Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Billy Blanks Ultimate Bootcamp|
Actor: Billy Blanks
Director: Good Times Video
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Ultimate BootCamp is designed by Billy to be the FASTEST hour in fitness! this is the workout that ties it all together: cardio, upper-body toning, lower-body toning, and abs in one mega-workout that drives you to peak per... more »
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Sarah G. from STATESVILLE, NC
Reviewed on 8/25/2010...
I regularly exercise 6 days a week doing a mix of kickboxing, pilates, yoga, and swimming so I consider myself pretty comfortable with fitness. I found this workout way to intense. I could not get past 20 minutes of it. I was physically vommitting. The other thing I did not like was this was not fun. The music is just a beat in the background and through the whole time they are counting every thing they do. The nonstop counting got to be so annoying that I did not even care to pay attention to the workout. And for the most part everyone on it looked angry. Just not a good mix. Did not enjoy it and will not do it again.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 1/9/2010...
Okay this is definitely a tape that will get you fit after one workout! I had a butt the next day and my arms were pretty cut. This is a workout you want to do for a quick body fix, I'm sure if I did it once a week and not just before special occasions I would be super cut like them! I'm going to stick to quick fixes, I'm not ready to be a muscle woman.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Missy B. (missindependent) from S WILLIAMSPRT, PA
Reviewed on 7/11/2009...
I am at an intermediate level and I found this workout to be a great challenge that I can work up to perfecting. That's what it is all about! Billy is motivating and positive. He makes you feel "good" through the workout and with his encouraging words. I like him and the workout a lot! He does use his Billy Bands in the workout but I compensate with a plain band and some weights when that doesn't fit the bill.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Natalie P. (consma) from EDGEWOOD, TX
Reviewed on 10/22/2008...
This is a great exercise. Very intense. There is a section that uses resistance bands, I just used two pound weights. They worked just as well. Highly recommend this workout.
8 of 10 member(s) found this review helpful.
More great TaeBo!
C. Lawton | 06/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been exercising 3-4 times a week with various TaeBo workouts for about seven years. I alternate through about 5 or 6 different advanced level workouts, and find they keep me in great shape. I am in my 40's and my blood pressure, weight, and cholesterol are all great. I would classify this particular workout as advanced. It has a section that uses the bands, although since I don't have the bands, I just use light wrist and ankle weights for resistance in that portion. Using the weights with this and other TaeBo workouts has helped to define my arm muscles (no tricep wiggle at all). There is also a killer section of push-ups, but the main thing I like about this one is the new leg exercise he does. You step forward like you are doing a lunge so both knees are bent and then move up and down using just your legs. Your upper body stays upright. It made my quads, hamstrings, and glutes sore for a week the first time I did it, but it totally gets me in shape for downhill skiing and bike riding. In fact, I have found those two sports quite easy since I started this DVD. This is a great addition to your other TaeBo videos, especially to add variety, strengthen legs, and define arms, but if I could only buy one, I'd still probably pick the Get Ripped Advanced workout. For me, those are still the most fun."
Tough, good workout but very sloppy production.
Larisa G. Martin | Winchester, Virginia | 02/04/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"My husband Terry wrote this review after doing the workout for 2 months.
I do this workout 7 days a week, and it is a pretty tough workout. I have seen definite improvements in my stamina and muscle tone. Having said that, this is one of the sloppiest made video workouts that I have ever used.
Billy is very motivating, but he presents this workout without being much concerned about precision or details. You will do one set of repetitions at one speed for one arm or leg, and sometimes the repetitions for the other arm or leg, at times, are either just left out, or sometimes done at a different speed. Billy, very annoyingly keeps saying "are you ready". Ready for what Billy? Nothing special comes up, you just keep doing the short routine you are doing. He announces that you are going to do squat thrusts, and you actually just do a set of squats. There is a difference Billy. A few times in the 55 minutes, He tells you "two more sets" and then halfway through the second set, he just starts a different sequence, without finishing the one you are on. You watch the people he is leading in the video look confused, and try to catch up with him. The sets are all counted out 1 to 8. Several times He will start something else at 4 or 6. Right in the middle of a set. You can see the others in the video getting confused for a few moments until they see what the heck he's doing. Many times you hear him say, "one more time", and you actually end up doing it two or three more times. The number of repititions are fine, just don't tell me we are going to do one more, when we are actually going to do three. It is confusing and sloppy. It appears that the people he is leading in the video, have never done this routine before, or if they have, he's changing it as he is going along, so they don't know where he's going this time. Sometimes the group starts together, most of the time they don't.
The music is crap. It barely qualifies as a rhythm track. It sounds like it was done with an electronic drum machine and someone trying to use a keyboard. Several times the music track changes right in the middle of a set. Very annoying.
After a few days of doing this workout, you find yourself getting really ticked off with how amateurish this production was done.
As I said at the beginning, I still do the workout 7 days a week, but I find myself yelling at the TV when Billy says something like "keep moving, hold that position", while you are in the middle of an 80 second squat. Billy, I can't keep moving when I'm in a frozen position. I also get annoyed when he says "walk it out" and at that moment I'm on my back having just finished a set of leg lifts. Billy, I can't walk it out, I'm laying on my back.
I do have to admit that my anger at the sloppy production sometimes helps me a bit, because I use that anger to help me do a more strenuous workout.
All in all, It would be really nice if it was a professionally done video, but it is not. Instead, you get something that a high school class could have done much better. If you can ignore how poorly this was produced, you can get a very very good workout, and Billy seems like a really nice guy.
Wow...what a great workout!
D. Chinchiolo | san jose, ca | 07/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a loyal Tae Bo fan, and have been doing the advanced tapes for a few years. This video was difficult for me at first, but after consistently doing it for a few weeks, I am stronger, much more toned, and have more endurance. I am a mother of two small kids, and Tae Bo has helped me lose all the baby weight. It works great, and Billy Blanks is the most inspirational exercise instructor I have ever seen."