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Bob Harper: Beginner's Weight Loss
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94 of 95 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2011
This is a good, heart-rate lifting, sweaty workout. The moves include a lot of floor work (pushups, squat-thrusts/burpees, planks - on hands, elbows, and alternating), some moves with weights (which can be done without weights, if desired), jumping jacks and some other plyo moves, lunges, squats, marching, kicks, and a little bit of standing ab work towards the end. The fit twenty-somethings in the video sweat like pigs, and occasionally lose their form (though thankfully, they aren't the drama queens we see in certain other videos - no exaggerated grimacing or grunting).

I work out almost everyday, and it is a challenging workout with almost no modifications included - and no breaks - it's a solid 45 minutes, including warmup and cool-down. I cannot imagine anyone who is over 200 pounds, has joint pain, (particularly knees), or who is over 40 and beginning an exercise program or returning after years to react to this with anything other than wide-eyed amazement and swift disillusionment. It may be a good "Bob Harper for Beginners" workout, but a real beginner's workout? No, no, and no.
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2011
I just got this dvd after ordering it from the mytrainerbob.com websit. I absolutely love it. Another great workout from Bob. This workout isn't really for your absolute beginner. I consider myself a little advanced and felt a little challenged with this workout. Bob keeps you moving throughout the workout; your heart will be pumping. There are some familiar moves and a few new ones. Really liked the "swimming" moves with weights. At 45 minutes this is a good, heart pumping workout. There's also a 10 minute ab workout that I've got to try. Looks challenging enough. Beginners should give it a try. Good also for those of us looking for something different. Definitely recommend it.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2011
"Bob Harper: Beginner's Weight Loss" dvd contains two workouts, Beginner's Weight Loss Transformation and 10-Minute Beginner Abs.

I'll start with the shorter 10-Minute Beginner Abs workout. I found it fairly easy and it was a little different from other ab workouts. I enjoyed it and my abs were sore the next day.

Here's the breakdown.

Ab Workout (10 minutes, 40 seconds)
Stretch (51 seconds)

Here's the Ab workout.

Seated Twists
Kayak Race
Seated Leg Lifts
Stretch
Seated Leg Lifts
Reverse Core Crunches
Lower Ab Crunches
Crunches
Oblique Crunches
Crunches

The Beginner's Weight Loss Transformation, the main workout, is intense and I classify it as an intermediate workout. Heart rate is boosted throughout most of the workout and I was sweating. Six hours later, I was sore. Light to moderate weights are used in slightly less than half of the exercises. Other exercises involve plyometrics (jumping) and bodyweight exercises including various push-up variations. I don't like jumping and I made it easier by walking and I have a piece of equipment which I use to do easier push-ups, (you could do push-ups against a wall or a bench, too).

Here's the breakdown.

Warm up (3 minutes, 20 seconds) Warm up is composed of all stretches.
Workout (38 minutes, 07 seconds) Please see below for a list of exercises.
Cool-down (3 minutes, 27 seconds) Cool-down consists of all stretches.

Here's the workout.

Weighted Squat
Bicep & Shoulder Combo
Squat with Arm Combo
Squat Thrusts
Cross Body Mountain Climbers
Hand Walk
Squat with Arm Combo
Shoulder Press
Squat Thrusts
Cross Mountain Climbers
Push-Ups
Hand Walk with Push-Ups
Jumping Jacks
Freestyle Swim
Butterfly Swim
Rows
Deadlifts
Jumping Jacks
High Knees
Freestyle Swim
Butterfly Swim
Rows
Deadlifts
Deadlifts with Squats
Triceps Extension
Prisoner Lunges
High-to-Low Plank
High Knees
Front Kicks
Prisoner Lunges
Push-Ups
Jumping Jacks
Sumo Squat
Fast Feet
Jumps
Squats
Standing Oblique Crunches
Side Crunches
Standing Oblique Crunches
Side Crunches
Triceps Push-Ups
Reverse Table Top
Stretches
Triceps Push-Ups
Reverse Tabletop

The swimming variations with weights may be the first time that I have seen them done. I also liked the standing ab work at the end. The reverse table top and the triceps push-ups are sometimes rarely seen, and I was pleased to see them here.

I can see how some might say this is not a beginner's workout. Anything that I found too hard, I just did an easier variation. We all know, that we have to be consistent and build up over time.

Besides Mr. Harper, talent includes two male exercisers and two female exercisers.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2011
I love Bob Harper, but this is NOT a beginner's workout. I couldn't get through it and got frustrated. I need a beginner's to get me going, but this isn't it. Eventually I can work up to it and keep it in my collection, but definately not beginner!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2012
Let me start by saying that I am NOT a beginner. So I can tell you with certainty that this IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS. Yes, I am shouting :) However, if you are a beginner, you can still use it if you pay close attention to what I'm about to say.

Women in particular, use no weight or 2 - 3 pound weights for the entire workout the first time you complete it.
NO MORE THAN 3 POUNDS YOUR FIRST TIME PLEASE!!! IF YOU HAVE WORKED OUT BEFORE, NO MORE THAN 5 POUNDS!!!
Beware of the swimming and butterfly moves. I think it's best to use NO weight for these 2 moves at first.
I recommend the above because most of the moves are done at speed so whether you have worked out before or not, some moves are too fast to maintain good form particularly for a beginner. In addition, the excessive shoulder presses could put strain on your neck. After the first time you do this dvd, you can figure out what weights you need and if you want to switch off for some exercises that's a good idea.

The trainer is a little annoying because he keeps calling it your first "beginner" workout. It's very irritating because it's NOT technically a beginner workout. Other than that, it can be a good workout for someone who has worked out before and will slow down some of the moves and practice good form. It's hard to know how to do that if you have never worked out before. It's clear that "beginner" doesn't necessarily mean that it's your first ever workout, but it could be for some. And remember, trainer BOB insists that it's your first beginner workout, so apparently he thinks a first timer can do it. With this, he should have advised the use of very very light weights and had a modifier. I gave this dvd 2 stars because it's 2012 and there should have been various options on the menu to show modifications & a little further explanation.

In summary, a beginner can do it, but do NOT use more than 3 pounds your first time. And do NOT be discouraged if you can't do it all. Most beginners will not be able to do the entire thing your first time. Perhaps trainer BOB should change the name to begoners, because it's going to be intimidating to most beginners and many will probably get hurt if they don't know how to pace themselves and use proper technique.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2011
Because Bob Harper is known for working with the morbidly obese on The Biggest Loser and the title of this workout is "Beginner's Weight Loss", I was so excited to find and purchase this dvd. I am 100+ lbs overweight, in my early 30's and actually I used to do crazy workouts before my weight gain but because I am now so heavy, I have serious back pain and no core strength. This workout was not impossible but dangerous for someone in my shape being that you have no one to corrrect your form. The toned,fit ppl doing this workout in the dvd looked exhausted because there is no break to catch your breath during the intervals..that meant 45 minutes of straight cardio. I am quite dissapointed in this purchase but I will say if you can work your strength up or if you have the agility then this is a great workout.(hard to do on carpet, can not do barefoot and need flexible shoes + hand weights)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2012
Let me start out by saying that I am a 25 year old 300 and something pound girl. I ordered the Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga by Bob and LOVE it! Its a very decent work out not too easy or too hard (with modifications of course). I have been doing that dvd about 25 mins every couple of days. And the days I dont do it, I do some light easy dancing for about 30 mins. I have only been exercising for about 2 weeks now. I was worried about the level of intensity for this work out because of all the other reviews stating that it was too hard and more intermediate, but it was $6 w/ shipping so how could I not get it, even if just to work up to it? Well I finally got it, after an 8 day [ugh!] waiting period. I put it in and began the work out. Some moves I absolutely could not do because I get in the way of myself, but I just kept moving to keep my heart rate up. Or I attempted it. I bet I looked pathetic (but who cares, Im at home!) I didn't know if I could get through the entire workout but I did. The only one I couldn't figure out a modification for was a triceps work out where you sit on the floor with knees bent and hands on the floor behind you and then lift your self up. Im just too heavy for that ish! But thats near the end of the work out. So I actually feel really good afterwards. My thighs are just a little shaky. And I was dripping sweat!! I did not use any dumbbells, apparently my arms are heavy enough because I felt the burn! It will be my goal to do this every other day (while doing my yoga on the other days) until I can do it all! The only thing that I was disappointed about was Bobs personality didn't really shine through. That was what I was really hoping for because it helps me in getting through the workout. I recommend it to mobile beginners because if you have joint pain or something or just hardly ever move, it would be really rough. And I would suggest walking, in fact I think there is a biggest loser or bob harper power walk dvd that I might buy :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2014
I really like Bob Harper! 99% of the time, I believe in him and he is about TRUTH... but with this DVD, the truth is: This is NOT a beginner's workout!!!! There's burpees, and cross climbing push ups... what's beginner's about that? Come on Bob, if you're going to do a beginner's workout, make it for beginners... I purchased this for someone who is just starting out and now she is disappointed that she can't even do a beginner's DVD.... :/
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2013
when i first got this, it truly was my first work out in a couple of years. i could only do about 25 minutes of it. which turned me off from it. while bob is encouraging, it is too much. also, there is alot of emphasis on your wrists. so unless you are interested in putting all of your 200+pounds on your wrists, don't get this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2011
I am trying to get back in shape. I can do the Leslie Sansone 2-mile walk no problem, but after about 20 minutes of this DVD, my heart rate was way too high and I was actually starting to wheeze. This is a good workout, and something to build up to, but very discouraging for a true beginner. Also, everyone in the DVD is VERY fit - not much encouragement here for someone just starting. Also,"jumping" included,which is just recipe for a beginner injury. I think beginners should avoid this workout.
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