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Absolute Beginners Fitness: Weight Training - Strength & Tone for Beginners

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Designed specifically for those just starting out with exercise programs but suitable for all fitness levels the Absolute Beginners Fitness series contains clear and precise instruction for safe, yet effective, workouts. Utilizing top instructors and proven methods, the Absolute Beginners Fitness series of DVDs are the best way to begin a lifetime of fitness and health. Instructors Jules Benson and Phil Ross make strength training the building block for your fitness future in this lively set of exercises and instruction. Jules and Phil use a series of three segments that will teach you muscle functionality and proper form while giving you the basics of strength training for your arms, legs, and chest for maximum results. An abdominal segment concludes each of the three segments. Segment 1 Singular Exercise Focus By concentrating on one exercise at a time and moving throughout the entire body, Jules and Phil ensure that your form is maintained and that the efficiency of the workout is maximized. This segment will give you clear instructions on how to incorporate light weights with your exercises. Segment 2 Supersets and Triple Sets To focus on muscular endurance, this segment has exercises that are done in rapid succession with minimal rest periods. Body parts are grouped together in such a way to tax specific areas, to increase muscular endurance, and to promote overall body symmetry. Segment 3 Circuit Training The basic exercises from Segment One are done again, this time in rotation with only a very brief rest between the movements to increase the fat burning process, yielding a greater cardiovascular benefit. For the best results - do each segment several times a week for four weeks before moving on to the next, giving your body ample time to adapt to its new strength training regimen. By following this suggested routine, you will develop better form while getting three months of solid training for a great foundation to move on to even more challenging workouts.

Product Details

  • Actors: Jules Benson, Phil Ross
  • Directors: Tamilee Webb
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bayview Entertainment/Widowmaker
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GIJRPE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,703 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By MJ on February 17, 2009
Format: DVD
My wife and I both have recently started working out and this DVD is perfect for it. I knew some things about weights, but she knew nothing. Well, she does now! :) These two instructors, Phil and Julie, are perfect to get things going. They are so friendly in their approach it makes you want to learn. You won't go wrong with this one.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Nik on February 16, 2010
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Beginning my strength training program I was looking for something basic, for beginners. A workout that was not too easy, well taught and effective. Although this is not the greatest produced video, it does the job. I felt muscle I hadn't felt after doing other workout - don't know how I made it this far without those muscles... They give a great introduction on how to use this video, a tutorial on how to execute the movements and motivation to keep you going. This video has three methods on it - beginner, intermediate and advanced to keep you going a whole year + long. Great!

I give it four stars because of the productions lack of - well, production quality. The instructors are a bit messy when it comes to those resting/stretch periods, as if they had no plan of execution before the camera(s) ran. They are out of sync and have no clear cut movement for you to utilize. So... pick one or two and go from there.

Also, they chose to use the cut and paste method on methods two and three - simply put, they cut exercises from method 1 and pasted them in several spots throughout the latter two methods, giving you the same comments over and over, instead of filming these exercises again with fresh motivation. These instructors look competent enough to go throught the movements again, safely. Great exercise routine, cheap production.

The above problems aside, these are effective routines. Especially for beginners who need to build up that muscle. You will feel the burn, but a good one. If it hurts use lighter weights, rest and repeat.

Good Luck.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Fitness Freak on March 4, 2009
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No bad at all...I workout often but not enough with weights so figured I'd get something to give me a refresher. Nice price and well done and a lot of nice tips. Good for beginner or advanced who needs an update. I can see beginners liking this very much, not intimidating at all.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Odile S. Brock on May 5, 2010
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I have to start with a disclaimer: I gave up on this program about 2 minutes into the Warm Up.
Why? Because like all other fitness program, this one SWITCHES MOVES on the poor beginner every 4 or 5 SECONDS! I can't keep up, and it makes me feel so stupid I want to cry. First you walk in place for about 4 steps, then when you're not even sure you're getting that right (how high do I lift the feet?), start popping over to one side! Huh? Oh, never mind, now I want you to go front-front-back-back and at the same time please do this complicated maneuver with your arms! Got that? No, you're still at the side lunge thing? Well, too late, that's over already and I now want you to do another move more complicated than the cha-cha-cha for 3 seconds.

I did go through the introduction and the explanation of the movements. Those were good, so you get 1 star. And besides, I don't know how to give you zero stars.

Here's a hint for the creators of this video: find someone who really is an absolute beginner and beta-test your program. If they turn off the power 30 seconds into the warm up, maybe your program needs some revisions.

Only someone who's been doing warm-ups like the one in here all their lives can follow the complicated, bait-and-switch exercise in frustration in this video. NOT BEGINNERS.

What I need: a warm-up where the routine changes no more frequently than every 30 seconds. Hey, it takes me 10 just to figure out what YOU're doing, 10 more to make sure I'm doing it right! Let me just enjoy it for 10 more seconds, ok?
Example: Walk in place for 30 seconds, side-steps for 30 seconds, etc.

Too bad. Friendly instructors, good quality taping.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By NibbleNose on April 11, 2013
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Please pay attention to the title of the CD. The program serves a very under-served group of individuals -- beginners in weight training. That does not mean it is lightweight. You can progress through the carefully constructed range of movements, end up more toned, more strong, and lose some weight by following the exercises and levels, than you even thought possible. The CD features a man and woman explaining and demonstrating proper form of each exercise and one of them will do the lifts along with you, while the other coaches or counts. Both legs and arms are covered, with abs at the end. The 2 person team has decent rapport, no phony irritating musak, and a basic setting. You want flashy butt-shaking glitz with cheese on top, go to Richard Simmons! You want the straight scoop, go with Absolute Beginners Fitness.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anne Brooks on July 5, 2010
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It was a very well-instructed dvd. As stated, it is definitely for beginners. My only disappointment with it was that it was all the same exercises presented in 3 different ways-meaning a superset, a push-pull set, etc. According to the time on it, it was a long dvd but since they were all the same exercises a little disappointing if you were expecting more.
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