Breathless Body: The Ultimate Calorie Burn
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**Chosen by Fitness Magazine as one of the Top 10 Workout DVDs for 2012**
Take your body, mind and heart out of its comfort zone and go breathless in this state of the art Tabata inspired cardio workout. Breathless Body is a thoughtfully designed interval drill based program. This super effective calorie torching system includes a total of 8 drills done 8 times for 20 seconds total with a 10 second recovery in between. Go big, go breathless and feel the difference.
About the Actor
Amy Dixon is one of the most dynamic fitness instructors and celebrity Master Trainers in the industry today. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology as well as many other fitness certifications. Amy is a contributing editor for numerous fitness and lifestyle magazines, the Group Fitness Manager for Equinox Fitness Clubs in Santa Monica, the official fitness spokesperson for ESPN Women, a member of the Gatorade G-Series Fit team, as well as a master trainer for Schwinn, BOSU and GRAVITY. Amy also stars in many critically acclaimed fitness DVD's and online fitness programs. She is a former World competitive power tumbler and coach and uses that experience everyday in her classes. With over 15 years of teaching experience, she is best known for her energy and enthusiasm for fitness. Her energy is contagious. She delivers a fun, performance based class and works hard to educate and motivate her students and celebrity clients to achieve extraordinary results. Her talents have been featured on The Today Show, ABC News, E! Entertainment Television, Exercise TV, Your LA, Fox News, The Live Well Network, and MTV. Her classes and insights have been reported in Women's Health Magazine, Shape Magazine, Self Magazine, Health Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, O Magazine, Variety Magazine, In Touch Weekly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. Amy resides in Southern California with her husband and two young daughters.
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This is a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout based on the tabata protocol, which means you go full intensity cardio for 20 seconds and then rest for 10 seconds. This is repeated 8 times per exercise interval. There are eight intervals in this workout. Between intervals, there is a short recovery period where you are performing a low intensity move while Amy runs through the next series of exercises. For each interval, there are three levels of intensity (beginner, intermediate, advanced). There are two other exercisers in addition to Amy who perform either the beginner of the advanced workout. This workout requires no additional equipment (you use your own body). Many of the exercises are high impact (with the exception of the beginner's level). Amy is very personable instructor with a great you-can-do it attitude.
A break down of the workout:
Approximately 5 minute warm up
She she has you doing side steps as she demonstrates interval one.
Interval one, jumping jack series. Beginner is basic jumping jacks. Intermediate, squat jacks. Advanced, jumping air jacks.
Side step again during demonstration of interval 2
Interval 2, Side skater series. Beginner is basic side skate. Intermediate adds a touching the ground on skate. Advanced, side skate landing on one leg and touch the ground.
Touch backs during demonstration
Interval 3 is the volley ball jump series. Beginner is a basic squat and shoot. Intermediate, burpee stand up and shoot. Advanced, Burpee jump down to a hover in a plank jump up and shoot.
March wide during demonstration
Interval 4 is fast feet. Beginner is fast feet. Intermediate run with high knees. Advanced open legs wide and do wide high knees.
Step tap during demonstration.
Interval 5 is the core kick series. Beginner is mountain climber, intermediate is a butt kick (plank and jump and kick your self in the butt). Advanced is a donkey kick (from a plank, jump and kick your legs up and out.
Step backs during demonstration
Interval 6 is the power lunge series. Beginner is a reverse lunge. Intermediate two jump lunges and hold. Advanced is jumping reverse lunges (keep going without break).
squats during demonstration
Interval 7 is squat series. Beginner is squat with high punch low punch 2 times then change sides. Intermediate squat punch low come up punch high reverse side. Advanced is 180 degree squat jumps with a punch.
tap back during demonstration
Interval 8 is pogo jumps. Beginner is leg back and forward. One side only. Change legs for next interval. Intermediate. Lunge back come up and bring knee to chest. Advanced. Lunge back jump up into the air bringing fist into the air.
All in all a great workout and one of the only tabata style workouts that I know of on the market (there is one in the supreme 90 day workout series and if you know of another one, please leave a comment!) I was dripping sweat at the end. Highly recommend.
We sometimes use the dvd for timing with Amy's encouragment to work hard while doing our own moves, such as jumps on and off a step, or plyo-lunges on the box (think Cathe). It is so versatile, you can design your own Tabata style workout! Amy has a good style (not annoying) and I would definitely buy more of her workouts like this one. The bottom line is if you are serious about fitness, willing to work HARD, and want the best, most effective cardio workout on the market, GET THIS DVD! I'm SO happy I did!!!
UPDATE 7/27: After ONE MONTH of doing this workout OR Cathe's HIIT three times a week and yoga on alternate days, I've seen more changes in my body and fitness level than doing 3 months of P90X (we just finished the program). THE BONUS: With P90X, I was working out over an hour each day. With my current regime my workouts are done in 30-50 minutes and that is perfect for our busy life!! Thank you Amy Dixon, make some more DVD's like this!
One note I should add - some people complain of getting bored during this workout. It's a tough workout and there aren't many moves, so that's a valid complaint. However, this is based on good exercise principles, so I would recommend pushing through on weeks when you're up for it. That said, I stave off boredom by changing the first direction or first foot I use during each 20 second set. It's not super creative, but it makes the time seem to go by faster. I also change the direction I'm facing during the burpees. I give myself 2 sets looking one way, then turn around and go the other. That seems to help quite a bit. I also change up some of the exercises. Also, I recommend Amy's second DVD - Breathless Body: The Edge. I get the same calorie burn, but I find that workout is easier to get through (mentally). If I want to challenge myself, I pick out this DVD. If I'm feeling less motivated, I always enjoy that workout. Same calorie burn, so it just depends on how I'm feeling. I do one to two HIIT workouts a week, so sometimes I'll do both during the week.
I'm going to give a brief list of the moves in this DVD below and then add the number of calories I burned, according to my Garmin GPS heart rate monitor. I should add that HRMs just give you an idea about calorie burn, but aren't necessarily accurate. However, I use it as a gauge to see how one workout compares to another or how hard I'm working one week compared to the next. Today I really pushed myself and burned 450 calories during this workout. I've had days I can't really get into it, and I'm looking at burning only 360 calories. You will get out of this what you put in. For those of you wondering how this measures up to other workouts: I burn roughly 420 calories in P90X's PlyoX if I push myself during all the rest periods. That workout is an hour and this is only 50 minutes, So I think this is a tougher and more efficient workout than that one. I burn nearly the same calories in this or in the second Breathless Body DVD, so I consider them interchangeable. I've only done the third one a few times and I found it really difficult to get my heart rate up. I will drag it out of retirement some time this month to review. Also, use your arms - they make a huge difference. For reference, I am 33, female, and weigh 135 pounds. In shape.
Here is the breakdown:
Warm up (I actually like the warmup for her second DVD better)
1. Jumping Jacks/Star Jacks - 50 Calories - the star jacks are deceivingly tough. Also, she actually does 9 sets, which is an editing error. I'll take it.
2. Speed Skaters - 49 Cal. I modify this a bit as the actual skaters tend to hurt my back.
3. Burpees. 56 Cals. Yes, folks. That's TABATA BURPEES. If you've never done a burpee, follow Aimee for level 1. These are crazy tough.
4. High Knees. 52 Cals. Great exercise - I cycle between Sarah at level 3 and Amy at level 2. My hips don't like the level 3 eight times in a row.
5. Mountain Climbers/Donkey Kicks - 51 cals. Full disclosure - I cycle between jacks and the donkey kicks. These are tough. Probably the toughest of the 8, but Burpees may be just as tough or tougher. It's a tough call.
6. Jumping Lunges - 51 cals
7. Jumping Squats - 52 cals
8. a track drill, the name of which I cannot remember right now - 45 cals.
That's the workout in a nutshell. I really love this workout not only because Amy is really upbeat and not overly annoying, but also because I can easily do this workout anywhere any time with just a tabata timer on my cell phone. Definitely try this one out. It will be tough, but you can always switch levels. If you are looking for a challenge, this is worth the purchase.