How to get a core workout with DDR

Dance Dance Revolution is a great workout for your legs and cardiovascular system, but did you know you can also play it in a way that works your middle?  It’s very simple:  use your hands instead of your feet!

Now just because it’s simple, doesn’t mean it’s easy.  I highly recommend starting with Light or even Beginner.  But it’s very easy to adapt to your core strength.  You can start out on your knees (like knee pushups) or even with your legs completely tucked under you.  As you get stronger, try getting on your toes; it’s easier to begin with your feet spread apart, just like in a pushup progression.  I usually do the menu selection on my toes, then switch to knees for the song itself.

Give it a try!  It may look funny, but it sure is a lot more fun than tons of crunches.

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Posted on January 27, 2010, in Dance Dance Revolution, Exergaming, Gameplay and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Haha awesome! Glad my friend and I aren’t the only people that do this!
    We both, every now and then, will have hands rounds on songs at the arcade (mind you, we’re both a little bit crazy and don’t mind playing on arcade pads with hands!). It’s really quite fun and is a great workout for your arms!

    We play with our bums behind the back arrow and between the bar. I haven’t tried any other positions, mainly due to the bar placement, but I will have to give it a try some day on a soft pad! 😀

    • Hi, thanks for stopping by! Wow, you are brave to do hands on a hard pad AND in an arcade. I tried it on my hard pad once – oww!

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