Bob Harper Yoga for the Warrior
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This is yoga at its extreme. Bob has deconstructed the traditional concept of yoga with this vigorous, physique-refining yoga routine that recruits and trains every muscle in your body, stretching your limitations, and delivering powerful weight-loss results. Maximum output is required. Temperatures and heart rates will soar as you push your body to the limit, triggering both physical and metabolic responses that work to deliver your most streamlined physique possible. Go beyond where you thought a normal yoga workout could go!
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However, I love this DVD. AT two minutes into it, I thought "well, if I turn the downward dogs into mountain climbers and do jumping jacks during some of the stretches, I might get something out of this. At 4 minutes, I thought- this is one I will give to Donna, a friend who likes yoga. At 30 minutes, I thought- HECK, THIS IS A WORKOUT AND SOME OF THE BEST BALANCE TRAINING I HAVE DONE. I am, true confessions, a Bob Harper fan and in my 60's can pretty much keep up with the 20 somethings in his other workout DVDs -and LOVE them. This is a surprisingly good addition to an exercise program. As a physician, I KNOW that for those of us over 50, balance is something we really MUST work on and this is one fun way to do it while adding good stretches and strength training to your workout in a different way. Thanks, Bob Harper, for another winner!
Bob offers some modifications for less advanced students, but some of the moves, like chaturanga pushup and full side plank are high-risk for beginners, and he does not say that in the DVD.
If you are already familiar with Yoga, this is a very challenging, fast-moving workout. He keeps the flow moving--there are not a lot of 2-minute holds here. The pace keeps the workout interesting and also increases your heart rate.
I like Bob's mannerisms in the DVD. His voice is peaceful enough to be appropriate for Yoga, while still challenging the kids on the video and the people at home.
I also appreciate that there is no "ohhm" ing, ujjayi breathing or chanting. I respect these aspects of Yoga, and when I take a live class, the instructors include these elements and I do participate. I'll admit feel a little odd chanting in a live class, but there's just no way I'm going to do it at home in my living room, and I am glad that Bob skips that part.
I have been taking Yoga for several years, practicing at home and in live classes. I tried this DVD out the first day I got it just because I wanted to see it. It was supposed to be a rest day for me, so I didn't do it full-out. I was still sore the next day! I do have a lot of room to grow with this DVD, as I used some of the modifications and it would take a while to move into the full expression of some of the poses, but I could participate in some way with all of the poses. The poses were not so completely impossible that all I could do was sit and watch.
I also like that a very big, muscular, extremely fit-looking guy is the one doing the simpler modifications, and the women are doing the full-out expressions of the poses. So when I have to adjust downward, I am still following a very strong, athletic man, which is way better than when a DVD choses, say, a sort of out-of-shape-looking person for their modification model.
Bob does a good job of giving instructions that you can mostly follow when you are upside-down or turned away from the TV. I appreciate that he counts down how much longer you have in a pose, and that the timer at the bottom of the screen tells you how much of the workout remains.
All in all, a great DVD for days I can't make it to the studio!