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Pick Your Level: Fat to Firm Fast (2006)

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)


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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GEIRC8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,781 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Fat to Firm Fast is a super efficient way to burn calories, while toning up your entire body. Fitness expert Michelle Dozois has chosen the most effective training methods commonly used by personal trainers to create four short workout circuits for this program. The simple circuits make the most of every minute by using multi-muscle group exercises, targeted toning and easy-to-follow mini cardio segments that will help you firm up and slim down fast. The Pick Your Level System Makes Working Out As Easy As 1-2-3. Here’s How: • Just Push Play—there’s no programming required. • Within the workout, three instructors each show the moves modified for a specific level: 1, 2 or 3. • You simply follow along and do each move at the level that feels right for you. Remember, this is your workout – you don’t have to stick with one level throughout the entire routine. You may prefer to stick mostly with Level 1, but choose a few Level 2 or 3 moves occasionally. You can customize the workout as you progress or as your energy level varies from day to day. Whatever level you chose, know that Michelle specifically designed this program so that all of the levels are really effective. One or two sets of light hand weights can be used for this workout.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great circuit workout for beginners to advance with March 28, 2008
By Annie
Format:DVD
I love exercising with Michelle Dozois - she cues well, her workouts are always fun and I never check the time, even when she makes me work hard.

Time really flies with Pick Your Level, a circuit workout with plenty of variety (cardio, upper body work with weights, lots of squats and lunges, torso rotations, ab work on the mat and some lovely yoga-inspired strength work and stretches). The three different levels make this workout even more interesting; and because Michelle cues so well, you can move between levels depending on how you're feeling and whether you want to make it a tougher or lighter workout. Another plus is that the DVD is chaptered, so it's easy to skip a circuit or two if you want a shorter workout.

I would strongly recommend this DVD for beginners and people returning to exercise. There is so much room to grow with this workout. More advanced exercisers may find some parts a little easy, especially the cardio segments (although you can increase your heart rate by skipping the base moves and you can also use heavier weights). And when you're ready to move on, Michelle's Your Best Body Circuit is a great choice.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good workout ;-) July 30, 2006
Format:DVD
I've seen this instructor (Michelle Dozois) in other dvds (Prevention and Crunch) and I knew she'd be good in this too because she's always outgoing and knows her stuff. Here she is no different. Still upbeat and motivating.

This workout uses light cardio with weighted intervals. This is the best way to burn fat and calories. They show three different levels of moves so no matter what your fitness level is, you can keep up or challenge yourself. To show you the different levels, they sometimes show the other participants either in a split screen or side by side. Either way, you get to always see what someone else is doing and choose what you are comfortable with which I like. You will need to have weights for this and you will feel like you've done some good for yourself after this. It's a good workout.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite workout video September 29, 2007
Format:DVD
This is the best workout video I've seen. Michelle gives clear instructions, has excellent cueing, explains how to get good form, focuses on making each exercise safe, and has perfect pacing. The three levels of exercises and the ability to pick and choose which level of each exercise you want to do truly makes this a video appropriate for any fitness level. The workout is thorough: strength training, cardio, balance, and flexibility are all addressed. For those with bad joints, it's completely feasible to do this as a strictly low-impact workout and still be challenged as much as you like. I'd recommend this workout to anyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Get It Done Workout April 7, 2009
By SUNDARI
Format:DVD
This 44 minute workout is similar to Prevention's "Walk Your Way Slim" because of the levels of intensities. In this workout you are afforded the ability to work at a beginner, intermediate or advanced level. Most workouts don't have this ability and you have to either modify or intensify. This workout is also similar to Anni Mairs "Core Force" or "Life Force" due to using light weights and having cardio segments intermixed.

Michelle Dozois does an excellent job cueing. Not only does she tell you what is coming next, she also reminds you to use proper form and which weights to pick up for each circuit. The camera angles are always good to view each level exerciser.

"Fat To Firm" consists of four short circuit workouts. The circuits make the most of every minute by using multi-muscle group exercises, targeted toning and easy to follow mini cardio segments. The use of light weights 3-10 pounds is required for maximum benefits of this workout.

This DVD is chaptered so you can pick any segment you want from warm up to cool down. Or just play the whole workout.
This workout is quite enjoyable and tough at the same time. It is a very efficient workout. I like that you can get upper body, lower body, core and cardio all done in 44 minutes. The time goes by quickly without any dread factor. Michelle has a very friendly demeanor which encourages you to stick with it and do some advanced level moves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough in every way January 11, 2007
Format:DVD
This program is very thorough. I love Michelle anyway and she does not disappoint me with this DVD. The moves are not difficult and the choices are endless since you can mix and match moves because there are 3 levels to choose from.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous and fun December 12, 2007
Format:DVD
I own another of Michelle's workouts - 10 Minute Cardio Solution. She is upbeat without being annoying and doesn't take a whole lot of time explaining each movement. They are simple enough to follow. I like that you can challenge yourself depending on your mood and energy level of the day. I stick with level 2 most of the time but jump up to level 3 for the cardio segments.

In general, I enjoy Michelle's personality and that you can customize your workout. I get bored very easily so this DVD is perfect for those who need stimulation and challenge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent fitness video May 12, 2007
By Emilia
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is one of the best fitness videos that I've ever seen, it has 3 diffrent difficult levels in all the excercises that Michelle presents; the hardest level is really hard, you feel that you're really burning calories. She is an excelent trainer, explains everything in a very easy way. Excelent!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good workout
I like exercising to this. It is not too difficult but keeps this 80-something gal moving.
I have to avoid strenuous exercise. That makes this one just right.
Published 1 month ago by Nelda F. Liebig
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great, you won't be disappointed.
I have also ordered Pick Your Level Pilates and have high hopes that between the two I'll get into much better shape!
Published 16 months ago by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars great workout
I borrowed this workout video from my library before I purchased it so I knew what I was getting.
You have a choice of 3 difficulty levels with each workout. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tena
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS VIDEO!
I am a HUGE fan of all of the PICK YOUR LEVEL VIDEOS because you can really grow with them. This one is original and fun! Not the same old choreography that everyone uses... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Yvette R. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great work out!!!!!
Bought this dvd a long time ago. it is one of my favorites. Has a little bit of everything. I love the pick your level. Nice feature to this workout. Read more
Published on January 18, 2011 by Rosemarie G. Monney
5.0 out of 5 stars Michelle rocks!
I rented this dvd from the local library and just had to buy it. This exercize is the best. Michelle breaks them down do different levels. Read more
Published on November 8, 2010 by eddie
5.0 out of 5 stars An exellent workout
Pick your level is an exellent workout dvd.There are 3 levels with level 1 being for beginners, level 2 intermediate and level 3 advanced. Read more
Published on August 31, 2009 by JEANNE'S HAIR STUDIO
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Workout
I don't like some of Michelle's other workouts, but this one is very well done. Just the right pace with lots of options to match your fitness level, just follow the exerciser that... Read more
Published on July 20, 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Never boring!
Because you can change up your workout every time, this video is never boring. I highly recommend!
Published on May 1, 2009 by Randi D. Baldwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Fat to Firm - Pick your level
I'm just getting back to exercise and this is a great workout for the total body with cardio. I like the 3 levels you can pick from and I do alternate between the three of them. Read more
Published on February 7, 2009 by D. McCall
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