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Testing The Pussycat Doll Workout DVD

January 27th, 2010

Robin: Milking her fame one DVD at a time.

Oh yeah, I always wish I can say, “Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?” and point to my extremely glamorous bod! Now you can, with the Pussycat Dolls Workout DVD! Say whaaaat?! Yea, your New Years resolution of losing weight could end up happening!

Yes, it’s true, creator of the Pussycat Dolls and world-famous choreographer, Robin Antin, has provided us ladies (or guys, I don’t discriminate!) a sexy way to work out with signature dance moves to hit songs from the Pussycat Dolls. I happen to grab the last copy of the DVD after the first location had sold out already so either this really works or the Pussycat Dolls actually still have fans! (I kid. I kid.) I took one hour to spice up my extremely boring life and let me tell you, it is possible to ache after this workout. Trust me.

I love the exercise disclaimer in the beginning for some simple rubbing up and down on the body motion techniques… boy was I wrong! A lady begins to talk for about a minute introducing what will happen in the next hour… I was actually scared for my life.

The DVD is divided into 8 sections. First, the warm up was introduced by the instructors of this DVD: Robin Antin and four ladies with abs including Chrystina Sayers of Girlicious and girls from the Pussycat Lounge Review – Jaime Ruiz (who was on The Search for Girlicious), Michelle “Jersey” Maniscalco (who was on the MTV show: Dance Life alongside Blake McGrath), and Jenny Robinson (who is blonde and has a nice body). These six minutes included the usual typical warm up techniques such as working out the neck, spinning the head, marching, thigh squats, and throwing some punches. Oh, I totally forgot about the butt shaking! There are some unknown muscles that need to be worked out people! This was actually no joke! It was a pretty legit warm up… I didn’t know it took hard work to be a Pussycat Doll, most of them don’t even sing… oh snap, I went there! If the warm up was that bad, I think I should have taken the exercise disclaimer a bit more serious.

The first routine is to their hit song, “Don’t Cha”. Don’t worry, it is just the breakdown of the steps before the performance level. I actually enjoyed doing this as the moves started off simple enough, such as some hip rocks, booty slaps, chest pops… then it gets faster. Robin throws in some punches and a big kick finish after repeating each part of the routine at least 10 times. She definitely wants you to rock the performance in store for you next. At this point, I’m already working up a sweat. This is not a good sign.

As “Don’t Cha” start playing in the background and the girls do an outfit change, you know you are about to go into some hardcore performance. Again, Robin takes you through the routine at least more than 5 times, so don’t worry if you didn’t get it the first time. I actually hit a lot of the moves and was beginning to see my inner Pussycat Doll crawl out. This was going pretty good! Until the next section rolled in…

The words ‘Burlesque Breakdown’ actually frightened me as they popped onto the screen. Robin Antin explains that a feather boa is required. Oh no, I don’t have a feather boa, I guess I’ll just sit this one out! My perfectly good excuse was crushed as she then said that a scarf was a great substitute. My scarf stares at me while it sits nearby… I bravely picked up my scarf and began to watch. I think burlesque is just a cue for you to exude extreme sexyness so you can imagine the amount of sexual innuendos that were there such as finger biting, butt slapping, and leg ‘flossing.’ I’m going to leave that up for you to picture. I honestly tried my best to keep up but it’s just not as realistic as using a feather boa, ya know? My goal was to hit at least one move per routine and I did bite my finger.

Another outfit change later and the Burlesque performance was upon the screen. Slipping in a corset and a pair of heels won’t hurt if you’ve got the materials. After more than 5 takes of the same performance, Robin slips off her corset to reveal some skin and providing a tip for people who excel at this kind of stuff to follow her lead as you perform this for your watchers. Great, even more motivation!

The girls and Robin slip into something more comfortable as the next routine was to another hit song, “Buttons”. I thought, oh I was good at the “Don’t Cha” routine, this will probably be just a snap. I only managed to hit that one snap in the routine as the moves got more complicated. Either that or I was still shaken up by the word ‘burlesque.’ There were a lot of scooping and clapping movements around the buttocks area and even more chest pumps than the first routine. There goes all my hopes of becoming a professional dancer…

Nicole Scherzinger, lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, joins Robin and the girls for the “Buttons” performance. It was revealed in the behind the scenes footage that this was actually a modified version of what the Pussycat Dolls actually do on stage. And there I was, thinking I was on some Pussycat Doll level of dance. I thought Nicole would actually motivate me as I wanna prove I’m just as good as her, but every move went out of my head! *Cough* I was just so mesmerized by her, you know? This routine called for doing it 3 times in a row… are you kidding me?! Thank goodness the hour is almost up.

Just like what you should do after any workout session, Robin and the ladies guide you through a cool down. It was similar to the warm up but with more stretches to work out those burning muscles. This took me back to phys ed days back in ninth grade. I believe it was the easiest part of the DVD.

After an hour of many hair tosses, kissy faces, chest popping, butt slapping, and sweat, I think I need a badge or something that says: Congratulations, you survived the Pussycat Doll workout DVD! This DVD is going straight to my collection of ‘watch if you have abs.’ Amount of DVDs collected? 1.

In all honesty though, this was definitely a fun thing to do. Gather up some friends though, cause it’s a good time to laugh at each other once in a while. I’m bringing this to my next sleepover. The only thing that I hated was as Robin takes you through each step, she doesn’t count it out. So it left me confused after she showed the step as to how many counts was that walk? How many times do you swing your butt to the right?

As Robin said in the behind the scenes footage: “Love your love handles but tone them up!” I agree, curves are very sexy nowadays and I think it’s great that some people begin to see that the stereotypical ‘thin’ is not everyone’s body type. If I got through this DVD with me hardly ever working out, you can too! Before you know it, the motto “Inside every woman is a Pussycat Doll” will hold true to your hot new bod!

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