reviews are great. Thank you.

    • Garrett

      DP is correct. Shaun has said numerous times that dancing to him is like what breathing is to the rest of the world’s population. He’s gotta do it.

      4 week dance program. A quick in, out & done.

  • Bridget

    I absolutely love Rockin’ Body. I think it is a great workout for folks who love dancing and want to exercise. By the way, I am over 40 and have no problem performing the moves.