KRISTI YAMAGUCHI: POWER WORKOUT
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Get fit with the Olympic gold medalist.
Kristi Yamaguchi--Olympic gold medalist, Dancing with the Stars champion, and busy wife and mother--stays healthy, strong, and energized with this body-transforming circuit workout.
Kristi and celebrity trainer Erin O’Brien have developed this incredibly efficient workout to blast fat and give you a lean, sculpted figure. It combines heart-pumping cardio blasts with strength-training moves that target all of the main muscle groups. Split into three 10-minute circuits, plus an abs and chest segment, this program suits your schedule anytime. You’ll tone the whole body while burning major calories!
Kristi stays in championship shape with these exercises and now you can too. Power Workout will get you feeling fit and looking great in no time.
Erin O’Brien has been working as a personal trainer and group exercise specialist for 20 years. She holds certifications in a variety of fitness disciplines.
Equipment needed: light hand weights and a mat
Top Customer Reviews
Although this particular DVD falls under Kristi's name it's very much an Erin workout, although this time it's a cardio/sculpt routine. As with Erin's other workouts this DVD is not glitzy, glamorous or over-produced. A simple home-like setting, basic music background to keep the beat (but for some reason doesn't bore me through repeat viewings as most videos do) and a minimum of equipment required. Don't forget to gently increase your weight load over time. Erin cautions not to exceed 8-pound dumbbells with all her videos, but I use different weights for different exercises and sometimes use 10. ;)
Others have pointed out that legs are not heavily addressed in this video, but if you alternate this with Erin's other circuit programs Strong Body, Ageless Body with Erin O'Brien and Strong Body Fit Body you will resolve that issue. Using all three weekly gives one a nicely balanced variety of exercises and strength-training modalities. Just add some cardio with yoga or stretching on the alternating days and see what happens!
The strengths of this workout are: excellent cardio that will really get your heart rate up and have you sweating. I also liked how Kristi showed the more difficult moves and Erin would show the low-impact or more intermediate moves. Interspersed with the cardio was quite a bit of weight training for arms, which was excellent. I also liked the general feel of the video--it was easy to follow, Erin and Kristi have nice personalities so it would not be annoying to watch repeatedly, and the music is very background. I felt worn out while doing the workout, but I felt energized afterward.
What I feel are the weaker points are: not much spot toning, particular in the lower half/legs. As well, some of the ab/core moves were so difficult for me (they may not be for someone else) that I wasn't able to do them or at least as many as I was supposed to, so I didn't feel I got as good a workout on my abs. With that in mind, I would do this video a few times a week, alternated with another one that intensely targeted specific muscle groups.
Overall, it's very good--I would rate it intermediate to difficult--and it certainly lives up to its "power workout" title!
Workout 1 is fine. Workout 2 requires some plank work that can't be modified by going to your forearms since it's a plank to a downward dog. Workout 3 also has some plank work but this can be modified with a forearm plank. Usually when a workout is too hard on my wrists, I give it a lower review, but I think this DVD is so good that I couldn't bring myself to dock it more than one star.
As others have mentioned, the dynamic between Kristi and Erin seems a little strained and fake, but if you concentrate on the workout you will be sweating. Each of the 3 10-min workouts starts with about 5 minutes of cardio followed by 5 minutes of sculpting/strength training. Then there is a 4 minute power workout where you combine all the cardio moves and finally some core stuff. My review is strictly on the 3 10-minute workouts and the power workout - I haven't done the core part of this DVD yet. What I did was tough enough.
I think this is worth the investment (although I got mine with a Warehouse Prime deal so it was under $10). I do, however, wish there was a feature where you could choose your workout and create your own combinations. It's unfortunate that this isn't an option, but it doesn't make or break my desire to do this DVD again.
Watch the video on Amazon (it's from the first 10-min workout) and decide for yourself, but definitely be wary if you have any type of carpal tunnel or difficulty weight-bearing on your hands/wrists.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoy the workout selections and that it combines cardio & strength training. Great options as far as how long you want to work out. Read morePublished 14 months ago by abs
Love Erin O’Brien; she’s the real driver behind this video. Since I leaned of her from this workout I've purchased all her workouts! Enthusiastic is an understatement. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Honest Purchaser Opinion
I love this workout! Erin is awesome at providing a practical workout without the fluff or pretense. She and Kristi are fun and encouraging and the dvd offers creative circuits. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jennifer Johnson
Great workout! Includes cardio, resistance, including weights, core, and balance exercises. Easier versions are offered for many of the exercises.Published 19 months ago by Shoshanah Shirah
This video is just Kristi working out with her trainer. I don't need to feel like I'm working out with someone famous. I though Kristi would have something to teach. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by S. Frey
Kristi and Erin really keep you moving, with excellent instructions and motivation; a total body workout and fun. I workout with friends to this DVD and all enjoy.Published on July 12, 2013 by Jodine Koenigseker
As a huge fan of Erin O'Brien's Strong Body, Ageless Body, I ordered this DVD mostly because her newer workout Strong Body, Fit Body looks really hard, and this seemed like a good... Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by L L Blair