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The Biggest Loser: The Workout - Weight Loss Yoga
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590 of 606 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2009
Great Yoga DVD, especially for those new to yoga. I've had a good handful of yoga classes and my husband's had a few. We both really benefit from Bob's instruction, particularly on form. It's one thing to say, "keep your back straight," or "make sure you watch your form," but Bob instructs as if you've never had a yoga class in your life, which is good--both for newbies and those of us who aren't experts yet. He actually shows you what good knee alignment looks like. Or tells you how it should feel. I agree with one of the reviewers that it's a little awkward (okay, a lot awkward) to be in a yoga pose and have to look up at the TV, but that's really the same as being in class--I would have to look at an instructor to see what's going on sometimes--but after a week or two of doing this, you get the hang of it and know what to do.

The BEST part of the Biggest Loser videos are the interactive menus so you can select what kind of workout you want to do. What an AWESOME idea! Finally! Someone helps me cut out the stuff I don't need or let's me build a longer workout and it plays exactly how I selected it.

And hey, if you're a dude, you'll like this because Bob leads the session. It's not just for girls. (And not just for skinny girls either.) Besides, there's none of that swirly yoga-ish, indian flute music with perfectly carved bodies flawlessly moving from pose to pose. It's basic instruction (with light background music), and you see the other participants (past BL contestants) make mistakes along the way just like most of us do when we're taking a yoga class. So what if you put your right leg in the air when everyone else puts up their left. That's what I love about this DVD! While I'm sure they spent a lot of "takes" shooting the DVD, they didn't aim for absolute perfection. Hey, life isn't perfect and I've yet to have a perfect yoga class. The fact that I got my tail out of bed to even do this each morning is as much perfect I can expect right now.

Yes, there's a lot of "plank," which is actually good for weight loss yoga. I have to admit that my arms were killing me during a lot of the warrior 2 poses, but I turned to my husband and said, "Just think, in a couple of weeks this will be so much easier for us!"

ps: Bob's Biggest Loser Boot Camp is fun too!
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219 of 223 people found the following review helpful
I ordered this DVD not knowing if it would work for me or not. It has and does. I am very overweight, though I've lost 50 lbs, I still have a ways to go. I started this DVD not having any sort of exercise experience (hence the being overweight part). I have since started going to a gym, but alot of people who have a weight issue, are nervous or possibly embarrassed to enter any sort of public gym or classes. This was me. It starts off slowly,meaning stretching, but builds up quickly. Some of the moves I couldn't do for a long while. Don't beat yourself up. The fact that you're trying is awesome! You will get there soon enough. I was sore for the first few times afterwards. Soak in a hot bath with epsom salts and apply peppermint oil in some sort of carrier oil(olive oil, almond oil, etc)on your sore spots and you'll slowly get used to it. I like Bob Harper's enthusiasm.He's clear in speech and helpful. He's not annoying like most exercise hosts can be. Don't get me wrong, I hated his face at the end of each session, but he pushes you without you wanting to shoot out the TV just to stop seeing his face. I had no idea what I was doing at first, gave up, walked back into the room and kept going. If I can do it, you can as well. Good luck and I hope this helped someone.
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255 of 269 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 5, 2009
I hesitated buying this DVD because as a yoga teacher, good routines are hard to find. This is the way I was trained back in the 1960's; holding the poses to build strength and stamina.
I am pleasantly surprised and have put it in my workout rotation. You learn yoga better when you hold the poses; if you learn from a moving flow you tend not to watch your form as
well. If your thinking of trying yoga, this would be a good place to start.
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118 of 126 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2012
I did this workout for the first time last night. The DVD has 5 options to customize:
Warm Up- 5 min.
Yoga Level 1- 20 min.
Yoga Level 2- 15 min.
Yoga Level 3- 10 min.
Cool-down- 5 min.

You select what you want to do from a menu and then proceed. I did the warm-up, level 1 and cool-down. It was extremely difficult (I have done quite a bit of yoga but I'm currently not in great shape), but difficult in a good way. I felt as if Bob, the instructor, was really pushing me, but also giving me options to modify if needed.

I liked that there were people of all different sizes and levels working-out. It made me feel like I was in an actual class.

It was traditional yoga, but my heart-rate was up and I felt I got a good work-out. You also have the option to turn off Bob so that you are just working out visually and with music in the background. The great thing is, unlike other DVDs, I didn't find this cheesy or annoying at all.

I think this is great for the yoga beginner to the advanced learner. Do be prepared to get a great workout, though!
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102 of 112 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2010
This customizeable workout will make you sweat. The DVD is good for beginners and experts alike. There are enough Big Losers on the DVD so beginner modifications and expert modifications are depicted with each exercise. I have been using this DVD for about 2 months now and have lost 3" around the waist, 2" on biceps, and 4" on my thighs.
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148 of 166 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2009
I started Biggest Loser boot camp and the Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga. I alternated days with Friday's off. Instead of spending 2 weeks on each level I spent 4 weeks on each level. I also designed my eating plan %100 out of the Biggest Loser Family Cookbook. After 12 weeks of this I went from 261lbs to 226lbs. It works, that's all I have to say.
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158 of 184 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2008
I ordered this product during the pre-sale so I got it the tuesday that it was released. I'm new to yoga but I must say that this was one of the best workouts I've ever done. I read about how yoga has changed so many peoples lives and to be honest, I wasn't buying it. But, now, I'm starting to believe that maybe there is something to it. Bob is so motivating (not to mention easy on the eyes)! The moves are simple and easy to follow, but you can feel your heart racing and your muscles working with every move and stretch. Of course, I'm presently on Level I, but I'm looking forward to moving up in the next few weeks. Buy it! Now! :)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2009
I was actually taken by surprise by this DVD. I usually do the Accelerated Mary Windsor Pilates for an hour. But just level 1 in this Yoga DVD is 20 minutes and I found myself sweating buckets and feeling the burn. If I may be so bold; I was sore in places I didn't even know I HAD hahaha. Allowing us to customize the workout is a blessing. We can choose the option of starting with a warm-up, finishing with a cool down...however we want. I also love that you can choose "music only" so you don't have to listen to the fitness instructor all the time; especially if you've been doing these workouts for some time and already know it front to back and don't need to listen to the instructor. Another big plus (at least to me) is the fact that they have amateurs in the back. Most workout videos I've seen and done have everyone going in unison. I don't know about the rest of you, but that always makes me feel like I'm not doing it perfectly or good enough when I watch these people make movements I can't keep up with. In this DVD, you see people struggling and messing up but going right back at it. Makes me really feel like I can go at my own pace since I'm not flexible and my body isn't made of rubber. I recommend this DVD to beginners and advanced workout-aholics alike.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2011
I did this video and lost 35 pounds in 3 months! bob is amazing and you feel your whole body shrinking, this is not a scam if you stick with it 4 days out of the week you will be amazed people! This video is amazing for muscle aches and strains as well, I will forever use this video!
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56 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2008
I was excited to hear that The Biggest Loser folks had created a yoga video. It doesn't disappoint either. Just like the previous Biggest Loser DVDs, this is awesome. I have been wanting to get into yoga and this is a great way to start, with one of the trainers we are used to watching each week and with some of the contestants we grow to love on the show (Ali, Bernie, Bill, Michelle, Heba and Vicky).
I definitely recommend this not only for fans of The Biggest Loser, but for anyone who wants a yoga workout that isn't intimidating and is easy to follow.
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