Maximum calorie burning program designed to get you trim toned and sleek in this efficient 4-day a week program. Includes two 30 minute workouts Circuit Training Interval Cardio Sculpt plus bonus workouts and a resistance ... more »band.System Requirements:Run Time: 75 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: HEALTH/FITNESS Rating: NR UPC: 071083581861 Manufacturer No: 5818-6« less
"As an intermediate/advanced exerciser looking for a time efficient workout, this is it! Workout 1 is intermediate and offers a wider variety of moves with less squats. Workout 2 is more intense. It has a lot of squats and basically involves running in place, hopping, and squating with a few other toning moves (like lunges). The intensity is high, though. There is absolutely no danciness to this workout--just athletic moves--and no kickboxing. The reps are not a lot with the strength parts so I would recommend for someone advanced to up the suggested 3-5 lbs to more like 8-12 which is what I used. These workouts are very straight up non dancy and a great total body workout in 30 minutes you don't stop moving. Plus if you don't have a lot of room to exercise these are good videos. However, I always do both workouts at one time."
It's what you put into it
dnk | Boston, MA United States | 06/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These are two fun and challenging cardio sculpt workouts. The first alternates weights and cardio movements in a circuit to keep aerobic intensity. Although you can change the intensity based on your weight choices, the overall effect is to keep your heart at a steady, but elevated, rate. The second workout alternates between steady state cardio, cardio interval blasts and fast-paced sculpting. You could probably do the first workout every day if you went light with the weights, but you wouldn't want to do the interval workout as often.
The pace of both workouts is such that you could probably go to tens or even twelves for some of the sculpting in the first workout, but I wouldn't go heavier than eights for the second. I think it's funny that so many people have remarked that the workouts aren't challenging enough because the intensity is so easy to change with weights. I also feel like I get a lot done in a really short period of time because of the emphasis on functional movements, particularly the plank variations and one-legged squats and lunges.
The three add-on "parts" segments are also really effective because of the functional movements. The abs section, very reminiscent of Pilates, is my favorite.
As for the instructors, these are pros from many other DVDs. Dozois and York are very professional, but Wheeler I am actually in awe of. She has been affiliated with the Method, Reebok, Denise Austin and now Shape. She is very knowledgable, and that comes through. However, all of them make me cringe through their scripted comments- "This will get you that bikini bottom in no time!"- but not enough to reduce my rating. And finally, I've got to say, if these instructors have flabby thighs (?!?), I'm not sure who has thin ones.
Recommended for high-beginners through high-intermediates."
WorkoutDVDPrincess | Columbus, OH | 04/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have added both routines on this dvd to my weekly rotation 2 times a week (along with the 3 mini workouts) and I am impressed! There is some great variety here, and the moves are surprisingly intense if you really put your all into them. I was surprised to see that many reviewers felt as though the moves were too fast or confusing to follow.. for an upper-intermediate, advanced exerciser (which the video is classified as this) who is familiar with basic moves, this is not the case. Sure I stumbled a bit the first 1-2 times through.. but who doesn't when working out to a new video? The key is to stick with it, because it will become routine just as any other workout vid. I have been working out at home for several years, and I have seen some very noticeable changes in my legs and glutes because of these Shape routines. This is a fun one if you really focus... have fun with it and PUSH yourself!"
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 01/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great dvd. It 'stars' three top instructors (Tracey York, Michelle Dozois and Lisa Wheeler). They are all excellent instructors who cue really clearly but also make this a fun workout to do. They include a great introduction at the beginning of the workout (while the options are on the screen). The first workout is 30 minutes of a circuit type training. I found it to be easy to follow and yet it's really effective and fun and you will burn calories. They also give you a dyna-band inside the disc. This and weights are the two main pieces of equipment you need. Each instructor does a great job and they all chip in with advice throughout the routine. It has a cool set, and an infectious energy about it. This is definately going to be a new favourite of mine because it's full of variety and really enjoyable (you have so much fun that you feel like you aren't working out). I think this is excellent for anyone wanting to get fit and shed some pounds. I love it and think you will too."
Kathleen Stark | Lakeland, MI | 11/30/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Initially, I bought the Transforming DVD & loved it, so I bought this one to add variety to my workout routine. This one didn't seem to raise my heart rate as high as the other one. I suppose it provides an ok workout in a pinch."