Physique 57 3 Disc Workout Series Volume 2
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Series Includes: •Classic 57 Minute Full Body Workout – Second Edition •Advanced Express 30 Minute Full Body Workout •Thigh & Seat Booster 30 Minute Workout
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o Warmup (9.5 min): Starts with the traditional barre style marching warmup. She then has you pick up weights for upper body work, the first portion while doing wide leg plies. You move on to pushups (5 pushups, hold in plank and pulse right leg, 5 pushups with right leg raised, hold in plank and pulse left leg, 5 pushups with left leg raised) and then forearm plank pulsing knees up and down from the ground. The last set is tricep dips followed by a brief chest and shoulder stretch.
o Thighs Round 1 (6 min): Hold the ball between your thighs while doing a variety of standing thigh work. Ends with a brief stretch.
o Thighs Round 2 (8 min): Curtsy, curtsy with leg raise, wide leg plie variations, kneeling thigh dancing, pushups (4 two-count, 6 single count), stretch.
o Glutes (12 min): Standing glute work, floor work (the L, clam variations), brief seated stretch. Repeat on second side.
o Abs with leg variations (<4 min): You need a playground ball for the first part of this segment, holding it between the legs. It is followed by a brief stretch.
o Abs round 2 (5 min): Starts with pilates based ab work, continuing with the leg variations. Then moves to a high c-curve using a cushion for support under the lower back (you need your playground ball as well).
o Back Dancing (<2 min)
o Back Extension (1 min, ball needed)
o Stretch (4 min)
They used either 5 or 8 lb weights for the upper body segment. I used 5 lbs as I was more interested in range of motion during the wide leg plies. I would have liked another minute of back dancing, but this was really a great whole body workout. I liked the inclusion of floor work in the glute segment, as well as extension work after the abs. The stretching between segments was perfect, although the last stretch was too short for my preference so I did additional stretching after.
Advanced Express 30 minute Full Body Workout:
o Warmup (3 min): Starts with a quick barre-style march followed by 10 pushups, 10 pushup pulses, forearm plank rolling side to side, tricep dips with leg lifts, and a quick stretch.
o Thighs (7.5 min): Various plie variations, adding the playground ball between the thighs at the end of the plie work. You use the ball between the thighs again for kneeling thigh dancing. The last part she has you put the ball between your thighs in a forearm plank and then bend and straighten the knees followed by 10 pushups. There is a quick stretch at the end of the segment.
o Glutes (11 min.): Standing glute work, using the ball in back of the knee, followed by a brief stretch and then repeated on the second side.
o Abs (5 min): This is mostly c-curve based, using the ball to add variety.
o Stretch (3 min): Brief back extension (cat/cow, cobra) before moving into seated stretches.
The first time I completed this DVD I thought it was kind of easy - so not really Advanced at all. The upper body work was very brief and I would probably add on some body weight work. The thigh and glute segments were pretty good, but the abs and stretch were a bit short again. The impression I had was that this DVD wasn't likely one I would use as a regular part of my rotation, but might be helpful when I'm pressed for time. I'm curious to see if my impression changes the next time I complete this DVD.
Thigh & Seat Booster 30 minute workout:
o Warmup (2 min): Barre-style march followed by some quick upper body work: 8 pushups, then hold in plank pulsing the right leg, then tuck the right leg to the chest and extend back.
o Thighs (8+ min): Lunge variations, curtsy, warrior 3 with leg variations, front leg extensions. Repeat pushup routine, this time pulsing and tucking the left leg. Repeat lunges, curtsy, warrior 3, and leg extensions on other side.
o Thigh - Wide Leg Plie variations (2+ min): Several variations to work the thighs and glutes
o Thigh Dancing (<1.5 min)
o Glutes (5 min.): Standing glute work, right side. You use the ball in back of the knee for the first part.
o More plies (4+ min): Includes several plie variations that were not on the other DVDs, and really worked the thighs and glutes.
o Glutes (5 min), repeat earlier segment on second side
o Standing Stretches
I was pleasantly surprised about the little bit of upper body work on this DVD. I really liked this DVD, and it gave a great thigh and butt workout!!
I received a free Physique 57 ball with my DVDs. It turns out it is just like the playground ball I already had. It works fine for the thigh and ab segments, but next time I do the glute segments using the ball I will probably use my Fitball Mini as the P57 ball kept slipping out from in back of my knee.
It took me a little while to find the right support for the c-curve abs. I started with a thin cushion that looked similar in thickness to the one they use on the DVD and placed it under my mat, but it seemed to bother my lower back more than help it. I then tried a folded towel, but it was so thin it didn't do much. The best option was a small throw pillow off my sofa, placing it on top of the mat to support my lower back.
I'm 48 with a bad knee and hip dysplasia, although I'm in pretty good shape despite my limitations. Barre has really helped my knees although I waited a few months after finishing up physical therapy before trying the thigh segments. The 57 minute DVD did bother my hip a little bit, but not enough to cause any serious problems.
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