I know it sounds crazy coming from a bodybuilding and kickboxing blog, but plenty of us guys have a thing for Country Music. What’s not to love?  Girls in cowboy boots, daisy dukes and swinging hips while drinking some nice cold American beer!  But too much of that beer will pack on the pounds and I’m sure feeling it 6 weeks into summer.  I’ve always had success with weight lifting, but cardio has been something that has never really spoken to me much. I hate going for runs or doing any traditional cardio because it’s just plain boring.

But my girlfriend saw that there was a dance program from Beachbody being released called Country Heat.  This program is created by Autumn Calabrese who also created the 21 day fix and helps you lose weight by teaching you dance moves to go along with the rhythm and beat of good old fashioned country music.  She features a track list full of old favorite tunes and even new ones that are used purposefully for this program.  If you like dancing or just enjoy the Southern country lifestyle in general, this won’t even feel like exercise to you.

The Country Heat program consists of 6 different workouts that you will do each day and have a rest day on the day of your choosing.  You will sometimes do two workouts in a day when doing a strength training style workout known as Dance Conditioning.  But if you are a big kick boxer or really into weight lifting, I recommend you just do the Country Heat workouts on occasion and enjoy yourself and get that cardio burn in.  The weight lifting won’t be worth the effort and you don’t want to decrease your muscle mass.

This program also has a nutrition plan that teaches you all about portion control with an emphasis on eating plenty of vegetables and protein.  If you’re a woman, it’s a great and easy way to lose weight and learn about calories in and calories out for weight loss. But if you’re a dude who is focused on weight gaining, you can still follow this plan but will need to choose a larger calorie bracket for best results.  If you are doing your “cutting” phase and trying to lean out, it’s actually the perfect diet.

Overall, I recommend Country heat for guys and gals who love dancing to southern music and enjoy line dancing and any kind of low impact moves. This has also been great for my Aunt who has bad joints and knees but has experienced no problem after doing these workouts.  Good luck y’all!