Gilad: Total Body Sculpt Workout, Vol. 2
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Total Body Sculpt Volume 2 - This DVD contains three separate workout sessions from Gilad, each one targeting different body parts. In each workout, Gilad weaves the best of strength training, circuit training, cardio bursts, plyometrics, and core training into a one-of-a-kind routine that will work your whole body. Each workout begins with a warm-up, followed by circuit training using light to medium hand weights. After working your whole body, Gilad then focuses on the body parts indicated in the title of each section: Workout 1 - Abs, Buttocks & Biceps; Workout 2 - Thighs, Abs, Shoulders & Triceps; Workout 3 - Abs, Thighs, Buttocks, Biceps & Triceps. Gilad has been voted FitTV's "Instructor of the Year" four years in a row and was inducted in the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2007.
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My major complaint is that the DVD's are clearly taken from TV shows, in which presumably people are supposed to continue the moves while commercials are playing. On the DVD, however, the program just cuts to the next sequence, with the result that you could do 3 sets of exercises one one side and nothing on the other while the DVD moves on to the next segment. This is a problem with all 9 of the short segments on all 3 of the DVD series. To get the full workout on both sides with all the moves, you either have to stop the DVD, do the missing exercises and start it up again, or rewind it and repeat the exercises from the missing portion.
It's very annoying, particularly given that Gilad and crew have been making exercise videos for 20 years - you would think they would know better than to do something so amateurish. Is it really that hard to put in the missing pieces in a video designed for the home market???
My other gripe is that they take FOREVER to play the TV series theme music at the beginning of each video and I can't figure out how to skip past it. On his previous DVD's (such as the Quickfit series) you can go straight to a menu and right to the exercises. Given that these are short, it would be nice to have the same functionality here, too.
That much being said, the exercises are great. I will probably use these when I'm short on time, but if I have time for a full workout, I prefer his "Ultimate Body Sculpt" and "Quickfit" series because they are made for DVD users, not TV watchers.
Like Gilad will be telling you one moment to work on the right side, and a split-second later, everybody on the screen's done and are now moving on to another exercise, so you have to scramble to catch up with them. Really, YOU CAN DO MUCH BETTER BY SIMPLY COPYING THE SHOWS FROM YOUR TV. So what exactly are you getting by shelling out your hard-earned money?
At the very least, they could have replaced the commercials with added scenes of the exercises. That way, the viewers could follow along without having to pause the DVD, finish the exercise, and then un-pause it again. I mean, that's just awkward. If they didn't have footage for those missing scenes, they could just do quick re-shoots (simple close-ups, etc., would make it easy to blend any new scenes to the old footage. It's not like they couldn't get studio time - they work out on a beach in Hawaii). They didn't. Whether they were cheap or just ignorant, I can't say. But this DVD is a dud.
I like Gilad's workouts, but because of this DVD's basic, major problem, I find myself buying and using workout DVD's from other people, like Sharon Mann (great DVD where you can mix-and-match your workouts) and Cathe Friedrich (she's got some tough workouts, so hers is one DVD where I'm glad there's the pause button!). I wish I had any assurance that the other DVD's in the series are any better, but I don't, so I don't intend to buy them. Too bad, because the workouts themselves are great (hence the 2 stars; if this DVD were really usable, I'd give it 5).
Gilad takes no prisoners, I love to exercise with him, the choice of light or heavy weights gives me freedom to use what is right for me at this time in my life, I am 77 years old and in good shape thanks to excercises
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Easily the BEST workout routines I've ever done in the last 9 years!Published 3 months ago by Water's Wdge
Love it. Great exercises. this is the 2nd one I have ordered from Gilad's collection.Published 16 months ago by Oxford Public Schools-CT-A/P
Body sculpting series is great. Bought it because it is no longer on discovery healthPublished 18 months ago by John Byrd
It was just what I needed and could no longer get on Fit & Health TV.Published 18 months ago by Cookie Olsen