Fitness & HealthBollywood Booty

I totally love, unabashedly love listening to Bollywood music (and this was the case even before I went to India).  Although I have no idea what they are singing about, I find the music so upbeat, and infectious that I can’t help but smile and get into it.  This made me incredibly excited to try a new workout DVD called Bollywood Booty, and I highly recommend it even to those of you who aren’t Bollywood music fans for a fun, sweat inducing workout that you can do in limited space.

Included on this DVD are four workouts and one warm-up on the DVD (giving you a total 45 minute workout), as taught by Instructor Hemelayaa Behl (better known as Hema), who promises to help “tighten your booty” with some Bollywood cheorography inspired steps. These steps are all introduced to you slowly in the warmup section and include moves such as ‘Turn the Lightbulb,” “The Bollywood Vogue”, “Paint the Walls,” “Paint yourselves” and others. I live in New York City, and my apartment is fairly small, but I was able to perform all of the DVD moves within the small, matchbook shaped confines of my living room.

The four workouts increase in intensity, as Hema steps up the pace and adds more steps to the routine.  By the end of the fourth workout, you will definitely be sweating.  Although the workout may not be as intense as a full body workout at the gym, it is a fun way to tone your glutes, as many of the steps focus on the hips and doing squats and lunges.

Although you won’t be in danger of kicking any furniture as Hema keeps the workout steps confined, the only danger you will face while watching this DVD is bursting out into giggles.  It’s difficult not to burst out into infectious laughter as Hema instructs you cheerily to “tighten that BOO-TAY, encourages you to ‘infuse yourself with love,’ and teaches you a move ‘inspired by the mating call of the elk.'”  Her enthusiasm is contagious and guarantees an enjoyable workout.


  1. thevegasstyleguy  |  21 March 2009 at 1:45 AM

    Go to your local Indian grocery store and ask for the “Remix” section of music. Try a few cds. Its the craziest dance music on earth! It’s like Indian house/hip hop. Very cool!

  2. Sara  |  21 March 2009 at 10:42 AM

    I’ve wanted to try this, I just don’t think I have enough room in my living room to groove to this!

  3. Kathleen  |  22 March 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Hi Sara, the beauty of this workout is that you can do it in a small space so you definitely should have room in your apartment to work out to this! My apartment isn’t big at all, so I just moved the coffee table aside. There really aren’t a lot of kicks or anything like that in the video, it’s really all squats and lunges : )

  4. Nina  |  23 March 2009 at 9:55 PM

    Ooo, I want to try this! I have no sense of rhythm though… would it be hard or too dance-y?

  5. Gym Rat Girl  |  24 March 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Great series, agreed! Hema is a doll… Just tried the Beautiful Belly workout, which has three 12 minute series. Really felt it in my obliques.

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