DR. LISA: YOGA BLAST
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Beyond my yoga issue, this wasn't the worst workout. If you know basic yoga and can put yourself into a proper position, it is a decent compilation of ballet, cardio, hips, yoga and pilates. The three 20 minute workouts do cover hi-lo cardio, stretching, strength, and major muscle groups. I felt this immediately and that was encouraging. I'll continue to use this dvd even though some of the "Love It" and other ditzy sounding remarks (well, the tone really)...were grating. I didn't much care for the comment about "lasting longer" and "helping in the bedroom" either since my children usually do yoga and dance with me.
I wasn't thrilled with this video. First of all, the name is a complete misnomer. It should be called "Dance Blast". It's more of a dance workout. I couldn't make it through the cardio section because I have better things to do with my time. It seemed like a lot of dance as I fast-forwarded through it. I did go through the entire strength section, which included some barre movements, a very strange hip circle sequence (coming from a bellydancer's perspective, no less). I have some concerns that the deep plie shown here wasn't described deeply enough to protect the knees of inexperienced exercisers (at whom this video must be aimed) who wouldn't know how to align their knees with their toes, and the deep knee plies can be painful if not done properly. The barre movements (the attitudes) was fun for me. Then we got into the yoga. I've been doing hot yoga several times a week, so I followed along with the sun salutations easily. Any movements requiring any kind of balance was shown with a chair, for people who don't have balance. Of course, if you have experience with yoga, you would dispense with the chair during your Warrior IIIs. I did. The yoga moves were modified into strength moves, with leg lifts during Warrior III. Interestingly, the yoga movements were not described in any way.Read more ›
Likes: Beautiful outdoor setting, instructor is clear and shows good form. The strength training I enjoyed the most as it is a combination of ballet barre type exercises, and a bit more yoga, sun salutations, planks, prayer twists, etc. The music in this secion was a little on the jazzier side. This is the longest at 22 minutes. The stretching was also good, with more yoga poses as well as some pilates moves for your core. This section was 20 minutes and I also thought it was well done, combining the different styles of exercise.
Dislikes: The first section, which was cardio was a little strange, the dance is supposed to be hip-hop, which seems to just be a catch all term for anything where you shake your butt a little. Nothing really hip-hop about those moves in my opinion. The moves are taught slowly then done to tempo. They weren't very complex so I would think most beginners could catch on fairly quickly. The other part that I didn't care for was that they do down-dog from yoga but never roll out a mat. It is a very awkward transition, and unless you are working on a very sturdy surface and you are wearing shoes, this would not be how you should attempt a pose like this, you should have a sticky mat so that you don't slip on your floor or carpet. For good form, I would keep my eye on the trainer, occasionally I would see Dr. Lisa start to arch her back, as in a plank/push-up. The instructor will tell you how to modify as well. A personal thing with me as I don't care for a lot of chatting, so this one was a little annoying on the chattiness scale, and a bit too much commentary from Dr.Read more ›
The bad sides:
Poor cuing. They don't cue the movements well and even sort of joke about if you're not getting it it's okay just *move*. Not cool. It's especially evident on the 'vinyasa' moments--a term they use very loosely to mean 'let's do like 2 semi kind of sort of yoga moves and then get back to the low impact aerobics' in the first section. Hey, when your audience is in downward dog, they need some cue when to move and to what! And for a video that has yoga in the title, the yoga is actually very thinly represented.
You think you're getting a video of three yoga workouts, right? No. You get a cardio workout, a body weight muscle building workout and a stretching workout, with options to play them all at once or pick one.
Doctor Lisa. She is a terrible person to be in a workout video. There, I said it. Her form is awful for many of the moves, showing no concentration or focus on form. Form is everything for many movements, both for effectiveness and safety. I thought at first she was going to model, you know, beginner variations for people who want a slightly less intense workout, but no. Her form during pushups in particular was appalling: locked out elbows, lowering her belly more than her shoulders, just everything you do not want in a proper pushup.
She also has a really unhealthy obsession with surgery. I've never had a workout instructor in a video talk at all about not needing plastic surgery, but she mentions it at least five times. It made me think I wasn't the demographic for this video: I want a workout I can do that will help me be healthy and fit. Plastic surgery has never been on my horizon.Read more ›
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For starters, they do not explain the proper technique. If you're new to yoga, you won't be able to follow along and if by some miracle you are able to, you will most likely not be... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Melinda
This workout wasn't any fun for me at all, I found it kind of fluffy and ineffective. Didn't feel like a workout at all. But, Dr. Lisa is cute and real, not fakey.Published on July 31, 2013 by Tabitha Mattison
Dr. Lisa is not the instructor another lady is the instructor.
Yoga is done in between other exercises; it is not really a Yoga DVD.
Dr. Read more
I liked the video, but this is not the video I thought I was getting.
The video I thought I was getting was Dr. Read more
Honestly, I picked this up because the description made it sound like an engaging, invigorating yoga workout, but I couldn't have been more wrong. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by Trixie L
I dont like this video much. The instructor grated on my nerves. The instruction itself was decent and the workiut good.Published on May 21, 2013 by Shawna Lanne
I thought this was a pretty decent yoga fitness dvd especially for beginners. It is a little bit over an hour and the different segments focuses on stretching, strength exercises... Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by Ms. Read
After having 3 babies within 4 1/2 years, I decided it was time to do a bit of damage control! I thought this looked like something quick and effective, so I wanted to give it a... Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by Bluerose's Heart