Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Firm - Total Body Toner|
Actor: Allie Del Rio Pointer
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Studio: Gaiam Americas Release Date: 12/04/2007 Run time: 40 minutes
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Very good workout :-)
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 01/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I haven't got many of The Firm workouts because their older ones didn't do it for me and so I didn't give many of their newer ones a go. This however, appealed to me as a straight toning workout and I really enjoy it a lot. Allie Del Rio Pointer is a new instructor to me, and I found her to be very good, not annoying and easy to follow along to.
The entire workout uses weights and to get maximum results, nearly every fast paced exercise works multiple muscles in one go. She also starts with a basic routine and then adds modifications to increase intensity. I also like this because all you need is two sets of weights and you're good to go.
This is a good 40 minute routine to really do almost every muscle in your body and based on this workout, I'll definately give The Firm more tries. I enjoy this and highly recommend it."
DJ | USA | 12/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I recently purchased the three newest Firms (Total Body Toner, Cardio Sculpt Fusion, and Cardio Inferno.) This is the only one of the three that I'll be keeping. I really like Allie as an instructor ... she is not overly peppy, nor is she patronizing ... her instruction is clear and concise, and the exercises are "spot on" for total body conditioning! The exercises are structured to work the upper and lower body together (i.e., lunging to the side, then standing up to reach overhead with a light handweight) and the moves are fast enough to give a light cardio workout. Then its on to the floor for some intense and effective oblique and ab work. This is a great head-to-toe workout in just 40 minutes!"
Restance workout without the drudgery
Reviewer | Chicago, IL | 12/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just finished this workout and loved it. It's a complete body toning workout that's not too hardcore. I have a lot of the older Firm videos, and while I do like the fact that they provide a solid workout, I don't really look forward to doing them because they are so intense. I regularly do weight training videos, and while this one isn't as tough as the rest, I felt I really got a good workout. Not only that, but the moves are unique and interesting. Alli is also a very good instructor (not annoying in any way). This is a workout I'll look forward to doing again. Just for the sake of providing details, it's a 40 minute workout and includes abs as well."
INCREDIBLE!...Will Blaze You a Brand New Body in 40 Minutes!
Addicted2Amazon! | Philadelphia | 06/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a huge fan of The Firm's workout programs. Even so, this workout surpassed my expectations.
Using 3 sets of weights (light, medium and heavy; you decide what is what) and good old-fashioned gravity, you can get gym-level results in just 40 minutes a day.
You begin with a fast-paced warmup that is approaching on cardio (quick stepping from side to side, jacks, squats, lunges, push-ups while touching one shoulder - man are those tough!- and use of your light weights). The warmup alone will definitely get you sweating!
The program itself is very fast-paced, and allows you just enough time between exercises to switch your weights and set up in the new position. Because of this, your heartrate will stay elevated, and, you guessed it, you will sweat and burn calories!
The moves are different and challenging (such as raising from a backwards lunge into a shoulder raise and glute lift...on the ball of your standing foot!), and like most of The Firm's workouts, you will often be engaged in four-limb movement, in which you will be working your upper body and lower body simultaneously. Even if you aren't so coordinated, don't worry! Allie Del Rio Pointer is an excellent and encouraging instructor who will guide you through the more complex movements one move at a time, in a layering approach. With the exception of doing a few moves on one side and then again on the other, there is virtually no boring repetition of moves here.
Because it is sculpting (but fast-paced sculpting), it is pretty much low-impact with a lot of lunges, plies and squats of all sorts. However, there are 2 sections with plyo jumping, but of coarse, there is a beginner modification exerciser who shows you how to keep it low impact.
Though many "total body" exercise programs skimp on certain parts of the body (even some Firm titles are guilty of this), this is truly what it claims to be. You will feel this in every inch of your physique: arms, shoulders, back, biceps, inner thighs, outer thighs, upper abs, lower abs, buns, calves, waist...it misses nothing!
The cooldown is active, with one of the best abs sections around and great total-body stretching.
This DVD is, in my opinion, one of the BEST total body sculpting workouts out there. The workout is great, the music is quite good and the instructor, Allie, is one of my personal favorites. The only thing that would make it better would be a more exotic location! :-) When doing this workout, I preceed it with 20 minutes of light cardio and come away with basically the perfect 60-minute workout: ultra-effective, super-fat-burning and fun!
And if you want to see a preview of this and other Firm DVDs, check out The Firm's official site.