Denise Austin's Hit the Spot: Tone and Tighten combines several workouts from the Hit the Spot series to create a complete body workout in one DVD. This format is convenient because it hosts 20 minutes of low-impact aerobi... more »cs plus six workouts that train the abs, buns, and thighs. These workouts are called chapters and are trained in 10-minute sessions. Intermediate and beginning programs are presented for each of the three body parts. That means workouts for the abs, buns, and thighs that will accommodate a variety of fitness levels and personal goals. As improved strength and stamina are gained, participants can advance from the easier to the more difficult sets. Austin utilizes simple movements and isometric exercises that are designed to increase lean muscle. While the workout is underway, some great training and weight loss suggestions are given. The information continues with an Ask Denise forum, health tips, and recipe chapters. This genuinely informative and effective program offers a safe regimen that will suit a wide spectrum of levels. Although good cues are given, extra attention should be given to body alignment and proper form when executing deep lunges and some of the more advanced abdominal work. If used with repetition, this one-stop workout can increase muscle tone and cardiovascular fitness. --Olivia Voigts« less
"This is the best fitness DVD yet! Denise Austin has incorporated her Hit the Spot Abs, Buns, and Thighs series into one DVD as well as a Fat Burning workout and mind/body relaxation. This DVD is divided into 6 chapters on the main menu (Introduction, Fat Burning, Abs, Buns, Thighs, and Ask Denise). The Introduction chapter just goes over how you should use this dvd and basic discussion of the chapters. The Fat Burning Chapter contains 2 subchapters - Fat Burning workout and Mind/Body Cooldown. The Fat Burning workout is a 20 minute low-impact aerobic workout. I really like this one. Denise starts out slow and then builds up to a fun-packed workout which she incorporates some moves such as the cha cha and mamba. The next subchapter is the Mind/Body Cooldown which is a very relaxing and stress relieving group of exercises. The Abs, Buns, and Thighs Chapters each have 2 subchapters within them. One for beginner and another for moving on to advanced. They each work on toning and tightening the target areas. The Ask Denise Chapter covers many frequently asked questions regarding fitness and her corresponding answers. I found this to be very informative. I really feel that I got more for my money with this DVD. I am very pleased! Thanks Denise!"
Lisa Forrest | Palmer, Tx United States | 01/16/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the first exercise DVD I have bought and I really like it. The scenery is pretty and the music isn't annoying. The toning sections have 2 levels so you can do one or both if you are really in for a workout. I like Denise's attitude and she is a great motivator. I haven't done aerobics in a while but I'm excited about getting back into shape while using this DVD."
Great to do in a pinch!
Cara E. Herr | DES MOINES, IOWA United States | 02/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I really liked this DVD that features eight short workout segments that can be mixed and matched. It has one cardio workout that is short, but challenging. The moves include walking, grapevines, cha-chas, and chasses. You will break a sweat. There are also six ten-minute toning segments: two for abs, two for thighs, two for buns. There is a mind/body routine for a cool-down or just to relax. The scenery is tropical and beautiful and the toning exercises are basic and proven to be effective. Denise is enthusiastic and encouraging, as usual."
Best exercise dvd I have found!!
Cara E. Herr | 04/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this is one of the best exercise dvd's i have ever used. i actually look forward to exercising during the week while my child naps. all the toning segments make me feel like i'm getting kicked into shape. i do both levels of fitness each day on the abs, buns, and thighs. the 10 minute segments are great for anyone who can't find time to exercise, or who have limited time because of small children.as for the cardio, i found it to be effective. it actually is about 25 minutes long. the moves are easy to follow as long as you are trying. she does give instructions on what's going on. as far as someone saying they wished denise would say "this is what we're going to do", and then do it, that's what kathy smith videos are for. the cardio workout was easy for me to follow! i would recommend to those who are starting up an exercise program after a year or more without, to sit through the cardio workout and watch the moves before doing it. that way, you'll know what to expect.denise gives me the motivation and encouragement to stick with the program that i can't give myself. i stick with the program since i feel accountable to denise and myself if i miss a day of exercise. consistency is what gives results.all you need are a mat or large rug(or carpeted area), a chair, a pillow, and a towel."
Likable, but a little confusing at first
cindy hall | Michigan | 11/20/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Denise Austin hit the spot tone and tighten dvd is a good dvd, the cardio option is 20 minutes long, which is ok, but I would like something a little longer. It starts out easy(by easy I mean easy to follow) but then she gets into this grapevine, crossover, jump thing that I just can't pick up, maybe that is just me though. Thankfully that step is more towards the end. The exercises for the legs, butt and abs are really good though. My muscles burned, but didn't hurt after the workout was over.
The cardio could be better, I wanted a harder longer sweat, but the target exercises although few, were excellent. The best part is she offers a basic and intermediat for each target exercise. My advise is to do the basic first."