ZCUT Power Cardio Series 3 Dvd Set
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Zuzka leads the ZCUT series by motivating viewers through a month long workout calendar that utilizes the 12 unique workouts that are included on the 3 DVDs. Each of the 12 short, intense, fat shredding workouts are based on her successful YouTube format that has helped millions achieve the abs and body of their dreams.
“ZCUT leads my fans through a fast body changing program with short, under twenty minute workouts that are based on the actual workouts I use to create my body,” said Zuzka Light. “I never workout longer than 20 minutes – its not necessary, especially if you do the type of workouts we have put on these DVDs. YouTube has allowed me to reach a worldwide audience and now these cardio DVDs give my viewers a 30 day system that will work for anybody and is very affordable!”
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This new set of three DVDs contains 12 all-new workouts and a bonus abs workout. The DVDs are pressed DVDs, and not DVD-r, so they are good quality.
These body-weight workouts require only minimal equipment -- a chair, a mat, and (optional) a stack of books to jump over for some of the lateral jump moves. There is a countdown timer to keep you motivated, and some very basic and quick nutrition tips are also included on the rotation calendar. The main portion of each workout ranges between 10-15 minutes long.
There is one warm-up (just under 8 minutes) and one cool-down (just over 7 minutes) included that you do each day you work out, and that you just tack on to the day's workout. (It is the same warm-up and cool-down that you do every time you work out, for all three months of the program.) If you do the warm-up, one workout, and the cool-down, each workout should take you just about 25-30 minutes total.
The exercises consist of Zuzana's signature moves -- things like burpees, tuck jumps, pistol squats, etc. They are pretty high impact, but that intensity definitely helps you get results in a short period of time.
Zuzana also does a demo of some of the exercises before the workout starts, so you can see what's coming and how to do it. The demos are a few minutes long and are at the start of each workout.
This set also comes with a calendar/rotation to follow for the first month so you know exactly where/how to use the DVDs. For the second and third months, you can go to Zuzana's website and download a rotation schedule. If you follow the rotation calendar, for the first month, you work out 5 days a week, and for the second and third months, you work out 6-7 days a week. The calendar is pre-set, but she said that you can add more cardio to the program, although you should still expect to see results even if you don't.
Also, there is no music in any of the workouts, so it might be good to have an iPod or other MP3 player handy if you like to listen to music (as I do) when I work out.
Some of Zuzka's YouTube videos feature suggestive camera angles, which I know is problematic for folks who have children. On these DVDs, she does wear a low-cut top in most of the workouts, but the camera angles are more "conservative," for lack of a better word.
On her Twitter feed and a video on her blog, Zuzanna mentioned that she filmed these workouts over the course of two weeks, and in that time her lower body really slimmed down. If you look at the difference in her legs in the workouts filmed earlier and the ones filmed later, you can see a marked change; these will definitely help your legs trim up.
She also mentioned on her Twitter feed that you don't need to do any additional workouts if you do these. Supposedly Zuzana herself only works out 3-5 days a week doing her workouts, and she's in amazing shape. I know that diet is 80% of the equation, but these type of high intensity workouts really do get fast results. (She also mentioned that she's working on a cookbook, and I'm already looking forward to when it comes out!)
I'm planning on adding these on to my usual workouts (which is how I've always used them -- as add-ons to other workouts I do), and will update my review after I've used these for a bit.
UPDATE ON 1/25/13: Someone asked in a comment about how to cycle through the workouts, so I thought I'd add that into my review as an update. Basically, each disk has four workouts on it, and you use all 12 workouts the first month.
The calendar that comes inside of Disk 1 shows you what exercises to do the first month, and what order to do them in. You basically do the 12 workouts in order, but the rest days are spaced out throughout each week, so that you're working out five days a week the first month. Once you get to Workout 12, you start over at Workout 1 again and keep going for the rest of the month.
It doesn't seem like she's posted the second and third month calendars on her website yet (or at least, I haven't been able to find them), but hopefully they'll be up soon.
Also, it seems like a lot of people are still waiting on their DVDs to arrive, and Zuzka posted something on her Facebook page about how they received several thousand orders, and are trying to keep up with the demand. The tracking info isn't great right now and I know they're taking a long time to arrive, but this is a great set that really is worth the wait. I've noticed that I'm getting better cardio endurance, and can do plyo moves more easily since I started adding these on to my other workouts.
UPDATE ON 1/27/13: On her website and Facebook page, Zuzka stated that on February 10, she'll be offering daily check-ins and motivation if you want to start the 90-day rotation that day. (I imagine that she's waiting until then since many folks who ordered the first week are still waiting on their DVDs.)
She's also started putting up some diet and nutrition videos/info, and, starting this week, she's been posting her daily meal plans. Since they say that diet is 80% of your results and Zuzka is in amazing shape, I'm excited that she'll be doing this since I'm really curious about what she eats to look as amazing as she does.
UPDATE ON 5/25/13: Just as an FYI, Zuzka just posted a photo on her Facebook page of her next set -- the Power Strength Series, and it's supposed to be out on May 31. From the descriptions on the cover, it looks like it will be 12 strength workouts that are designed to "boost your strength and thin your body."
UPDATE ON 9/6/13: Someone asked me about the cost in the comments section of my review, so I wanted to mention here that these should only cost about sixteen dollars + four dollars shipping from Watch It Now Entertainment (as sold through Amazon), which is the company that produces and sells all of Zuzana's workouts. The other retailers who are selling this set for exorbitant prices are just taking advantage of consumers.
On a different note, someone on a fitness forum I'm active on mentioned that when she moved from doing hour-long workouts to just doing 2-3 ZCut workouts a day (mostly the strength ones), she was able to drop weight and is now, at 52, in the best shape of her life. I've been using these workouts mostly as add-ons to other workouts I do, but that post inspired me to start using my ZCut workouts more!
As another reviewer posted, the 3 DVDS in the set have a warm up and cool down for you to complete before and after each workout. The warm-up is about 7 minutes and the cool down is about 8 minutes.
Each DVD has 4 workouts and there is a bonus workout for a total of 13 workouts. There is an option to have Zuzka breakdown each workout or you can skip the breakdown and head straight to the workout. The breakdowns are very helpful. Zuzka describes every exercise in detail and shows the proper form. She also shows alternate ways to complete the exercises if you are struggling and she is very encouraging.
Zuzka also includes a 30 day calendar which shows which workouts should be completed on each day and you can download the next 30 day calendars on her website for free.
I have completed all of these workouts several times and in my opinion, the workouts do not necessarily increase in intensity. Sometimes, I struggle through workout 1 more than workout 12. So, you can jump around from workout to workout if you feel that one is harder for you to complete on a certain day. The only equipment you need is a set of dumbbells (if you choose) and a chair, which she uses for several of the workouts. Zuzka uses 8 pound dumbbells for most of the exercises and I think she occasionally uses 15 lb or 20 lb weights for some of the chair exercises. I used 12-15 lb dumbbells throughout, but Zuzka shows alternate ways to complete the exercises, if you would like to just use your own body weight or lighter dumbbells.
I thought about posting a breakdown of each workout, but I believe that it is worth it to purchase these DVDs and it would be an injustice to Zuzka if I posted all her exercises here.
Here is a breakdown of the workouts on the last DVD with the time it takes to complete:
Workout 9 (12:39): 4 rounds of each of the following
10 reps of weighted squat hops
10 inverted push presses
10 push presses with dumbbells
10 competition burpees
Workout 10(12:23): 2 rounds of the following:
12 lunge curls with side lunges
20 plank pulls
20 dumbbell swings
12 tricep plank leg lifts
Bonus reps:20 dynamic burpees
Workout 11(14:14): 3 rounds of the following
30 elevated leg lunges
10 three clap push ups and burpee
20 sit up twists
Workout 12(13:19): 3 rounds of the following
20 weighted over-head squats & side leg lifts
40 chair hops
40 back lunges and knee ups
10 reptile push ups
I like Zuzka because she is very motivational. She struggles through the workouts right along with you and even takes breaks in between some exercises. After completing these exercises, I have noticed that I am stronger than I was before and I am much more toned. I am now a fan and will be purchasing her Strength Series DVDs as well!