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NBC's amazing hit show sets a fast and furious pace for real life," real people" contestants on personal missions to lose weight and improve overall health for fantastic prizes. Observe the loser" to "winner" transformation with trainer Bob Harper in an extraordinary 6-8 week program featuring contestants from the first and second seasons. 2004/color/109 min/NR/fullscreen.
This DVD has 5 different programs. You get 2 cardio segments 20 minutes a piece, a weights segment also 20 minutes, a bootcamp segment also 20 minutes, and a stretch segment which is only 10 minutes. The workouts are actually pretty challenging. The quality of the workouts are good, but there are a couple of reasons why I give this 4 stars instead of 5. This is very high impact. If you have joint problems this is not the DVD for you. There is ALOT of jumping. Also, this must have been recorded before the finale because the cast of former contestants were visibly unable to keep up on some of the exercises. Also, sometimes they would be going at a different pace, or be on a different foot, than Bob the trainer. These things can be pretty distracting. The versatility of this DVD is a big selling point. You can choose just one segment, or you can mix & match. Its really very user friendly. So, for the intensity of the workouts & the versatility of this DVD I give it 4 stars.
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If you're familiar with the show, this is Bob Harper's routines on the DVD (Jillian Michaels is nowhere to be found). The segments offered include the trainer taking up to six of the contestants through a typical workout with him. They say what makes this DVD different than others is the fact they use "normal people" in the room with Bob. They are the contestants who have been excercising with him for a while. The difficulty level of these workouts are pretty accelerated if you've never worked out before. People with joint problems are going to find the constant jumping and kicking somewhat daunting. The worst aspect of this DVD is the people who will want to use it the most may not be able to. They do offer modified versions of the moves at certain times, but for the most part you better be ready to jump and do deep knee bends. Bob talks you through every segment, and thankfully you can choose a "music only" option once you have the routines down (a nice touch for people who do this every day).
There are six routines to choose from, and you can mix and match from the following:
Warm-up (5 minutes) - Basic stretching moves to get you ready to go.
Low Intensity Cardio (25 minutes) - Some jumping jacks, some kicking and punching, and a lot of core strengthening excercises for the begginer.
High-Intensity Cardio (20 minutes) - A more aggressive cardio routine designed for people who have been working out for at least a month. The moves are quick, and there's a lot more jumping. It's constant motion combined with boxing and kicking moves.
Strength and Sculpt (20 minutes) - Use hand weights and a mat or towel to go through a circuit training routine designed to build muscle and sculpt.Read more ›
I bought this mostly because I thoroughly enjoyed the show and definately preferred Bob's training style over Jillian's. I consider myself intermediate/advanced when I purchase workouts. After doing this workout the day I received - - I can definately see why the participants lose weight in the show. This is an EXCELLENT workout and it made me SWEAT. I programmed 60 minutes of workout my first time out and this definately will burn calories and get your heart pumping. The fact you can program what you wish to do is a wonderful feature that you don't receive with workouts costing twice this price. For this price you definately can't go wrong. This is definately a "keeper" workout in my workout regimen.
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This DVD features trainer Bob Harper and cast members from The Biggest Loser TV show (Seth, Gary, Matt, Suzy, etc.). The DVD is broken into 2 cardio workouts and 2 sculpting workouts plus 1 warmup and 1 cooldown that are used for all of the workouts. They have a menu that allows you to pick and choose a workout regimen from these pieces or pick a ready-made workout. Love that!
Warmup (5 mins.): This is a stretch-type warmup vs. a cardio-type warmup--stretches, lunges and squats. Basic stuff.
Low Intensity Cardio (20 mins.): Includes some basic cardio warmup and then moves into a light kickbox-style cardio. Being a kickbox fan, it was nice to see some basic kickboxing techniques here. However, just about every other kickboxing workout I've ever done has explained how to punch and kick to not injure yourself and Bob doesn't. As an experienced kickboxer, this was a minor irritation--I just did it how it SHOULD be done, not how he said to do it. But for people new to kickboxing, I am concerned that he doesn't explain proper technique.
High Intensity Cardio (20 mins.): Begins with a faux-jump-rope cardio warmup and moved into some plyometric moves (jumping side to side quickly, etc.), football-style agility drills, high knee lifts and also some kickboxing techniques here too. Definitely intense.
Strength & Sculpt (20 mins.): He does 1-minute circuits of upper body then lower body activity--upper body is lifting weights and lower body is squats and lunges while holding weights. I felt almost every exercise, especially when he has you pulsing or holding those squats and plies. About half of this workout is standing and the rest is on the floor. The floor work is mostly abs but with some buns and triceps.