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|Fighting Fit Fighting Fat Club with Harvey Walden|
Actor: Harvey Walden
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Join Gunnery Sergeant Harvey Walden IV from the hit show Celebrity Fit Club, as he instructs you in a mission to get fit and lose weight. You've seen him in action, helping celebrites lose weight and improve their fitness;... more »
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What A Workout! Will Whip You Up Into Shape!
lightnshade | Long Beach, CA USA | 07/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this because, like a lot of people, I'd seen Harvey on Celebrity Fit Club and thought I'd give it a go. I used to do martial arts and this is quite similar to the warm-up we used to do in that, so I know that this kind of work-out is very effective and combined with other forms of cardio exercise such as running, kickboxing, spinning etc...you will surely shape up.
There is a 9 minute active warm-up plus three 11-12 minute circuits: beginner, intermediate and advanced. You march (or you may choose to do walk-hops or jog in place) on the spot between 15 different exercises such as press-ups, situps, star jumps, lunges, skipping, boxing, box-press, etc.
The exercises are the same for all three 11-12 minute circuits. The difference is the intensity levels. The intermediate and advanced intensity options will make you sweat. However, if you choose to do the three circuits in the advanced level, you'll get a major workout!
In this workout, Harvey just provides instructions. He has his stopwatch with him and stays at the sidelines giving reminders and pointers to the crew.He does present himself as a military bootcamp drill sergeant but then again, this is how the entire workout is presented (as you will notice from Harvey's and crew's attire to the set. The entire workout is focused on the crew though.
Harvey explains everything as you go along, with 3 army members to follow: One does a beginner version, another does the intermediate, and the last does the advanced level; so you take your pick in the intensity. These exercises don't vary much between the different levels, but instead of marching, you do a little hop in the intermediate section and jog in the advanced one. You are encouraged to do as many reps as you can in the 30 seconds of each activity.
The circuits don't get boring because each exercise only lasts for 30 seconds but you have a choice of whether to do the beginner or intermediate or advanced level (for example, you can march in place, or walk-hop or jog).You repeat each circuit (each containing 15 different excercises, covering all parts of the body) 3 times, with the pace gradually picking up, but Harvey keeps you motivated in a regimental no nonsense "I know you can do it" manner.
Doing all three is an excellent workout, but you don't have to do it all at the beginning - we are told to build up to it. As one might expect Harvey is very motivational and spurs you along to do it.
There is a military bootcamp feel in the entire workout. He keeps saying, "Suck that gut in" and "Control your breathing, relax your breathing" - two reminders that are really important. It could get annoying after a while but then you can just lower the volume. The reason for lowering the volume is so you can play your own music! The downside to this workout is that the music is very faint - BUT it's also good in the sense that you can just play your fave songs.
In conclusion, I really enjoy this workout because it makes me sweat. I like basic and athletic choreography and this fits the bill. If you like complex choreography, you will not enjoy this workout. However, if you like no-nonsense, athletic but intense drill type of exercise, you will enjoy this DVD (just play your own music because you can hardly hear any in this workout!).
The DVD is chaptered (warm-up, circuit 1, circuit 2, circuit 3, cool-down).
A one-hour package of fitness enthusiasm
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 08/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gunnery Sergeant Harvey Walden IV presents Fighting Fit, Fighting Fat, a solid DVD 60 minute, full color, exercise workout routine for all ages designed to tone down the stomach, arms, buttocks, and thighs and assist in weight loss. Consisting of the "Walden Warm-Up" (8 minutes of energizing stretching and preparation), "Main Workout" (three circuits of 15 exercises each ranging from marching, skipping and boxing to lunges, star jumps and jogging, for a total of 45 min), and the Company Cool-Down (6 minutes to let one's muscles down easy), the workout is a one-hour package of fitness enthusiasm. Different intensity levels from Beginner/Intermediate to Advanced make Fighting Fit, Fighting Fat accessible to viewers of all fitness ranges and enthusiastically recommended for personal home exercise workout DVD collections.
Highly Recommend this DVD
S. Y. Surrency | Bridgeton, NJ United States | 01/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was a little skeptical before I made this purchase. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this purchase. Harvey Walden REALLY gives a good workout on this DVD. I like that he starts you off at the beginners level then you progress to the advanced level. You are sweating and your muscles will get a MAJOR workout!! It's not your typical exercise DVD, but change is good!! I highly recommend this DVD and will purchase more DVD's from Harvey Walden."
For Harvey Walden / CFC fans only!
Vee | 01/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's an old program, the music is cheezy, and he's very repetitive so you've gotta take this one with a grain of salt. Anyone who watches Fit Club and likes Walden's delivery is going to like this. I'd also recommend this for anyone with a short attention span that needs thier work-outs quick and fast paced. Only about a half-hour, but it definitly kicks your butt."