We Tried It: Yogaletics DVDs

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1/29/2010 3:19 PM   :  48 comments   :  17,683 Views

A few months ago, GoFit reached out to us and asked us to try YOGALETICS, a collection of yoga products and DVDs by Kent Katich. They said: “L.A. based Katich is the industry’s premier sports yoga trainer for top professional athletes, and lends over 15-years of experience training numerous NBA teams as well as hundreds of professional all-stars, first round draft picks, hall of fame athletes and Hollywood celebrities.”

One of the complaints that I hear in my yoga classes from my male students is that they think many DVDs are aimed only at women, so this seemed like a good product for us to try. I asked Paul, our resident ninja UFC and martial arts expert, to give it a try.

It took him a LONG time to try this product, and we both thought that meant it wouldn’t be good. But, after trying it once and liking it, he told me today that it is his regular weekend exercise. Instead of using Saturday and Sunday as rest days from grappling, running, lifting kettlebells and circuit training, he does yoga, which helps round out his fitness routine.

Read what he said to say:

“I think the product has a lot going for it. The art direction is obviously aimed at men - but I think it really succeeds. Everything from the box, the mat, the brick, the DVD printing, the DVD menu, and the location they filmed for the workout are all very masculine. The mat and brick are a muted gray. The DVD location is a nuts and bolts gym with brick and concrete. It also has all other kind of sports equipment around - heavy bags and boxing ring, etc. Even if it is an obvious attempt to remove hesitation for a guy to try yoga but thinking it is too girly - it still works.

The DVD itself is excellent, I think. It has a couple of menu items, but the quick workout is really the only thing. It is a 17 minute follow along yoga routine. It shows different ability levels - as one of the athletes who is less flexible uses the brick at times. I think the DVD layout - making it very simple and obvious how to get to the workout (since as a guy - we just want to get to it) - is perfect, and I think the choice of 17 minutes is actually perfect. If it had been too short, I would feel like it wasn't worth doing it all. If it were too long, I'd feel like it was taking time away from strength training or cardio. But as is, I'd consider doing the routine any day along with whatever else I was already going to do.

The items that come in the package are a little more hit and miss, I think. In general, it is because they're not explained or utilized. For example, I know how a brick can be used to create stability when you can't fully reach the floor. Already knowing that, I recognized it in the background of the DVD workout. What if you didn't know that? I didn't see any written materials in the box--it isn't discussed on the DVD. The strap is one step less because I didn't even see it on the DVD.

I would rate the DVD very highly. I think it is aimed perfectly at an athletic guy. The mat is fine. The brick and the strap, though, could either be better integrated (it’s not discussed or demonstrated in the DVDs) or left out, making the product (I would guess) much cheaper.




Our only complaint is that the mat is smelly. It had a plastic smell to it that was overwhelming. We also felt the real value was in the DVDs themselves. Though we received the entire kit for free (it’s worth $79.99), you can also just buy the DVDs for $19.99 (Elite 45-Minute) and $14.99 (20-Minute Power).

The GoFit Yogaletics products include the exclusive Kent Katich signature yoga mats as well as straps, blocks, Katich’s instructional DVD’s and other accessories. Prices range from $29.99-$79.99 and is sold online at here, and in select retailers.

Have you heard about this workout? Would you be willing to try it?


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  • 48
    I can see my younger brother liking this. He's going to be 35 in Feb. He's quite the athlete. - 1/1/2012   11:49:39 PM
  • 47
    Not heard of this yet (it may be in the latest issue of my "Collage Video" exercise catalog but I haven't looked at it yet.). I'm thinking this might be an appropriate video for my husband. His Sleep Apnea doctor wants him to take Tai Chi or other mild forms of martial arts mostly as a stress relieving aid, something to get him to spend 15-20 minutes "away from himself". Well, of course, he thinks the doctor is crazy and he'd look like a girl etc. so he hasn't done it. I love doing Yoga, and know first hand how relaxing it can be. I think this DVD would help him, if he could see a nice "studly he-man" working out with Yoga. There are cheaper places to buy manly colors of mats and bricks that aren't stinky, so thanks for the headsup that we can buy the DVD by itself. - 1/31/2011   12:31:35 PM
  • 46
    No, haven't heard of it, but I'll stay with the DVD's of Yogi Master RODNEY YEE and those of Patricia Walden, who've been teaching it for 30+ years. - 3/30/2010   6:07:30 PM
  • SUNSET09
    45
    Hadn't heard about it but defintely informed now. A great gift for a couple and as you stated, I'd purchase just the DVDs as I have some of these products at home. Thanx! - 2/15/2010   9:17:38 AM
  • 44
    Thanks for the info. - 2/6/2010   1:45:04 PM
  • 43
    I think your male students have a valid complaint. I too think that too many workout DVDs are geared towards women. One thing I've noticed about the yoga class I take is the number of men. It's been increasing. A couple of years ago, we maybe had 2 or 3 guys. Today, they represent a third of the class.

    I haven't heard of this product, but I'll keep an eye out for it.


    - 2/3/2010   10:16:21 AM
  • 42
    It's so sad that we have to make things different colors to promote their use. We coat dumbbells in feminine colors as to make them less scary to the ladies; now we've got to make yoga in a gym for the guys. The DVD's sound interesting, but I'll stick with my mat. Thanks for the review! - 2/1/2010   8:00:20 PM
  • 41
    My husband and I have been taking yoga classes for 2.5 years, so we are familiar with many poses. We do not need the strap/block/mat. The DVDs sound interesting and I'd be willing to give them a try. It sounds as though they are targeting men in a logical manner.

    I personally have found that new mats always smell quite strongly and I have to let them air out for a week (or 2) before I can use them. - 2/1/2010   5:48:39 PM
  • 40
    Never heard of the product and not much of a yoga fan. However this article peaked my interest enough to look at it on the internet. - 1/31/2010   11:39:24 PM
  • 39
    Hey guys - Won't hurt to give it a try.
    I doubt that I'd go to a class but do enjoy the athlete based yoga DVDs that I have. The stretching and strength aspects are well worth it. - 1/31/2010   9:02:58 PM
  • NEED2LOSE45
    38
    THis is true I think guys here Yoga and run! - 1/31/2010   10:27:07 AM
  • 37
    New to me. Great that it's geared toward guys, looks like it's mostly women responding though. I like my dvd's and old school videos, my husband on the other hand........too much of a control freak to take instruction from someone he doesn't know. Ha! - 1/31/2010   9:20:41 AM
  • 36
    I would have never tried it if I hadn't read the post. Thanks so much! - 1/31/2010   7:50:31 AM
  • 35
    I had not heard of the product but can see how it would appeal to men. I can say I received a yoga mat for Christmas and it's plastic smell overwhelmed me too at first but it lightened up quickly. The price seems a little steep though.
    - 1/30/2010   6:54:32 PM
  • 34
    Yes, I would try this. I like the idea of a no frills type yoga. I may look into buying just the dvd although I notice that the same instructor has what looks to be similar dvds out there. I might get one of them instead. - 1/30/2010   2:02:54 PM
  • 33
    Im not convinced, as a very new yoga novice. I'll stick with Wii yoga for now as I learn more. - 1/30/2010   12:15:18 PM
  • 32
    No, I have not heard of it. If gotten free, I would give it a try. - 1/30/2010   11:51:54 AM
  • 31
    Yeah, I'd try it if I got it FREE too. :) but I hadn't heard of it before. - 1/30/2010   11:04:22 AM
  • 30
    I have never heard of it. I don't think I would buy it, unless I started hearing really good things about it. - 1/30/2010   10:38:48 AM
  • 29
    Having already spent a lot of money getting dvd workouts that are pretty much geared toward women, I have no use for a workout set geared towards men. It does sound like a good idea however, for a guy. - 1/30/2010   10:31:03 AM
  • 28
    Nope never heard of it either.. I'm not a DVD workout person. I rather do my own thing.. Thanks.. - 1/30/2010   10:21:01 AM
  • SHERI0303
    27
    Interesting idea. Might make a good gift for DH. - 1/30/2010   10:15:58 AM
  • 26
    Ok, my husband likes yoga but unfortunately the really good instructor he had, left the gym where he worked out and has not been able to find another good one.
    When he was doing the yoga, he was the most flexible he's ever been in his life (and he is extremely unflexible). Of course, when I mentioned this video to him, he wanted to know if it had "hot babes". He was joking of course, but I might get this one for him for Valentines Day, to see if he likes it, just the DVD though,not the extra stuff. - 1/30/2010   10:13:16 AM
  • 25
    This is an item I would not buy. - 1/30/2010   9:46:46 AM
  • 24
    I've thought about looking for something to do with my husband on the weekends or after work. The 17-minute timeframe would be excellent! Maybe I'll have to run man-yoga past him. - 1/30/2010   9:38:32 AM
  • RUNNERGIRL100
    23
    Can woman use this too? - 1/30/2010   8:09:30 AM
  • MOM210
    22
    Cool. Can women do it too? Is it just aimed at men or is it structured for men? - 1/30/2010   7:37:51 AM
  • CAZLINR
    21
    Because this is aimed at men, I decided to answer the question "Would I buy it for a male friend?". The answer is YES. Stretching is an important part of an exercise program and men tend to shy away from it. In my yoga class of 30, there is 1 man who is only taking it because his doctor suggested it for physical therapy. I think this DVD would make a great gift to help round out men's exercise programs. Thanks for reviewing it. - 1/30/2010   7:34:37 AM
  • 20
    I've never heard of this product and probably wouldn't buy it. I prefer working out with people instead of using DVDs. It may be good for the men who are wanting to try something new in the comfort of home. - 1/30/2010   7:06:33 AM
  • 19
    I think more guys would get into it if it was marketed more as stretching then the "Zen Den" Never heard of this product, but I think they are on the right track for getting men more involved without stripping them of their masculinity. - 1/30/2010   6:40:41 AM
  • 18
    My husband is a former athlete and thinks my pilates and yoga practice aren't real exercise. Just last night when he was asking me to stretch him from his overexertion I told him he needed to add yoga to his routine when I slowed his a couple of stretches I learned that he thought were really good. Oh, and his birthday is coming up and I didn't know what to give him. I think you just solved my gift list. thanks - 1/30/2010   6:08:55 AM
  • 17
    No, I'd never heard of it prior to reading the article. I'm not really interested in the purchasing it. - 1/30/2010   5:54:31 AM
  • 16
    I haven't heard about this. I do yoga daily and I don't want to try any new DVD. In India many men do yoga and it is not considered a girly thing. - 1/30/2010   3:55:59 AM
  • 15
    For the longest time I've been trying to find a good yoga workout for my husband. He suffers from chronic back pain, and several medical professionals have told him that stretching through yoga could alleviate his pain. But he often thinks that yoga is too "girly." Maybe I can talk him into trying this one? - 1/30/2010   2:21:40 AM
  • MIARA_
    14
    Hadn't heard about it, but the name ... I get where they're going, but I'm just hearing a mashup of Yoga and Dianetics and want to run the other way. - 1/30/2010   12:45:10 AM
  • 13
    I have never heard of this. I would try it, although I don't think I'd want to pay all that extra for a brick or mat, or rope thingy, especially with their uses not explained. I wish I could get DH to try, but I think that is not going to happen! - 1/30/2010   12:42:15 AM
  • 12
    Hey, anything that exposes men to the benefits of yoga is awesome! - 1/29/2010   11:32:48 PM
  • 11
    I never heard of it, but I would try it. I've been meaning to find a way to incoporate yoga into my workouts. I am such a cardio junkie, & love the more intense workouts, but it would be good to incorporate other things too. 17 minutes is totally doable too. - 1/29/2010   10:46:24 PM
  • ROCKSTARK8
    10
    I'm a woman, but this sounds great to me. Even though I do have two X chromosomes, I prefer my workout to be frill-free and to the point. I would imagine a lot of women would feel the same.
    I wonder if I could get my boyfriend to do it too... - 1/29/2010   10:00:53 PM
  • MOSSNA
    9
    I would love to try it. It sounds like something I would utilize at least, several times a week. The price, however, leaves something to be desired. If I could get it for free, as you have, I would definitely use it. - 1/29/2010   9:53:32 PM
  • 8
    I wouldn't buy it only because I already have YogaX from the P90X program- and it works great for me! - 1/29/2010   8:47:21 PM
  • 7
    I tried Yoga once (actually more than once) but the first time though, I thought I was going to die from the workout. I couldn't figure out how something with so little activity could be so exhausting.

    - Ralph - 1/29/2010   8:25:13 PM
  • SUCCESSHEL
    6
    I will probably buy this dvd next time i get some new dvds. i am always looking for short yoga workouts i can do before work in the morning. i got another guy marketed one- YRG- yoga for regular guys that was developed and led by by the wrestler diamond dallas dave. for me its an interesting, fun change from my regular yoga dvds. - 1/29/2010   8:21:39 PM
  • 5
    Back in the 80s when Jazzercize first got popular, a friend in Florida told me that her Marine husband was making fun at the "girly" exercise. So she and her Jazzercize class challenged him and his Marines to a Jazzercize workout.

    The men pooped out way before the class was done; the women, of course, were still standing.

    The moral of the study is that a good workout of any kind is neither wimpy or macho, just healthy. - 1/29/2010   5:04:28 PM
  • 4
    My feeling is that this product will appeal to men who already have an interest in yoga. I'm not sure it'll convert those men who don't have a prior interest. For instance, my husband, even though he knows yoga could benefit him AND he's Indian, will not do yoga in million years no matter how masculine the packaging. - 1/29/2010   4:48:03 PM
  • DIALMELO
    3
    It's great that they are beginning to gear this type of fitness routine toward guys. There is this stigma that the only guys who do yoga are effeminate and it is simply not the case. Most professional athletes are pretty flexible and I would imagine they incorporate some form of yoga or stretching. - 1/29/2010   4:03:58 PM
  • 2
    I'd never heard of this until now, and I feel like I'm pretty current on workout DVDs and accessories. I'd need to see a clip before I'd be interested in this--and I'd only be interested in the DVDs, since I already have a mat, blocks and a strap. - 1/29/2010   4:01:48 PM
  • GRANDMARANDI
    1
    No I have not heard of this product, but would be willing to try the DVD. Will look it up on line. - 1/29/2010   3:56:44 PM

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