Biggest Loser: Calorie Knockout
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2011
I don't often write reviews of products, but since this workout video is so new I thought I would give my perspective to those who are thinking about purchasing it. I did the entire video yesterday (a 5 minute warm-up, a 15 minute circuit with Anna, a 15 minute circuit with Bob, a 15 minute circuit with Dolvett, and a 5 minute cooldown). While I did feel like I got a good workout, there were a few things that frustrated me.

Anna is not a good fit for an instructor in a workout video. She may be able to get you to work up a sweat, but I found myself more annoyed as time went on during her circuit. She doesn't count and it's VERY difficult to tell when you are going to transition into the next move. She make peppy little comments to the others doing the moves (the heavier versions of some of the contestants on this season's Biggest Loser), but it comes across as very fake. The workout itself is choppy and difficult to follow. You do work up a good sweat, but if you're expecting a professional, smooth workout, then Anna's circuit is NOT for you.

Bob's workout was by far THE BEST on this DVD. It was classic Bob. Very focused on form and giving you a heads-up when you were going to switch to something else. I enjoyed his circuit the most because it was what I have come to expect from a Bob Harper workout. A nice, challenging, calorie burning circuit.

I love Dolvett on the BL show, but I was also slightly annoyed by his circuit (but for different reasons). His 15 minutes consist of something called "Tabata" which means you do one exercise for 20 seconds and then rest for 10 seconds, then do another exercise for 20 seconds and recover for 10 seconds (and so on and so on). Every time he said "Tabata" I heard "cibatta" (who knows, maybe I was hungry) and I wasn't thrilled with the choices of exercises he gives you to do during the circuit. There were a LOT of lunge and squat-type moves which are hard for people with bad knees. The modifiers for those moves don't really produce as much effort so I'm not sure you get the same amount of burn as if you do the full exercise (and in my case, possibly mess up your knees).

The warm-up and cooldown portions of the DVD were nothing outstanding, but I think they were well done. Again, my biggest complaint with this DVD was Anna and her lack of communication during her circuit. Knowing when to stop an exercise and when you are switching to something else is very important to me in an at home workout. I didn't get that from her.

Overall, you do work up a pretty good sweat and I'm sure I burned some calories (although probably not as many as I do in a solitary Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper DVD). The whole Calorie Knockout workout does go by pretty quickly, though, which is always a bonus. I'll try this DVD a few more times before deciding whether or not I want to trade it in or keep it in the rotation.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2012
I'm a P90x girl normally, but I also get really bored doing the same things over and over. I actually checked out this DVD from our library and was pleasantly surprised! I did it on a day that I didn't feel like pushing myself too hard. WOW, did I under estimate the biggest loser workouts! I shed more calories (according to my heart rate monitor) on this DVD than I do on some of my P90x videos! It all just depends on what you put into it. You can make any workout more of a challenge if you push yourself. All in all I say if you're an at-home exerciser like me, this is a great video to add to your rotation!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2011
"Biggest Loser: Calorie Knockout" contains some basic exercises, good if you don't want too many fancy moves. Dumbbells are used on all 3 circuits and it is a beginner, and may be almost an intermediate workout, if you use heavier weights and skip the rest periods which was what I did. An instructor leads six former contestants. Instructors are Dolvett Quince, Anna Kournikova, and Bob Harper.

Total workout time (about 53 minutes)

Warm-Up (over 5 minutes) Mr. Quince shows easy moves and stretches.

Circuit #1 (about 11 minutes, 45 seconds) Ms. Kournikova instructs.

Alternating knee lift, to front kick, to knees, with twist
Reverse fly, with tap back, with leg lift
Side kick and tap
Jumping jacks
Lateral lunge with upright row
Side kick and tap
Jumping jacks
Lateral lunge with upright row
Front kick to back kick
Plie, with overhead press
Front kick to back kick
Alternating biceps and triceps in squat hold, with squat

Circuit #2 (about 15 minutes, 30 seconds) Mr. Harper instructs.

Single leg lunge, with overhead press
Pop up
Lunge hold
Warrior pose
Single leg lunge, with overhead press
Lunge hold
Pop up
Lunge hold
Warrior pose
Punch, in squat hold
Diagonal plies
Squat hold
Side step and row
Row
Jump and shuffle back
Chair pose
Push-up with side plank
Plank hold with jacks
Push-up
Down dog

Circuit #3 (15 minutes) Mr. Quince instructs. My knees hurt a little bit, but after completing this circuit, I was fine. You could alway skip or do fewer lunges and squats.

Squat or side step with curl, or squat jump (many reps & sets)
Alternating back lunge with or without ab twist (many reps & sets)
Side tap or side jump with or without press (many reps & sets)

Cool-down: (5 minutes, 30 seconds) Stretch with Mr. Quince.

There's the option to choose which segments to do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"Calorie Knockout" is one of the most intense workouts I've ever done. Maybe it was because I did all three circuits on one day one after the other. There is a nice warm up and a cool down. The circuits are intense because of the pace and for most of the time you are using weights. I'd suggest three pound weights as they seemed heavy enough because of the speed of the exercises. You are going to sweat doing these circuits as they are seriously intense. You will be doing lunges, squats, jumping jacks, kicks and boxing moves. I thought all the three instructors were good and I could follow along great. OK maybe I was a little slower but there were few things I had to modify. The only thing I have to complain about is how Bob makes you hold positions for so long. I had to come out of the positions a few times because it was too intense. Anna was cute and Dolvett has a huge beautiful smile. Dolvett communicates with you in a mild drill sergeant-like style which is amusing and makes you work harder than you would. Anyway I think you get your money's worth when you buy this DVD.

~The Rebecca Review
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2012
I recently purchased Calorie Knockout Extreme Cardio for Maximum Burn. You would think with a name like that it would actually be a cardio workout, but I was very disappointed to find that it wasn't. Every workout on it involved weightlifting. Not just light cardio weights, but actual strength moves. I alternate cardio and strength training, doing cardio on one day and strength/weight lifting on the next. I don't mind some cardio on my strength days, but don't like to do strength moves on my cardio days when I let my muscles rest. I have lots and lots of strength DVD's and not nearly enough cardio DVD'S for my cardio days. The title of this DVD and the description on the packaging was very misleading. I would not have purchased it if I had known it was not a true cardio workout. I was expecting it to be an actual cardio workout, similar to the Biggest Loser Cardio Max, which I like very much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2012
I have had a high metabolism since childhood until mid 20's. As I get older, I am finding the pounds increasing more and more. Now I need to start exercising and watching what I eat to be fit. I feel that for a beginner, this is a good exercise DVD to buy. I like the warm up and cool down versions. Also, there are 3 different exercise sessions. They really get your heart pumping and make you sweat. Like many, I don't have much time to work out, so this is really good for those who are limited on time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a great workout for those who are beginners or do not like to workout much. What I loved about it is "calories burned" and to knockout those extra pounds or fat. This was the first time I have ever picked up one of their tapes and wondered what the contestants have to do on the show. Where here it is! I loved this one and was able to complete the entire workouts.

Anna is the easiest but she will do those jumping jacks. Ugh. 30 one round and 50 the last round. Not me. Oddly when I was an athlete in high school, these were one of my favorite exercises we had to do when I played volleyball and softball, don't recall doing much when I played basketball.

Bob Harper is the hardest on this DVD. He will make you sweat for sure. Maybe sore too?! If you do modified moves, you will be okay.

Dolvett Quince tabatta is second to hardest, or second to easier, depending on your drive and metabolism, or how you workout. I also can finish it because I am looking at his gorgeous smile and confidence to push through the workout itself. Never slacked on this one.

Warmup and cool down is cool.

I did notice that it says 15 minutes per workout but Anna does 11:30 minutes, the other two 15 minutes and a few seconds over the time. Warm up is 5 minutes but cool down is about the same.

Adrienna Turner, author of The Day Begins with Christ
*Hope to get as a Christmas gift. Way to bring in the New Year baby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2013
I am surprised about the low rating reviews for this workout. I have over 300 workout dvds and I thought this one was great and it was not boring at all. I workout about 6 days a week for about an hour and 30 minutes and I could definitely tell you that this dvd was not easy and obviously if you do not like to exercise you are going to find any workout boring. I do agree that Anna is not a great instructor but over all this workout is great and effective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I borrowed this one from the library and have decided that overall it wasn't the right fit for me, but can see where it might be just the ticket for some exercisers. Here are my pros and cons:

The instructors were all fine, motivating and pushing you to finish your reps. The exercises were easy to follow and got your heart rate up with simple moves, jumping jacks, leaps squats with weights, lunges, etc. The segments are short, approx. 15 minutes each, which allow you to customize your routine as a longer or shorter piece. The exercisers were all on the show. Sometimes it is refreshing to see real people who look like they need to exercise shown instead of people who already have perfect abs, skinny thighs and the like. It is also nice to see that they showed variations when the moves were too challenging, which is a great thing, showing that just because you can't do it all you can modify the move and still get a workout and work up to the move.

The cons for me was that it was a routine I felt I would get bored with too easily. I also felt that occasionally there was some sloppy form with a few exercisers that wasn't corrected and sometimes people were out of synch with the moves. These are small things, but still a little annoying.

I do exercise daily and thought this might be a lighter day workout for me, but it really did make me sweat when I really powered into the moves, which range from kickboxing to old school squats, etc and yoga moves.

Overall I would say if you are an advanced beginner or intermediate exerciser you could do this. I would caution those that have knee issues or do not like high impact moves as there are several exercises that may not be for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2012
I began this workout a few days ago, Bob's circuit workout is the best out of the 4. Anna is almost childlike in her teaching, she doesn't explain the moves and is quick to go into the next movement. I get a good sweat and I feel pretty beat at the end. It's a good beginner DVD.
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