Sometimes when you're attempting to review a new album or DVD you have to try and put yourself in the mind of the writer, see what they were aiming for, and evaluate their success or otherwise. I didn't quite envisage that this would involve prancing around like a dimwit in front of the TV, trying to secure for myself the 'perfect beach body'!
I wasn't fully successful on that count (some might argue I need a few months!) but then I only completed Pump It Up the once, and as my guide Fiona Fagan informed me, you have to do those sit-ups once a day to get a six pack. Well, a two pack will do for now I suppose, unless I decide to go the whole hog and adopt this workout every day.
Somehow I don't think that's on the cards, as it seems to be for girls - and girls of the extra flexible variety. Not that I pulled any muscles, mind, but I can't yet do the splits in the lounge! Thankfully Fiona was on hand to assure me that was OK, every now and then whooping like a cheerleader or exalting "Move your arse!" or "Make it sexy!" as she hoisted her barely covered bum skywards. That happens a lot in this programme.
Fiona is joined by five chums, like her scantily clad but including a token bloke, who turns in a confident, understated effort (!). No doubt Eric Prydz would approve, and sure enough Call On Me makes its inevitable appearance, bringing much hilarity as we recreated the moves on the video. Enough said!
Fagan's choreography is good, heading for the breakdowns each time and hitting them just as the pain starts to bite. As you'd expect the productions are Ministry centred, including Max Graham's reworking of the Yes hit Owner Of A Lonely Heart. It's not hard to appreciate the irony here - probably the first (and last) time a Yes vocalist has featured in an aerobics slot. When he was singing, "Move yourself" I don't think that's quite what he had in mind!
Conveniently the workout clocks in at an hour, warming up with Jacques Lu Cont and cooling down with Schiller's Das Glockenspiel. In between we are treated to high energy Ministry fare - as well as Yes and Eric Prydz you can 'squeeze your cheeks' to the excellent Paul Johnson, or sort your tum out with Deepest Blue.
Whilst the perfect beach body would be good I think I'll stick to football for now, thanks. If you're into clubbing though, and have an Ibiza holiday or something similar booked in the summer, this is one of the better ways to shed a few pounds and tone the muscles. Just don't end up recreating any of these moves in the clubs!