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DVD Review: BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn

By , SparkPeople Blogger
As a busy mom of four, my only time to exercise is before the kids wake up in the morning. DVDs are a regular part of my workout rotation, and I’m always looking for new ones to try. I was excited to check out the BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn DVD to see if it’s something I could add to my routine.

BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn promises ''high intensity intervals combined with body changing barre exercisesYou’ll do Tabata style workouts, longer cardio intervals, low impact fat blasts and sculpting exercises to hit every main muscle.'' The DVD has 3 different workouts: extreme cardio fat burn (26 min), cardio sculpt (17 min) and cardio core (17 min), as well as a 2-minute warm-up and 12-minute cool-down stretch. So, does the workout deliver on its promise of ''extreme results''?  Here’s what I thought.

Each workout has 3 instructors who show different levels of each exercise: beginner, moderate and advanced. That was helpful because I could vary which level I did depending on the exercise.The primary instructor (Suzanne Bowen) gave good advice from the beginning about going at your own pace, using proper form for each exercise and making modifications when needed. She also takes water breaks during the workouts, which is good encouragement to stay hydrated.

The workouts are easy to follow. The movements aren’t fancy, but that doesn’t mean simple can’t be effective. For example, the cardio core workout has one exercise where you lie on your back, one knee pulled into the chest and the other leg extended a few inches above the floor. Then, you lower and lift your legs in this position. My abs were burning almost right away! The workouts incorporate lots of tiny pulsing movements (which barre workouts are known for) that look easy until you try doing them for a minute or two without stopping. It’s more challenging than you might think!

Each workout does take some coordination and balance. This DVD might not be appropriate for people with certain medical limitations (like back problems, for instance), but the beginner level is good for new exercisers and the advanced level can be challenging. Although the workout is promoted as ''Tabata style intervals'', I didn’t find it to be an all-out workout that you’d traditionally think of with this description. The intervals did raise my heart rate into the cardio zone, but weren’t as intense as I expected. The cardio sculpt section uses light hand weights throughout the workout. I’m more of a traditionalist when it comes to strength training, preferring to use weight that is challenging for a limited number of reps and sets. But this could be a good alternative to add some variety to your routine.

Want to get a sneak peek of the workout? Check out the YouTube clip below to get a feel for the moves:

Overall, I think this DVD can be a nice addition to any workout rotation. The moves are fairly simple but effective, and can be tailored to your individual fitness level. If you’re looking to try a barre workout or just want to add something new to your routine, you might consider checking it out!  This DVD is available on ($16.99).

Have you ever tried a barre workout?  What did you think? 

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KHALIA2 2/13/2018
Good tips! Thank you! Report
HAWKTHREE 9/1/2017
DVDs were my lifeline for exercising when my kids were young. I still like them for their portability (business trips) and adaptability to my time.
I like barre because I can focus on form and still get the burn. Report
I have not exactly done this, but Iike a ballet type workout. NYC Ballet workout is a favorite. Don't really have a barre on mirror at home, but it works. Report
Instead of a barre you can use a chair, countertop, table.... These are effective especially for toning the little muscles. I haven't done them in a while but my daughter does interval training and the barre method and she said the barre always makes her sore at first but she feels like it's toning her more than the interval. I feel whatever workout you like and will do is the workout for you! ;0) Report
Might not be appropriate for folks with some medical limitations? Ya think?

I didn't see any "barre" exercises, but of course, the clip is just an intro.

Okay, thanks for the review, but it won't work for me, and I don't see reasonable adaptations I can make for my physical limitations. Report
I was expecting a bar to be used with these movements. It does not seem any different than other video workouts that I have seen. Report
One of the things I like about these exercises is that they use body weight to tone...and they ARE effective! Those tiny movements are tough to do correctly and THAT'S where the workout comes in! Report
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