Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Denise Austin Burn Fat Fast - Cardio Blast|
Actor: Denise Austin
Director: Cal Pozo
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 12/18/2007 Run time: 50 minutes Rating: Nr
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Bianca | Bellingham, WA | 01/24/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Denise Austin usually drives me nuts. I can't handle the whole perky aerobics instructor thing. However, I took the plunge because I was drawn to the different styles of cardio offered on this DVD and because a lot of reviewers said Denise really toned it down in this one. Turns out, Denise really DID tone it down. She's friendly, low-key, and very pleasant in this. The different cardio sections are very fun, especially the Retro aerobics. I don't know why I got such a kick out of this one, but it just flowed smoothly with fun moves. The kickboxing was good, though a little fast moving if you've never done these moves before. In the interval section, there is a lot of jumping in the last few minutes so make sure to wear a good sports bra! I couldn't get through the dance cardio, honestly. But that's no fault of Denise and I knew when I bought the DVD that I probably wouldn't like it. Dancey cardio is not my thing; I'm too clumsy. But, since the DVD is chaptered so beautifully, I don't have to do it!
As far as intensity goes, don't expect an over the top sweat fest. You get out what you put into it, of course, but I wouldn't recommend this to people who are in good shape. You'll probably be bored. I'm not in great shape, but not just starting out either and I got up a decent sweat. It would be a great workout to wear weighted gloves for an extra kick.
The only real negative to this DVD besides the mediocre intensity is that Denise's cueing is horrible. She mostly tries to cue as she goes (which I don't like...I need them to cue ahead) but a lot of times she's on to the next move before saying anything. Even her back up exercisers stumble a bit several times. But, since the moves are simple for the most part I didn't have too much trouble my first time through the DVD. And successive sessions were pretty much stumble free.
I would definitely recommend this to people who are trying to get into shape or for people who want a light cardio session for "off" days."
Fun cardio workout
C. Martin | Georgia | 01/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After having some health issues in 2007, I tried to get back to exercising with advanced dvds right away. I was becoming very frustrated and a friend suggested I try some Denise Austin to get back in the swing of things. I used to love Denise but had advanced beyond her workouts. This dvd is perfect and I am so glad I tried it! I can do all the segments or just one, depending on how I feel. Denise's cueing leaves a bit to be desired, but if you like Denise you can look past that because this is really a lot of fun. She is lower key in this dvd than in some others but still friendly and motivating. Her personality and enthusiam is just what I needed at this time. I enjoy all the segments but am partial to the retro aerobics section...I love it!"
J. A. DAVIS | ohio | 12/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a guy and enjoy having the option of popping in a video instead of a trip to the gym. Denise has created a workout where you can mix and match and get a great workout right at home. Excellent for individuals with busy lifestyles, including us guys! Go Denise!"
Good for a beginner, but not very challenging
A. Bell | Cinci, Ohio | 01/30/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not usually a huge Denise Austin fan (something about her voice and "perkiness" just doesn't work well for me especially in the mornings!) but I do have a couple of her other videos, so I decided to give this one a try. Unfortunately, I should have saved my money. What I did like about the DVD was that you could mix and match your workout routine before you started the video so you could move from one workout to the next without stopping. You can choose from a short warm up (10 mins. or less) 4 different 10 min. or so workouts, and a quick cool down (again, 10 mins. or less.) At the beginning of each workout, she does a "mini" warm up, which I think is redundant since there's already a warm up at the beginning of the video and it only serves to allow your heart rate to drop back down (if it got up in the first place.) The kickboxing routine is a series of kicks and punches, good for someone who has never kickboxed before but not difficult at all. The "athletic interval" training is not true aerobic intervals. Instead, she teaches various moves that mimic movements from other sports. The retro 80s workout will not have any of your favorite 80s songs, but it does have moves that are reminiscent of the leotard and legwarmers era. Lastly, the dance section does have some "dancy" moves that you should catch on to easily after just a couple times doing them. All in all, the variety is good, and it's very easy to follow, but I did not feel like I got a great workout. My heartrate did not elevate very much at all, and I barely broke a sweat (of course working out in a freezing cold basement in the winter helps that!) If you are a beginner exerciser who gets bored easily, this is a good video for you. If you've been exercising for a while and you're looking for a challenge, try something else."