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Exhale: Core Fusion - Lean & Toned

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"A solid total-body toner" --USA Today
"Thorough, core-busting workouts"
"Delivers results in a short period of time" --Los Angeles Times
"The perfect fusion of fitness and fun" --American Spa magazine

A quarter of a million people have transformed their bodies at exhale, the exclusive mind/body spa. Now you can get these same results at home.

Lengthen, strengthen, and transform your physique with Core Fusion Lean & Toned. This program targets all the major muscle groups in five 10-minute segments, each focused on a different part of the body. You can tailor your practice to time constraints, or do them all together for an invigorating total-body workout.

Bringing the mind/body spa experience home, Elisabeth and Fred teach Lean & Toned like one of exhale’s nationally renowned Core Fusion classes. Subtle but intense moves increase your heart rate, helping you burn calories and lose weight as you tone. Soon you’ll have flat abs, firm glutes, chiseled arms, and slender legs. And since the unique Core Fusion approach mixes stretching and sculpting moves, your newly defined muscles will be long and lean. Reshape your body, and enjoy the workout the celebs are raving about! Includes 5 min. bonus stretch.

Husband and wife team and Core Fusion co-creators Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp have over 50 years of combined experience teaching Pilates, Lotte Berk Method, yoga, and dance--disciplines that comprise the Lean & Toned workout. They are founding team members of exhale, a leading mind/body spa with locations in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

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  • Actors: Elisabeth Halfpapp, Fred DeVito
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acacia
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030ZRL68
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,011 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Dysterious on May 4, 2010
Format: DVD
I own all of the Exhale Core Fusion DVDs and I also take the live classes at Exhale Spa. I continue to be amazed by how Core Fusion literally transformed my body. I am now toned and strong and feel more confident and comfortable in my own skin. Needless to say, I was excited about this new DVD because it is marketed as being like a live class. Even more exciting is that in the DVD with Fred and Elisabeth are three of my favorite Core Fusion teachers! So if you get this DVD, you'll be watching the teachers whose classes I take the most.

So what did I think of Core Fusion Lean & Toned?

I liked it! I think that for someone who doesn't have access to live classes or can't afford/doesn't want to pay for them, this DVD will definitely give you a good feel of what class is like. That said, Lean & Toned is not exactly like a live class as I thought it would be. It was like a compressed version of class - as if someone held a full-length class at both ends and squeezed it in.

Lean & Toned goes something like this:

Warm up (leg/arm lifts)
Reverse Pushups (tricep dips)
Forearm Plank
Weights (for biceps, triceps, shoulders, back)
Thighs (ouch)
Abs (flat back/round back against a wall)
Abs (pretzel/curl combo)

That is a lot to pack in 50 minutes! The movements are fairly nonstop so it does work up a sweat, although the stretching in between creates a nice feeling of balance. That said, some parts did feel rushed, like the plank and arm weights sections, which were much shorter than I expected. I also never saw the pretzel move interspersed with the abs curl position, as was done here.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By HLW on May 28, 2010
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I have been practicing Yoga and Pilates for over 2 years and discovered the Core Fusion series earlier this year. Since then, I have not picked up any of my other workout DVDs or bought anything other than Core Fusion. I use Body Sculpt, Lean and Toned, and Pilates Plus, and I literally have never had results like what I've gotten from Core Fusion. My body is leaner, I feel more solid and well-balanced, and I'm so toned- sometimes I can't believe it's my own body. I weigh 135ish, I have thick thighs and what I call a "juicy" butt, and no ankles. Now my thighs are lean and you can see the definition of the muscle at the knee. My ankles and calves are the same way, and my butt is actually shapely.
I'm literally addicted to all of these workouts. They're not easy, especially if you haven't done any core work before, but it is worth it and you just want to do more because of the results. I recommend it to anybody who wants to lose inches and is willing to work hard for an hour a day to do it!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jenny G on September 5, 2010
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This DVD is like a merging of all the best parts of Body Sculpt and Pilates Plus, but more advanced than either. The segments are:

Upper Body Tone & Stretch: starts with a brief barre style marching warm up before moving into a mix of pushups, planks, tricep dips, and then finally into upper body weights. I completed the pushups and planks on the toes (knees lifted) and it was a very nice challenge. Pushup options included: hands together in diamond and legs wide, arms wide and feet together, single leg pushups (these are quite challenging done on the toes). There are regular forearm planks and then single leg planks. I used 5 lbs weights for the upper body workout. The weight portion covers shoulders, lats, biceps, and triceps. The routine ends with some nice stretches. When I used the DVD on other times, I substituted more planks for the weight section and then caught up with them again on the stretches.

Thighs Tone & Stretch: In addition to plie variations, this sequence also includes standing leg lifts that really work the inner thighs. There are also lunges done up on the toes - I wasn't sure how my knee would like these but it did fine with it. The lunges on the toes feel very different from traditional lunges.

Flat/Round Back Tone & Stretch: I've done the Pilates Plus segment many times and am actually fairly good at it, although not as advanced as Fred. But the first time I did the one on this DVD I thought they were crazy. I stuck with it, though, and on the third try I started to get it. This is one of my favorite segments, but is definitely more advanced than Pilates Plus. Since I'm limited on wall space I first tried using the base of my sofa but decided a door worked better.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 28, 2012
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I bought this DVD to supplement my regular boxing workout -- and, admittedly, shrink and lift the remains of my Latina butt that boxing/running/yoga wasn't getting to.

To that extent, the "Gluteal Tone and Stretch" segment is FANTASTIC. It's 10 minutes long, but hits all the muscles back there and gives me the right kind of soreness the next day. I also feel stronger when taking the stairs or running, and I *think* everything's slowly starting to lift back there. Fair warning: the stretch at the end hurts like the dickens. Know your own limits and don't try to keep up with the instructor -- she is very, very bendy.

I also regularly do the "Thighs Tone and Stretch," as well (my thighs have always been a little big) but I've got a bum knee and this workout causes me a lot of pain unless I wear a brace. That said, my thighs aren't strong enough yet to do this routine without taking multiple breaks, but my thighs feel stronger without looking bulkier. I hope that trend continues.

I only really do those routines, though there are others on there. The "Pretzel Core" segment hurts my back (which, honestly, could be attributed more to a kickboxing injury than the routine), a "Stretch" segment that is mostly splits, and an "Upper Body" segment that's all pushups and free weights (I get the same effect with yoga and boxing, so I skip that one).

This is my first time trying any sort of Core Fusion workout, and I've done this DVD 3 times a week. It does what I wanted for my glutes, and I'm hoping it turns out the same for my thighs.
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