Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Shape Toning Workout Bikini Body All Year-Round|
Actors: Lisa Wheeler, Michelle Dozois
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Studio: Inspired Distribution Llc Release Date: 12/27/2005
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Effective exercises - choppy format
Kelly A. Daly | New Jersey | 01/31/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD consists of four 15 minute sections:
1)BUTT & HIPS: effective standing lunge and squat variations with weights and floorwork.
2)ABS: innovative crunch variations and reverse curls that work upper and lower abs and obliques
3)THIGHS: all standing exercises (no weights). Not your average squats and lunges - interesting combos and balance moves
4)UPPER BODY: you'll need a chair and 2 sets of weights. You'll work biceps, chest, triceps, shoulders and back.
You can choose each segment individually, pick a few or just let the DVD play all the segments and if you do that the order is how I listed it above. you can also select the order of exercises within each section or let the DVD shuffle the order.
Each toning section has 8-10 exercises and they are very effective BUT there is a pause between each set. The workout stops and you see a Shape screen with a beach. Then it goes back to the workout and the next exercise. The pause is only a few seconds but it's annoying and makes the workout choppy. I guess it has to be that way so you can select the order of exercises. One exerciser shows modifications and there are tips that pop up onscreen.
There is also a 20 minute aerobics section. I didn't do that, so I can't comment. I wish there was a stretch section instead of the aerobics. There is a warm-up and cool down before each segment, but it's less than a minute. I felt I needed a good stretch, especially after the legwork."
Tough but good
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 12/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This dvd is created by the same people as the magazine Shape. That's been around so long because they know what they are talking about and are popular as a result. This dvd is in two parts. A short cardio workout, and then mainly a long routine of toning exercises. This section works abs, legs, arms and hips/buns. In each of those segments there is 10-12 exercises for each, and you can do them in any order (you can choose to shuffle or play them as they are - this keeps it interesting). Both of the instructors cue very well and are not annoying like some. The set is good and light and fun and the only equipment you will need are two sets of weights. You can choose your level of weights. This is a good workout that is fun to do. You'll feel it for a day or two after."
Energetic Routine with Effective Exercises
Rebecca Johnson | Washington State | 06/08/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"When a workout begins with marching, I start to worry that the exercises are going to be very bouncy and high impact, but the instructors kept the pace up without creating to much bounce. I would not recommend this to anyone with knee or back problems because frankly there are a lot of lunges within the segments that could be of concern. There are also places where you hold weights and bend over at the waist. This definitely requires a strong stomach and back before you begin these exercises.
So, with cautions in place, I can say the exercises on this DVD are especially effective for intermediate students who have learned the basic moves from a variety of workouts. You are required to keep up at quite a rapid pace at times with little time to reposition yourself on the floor or you have to be back up standing and ready to go with a new set of exercises. For the beginner, this could become a frustration and no real details are given for specific exercises.
The bonuses of this workout are unique moves like the Mountain Climber, which is the Yoga plank pose with leg motion, imagine climbing while facing the floor. Great for balance and upper body strength. The leg swings required a lot of balance and many of the exercises seemed to be super effective. You could feel them working from the first move. The only thing you need is a set of 3-5lb weights. Most of the exercises just use your own body weight.
The sections are all interrupted with a Shape "screen" which I tried to ignore. It broke up the music, although it gives you a little break between sections. The format while somewhat frustrating, can be endured for the benefit of the toning, firming and strengthening exercises. I went and put on my swimsuit right after I did this workout just to make sure it works. I still fit into last year's swimsuit, but with this new workout I'm thinking new swimsuits. If you have been working out on a consistent basis and then you try a new workout, sometimes you can even see results the first time you try a workout. This one definitely produces added toning and along with dance exercises, Pilates and Yoga, you should see good results.
~The Rebecca Review"
BEST WORKOUT VIDEO---BY FAR
TJ | los angeles, CA | 02/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best workout DVD I have ever seen! It's easy to use and follow. The DVD is divided into 4 sections--Butt/Hips, Abs, Legs, and Upper Body, each one about 15 minutes long. (But honestly feels like maybe 7-8 mins. because everything is so easy!) The thing that separates these exercises from most other videos is that each move is pretty basic--but has a certain "twist" to it, which makes it more effective. (If you are someone who is stuck in a rut, this is important) It gives you the option of doing whichever section(s) you want, in any order you choose. (Or they can shuffle it up for variety) The only equipment you need is hand weights, a floor mat, and a chair. (not for each section) I have definitely noticed a change in my body after adding this workout to my regime."