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Self - Your Best Butt Fast (2005)

Violet Zaki  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Violet Zaki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, 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: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A7BQSS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,350 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

SELF, the premier magazine devoted to women’s health and well-being, delivers a workout designed to make you look and feel strong, confident and sexy. With these fun, easy-to-follow moves, you will trim and tone all over and get the backside you’ve always wanted in as little as four weeks, regardless of your current fitness level. This expertly designed routine will motivate you to reach all your fitness goals – fast! Best of all, SELF magazine’s Your Best Butt Fast! workout targets your glutes and thighs with a series of standing, floor and resistance exercises to create a tighter, stronger butt that you’ll love!

Trainer – Violet Zaki
DVD Bonus – Firm Abs

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Work your rear view in a variety of ways.... November 20, 2005
By Teedums
This 45 minute workout is led by Violet Zaki, she is joined by two female exercisers, one who shows beginning or low impact modifications. They are exercising on a beach with the ocean just behind them. All you need is a pair of 2-5 lb weights and a mat if you don't have carpet.

This workout is split up into sections, kickboxing where you will do front, back and roundhouse kicks, then you will grab your weights and do some squats and various lunges (front, rear and side some adding leg lifts). Then there is a dance inspired section where you will do plies, standing leg lifts to the side, rear and diagonal in various tempos, finally you will do some yoga poses such as downward facing dog, 3 point pose, chair pose and tree pose.

You finish out on the floor where you will do a very brief bridgework segment before going into the cooldown and stretch. There is also a brief bonus routine that Violet leads all by herself.

This isn't a bad routine, it has a nice variety although some of the moves seemed a bit uncomfortable to me. Such as the side lunges into leg lifts, which could be modified into a 4 count move rather than adding the leg lift. Also during the kickboxing segment the roundhouse kicks are performed quite fast as they do 3 kicks in a row, I modified this and did 2 knee lifts and 1 roundhouse kick instead which felt more comfortable. Violet Zaki is a black belt in martial arts and has good form and can execute these well, but not all of us are as experienced as she is.

This workout is beginner/intermediate level, although I wouldn't recommend for complete beginners as there are some tricky moves in here that one can injure themselves doing if they do it incorrectly. There isn't any instruction on most of the moves, they just go right into it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wished there were more reviews before I purchased.... November 11, 2005
Unfortunately, I went off of the one review that was listed here alone when making the decision to buy this DVD. Big mistake. Best Butt Fast offers a variety of exercise moves, all targeted to shape your butt and thigh areas, but when I purchased this I wasn't aware that there was a kickboxing section right after the warm up (I have bad knees and therefore can't stand kickboxing), nor did I realize the yoga component at the end was as lengthy as it was - it takes up almost 20 minutes of this 45 minute workout, and I am not a big yoga fan either.

Overall it is a decent DVD, but I will likely stick with my stability ball workouts and only do various sections of this DVD if that, as the standing floor work is KILLER, and what I'd initially hoped I would find on this DVD when I bought it. I've read the reviews for Self's Sleek and Slim Fast and will be trying that out. Best Butt Fast is somewhat decent, I will likely give it some time to see if I can get into the yoga piece - otherwise, I guess I can always re-sell it on e-Bay.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good! July 14, 2006
I wasn't expecting much from this DVD, but it was surprisingly pretty good! I did the routine last night and my buns are hurting today! It's not a killer workout, but it seems effective. I like the fact that they mix a bit of aerobics (warm out), kickboxing, toning with weights (mainly squats), and yoga stretches. I think they cold have done the yoga part a bit more challenging.... overall it's an ok DVD for lighter days. I see myself doing this one when I feel kind of lazy!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll notice a difference fast! November 9, 2006
This is my top "to buy" workout! Not only is it a great timesaver working out at home, but its fun, too! I noticed a difference after doing this 4x a week for 2 weeks. My hips trimmed down, although what's tough is staying on it 4x a week!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Toning. November 14, 2006
This video won't make you sweat but it is a great toning video. Violet Zacki is a much tougher instructor than Ellen Barret who is in some of the other SELF videos. This is a great workout for someone who has graduated from the basic workout videos. I was sore after this video (not even advanced Taebo videos makes me sore)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good workout! October 31, 2005
By Stacey
This was a challenging and effective lower body toning workout lead by a good instructor. I liked the variety of exercises and the yoga component at the end. This is a good 40 minute lower body routine to put in a monthly rotation. I would consider it to be intermediate level
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No explanation March 26, 2006
By Jen
I really like Violet Zaki, and enjoy her Self Firm Flat Abs DVD, but I am less impressed with this one. They jump right into the kickboxing moves without any explanation on how to do them, and run through them so quickly it's very hard to figure out how to do the move properly if you're new to kickboxing. About half of the workout is kickboxing, so if you're new to it or don't/can't do it, you're going to miss out.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good workout February 27, 2006
This DVD was pretty good. I bought it after I'd gotten the "Slim & Sleek Fast," with Ellen Barrett as the trainer. The lady on this one is Austrailian I think, so there was a bit of difficulty at first understanding her. Overall, the routine is effective, but the trainer isn't as good as Ellen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Item arrived fast and just as described. Thank you!
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Violet Zacki !! Great dvd
Great workout! My butt is in pain today :) interesting and not boring. She changes it with segments. Violet is a great instructor.
Published 7 months ago by NY rat
3.0 out of 5 stars Workout
Kicks my butt. It gets a bit old, but it is worth doing. Make sure you're ready to sweat like mad.
Published 11 months ago by M&M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great butt workout
This is a great workout DVD. I really like all the different moves all working butt muscles, it is hard enough to really get you sweating.
Published on October 17, 2012 by Ak.Blueberry
4.0 out of 5 stars good video!
Good workout for those over 40 like me. I am looking to tone these areas and none of the excercises are too diffucult. Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by just getn started
5.0 out of 5 stars A mix of Kickboxing, Yoga and more to help you tone your body
I first tried this work out when it was available for streaming on Netflix. I l o v e d it! It is a mixture of moves from Yoga and kickboxing plus other exercises that will for... Read more
Published on November 22, 2011 by Martina
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
First of all I absolutely love this dvd. I work up a sweat every time (and am noticing improvement), and I enjoy the combinations and the fluidity of the routine. Read more
Published on July 25, 2010 by coyotdancer
5.0 out of 5 stars FREAKING AWESOME!
I exercised to this video every other day for months. I noticed a BIG improvement in my back side. I was originally watching it on netflex, but when we moved and didn't have... Read more
Published on July 24, 2010 by mouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Butt Workout
I had first received this workout DVD with Netflix. It was so good - I bought it! It's about 40 minutes of actual workout. You will feel the burn!
Published on November 30, 2009 by Michelle Vita
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Basic and Boring
This workout was far too simple. I am out of shape and haven't worked out in months. I did the whole video and was not sore at all the next day. Read more
Published on February 27, 2009 by Sophia Mia
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