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on July 18, 2005
I can't say that this video is the best ever as I have very little experience with fitness videos; however, I did find Basedow's essential techniques and the information he provides to be helpful. It should be noted that the title is misleading. The exercises themselves are simple enough, but the strategies to achieving fitness aren't.
The meal plan was an excellent example and indication of what a focused diet should look like, but his recipes weren't anyhting that I would particularly enjoy eating--BUT THE PRINCIPLES REMAIN RELEVANT! The nutrition portion is perhaps the most important aspect of the video because it provides all the information needed to make sound food choices. Furthermore, it will help you in figuring out why you haven't seen the results you may have expected.
As far as the excercises are concerned, I began to notice subtle physique changes within the first month. It's now week 7 and friends are beginning to notice. The workouts typically take about an hour and require a few weights, dumbells, a bar, and a bench with a leg extension attachment. There are some machines used on the video, but I've omitted the pec-deck exercises and do all my pull-ups on a ledge outside of my home.
It's important to realize that the exercises themselves aren't important, but the plan of assault toward getting fit is; so the video spends a lot of time on Basedow's plan and he constantly encourages you to devise your own. He also points out some basic techniques to bear in mind when you lift.
All in all, I'm very satisfied with the video and my lifestyle has changed significantly since taking its messages to heart. The production value of the video isn't appealing at all and Basedow isn't the best spokesman for anything, but the simplicity of the video keeps me from getting distracted and keeps me on task. If you do chose to purchase this video, keep in mind that it's a muscle building program. In order to see any of the muscles you've worked so hard to build, you need to supplement your weight training with cardio and a good cardio video would be useful to keep you motivated and on point. By the way, videos don't cause results, hard work does.