Anna Kournikova - Basic Elements: My Complete Fitness Guide
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(Sep 25, 2001)
Anna Kournikova is everybody's darling. Now this beautiful young woman who is one of the biggest draws ever on the tennis tour is releasing her own, eagerly anticipated fitness guide. The excercise program performed by Anna is suitable for all age levels, from budding teenage tennis players to the keep-fit conscious adult, and includes a variety of routines suitable for both beginners and experienced athletes. Designed to enable the viewer to achieve a higher level of general fitness and more toned figure, Anna goes through a variety of weight and other simple tools such as the stability ball and jump rope. Anna presents the action, performs the exercises, and voices the narrative, making this very much a solo project. 52 minutes.
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The music is okay, her narration is helpful and concise, and the workout overall is pretty good. The only reason I don't give it a perfect rating is just because there really isn't anything new here per se. It's a good but ultimately pretty standard-issue workout. Also, the nutrition guide is basically just her macronutrient preferences with a few sample meal suggestions. Overall though it's a good video.
Anna's feeble nutrition and diet tips are a waste of tape. But I wish the producers had spent a little more time showing Anna play tennis. A tennis tip or two would have been nice and might encourage non-players to take up the game.
Someone commented on how awful the music is and I cannot understand what his objection was. It's pretty much soft rock, not played very loudly. The visuals are also shot with taste and restraint. No sleazy, lingering shots of her chest and butt, thank goodness. But my teenage son did enjoy watching it nonetheless.
If you can deal with the music, Anna shows you practically every exercise to reach every muscle. It's a great workout and the exercises are extremely helpful for improving your physical ability in the sport you play, especially tennis which is why I bought this tape in the first place. It helps in improving your speed, strength, endurance, balance, and agility and even tells you how many calories you should be eating and gives you four examples of a good nutritional power breakfast. It also shows you how to warm up before hand and how to cool down afterwards.
However, the video does not tell you how much weight,sets, or repetitions you should do except for saying that you should use a weight amount to work out with that makes you tired after 15-20 reps. She uses an agility ball, cones, a box, a medicine ball, weights, lateral resistors, and a jump rope. You'd have to buy some of these exercise tools or use your imagination and use things around the house. But if you're serious about self physical improvement, I definitely think it's worth the investment.
I am rating this video a 4, only because the music is horrendous and I can't mute it because then I can't hear the instuctions.
If you have some knowlegde about reps and sets on your own, and you play a sport, especially tennis, or just want to get in shape and can get past the music, I would then recommend this video.
I would also recommend it to heavy metal music fans.
She did some really nice workouts. Workouts were very professional. (I am only interested in her workout for professional reasons.) If you believe that, then you believe I only read the articles in adult magazines.
The big negative I had, was, when buying it, there was nothing to indicate on the case that you would need all that equipment and a partner. You need a medicine ball, orange cones, a big powerball, hand weights, bands for your ankles, a giant grid for the floor, a step, and etc. I wish they would have had the tennis clips etc. on an optional separate part of the dvd. If you just want to do the work out, you have to sit through that.
I like it, because it's geared towards improving athleticism as opposed to just sculpting muscles.