ZCUT Power Yoga Vol 1
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YouTube fitness sensation Zuzka Light brings you ZCUT Power Yoga Series, an invigorating style of athletic yoga that will push your flexibility and strength to a whole new level!
This DVD, the first of two, is a yoga-inspired program that introduces new moves such as “flying burpees” to target three major components of fitness: strength, training, cardio, and stretching. Zuzka combines traditional yoga poses, plyometrics, and body weight exercises to improve your flexibility and overall fitness level. Through these high intensity workouts you will strengthen, lengthen, and shape your entire body.
This 50-minute yoga routine includes the following:
Balance & Plyo Series
Upper Body Plyo Series
Warrior Endurance Series
Check out the trailer @ http://zuzkalight.com or http://youtube.com/zuzkalight
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As a bit of background, I've been doing Zuzana's workouts for a few years (ever since she helped co-found Body Rock TV), and they are fantastic! Zuzana's (whose nickname is Zuzka, which is why you'll see her name both ways) first yoga DVD is really hard, but is definitely do-able as long as you have some yoga experience.
The DVD comes in a thin paper sleeve (not a standard plastic DVD case). It is also called Volume 1, which leads me to believe that there will be subsequent volumes out in the future.
In her Intro, Zuzka says that this is a combo of yoga, plyometrics, stretching, and strength training -- with a definite cardio focus.
The DVD contains several sequences, plus a bonus:
--Balance and Plyo Series
--Warrior Endurance Series
--Bonus Abs Series
There is no option to play all of the Series, which is a definite disappointment. Because I wanted to do all of them, I kept having to return to the main menu to choose the next Series.
Each Series is also pretty short -- from about 6 minutes to 8 minutes long -- so I suppose they're designed to be added on to other workouts, like her ZCUT Power Cardio Series 3 Dvd Set workouts. The Warm-Up is 6 minutes long, the Cool Down is about 4:30 minutes long, and the bonus abs segment is about 3:30 minutes long. Although I didn't expect this, I actually really like the shorter segments since I tend to avoid doing longer yoga workouts that I already own; the shorter length of these means they're easy to tack on to a longer workout.
The name of each sequence gives you an idea of what the sequence is like. For instance, the Crescent Series focuses on balance poses and crescent moves, while the Warrior Series focuses on Warrior poses.
Unlike her ZCut DVDs and internet videos, this DVD does have music, but it's very light and in the background. From the main menu, there is also the option to choose to turn the music off.
The backdrop is also beautiful. It's filmed in a lovely open room, with pretty views out of these lattice-encased windows. The set is very bright and open.
Zuzka's cueing is very good, and it's easy to follow along with her without having to constantly look at the TV screen. There is a definite athletic feel to these workouts, and my heart rate really spiked up there when she added plyo moves into some of the segments.
Zuzka is also her usual positive, encouraging self! Even while you're huffing and puffing through her workouts, you can tell she's there huffing and puffing along with you, and that always gives me the energy to keep going!
I'm already looking forward to Volume 2!
The workouts themselves are great, like all of Zuzka's work. However, I second the opinion of some reviewers here that it's a bit annoying to have the Warm Up and Cool Down in separate chapters on the DVD. Of course, both routines are really short and should be easy to memorize. One thing I was hoping for, based on experience with Zuzka's YouTube videos, was a quick summary prior to each workout in which she SLOWLY goes over each exercise and explains the proper form in detail. This is very helpful for people not already familiar with these poses and it helps to prevent injury. I'm surprised and disappointed something like that was not included in this DVD. I watched the routines over and over to make sure I already had a bit of a grasp on the moves and routine before I felt comfortable doing them, since I have absolutely no prior yoga experience.
Based on my mediocre experience with the DVD, I think I'll just continue using her free YouTube videos instead. There are no extra features on the DVD to make it worth the cost when you can watch her other high quality work out videos for free.
I love the warm up. It is a nice flow and increases in difficulty as it goes on.
I wobbled a lot during the crescent series and I KNOW this will help me improve my balance. It really requires a lot of focus and attention. Twisted half moon...here I come. ha! :)
The upper body sequence is challenging and I can see it helping me improve my upper body strength and endurance. I love the handstand prep. I got a lot higher by the 3rd run-through and held a full hand stand for a second. Very proud. ;-)
The chair flow is pure insanity in the best way possible. It is an excellent cardio challenge that left my legs burning and shaking! The great thing is Zuzana keeps you going and motivated throughout each routine.
The cool down is nice too. It is very short, but it is just enough to settle your body down and stretches your whole body.
I did the DVD all the way through and was drenched in sweat by the end. The moves in this are basic yoga poses with a Zuzka twist. If you like Z's ZWOWs and Power Cardio, you will NOT be disappointed. Do not let the word "yoga" fool you.
The routines are short (3-10 minutes each) and you move from one to the other. There is not a "play all" option, so you can do one, or two or all. I do not mind that there is not a "play all" option because after some of these routines, I was happy to see that menu screen. :)
Gorgeous setting, great music, and a radiant instructor. I don't use the word often, but this DVD is spectacular.