Get ready to zero in on the zones and shrink the fat cells in places you never thought you could!America's favorite fitness authority Denise Austin has created the perfect workout to help target those tough spots where we ... more »tend to accumulate the most fat: hips thighs upper arms tummy and buns. You'll get a complete abs upper and lower body workout that will sculpt and contour your muscles boost metabolism and lose inches. If you're ready to banish the bulge and create flattering curves in all the right places go ahead and take aim at the zones toady! You've got nothing to lose but fat!2 Complete 20-minute Workouts: 20 minutes of metabolism-boosting exercises to dissolve bra lines create sexier arms chest shoulders and trims hips thighs and buns. Plus you'll get great results from targeted lower tummy trimmers! 20 minutes with the use of a stability ball will transform your body and help you lose inches around the midsection through a series of tummy-flattening workouts. Shrink your thighs and hips with inner and outer thigh toners!System Requirements: Running Time 40 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: HEALTH/FITNESS Rating: NR UPC: 012236143123 Manufacturer No: 14312« less
Susan I. (mustang05) from PLAINFIELD, IL Reviewed on 12/18/2009...
The dvd was ok if you are a beginner at your workouts.I am intermediate to advanced so it wasn't very challenging for me,plus you need to be able to get past her somewhat irritating voice.It's not very motivating.
2 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Doreen H. from NEW CASTLE, PA Reviewed on 11/3/2009...
Great for all ages!
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Quick lil' tape to get you toned!
Lee Mellott | Frederick, Maryland | 01/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Denise Austin's "Shrink Your Female Fat Zones" is an effective tape that can be split into two 20 minute sessions or one 40 minute workout.
Women are often told that to prevent bone loss, we should workout with weights, but many tapes on the market are overwhelming. They use very heavy weights, are very long, lack clear directions or are just plain boring.
Denise's tape gives you a simple workout that you can do 3-4 times a week to build strength, preserve bone density and get toned.
The first section is a simple 20 minute light weight routine. You will do a few pushups, lat rows, light ab work, bicep work etc. Very simple. No jumping around. Clear direction. The second session adds in the balance ball. The ball is not included in the tape but is sold by places like Wal-mart for under $20.00. With the ball you work your core, legs and more. Pick one or both workouts depending on your mood and needs.
The setting is a studio with a calm background, one that will not date in the future. Denise leads the exercises with a small group of exercisers behind her, following her directions. It would have been nice if Denise had included some older exercisers, but she didnt. The music is relaxing. Though Denise is her usual chatty self she is not overbearing. Denise uses the same set of weights throughout the workout which could be a drawback for those who like to vary their weights as there is not a lot of time to change poundage.
My goal is not to be a fitness buff, but to be healthy, strong and slender. I don't want to kill myself working out but recognize that in addition to aerobic activity (which this tape is not) I need weight bearing activity. This tape is just the perfect fit for my needs. "
A good dvd
nova52799 | New York | 09/22/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After reading all the negative reviews, i had to write one of my own for the positive side of this dvd.I believe this is geared more for the beginner -- and it was perfect for me. after doing this workout, i actually felt "good" -- not worked to the point that my legs and arms are jello. i have a lot of "toning" videos that are going to pretty much sit on my shelf til i am more into that fitness level, but this is one toning video i will reach for again and again while i classify myself at "the beginner" stage.i havent done the stability ball portion yet, but the 1st 20 minutes worked all the right places for me. as for the 2 20 min. segments, there *is* a clear end and beginning to when one section stops and the other starts. the only issue there that i had was that the final stretch was mixed in with the stability ball section, and it wasnt a direct "next chapter" to get there. as far as Denise Austin's chattiness -- i am able to tune that out, and just hear her instruction. If this isnt your first Denise video, you are already well aware of her chattiness, so if it doesnt bother you on those videos, it probably won't bother you here either. its nothing out of the ordinary.I can't give this 5 stars only because of the lack of usage of dvd technology, but then again, that's probably why this dvd is as inexpensive as it is. For the price of this DVD, i thought it was well worth it."
I love the DVD!!!
christina3932 | Acworth, GA | 02/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is awesome!! Denise Austin is very motivating. I do this entire workout everyday but Sunday. I have been using it for about 1 month and my body is actually starting to look like it did before I had my 2 children (my son is 4 and my daughter is 1). I started out using 2lb weights and now I am using 5lbs. The stability ball is really fun to work with. Using this DVD and eating right I have lost 20lbs in the past month. I actually have definition in my arms and legs (still working on the abs!)!!! This is a great DVD for any woman that wants to tone up."
Good routine for overall toning
A. Reid | NC, USA | 05/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I went from sedentary to relatively toned primarily through the virtues of this routine, which I have been doing now for about 6 weeks. The DVD bills itself as containing two separate routines--weights and exercise ball--but as other reviewers have noted, it's really one workout you can break into two. The warm-up is clumped with the weights; the cool-down is with the ball. It would have been nice if they had taken advantage of DVD technology as they do in Denise Austin's Personal Training System to allow users to stretch & cool-down with either routine. I had intended to break them into two, but gave in and simply do it all at once. If you choose to do the ball portion only, you might want to do a few warm-up stretches of your own before you start. Cool-down after the weights may not be necessary for you, unless it leaves your muscles feeling tight.
Many people find Denise Austin grating. She talks nonstop. Some of this inane chatter ("That's right; you've got it!"--which I still find cheering even though I know she can't possibly know), but some of it is pretty informative. She tells what each exercise is meant to work and discusses proper form--though not always early enough in the exercise. Sometimes we'll be halfway through something, and she'll suddenly say, "Exhale when you lift up." This can be a bit of a problem when you first start doing the routine, but as you get used to it, you'll start anticipating these belated reminders.
The best part about this workout is how fluidly Austin moves from one part of the body to another. It keeps the cumulative impact of the exercises from overwhelming you--you don't exhaust your arms, for instance, by doing them in one fell swoop. They get a bit of a rest while you work the legs and the abs before you come back.
I love this DVD. I'm still finding parts of it challenging, though I can now do all the exercies, but I can see an incredible difference in the muscle tone in my body. I am now varying it with Denise Austin's Personal Training System for variety, but I can say with all confidence that whether my female fat zones have shrunk or not, they're definitely better sculpted.
Equipment required: 3 to 8 lb. handweights & a stability ball. Be sure to get the right size: the one I started with was too big for my 5'2" frame, and I eventually had to replace it."
Good for small apartments!!!
Beetnik | Texas | 08/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I know that sounds weird, but I have had a hard time working out at home because I always live in confined spaces. This one is good because you don't flail about too much and it works out all your muscles, especially arms, abs, and BACK FAT (what I was really wanting to trim and how I found Denise in the first place). Even the balance ball is do-able within like, 6 square feet or so...(I'm serious). I have never pulled anything and found that I could actually do the workout (minus a few difficult things I sat out but can now mostly do after a few months) without getting discouraged. The strength training produces almost instant results in terms of making you feel more substantial, strong, and energetic. I was *really* out of shape, just got out of grad school and started teaching middle school! Ack! Denise is getting me through it. Her voice is annoying at first but her insipid EASE can be motivating becaues she makes you so mad. At the end of the work out her words are motivating and sweet. She encourages you and says funny things when you are in your moments of pain (like, "let's see that smiling face" when you're trying to roll up vertebrae by vertebrae... ACK!) - now I totally LOVE her! I yelled and screamed obscenities for the first few weeks, but I have been doing this workout since June and I look MAHVELOUS! I recommend this DVD for people who are having a tough time getting motivated... it's easy enough to do and challenging enough to make you want to do it all. This is the first exercise DVD (VHS) I've ever liked enough to actually stick with. And I've been trying for a while. It's also nice at the end because she encourages you and tells you "you're getting fit because you're worth it... keep it up" - maybe there's subliminal messages in it. (just kidding...)"