Crunch - Cardio Sculpt: The Body Sculpting Fat Burning Blast!
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From the Crunch fitness series comes Crunch: Cardio Sculpt - The Body Sculpting Fat Burning Blast!, a video that provides a cardiovascular workout while toning and tightening the muscles. The 30-minute program is divided into five segments. Two sets of dumbbells from three to eight pounds are recommended, but beginners should start with just one set of light weights. This ultimate video workout allows viewers to burn fat and shape their muscles all at once. The instructor, Violet Zaki, is a certified fitness instructor with a first-degree black belt.
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I first tried this workout when it was available on Netflix. After they removed all of their fitness videos, I was so sad, because I felt like I had finally found the perfect workout for me! I finally decided to just order this DVD so I could get back to working out the way I want to.
This video is about 30 minutes long, including a cool-down, and combines cardio and weight training. It works your arms, abs, legs, gluts, and gets your heart racing. I like that there is scene selection, which obviously was not available on Netflix. There is also a 10 minute buns workout, which I have yet to try (I'll probably give it a go this weekend). I love the trainer, who has a nice voice (and Australian accent!) and she is very encouraging and positive, not harsh, and seems to give helpful reminders at just the right moments. The workout itself is appropriate for beginners but as you develop your strength and skill, I think it would still be quite suitable. They recommend that you use two sets of weights, one set that you consider light, and one that you consider to be a bit heavier, but if you only have one set, that will do just fine. I used to use a set of 3 lb. weights and a set of 5 lb. weights, but I recently moved and no longer have weights in my posession, so I've resorted to using household items, like water bottles or lotion bottles (silly, I know!) until I can repurchase a few sets of weights.
I do this workout 3 times a week, and every time, even without the proper weights, I find myself sweating and sore in the best way. Every time you start nearing the point where you want to give up, the instructor changes the exercise, so it is tough but not torturous. I don't know if this is bad, but I do this workout barefoot since I have thick carpeting in my apartment, and honestly I don't feel like my ankles or feet are being strained or tweaked by the exercises. I used to do this on wood flooring in my previous residence, and wore athletic shoes on that surface, which I would recommend if you also have smooth floors.
The only things I can critique are that: 1) there is no stretching segment at the beginning (but there is a warm-up segment, but that is not the same thing), and 2) there are some jumping moves, which I don't enjoy doing since I live in a third-floor apartment, and it feels rude to do so. One of the background girls demonstrates low-impact alternatives, which I follow along with instead during those portions.
Overall, I highly recommend this workout to anyone looking for a full-body workout, especially to beginners because it is a great place to start. I am not the most athletic person, nor am I typically inclined to be active, but I actually look forward to completing this workout! I couldn't ask for more.
Otterman (or something like that). This one was very inexpensive and now I know why. The instructor had no direction. One minute you use hand weights, the next minute she tells you to drop them. The exercises were quick and i found some of them a little hard to do. This dvd is a bit advanced. I did it with a friend..after 5 minutes, she stopped because she could not follow the instructor. As a dance lover, even I had a little challenge following her moves. She changed moves before giving it a chance to work. The music was just okay...the typical Crunch Gym music is slamming. I'm used to hearing hip hop beats with some moves i can't get enough of. You will not find that in this dvd. I'm keeping it only because it was so cheap. If you like good choreography that is organized,this isn't the exercise dvd for you. Check out Michelle O instead.
If this video was just 15 minutes longer I think it would have been more effective. Yes, I realise we all want a workout that we can fit into our day, and that doesn't take huge amounts of our time, but I'm not convinced this 30 minutes will produce the effective results it claims.
I also thought the constant changing from light to heavier weights was slightly unnecessary (based on the exercises the weights were being used for).
In my mind, if you want an effective video that really works your muscle groups in as little time as possible, I have still not found anything better than Karen Voights fitness videos. When you have finished working out with her 30-45 minutes videos, you really feel as though you have worked your body. Unfortunately I did not feel that with this video.