‘Dancing With the Stars’ Pro Luis Van Amstel Talks His Workout Video: ‘I Am the New Richard Simmons’ (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

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Dancing With the Stars pro Louis Van Amstel wants to bring dancing to the masses with LaBlast, his new dance-based fitness videos. And he says the idea came to him while working on the ABC dance competition.

“I thought, ‘Wait a minute, so many people watching [DWTS] want to know how to dance, but either are afraid or don’t think they can,’” Amstel told Celebuzz about his fitness video when we dropped in on him and partner Sabrina Bryan’s rehearsal this week.

The pro kept the audience’s point of view in mind while planning the video. “The big different that I do in these DVDs is the way I film it,” he tells us of placing the camera behind him so that viewers can actually place their movements along with him

“It’s frustrating when you look at the TV and you go left and that means the right foot or the instructor, it’s just really complicated,” the dancer points out.

Amstel is very proud of the improvements he’s made to the classic exercise video. “I am the new Richards Simmons, yes, and Jack Lalanne together, combined,” he compares himself with the fitness gurus jokingly.

Watch Amstel talk about his fitness programabove.

Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 PM on ABC.

Has Amstel convinced you to pick up his workout?

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