Denise Austin: Shape Up And Shed Pounds [DVD]
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Kick-start your weight loss with Denise Austin’s formula for pure fat-burning fun, SHAPE UP & SHED POUNDS! Perfect for those just getting started, this combination workout program includes low-impact cardio to condition your heart as well as total-body toning that strengthens and stretches muscles for a body-slimming effect. You can increase the burn and reshape your body from head to toe! Low-Impact Cardio (30 min.): Mambo, power walk and lose inches fast with fun cardio moves that boost the metabolism in a total-body workout that’s easy on the joints. Stretch & Tone (20 min.): Sculpt a leaner, firmer and more flexible body with yoga leg trimmers, core exercises, plank variations, and more that tone and shape the legs, buns, waistline, arms and shoulders. [A mat is recommended.]
Workout queen Denise Austin knows that a low-impact cardio routine can be just as effective as a high-impact one. If it's structured and paced like the workout on Denise Austin: Shape Up & Shed Pounds, the routine can get your heart rate up and really help you push your limits. While this disc is targeted at beginners or those who might be easing back into a workout regimen--and it is ideal for those exercisers--even those who are fit and work out regularly will feel results by doing Austin's routine. Austin has created a series of moves with little to no break in the 30 minutes, mixing fun Latin dance moves with power walking and her favorite squats and lunges. There's also a great 20-minute toning and stretching routine (a mat or thick towel will be useful for the floor exercises). The two routines can be combined for a thorough one-hour workout, head to toe, or done on alternate days for those who want to take it a little more slowly. As always, Austin focuses on proper posture and form, and her bubbly encouragement helps cheer on her students. Those wanting a new workout to add to an existing exercise regimen, or those wanting something doable now but also one that can become more challenging as their fitness level grows, will really see results doing Denise Austin: Shape Up & Shed Pounds. Next stop, a more fit, toned you! --A.T. Hurley
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1. Low-Impact Cardio (31 minutes, 36 seconds)
In general, this is a light to moderate workout. Exercises are non-stop and Ms. Austin moves briskly through a variety of exercises. The workout includes traditional aerobics, small jumps, balance work, and a few easy Latin steps.
2. Stretch & Tone (20 minutes, 27 seconds)
This workout is divided into standing work and floor work. Standing work is comfortably paced with stretches and light standing moves. Then, Ms. Austin moves on to the floor and the exercises become a little bit more intense and faster.
Here are the floor exercises.
Side plank and lift
Reverse plank or bridge with triceps
This ends with a few stretches on the floor.
The low impact cardio is dance inspired. This came as a pleasant surprise, since I normally kill myself just running outside for a half an hour. The moves really do require a lot of energy if you really put effort into them and are fun. There is also a built in warm up and cool down.
Probably not for hard core exercisers, but it says right on it that its for beginners. I also found the moves tough to follow the first time I did it, but they are readily learned by way of repeated viewing. I was just fine by the 2nd/ 3rd viewing.
This DVD really earned its 5 stars for me. With a sensible diet I lost 20 last year in 3 months using these exercises. I will definitely be trying some of her other dvds