Sunday, 4 March 2012

Justin Fletcher - Hands Up..... The Album!

Hands Up - The Album

Justin Fletcher released his single, Hands Up, last year and now he is back with the album! 

The brand new album from the most popular performer on children’s TV.  The album features 20 classic children’s songs along with a few brand new songs – covering everything from The Teddy Bear’s Picnic, The Laughing Policeman to the brand new single Hands Up.

Justin Fletcher has been involved in many of the biggest kids TV shows over recent years including Tweenies, Timmy Time, Fun Song Factory and Shaun The Sheep, as well as starring as himself in shows Something Special, Tikkabilla, Higgledy House, Gigglebiz and his brand new show “Justin’s House”.

Track Listing:
1. Hands Up
2. The Hokey Cokey
3. Music Man
4. The Sun Has Got His Hat On
5. The Grand Old Duke Of York
6. The Teddy Bear's Picnic
7. Heads Shoulders Knees And Toes
8. Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf
9. The Laughing Policeman
10. Old MacDonald
11. Nellie The Elephant
12. Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside
13. Incy Wincy Spider
14. The Wheels On The Bus
15. If You're Happy And You Know It
16. Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush
17. Ten In A Bed
18. Frère Jacques
19. The Sailor's Lament
20. Justin's Lullaby

There is something for every occasion on the album - it is an album that can be played in the car, at a birthday party or just around the house. There are action rhymes, nursery rhymes and songs to dance to. It is an album that kids of all ages will enjoy but parents will be able to put it on for the children and dance with their children or leave on in the background to entertain the children while doing the housework etc. There are a mixture of old favourites and more modern songs - but all with that Justin Fletcher flair to them!

The album is out tomorrow, March 5th 2012, and is available from all good retailers!

The album has also been highlighted by personal trainer, Steven Teasdale, who thinks it is a great idea as a workout cd for parents as can be seen below: 

Justin Fletcher the star of CBeebies is about to release his debut album ‘Hands up’ on the 5th March. The album is packed with children’s classic songs but they have been speeded up with a high impact dance beat. Parents all over the UK have been discovering that not only do their pre school children love the album, but they too canenjoy the benefit of dancing along with their children whilst loosing weight at the same time.

Steven Teasdale is a personal trainer whose celebrity clients included GMTV presenter Fiona Philips and television presenter, actress and model, Danielle Lineker. Steven was also the fitnessexpert on the Lorraine Kelly Show for 2 years. He is now better known on twitter as  "The Stay At Home PT" @thestayathomept and combines his personal fitness training whilst looking after his two children.

Steven is passionate about getting parents and their children active and to enjoy exercising again in a fun and enjoyable way. Steven is a big fan of Justin Fletcher AKA Mr Tumble and on receiving a copy of the new album “Hands Up’, which is released on the 5th March, he realised that the album could be used as a fitness work out for the parents.

He has Vlogged about this here, with his adorable children getting involved too - check out his You Tube Channel and please comment and share it!

He has put together the following guide lines which we would love you to write about on your blog and test them out yourselves!

Steven danced to the album with his 3-year-old daughter, here are his findings!

Having danced to the album with my 3-year-old daughter I would say that participating in the full album is the equivalent of 40 minutes of low-impact aerobic exercise.
This would be similar to going for a brisk walk, or dancing! Based on a 200lb adult, this sort of exercise generally burns around 350 calories per 40 minutes.
This is the equivalent of
40g of kettle chips (Any flavour) and
175ml glass of white or red wine.

However, I've come up with ways to make the Hands Up Album a more HIGH-impact aerobic activity, by incorporating lunges, squats and jumps for the adults (see below) in order to make the songs more cardio vascular. This sort of exercise works the large muscle groups in the legs i.e. the glutes, quads, hamstrings and calf’s and some of the movements would help to work on the core too. This would take the calorie burn for a 200lb person up to around 420 calories.
420 calories is the equivalent to
Pain au chocolate and a Skinny Latte from Starbucks

Calories burned during exercise depends on your weight and, more specifically, your BMI (Body Mass Index) so while it would be correct to say that you can burn up to
420 calories doing the Hands Up Album, this figure is based on a person of 200lbs (14 stone). If we're appealing to mums, the average woman weighs around 11 stone so the calorie burn would becloser to 283 calories. Which would be the equivalent of
A Mini Milk Chocolate Bar
And a large Cappuccino with skimmed milk!
From the M&S cafe
“As a “stay at home” parent myself Ithink

How to make the Album more high impact:
Here are a few examples.

"Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush"

The key to making this song more high impact aerobically is for adults to keep fit together and "jump" around the Mulberry bush to the beat of the music, rather than just "walking around". This would make the motion during the song, similar to skipping, which if carried out for 3 minutes (the duration of the song), is a GREAT cardio work out.

"The Hokey Cokey"

I suggest holding light weights while doing the actions to give the arms a work out (you can use wrist weights orthere are objects all around the house you can use as weights) while making a punching action for the left and right arm "in/out" sequence.
Also, when you do the Hokey Cokey, you should be jumping, legs together, into the middle, rather that just walkingforwards and backwards.
The "knees bend, arms stretch, rah rah rah" part can incorporate a squat.
For the part where you put your left leg in and take your left leg out, adults could perform a lunge, which works the Glutes.

"The Laughing Policeman"
Marching on the spot during the verses with high knees is an excellent cardio work out, but the key to this song is holding a plank position for the duration of the policeman's laugh. Four 15second bursts of laughter, which is a great core, work out and the kids will love seeing you trying not to laugh.

"Heads Shoulders Knees And Toes"
A classic song for bending, stretching and touching your toes but we could make it a bit harder by doing dynamic squats.

Finally, the title song “Hands Up” is such a good dance tune that you can do all kinds of high impact dance moves with jumps etc that will really get the heart and lungs working!

The CD can provide a fun “home work-out” for parents. Because most of these songs have a fast beat and high tempo rhythm, they lend themselves brilliantly to a work-out for adults and a fun time for kids, which is healthy to everyone.

If you can cut out 500 Calories from your daily intake then you will lose 1lb per week which is a really healthy weight loss and because it’s done gradually it’s more likely that you will keep the weight off, so by doing this album with your kids daily you are more likely to hit this target.

Thank you to Louise Harris from Rock and Roll Baby World for sending me the album to review.

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