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.
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.
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.
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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