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The warmup I found a little odd, not really your typical warm up, you just grab some weights and go from the start. You do some shoulder rolls while holding a barbell or weights, and then you will so some deadlifts, rows, deadrows, bicep curls, overhead presses and squats. These are all moves you will see in the workout but the weight should be much lighter than what you would normally use.
Then it's on to the workout, Jari tells you what exercise is coming so you can prepare. They also display each exercisers "personal weight load" which I really liked, it gives you an idea of what weights to use which I found very helpful. You start out with squats, a pretty long set with varied counts, 4-4, 3-1. 2-2 and single count. After these you will do a brief set of plie squats before finishing out with another brief set of traditional squats. Chest work is next you will do a short set of pushups, followed by bench presses again with varied counts.Read more ›
There are several factors which make these workouts unique. First of all, Jari and her three background exercisers show different equipment options--eg, while Jari is using a barbell, another exerciser may be using dumbbells while yet another is using weight plates or even no weights. Furthermore, their individual weight loads also vary, and these numbers are very helpfully shown on screen at the start of every exercise. Then there is the variety in the exercises themselves. Although only a relatively small number of exercises are performed in each workout (around 12), to make it interesting, Jari is constantly varying the count. She often begins with a slow 4-4 count, moves to 3 up-1 down, then 2-2, etc. Although you will sometimes do over 50 repetitions of just one exercise, the varied counts make the time fly by.
Below are brief breakdowns of each of the three individual DVDs:
Get Ripped. This was the original Ripped workout, and it comes in at about 55 minutes. It is an excellent intermediate-level workout, but it would also be doable for beginners using little or no weights.
Slim & Lean. This second video is more challenging, coming in at just over an hour. Here Jari adds pulsing reps plus higher repetitions of some more challenging exercises, such as lunges and push-ups.
Ripped to the Core.Read more ›
As far as difficulty, I would rate this as an intermediate level. Jari's background exercisers, however, show both beginner and advanced modifications which make it possible for everyone to get a great workout. There is a segment separate from the workout itself that goes over modifications in detail, which is perfect for the beginning exerciser.
A couple of minor details: people who do not enjoy "techno" types of music may be annoyed by the soundtrack. It is definitely different than most of the other music from workout videos I own. I found it to be unpleasant, but something I could live with. Additionally, although this is a total body workout, I thought the section for abdominals was unimpressive. I hate doing ab work and in fact my abs probably are my weakest muscles. Even wimpy ol' me found this section to be too easy even with modification. You may want to add additional abdominal exercises on to your workout.
Overall, this is a great workout that is different from some you may have tried.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This dvd is similar to Body Pump classes, though I don't think it was as difficult. Modifications are provided for dumbbells instead of barbells, plain floor or fitness ball... Read morePublished 22 days ago by iBeth
Great workout series. Very motivating. Serious fitness without killing myself.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great for all fitness levels. Clear and easy to follow. Done three times a week, we feel stronger and are so much more toned!Published 5 months ago by Melissa M. Roberts
All these videos are amazing! Jari is at her best in the original get ripped series.Published 6 months ago by Loretta Borcherding
I really like this series and I'm not usually the type to stick to a work out routine, but this one has kept me occupied for 3 weeks now. Read morePublished 12 months ago by OecherNurse
This was really great for someone who's just beginning to weight lift. It not only has a great work out. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joy
Love love this workout! Best workout DVD I've ever bought! Only workout DVD that I will do. Just like BodyPump class at the gym!Published 14 months ago by Lauren H.