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|Mindy Mylrea All About Legs|
Actor: Mindy Mylrea
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
MINDY MYLREA: ALL ABOUT LEGS Leg and Bun training at its best! Mindy Mylrea's All About Legs gives you four complete workouts training your lower half like never before. Using the medicine ball, stability ball, tubing, ... more »
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Very good alternate toning options for the lower body
Beth Cholette | Upstate NY USA | 05/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In this video, instructor Mindy Mylrea offers four intermediate-to-advanced toning/strengthening options for the lower body. Instead of working this area traditionally with heavy weights, she incorporates a different piece of fitness equipment into each segment, thereby working the muscles in unique ways. I have broken down the four segments of this DVD below.
Medicine Ball, 14 minutes. Holding a weighted ball, Mindy utilizes a combination of more traditional toning exercises (eg, squats, lunges) with jumps/plyometric moves, producing a strong cardio effect. Many of the movements are functional in nature, including a one-legged squat with dead lift, lunges performed at various angles (called "pinwheel" here), and a twisting jump with the ball between your knees.
Stability Ball, 18.5 minutes. This segment was performed half in a standing position, half on the floor. The standing work included squats holding the ball, one-legged squats with one foot on the ball (in various directions), and an inner thigh squeeze. There was some seated bridge work on the ball and then additional lying bridge work with your feet on the ball--this was so tough that I was unable to complete all of the repetitions. Some brief seated stretches conclude this segment.
Tubing and Step, 13.5 minutes. Most of this segment could be performed without the step or substituting another short platform. Using long handled tubing, Mindy begins standing on the step with the tubing under her feet for squats, eventually addition side-to-side movement and abductions; she drops the tubing for leg swings off either side of the step. Placing one foot on the step with the tubing under that foot, she does lunges, adding a knee up, leg extension, and then a one-legged dead lift to a back dip. The final moves involve securing the tubing under the step and then placing the handle over one foot for adduction and extensions; the segment finishes with additional leg swings and standing stretches.
Gliding, 13.5 minutes. This segment uses Mindy's gliding disks, but you can substitute rags (on smooth flooring) or paper plates (on carpet). The first 8 minutes is standing work and is very similar to Mindy's previous gliding videos, mainly consisting of squats and lunges. There are a couple of unique moves here, including a one-legged squat to pick up the disk/raise it overhead and alternate lunges with the heel (rather than the ball of the foot) on the disk. The floor segment includes bridge work and a front/back slide on your side with final stretches on the floor to finish.
Overall, this video provides some excellent alternate toning options for the lower body. While some of these exercises may seem easy at first in comparison to heavy weight training, they will target and challenge your muscles in unique ways. Definitely recommended for anyone who is looking for a change from their usual lower body work."
Not bad - done better :-l
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 06/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This isn't one of my absolute favourite workouts - I've definately done and seen better, but it's ok and worth trying at least once or twice.
There are three segments all with their own warmups, so you can do only one workout, two or all of them. In the first segment, you use a medicine ball, and it includes jumps etc. The second workout uses a stability ball and there are your usual squats and hamstring curls. In the third, you use an X-ertube (which I don't have but you can do this without) and a step. This is the harder of the three segments and you concentrate on your glutes.
It's very average and for some reason I just don't find this as motivating or quite as fun as other workouts I've done, and while it's definately worth giving a go, I prefer a Cathe Friedriche workout for lower body. She pushes you a bit harder."