In Maximize - Back In Action we're using the same muscle groups, the back, biceps, glutes, hamstrungs, and as always, the abs. But we'll be incorporating a whole new series of exercises and working in cardio intervals to ... more »get your heart rate up and really burn off the fat.« less
Amanda S. from RIVERSIDE, RI Reviewed on 9/22/2009...
jillian is great in these early videos!!
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A short workout that packs a punch and will whip you up in s
lightnshade | Long Beach, CA USA | 12/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A short workout that packs a punch and will whip you up in shape! If you like endurance weight training with short cardio bursts then you will enjoy these workouts! I have all 4 of Jillian's endurance strength training DVDS and they are very good especially when combined with 30-45 mins. cardio. The Maximize Full Frontal DVD is a little more intense than Jillian's Shape Up Front DVD; it has more core work, more one-leg moves and the cardio segments always use dumbbells. The Maximize Back In Action DVD is also a little more intense than Jillian's Shape Up Backside DVD; it has more core work, harder exercises and additional power moves. All 4 DVDs are an excellent buy and since they are all short workouts, you can easily combine them with cardio for a well-rounded 60 minute workout. Note: You will not like Jillian's workouts if you prefer to go heavy with weights."
Lisa C. Sessions | Meridian, Mississippi United States | 03/23/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have mixed feelings about this workout DVD. I love Jillian's attitude and believe that she offers sound advise. It's really a fantastic workout combining both cardio and strength training. BUT, for people very out of shape (me), this is a difficult routine to complete. I was quite active in my 20's and then off and on during my 30's with both cardio and weight lifting so excercise isn't new to me. Part of me says to keep trying this routine but I feel with it being so difficult I won't stick to it. Maybe that's a cop out but I wish Jillian would offer something for us beginers. Personally, I plan to alternate this with other, less intense, workout DVD's (that would be 90% of them) and challenge myself to become healthy enough to complete this routine. It sure would feel like an accomplishment! If you are in shape and really want to lose weight and tone up, this is a 5 star DVD."
I like the length of the workout
Turbogirl | 11/15/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"These workouts pack a lot into 25-30 minutes. But I have to modify them so much I might as well do something else. Jillian's "warm up" consists of jumping jacks and running on and off the Step. I have to warm up *before* the warm up. I also don't like all the up and down--for example she has you do jumping jacks or something else that gets the heart rate up and then you stop and lay down on the floor for ab work. ??? Then you get back up and do something else. This made me dizzy and slightly nauseated.
Fans of bootcamp style workouts might like Jillian's DVD's. For a quick total body weight training workout that doesn't make your head spin, I recommend FIRM Super Body Sculpt or Kathy Smith's Lift Weights to Lose Weight 1&2."
Don't do it!
observer | nowheresville | 02/10/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, what a way to hurt yourself! Warming up by jumping around and then no stretch. Jumping jacks and more while holding weights -- there's a way to hurt your joints if you're not ready for it. The pelvic tilts were a nightmare -- too much arch in the lower back.
There's no instruction on how to do the exercises properly and without hurting yourself.
I'm glad I checked this out from the library and didn't waste my money on it."
Kelly Besser | North Carolina | 07/31/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This video is not for the faint at heart, The warm-up alone is a killer. Jillian has no mercy when it comes to her workouts. Well worth the money, i would recommend this video to everyone, except beginners."