Mandy Ingber's Yogalosophy Workout DVD
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First, the cover promises 2 complete 30-minute workouts and one longer 55 minute workout. What it doesn't tell you is that the 2 30- minute workouts are identical except that one provides instruction and the other does not. In addition, the longer workout is just the same 30-minute workout with a more traditional sun-salute series stuck onto the beginning.
The 30 minute workouts are really not yoga at all - I felt like I was back in my college dorm room doing Jane Fonda! The sun salute series is impossible to follow unless you are actually looking at the screen which is obviously not practical. Also, the workout is very disjointed - there is a lot of standing around while Mandy explains what's coming up. There is absolutely no flow.
I guess if I'm going to look like Jennifer, I'm going to have to do it alone!
YOGALOSOPHY purports to be a blend of traditional yoga postures and toning exercises. The DVD features a 35-minute "Express" workout plus a longer "Fully Loaded" option; the latter adds "Breakout Segments," or additional chapters which are also featured under the Extras submenu. The Main Menu of the DVD reads as follows:
Introduction -- Mandy Ingber
Introduction -- Jennifer Aniston
Yogalosophy Express with Cuing
Yogalosophy Express with Music Alone
Fully Loaded Challenge
Ingber is working out alone on a large patio-type area overlooking the ocean. The background music is quite eclectic, a mix of vocals plus jazzy and almost techno tunes. For the 35-minute Yogalosophy Express, Ingber oddly combines both live cuing and voiceover instruction, with names of the exercises appearing on the screen. She states that she will be doing "eight of everything," including eight breaths followed by eight repetitions and then eight pulses--this is the basic format, although Ingber sometimes deviates slightly from this pattern. The exercises in the Express workout are as follows: calf raises -- squats/crescent lunges -- temple/plié squats -- down dog w/leg lifts -- cat/cow -- fire hydrant -- bow -- superman -- plank/push-ups -- side plank -- floor tricep dips -- bridge/pelvic tilts -- reclined twist -- abs work (crunches into boat/v-ups) -- brief seated meditation.
As noted above, the Fully Loaded Challenge is an extended version of the Yogalosophy Express practice, as it includes add-on chapters which are listed under Extras.Read more ›
Anyway, I've done this DVD for about a month now, and personally, I LOVE IT. I've done many different workouts over the last 20+ years, and this is one of my all-time favorites. True, it's not a "traditional" yoga workout, but it doesn't claim to be. it's a mix of yoga poses, with standard toning exercises such as lunges, squats, sit ups, etc. but for some reason, it just works for me. I can do Jillian Michaels for weeks and barely see a difference, I do this workout and all of sudden I have arm and leg muscles I haven't seen in years. I feel like I get a full body workout- and my body just seems to respond to it. I feel exhausted yet relaxed when the workout is over.
The cuing is a little off. sometimes she starts a new set without saying anything, but after doing the workout a few times you learn what you should be doing and when to do it. As far as Mandy, some people don't like that she talks so much, but I find her charming. she's funny and real. So she mentions "i've got a great a**" a few times. so what. I want a great a** too or I wouldn't be doing this workout!
I recommend this DVD and hope you give it a try. I actually bought an extra one just in case this one breaks.
p.s. The first time I did the DVD, I kept thinking "this voice! i know this voice! why do I know this voice?!" it drove me so crazy I had to stop the DVD and look Mandy up on IMDB. I realized I recognized her from her role as Annie Tortelli (Carla's daughter-in-law) on Cheers. Just a little fun fact for Cheers fans!
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I absolutely LOVE this workout! I was a beginner when I bought this but I love it! It gives you 3 workout options, the first one is with direction, one is silent and one is fully... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tory Morgan
Zero Stars. This is the worst instructional DVD ever! Also the most ego driven yoga teacher I've seen "Watch me", " I have A Great Ass", "I'm on Location". Read morePublished 4 months ago by Karen
Let me start by saying I knew exactly what I was getting myself into when I bought this DVD. I did some research and decided to go for it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ejocham
It is a good workout. Mandy can be a bit tedious. It emphasizes workout over yoga which is fine with me.Published 7 months ago by Edmund Leff
I absolutely love this workout system! The combination of yoga and Tony exercises make you not realize that you're working out. Until the next day when your sore!Published 11 months ago by Leslie Butenschoen