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Extreme Makeover Fitness - Weight Loss Workout for Beginners (2004)

Sam Saboura , Anthony C. Griffin , Shanda Sawyer  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Saboura, Anthony C. Griffin, Garth Fisher, Darcy Gilmore, Peter Newman
  • Directors: Shanda Sawyer
  • Producers: Caroline Pessoa, Grace Baek, Jacqui Pitman, Jeff Sells, Joy Rillo
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Full Screen, Surround Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002YLCJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,365 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Extreme Makeover Fitness - Weight Loss Workout for Beginners" on IMDb

Special Features

8-Page Lifestyle Guide: Strategies For Grocery Shopping, Cooking, Eating Out, And Special Occasions

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Product Description

From the hit ABC series EXTREME MAKEOVER comes a DVD that gives you the power to unlock your potential with workout programs that can fit any lifestyle or busy schedule. Choose the workout that best fits your lifestyle: Weekly Workout -- for maximum results, Time Crunch Workout -- shorter workouts for busy schedules, Customizable Workout -- for specific problem areas you'd like to focus on. Features renowned personal trainer Robert Reame, from EXTREME MAKEOVER and DR. PHIL'S ULTIMATE WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE.

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From the hit ABC series "Extreme Makeover" comes a DVD that gives you the power to unlock your potential with workout programs that can fit any lifestyle or busy schedule. Choose the workout that best fits your lifestyle: Weekly Workout -- for maximum results, Time Crunch Workout -- shorter workouts for busy schedules, Customizable Workout -- for specific problem areas you'd like to focus on. Features renowned personal trainer Robert Reame, from "Extreme Makeover" and "Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge." Also includes personal makeover guides: Style and fashion advice from celebrity stylist Jeanne Yang (E!, CNN, Style News); Lifestyle Guide for eating, cooking, going out, and special occasions; Informational and motivational pop-up tips while you exercise.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really for beginners... January 11, 2005
The features of this DVD are very simple to navigate. You are given a choice of doing a full workout or a 'time crunch' workout. There are 7 workouts in all, one for each day of the week. Each daily workout gives you an upper-body, lower-body and ab workout. There is plenty of cardio and muscle toning, as well as a bit of yoga-type stretches in the cool-downs. You should expect to devote anywhere from 35-45 minutes on each daily workout.

"Time crunch" workouts are more target-specific (upper-body, lower-body or abs) and take approximately 20 minutes each.

There is no 'real' warm-up on these workouts. I started with Mondays' workout, and was disappointed to see that they immediately started by jogging in place and doing lunges and thigh exercises. There were no instructions to have previously warmed up or stretched, but I would recommend it.

These workouts are not for any beginners that I know, but more like 'intermediate.' Expect to sweat, and burn, and to hate Bob. Overall I really enjoyed the workout portion of this DVD.

I was expecting this DVD to have stories about the three women pictured on the back of the cover (one of whom is featured on the front.) However, their stories are only briefly mentioned, with before and after photographs. There is a section with style tips that features Autumn, one of the guests from Extreme Makeover, that was mildly helpful.

I wouldn't recommend this workout for severly overweight people, but for people with 20 or 30 pounds to lose, it's perfect.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good .. But Several Concerns June 17, 2005
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I am relatively new to the "exercise video scene", but I got hooked on workouts after discovering Kathy Smith. In order to avoid become bored with my routine, I decided to spice up my collection with several other videos. What appealed to me most about this video was that it advertised several different "daily" workouts as well as assorted extras. I figured with seven new routines to do, there was no way I could get bored.

Well .. they do have seven exercise sessions, but they are just different combinations of the same nine "snipets". There are three workout categories (Abs, Upper Body, and Butt, Hips & Thighs) and for each category there are three choices (cardio, toning, cool down). Thus, the nine snipets.

Here are the main things that concerned/disappointed me:

1. As I mentioned, there is actually very LITTLE variety in this video. The silly comments the girls make to the instructor about "taking it easy on them" are cute ..... the first time.

2. The screen will suddenly shoot to split screen, or even TRIPLE split screen right while you are counting your reps. The main problem here is that they put up the two or three screens OUT OF SYNC. This was very disturbing and distracting. On one mini-screen the girl is counting "seven" and on the other mini-screen the guy is counting "nine". I totally lost track of my reps on numerous occasions. In addition, one will have their leg up, the other has their leg down, etc. Much more distracting than it sounds.

3. Each of the nine "snipets" are quite short .. about 10 minutes. They do not "flow" into each other. After one finishes, you have to wait for a menu screen to come up, and then listen to set-up instructions, etc. again for the next workout.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Feel the Burn" February 6, 2005
I just recently purchased Extreme Makeover Fitness. As someone previously said don't let the "for beginners" fool you. I started with the Weekly Workout for Sunday. It was Cario arms,abs and lower body. I have done TONS of workouts and I don't always feel them which really dissappoints me because I feel I work hard and then feel nothing afterwards. I like the reminder that I have actually worked some muscles. I did Sunday's routine and woke up sore. Not so sore I couldn't walk but "feeling it" sore. I could pin point to you the muscles I worked and that made me feel more confidant that I worked out like I should and that I will get results. It was hard.. and man was I sweating but there were no difficult moves. Also I weigh 200lbs and it was not too difficult for me. I did lower the impact when I started getting TOO out of breath. All in all I think it's a great tape with many features that I will stick with time and time again. I love how you can customize your workout, do a shorter target area or do the full one. Can never get bored. Give it a shot!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise September 3, 2005
I was really skeptical when I bought this DVD; with all the makeover hype that is going on, I thought it would be a dud. However, I am very pleased to say that it fits my current workout needs precisely. Each person is at a particular level in their fitness and this was perfect for me: a late 40's, overweight, out-of-shape person wanting to get back into some semblance of health again. There is a different work out for each day of the week broken down into body sections and cardio. The segments are relatively short, 10-12 reps done 2-3 times over. They are often repeated throughout the week, but still give some variety. The moves are carefully explained by the instructor, i.e. "keep your shoulder still throughout this move" etc. You have an option to program what segments you want. The participants are regular people, not beautiful, fit models with plastic smiles. The music is typical work out music. The setting is a beautiful beach. Nothing extra-ordinary, just efficient, basic, time-proven workouts. Beginning home exercisers cant go wrong with this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginner and intermediate folks of a certain age
I'm a 59 year old male, in fairly good health. I check-out videos from the library and try them before I buy. I have tried numerous "beginner" exercise videos. Read more
Published 15 months ago by S. Schmidt
1.0 out of 5 stars nope
sorry but i like Gilad exercise videos better. this says for beginners but there is still stome difficult things. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Deb Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quick workouts
I work full time and so quick workouts suit me the best.
This DVD is excellent with different sessions for upper body toning, lower body and abs. Read more
Published on April 11, 2008 by K. Shah
3.0 out of 5 stars O.k. Work Out
I ordered this item to try and get back on a work out schedule. It was o.k. for the first few days, but then I felt like I was not wanting to use the video anymore.
Published on January 7, 2008 by Dori L. Barr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Programmable Workout
This versatile DVD will add variety to your workout routine! You can program your workout so you are toning just your upper body, just your lower body, or just your abs ... Read more
Published on October 14, 2007 by DJ
4.0 out of 5 stars I lost 126 pounds!
When I weighed close to 300 pounds and decided it was time to lose weight, this is one of the first dvd's that I bought. It was a great investment. Read more
Published on November 8, 2006 by Nancy M. Lenert
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners or Intermediates!
I think it's an amazing workout(s) for the money! I'm basically a lazy, unmotivated person I hate to admit so I love the option of just clicking on whichever day of the week it is,... Read more
Published on November 7, 2005 by booklover
3.0 out of 5 stars Intermediate to Advanced Speed
I must say that I was very excited about a program for 7 days that included upper body, lower body and abdominal segments complete with cardio sections. Read more
Published on October 17, 2005 by Rebecca of Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps You Motivated
I'm a fan of this workout video (although it's the only one I have). I was very happy with the quality of the video, quality of instruction, and the custom workout for each day of... Read more
Published on October 2, 2005 by Tina R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great combination of cardio and strength
I think the workouts do a great job of blending cardio and strength. Plus, I was surprised at how the workouts incorporate some balancing as well. Read more
Published on October 1, 2005 by P. Bauer
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