Fitness Reviews: Workouts By Amy Dixon And Paul Katami, Because Exercise Is Fun, Right?…Right?

Everyone knows books are a passion of mine, but fitness is too. So instead of a book review, I thought I’d post reviews for two of my newest exercise DVD purchases.* (Can you tell I was short on blog ideas this week?)

As an introvert, it should come as no surprise I work out from the privacy of my own home. No one can witness my awkward moves, and fitness DVDs offer me endless variety so I rarely get bored.

Upward dog Yoda

Even Yoda likes workout DVDs. (From my post ‘Yoga Yoda Helps Me Find Ergonomic Zen.’ Click image to read.)

What Makes You Think I’m Interested?

If reading workout reviews is as appealing to you as skin boils, I understand. But before you go, I’d love to hear what your favorite form of exercise is. Or maybe the obstacles you face in meeting your fitness goals.

The following are my Amazon reviews of Breathless Body 4: Going Strong by Amy Dixon and Double Down by Amy Dixon and Paul Katami.

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Breathless Body 4: Going Strong

As always, Amy Dixon doesn’t disappoint. In her fourth Breathless Body DVD she incorporates weights, which is a twist from the first three. That’s one of the perks of this series: they all offer something different. Some are harder than others, but all can be modified to any fitness level.

In Going Strong, 45 seconds of light weight work is followed by 30 seconds of heavy weight work and then three short, high-intensity cardio bursts. This pattern repeats itself for eight circuits which is then followed by a quick run-through of all eight cardio moves and finally core work and a stretch. Although not as challenging as some of the other Breathless Body workouts, your heart rate stays up throughout, and every body part gets worked. I can see myself reaching for this DVD often, and at 55 minutes, it’s easy to fit into a morning workout.

Double Down

In Double Down, Amy Dixon and Paul Katami, both great instructors in their own right, team up for a combined cardio and strength-training workout. Two minutes of mostly compound weight training (incorporates both arm and leg movements) are followed by two minutes of progressively more challenging cardio moves. At first the moves seem rather simple, but two minutes add up, and by the end of the interval, your heart rate is up there. The workout clocks in at fifty minutes, and while more core work at the end would’ve been nice (there’s some in the cardio and weight moves), it’s a nice workout for when there’s less time or when you don’t want to think too hard about choreography.

As with other Dixon and Katami DVDs, you can always modify moves that don’t suit you. An added bonus is the instructors’ chemistry—they’re entertaining and motivating. If you like combining weights and cardio into one workout, this DVD is worth adding to your collection.

 

What’s your favorite form of exercise? If none, what are some of the obstacles you face? Any new workout recommendations for me?

*I have no ties to these instructors and have received nothing for these reviews. Other than heart healthy workouts, that is…

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Rubin4Carrie Rubin is the author of The Seneca Scourgea medical thriller. For full bio, click here.                    

243 Responses to “Fitness Reviews: Workouts By Amy Dixon And Paul Katami, Because Exercise Is Fun, Right?…Right?”

  1. Nurse Kelly

    Hi doc – I’m a runner (just cuz you asked) Also do yoga, pilates and weights in the basement to various youtube videos so I don’t get bored. I still work, so I have to practice what I preach – which is a good thing to keep me in shape – otherwise I think I’d become one big mass of fat due to my new blogging addiction!

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  2. butimbeautiful

    I don’t mind walking – especially in places where you can look at things and then have a coffee and strudel. I sorta enjoyed pole dancing, although my arms are twigs and I’m less than flexible. I wish I had a pole!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Ha, that’s one form of exercise I haven’t tried. And probably never will… But I love to walk. Can’t wait until spring so I can get out there again.

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  3. Joanna Aislinn

    Maybe the hibernation factor of this cold Feb has a few of us on this topic. I’m big on YouTube workouts (20-25 min tops) and dancing around to my favorite songs–also pulled up on YouTube videos. Putting together a playlist keeps the momentum going w/o having to cue up each video individually. I also do light weight workouts and mix up upper and lower body moves. I also walk. It has to be terribly windy or icy to keep me home.

    Uh…sure. Exercise is fun. That’s why I do a lot of it to SVU, NCIS and House re-runs. 😉

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I haven’t done much with You Tube videos, but it’s a great idea for traveling. I do exercise to videos on Jessica Smith’s website when I’m traveling. It’s a nice option for when I don’t want to go to the hotel gym and I can access them from my laptop or iPad. In fact, I’m thinking you were the one who first told me about Smith’s free workouts online. I have some of her DVDs but didn’t realize she had workouts on her website too. So if it was you, thanks!

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      • Joanna Aislinn

        Assuming you travel with your laptop, you could always take your DVDs as well. Not a bad plan for me to get one or two at my end either. No Internet at my cottage–but very scenic walking in the wooded mountains where we are located. 🙂

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        • Carrie Rubin

          Oh yes, I always travel with a few workout DVDs. Ones that don’t require much space to do them in. And I take an exercise band, too. 🙂

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  4. peakperspective

    My workout routine? I go get the mail.
    Okay, to elaborate, I live on top of a mountain, and the mailbox is one mile away and one thousand feet below me. It’s not so bad heading down, but smoke tends to make its way out of my lungs on the way up.
    And yoga. Every day. The elongation of muscles, the balance, the mental focus, the breathing. I love it.
    Cheers, Carrie!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I think everyone should do yoga if they can. So good for flexibility and balance. I don’t always enjoy it–I sometimes get bored. But I do it because it’s good for me. 🙂

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  5. Sue Archer

    Hi Carrie, my go-to exercise is walking, but I do some fancy dance moves at home when the weather is frightful. It gets my heart rate up and is a lot of fun. I’m trying to add in some pilates as well, but I sometimes find it hard to get motivated at this time of year when I get colds – breathing properly is downright impossible!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I have a couple dancing DVDs I like doing. It’s much easier doing them in the privacy of my own home. I know if I did it with a group, I’d become stiffer than the Tin Man. 🙂

      Yes, viral season is the pits. As is the lack of sunshine, at least in my neck of the woods.

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  6. Kate Johnston

    I love working out to a DVD or to a fitness show on On Demand (don’t know if you have that where you are). But, I do get bored with structured exercise after a while, so if I can’t get outside to hike or walk (which are my two preferred modes), then I’ll put on music and dance around till I’m burning.

    I don’t enjoy going to a gym at all, but I have to admit I don’t slack off as much when I know people can see me. 😉

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Ha, that’s true. Wouldn’t want to look like a slug on the treadmill when others are to the right and left of us. 🙂

      I don’t have On Demand, but I just got Netflix. Now you’ve got me wondering if they have any fitness workouts on it. Thanks for giving me the thought. I’ll have to go check it out!

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  7. Roy McCarthy

    Running all the way. But wow, I was trotting past a big Fitness First gym in town the other night and it was packed – from the weights gorillas to the vast aerobics section to an instructor trying to find a corner to lead a stretching session.
    My Couch to 5k programme has nearly 50 turning out three times a week at present. I’m very pleased that so many people are taking health and fitness seriously around these parts.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      A “Couch to 5k programme”–that is such a great title, and I agree, it’s great to see people take an interest in improving their health and fitness. I imagine there is gorgeous scenery where you live. Must make running much more enjoyable than trotting along on a treadmill (or inside that packed gym!). 🙂

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      • Roy McCarthy

        Well, these dark evenings we use the ‘Avenue’ – which is a three-mile stretch alongside St Aubin’s Bay and it’s nicely lit up. It can be wild, windy with the sea crashing over the wall but on a fine night it’s totally beautiful.

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  8. Vanessa-Jane Chapman

    Really I’m terrible at exercising, I barely do any, although I’m quite active. I never sit still for long, I’m always pottering around – like because of having cats I vacuum my whole house pretty much every day (that’s kind of exercise right?!). But I do know I should do more “proper” exercise. I go through phases of some kind of exercise program, but it never lasts.

    My very favourite thing is dancing, and in an ideal world I would go to three or four dance classes a week (sometimes I need the motivation of a teacher otherwise I just give up). I also really like swimming, and wish I could work that in more.

    I do really like exercise DVDs but I don’t have a proper space to do that, I used to have space in my living room, but then we got a really big coffee table that takes up the space I had! Exercise videos are actually the only thing in my whole life where I’ve been able to clearly measure a fitness and strength improvement – in the late 80s I had a Jane Fonda workout video, it was a particularly gruelling aerobic workout, and when I first got it, I did not have the stamina to keep going all the way through, I would just get so out of breath it hurt and I would have to keep stopping, and also there was one place in it which was for the arms and my arms would ache so badly I’d have to lower them and stop that. Anyway, I kept it up, and after a period of doing it about four times a week, I found I was able to keep going all the way through and keep going with the arm bit, and in the end it wasn’t just possible, it was EASY to do the whole thing. I was really impressed at my measurable improvement 🙂 and I’ve never had anything like that happen since!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Great point about DVDs allowing you to gauge your improvement. It’s really nice to get through one you had to pause and catch your breath on before. I, too, used to have Jane Fonda workouts, including the first one on cassette tape! Oh, I think I dated myself there…

      Dancing is fun, but I’d never dare do it in public other than at a wedding dance or something, and even then I need a few beers first. But I do have some dancing DVDs, and I have a great time with those alone in my basement. But yes, lack of space can be an issue with home workouts.

      Got your nice email. I’ll get back to you in more detail when I tackle my inbox. 🙂

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  9. roughwighting

    Ah, like you, my writing is enhanced by my exercising. Walking is my favorite form: I can be alone, I can daydream, and I can wear whatever I want. But now that I live in Boston and can’t walk whenever I want (URGH) I found a dance class called Nia, Yoga and Me. We all dance to incredible gorgeous music and move our booties for an hour and leave laughing and feeling like teenagers. A great way to exercise!

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