The Fat Chick Works Out! A Safe, Easy and FUN workout for Klutzes, Wimps, and Absolute Beginners.
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(Jan 01, 2006)
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Do hard-core, thong-clad, boot camp workouts scare you silly? Has it been a long time since you last worked out? Are you recovering from an illness, injury or surgery? Are you tired of workouts that are too fast, too complicated or just too hard? Don't give up; The Fat Chick can help! Based on knowledge gleaned over a lifetime of getting her big butt in motion and decades of teaching people of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities, Fat Chick Jeanette DePatie gets you up off the couch and back into exercise. This uniquely interactive 12-week program starts small (with just a few minutes workout in week one) and builds gradually to a one-hour workout. With The Fat Chick, you can and will work out!
...A little background about me: I am 375lbs and 5 feet 9 inches tall. Last year I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and have lost a significant amount of mobility (not not mention gaining 115lbs). I went from being someone who was mountain biking 10-15 miles per trip to having to have my husband help me stand up or get out of bed. Life was utterly miserable and even the prescribed percocet wasn't helping. I had days where I sat down and cried because I'm not even 29 yet and my body felt like it was 80. Fast forward to February 2012: An amazing doctor finally figured out that I also had Celiac disease. After changing to a gluten free diet, I started to regain some of my mobility and strength as my body began to get nutrition again. I finally felt like doing something again but going to the gym to work out was significantly beyond my ability at the moment. Then I found the Fat Chick! Yesterday was the first time I worked out with the DVD. The DVD is broken down into different weeks, each week adds a little more to the work out as you slowly build up endurance. I started with week one and was guided through a small warm up, short aerobic workout (maybe 5 minutes?) and then a cool down that was similar to the warm up. For me, this worked up a sweat, got my heart rate up a little, but didn't overwork me. When I was done with the workout I thought I can do this. Best feeling ever after the health issues I've been through! That night I slept well, and woke up feeling a very moderate amount of soreness to my muscles (the good sore! not the fibromyalgia sore!)... --Amazon User Review
...The companion DVD also called The Fat Chick Works Out! is easy to move along with. No hard workouts and it won't have you so sore you can't get up off the floor. Been there, done that. This is a nice more leisurly exercise program and I do really like it. It's much easier to do than many of the routines that you see from the professional workout gurus. I like the factthat someone fat like me is doing the routines along with you. I know that sounded mean, but hey I'm 184 pounds. I don't want to watch a 100 pound girl work out who's never been fat a day in her life! She has no idea what I'm going thru and the troubles I've had trying to lose weight and stay on a sensible meal plan. A 100 pound man or woman has nothing in common with my life or my lifestyle. They have no clue as to how lose the weight because they've never "had" the weight on to start with. I know there are some who know what they are talking about, but it's not from being there. So the Fat Chick is someone who can understand exactly what you are going thru. She's living it just as you are. She's like your partner in crime she's got your back... --diabeticsnacker.com
...I am impressed by all of the options on this DVD. You have a ton of different ways to feel comfortable with your workout. Not only does she separate it by weeks, so you can learn each one of the weeks at your own pace, but she also provides step-by-step instructions, separate from the workout, that show you how to do the steps. Each one of the steps is pretty easy to catch onto, though, so you don t have to do the step how-tos if you don t want to. I appreciate that this beginner workout DVD is low-impact. There isn t any jumping or hopping around. For those with a lot of weight or those with leg injuries, this makes it much easier to follow. There is a lot of stepping with your feet in different patterns, and at some points, she does put in some arm movements, but it s nothing too complicated, so really, anyone can follow along. You may find yourself a bit bored by some of the movements after four weeks. Each one of the four week segments is its own actual routine, so you actually have three different fitness routines on here. After four weeks of doing the same moves (mostly applying to the beginner four weeks), you might find yourself a bit bored by the same movements, but I promise that the 2nd and 3rd routine on the DVD are much more fun movements, and those really brought a lot of cheer to my regular workout routine. I absolutely love The Fat Chick s workout style. She s very upbeat and positive about the whole thing, and she doesn t push things too hard or too softly. Her quips about the workout made me laugh and smile, and that s what I want in a work-out leader. She does things like call your kicks the Jackie Chan kicks that makes you smile and makes things so much more fun. She s definitely fun to follow along with. The movements aren t your traditional just curl your arms either. The movements are fun and enjoyable. I also love the reason that The Fat Chick wrote up this DVD. She specifically designed this DVD for fitness intentions. She says that she doesn t promise weight loss, but she does promise that you ll feel more healthy and more in-shape than you had before you d done her DVD. With all of the DVDs out there that promise to make you thin in 6 weeks or whatnot, her tone of seeking out exercise just for your own positive health and fitness is really refreshing... --iheartgiveaways.com
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Fast forward to February 2012: An amazing doctor finally figured out that I also had Celiac disease. After changing to a gluten free diet, I started to regain some of my mobility and strength as my body began to get nutrition again. I finally felt like doing something again but going to the gym to work out was significantly beyond my ability at the moment. Then I found the Fat Chick!
Yesterday was the first time I worked out with the DVD. The DVD is broken down into different weeks, each week adds a little more to the work out as you slowly build up endurance. I started with week one and was guided through a small warm up, short aerobic workout (maybe 5 minutes?) and then a cool down that was similar to the warm up. For me, this worked up a sweat, got my heart rate up a little, but didn't "overwork" me. When I was done with the workout I thought "I can do this". Best feeling ever after the health issues I've been through! That night I slept well, and woke up feeling a very moderate amount of soreness to my muscles (the good sore! not the fibromyalgia sore!).
I will update my review as I have used more of the DVD. At this point though, I was so elated to find a DVD that worked for me. The Fat Chick Works out reminds of of the Leslie Sansone workouts of Walk Away The Pounds only better because The Fat Chick isn't focused on weight loss. Since I practice Health At Every Size (HAES) this was always distracting to me to use a work out dvd that promised you weight loss and shiny rainbows and the perfect life once you weren't fat. The Fat Chick is not that sort of work out DVD. The leader is funny, cheerful, and encouraging and you can watch different "Peep Talks" to help keep you motivated while you work out.
I think this is a fantastic video for beginners since I consider myself a certified, grade-a, beginner :). If you're like me and you are trying to start slow and recover a relationship with your body - - -this is the DVD to help you with that.