Sunday, February 17, 2013
***I received this DVD free from SparkPeople but did not receive any form of payment for my review***
I was very hesitant to do this because of my total dislike for all things strength training. I asked a friend of mine, Lisa, to do it with me, and this worked well for 2 reasons. Being an SP outsider, I could get an honest opinion from her, and if we did it together... that meant I HAD to do it!
Like I said, I hate strength training... any and all forms of it. It's my biggest downfall on this journey. I've tried all kinds of DVD's and free weights, bands and balls, still hate it... until I got this DVD... I can honestly say that I LOVED it!
As with the other SP DVD's, the girls are modestly dressed, there are varying levels of intensity for each exercise, there is a warm up and cool down for each section, and no one is yelling at you to "come on, one more, do it!"
Inside the DVD there is a booklet with several SP recipes. We tried the Bluegrass Jambalaya and it was awesome! There is also weekly workout schedule you can try which incorporates all 3 of the interval workouts on the DVD.
There are 3 workouts on this DVD... Barre Body Blast, Body weight Burn and Sizzle-sculpt. I've done all three multiple times to give a fair review, but the 2 that I enjoy the most are Body weight Burn and Sizzle-Sculpt. Combined, those 2 workouts last about 45 minutes. The routines were easy to follow and I really feel like you're getting a good workout. I didn't get bored like I usually do with ST and I think, maybe, it's because there was a bit of cardio involved and you just weren't standing still.
My friend Lisa, who has been on her own fitness quest for about a year, has done P90X and Insanity, so I really didn't think she'd enjoy this, but I was wrong. She really liked the fact that you took your time and did each move "in a controlled manner, instead of jumping around from exercise to exercise like a chimp on crack." Her words, not mine! She was also pleased the "the woman had clothes on and looked healthy and fit. Normal people aren't built like the ones in P90X."
I've only been doing this DVD on a regular basis (2x/week) Since January 1st, but I can feel and see the difference. My clothes are fitting a bit better in my thighs and upper arms, which are my biggest issue. I haven't lost any weight, in fact, I've gained a few, so I have to say it's because of this DVD. I haven't changed anything else with my routine... my food is the same, and my other workouts have been the same, I've just added the DVD.
I'm not sure that this DVD is for beginners. You need a bit of balance and coordination to to do these moves. You don't have to be an acrobat, but you're doing squats with your arms over your head holding weights... I'm not sure I could have done this 2 months into my journey. This is, however, an excellent DVD for people who want some excitement to their ST and aren't diggin' the likes of P90X.
The DVD is available now at www.amazon.com and Target, along with other retailers which you can find at www.sparkpeoplecom/tbsdvd. I'm sorry, I'm not technologically advanced enough to add any links. However, you can earn 250 sparkpoints for buying the DVD at Target. If you go to your "start page" you can click on Coach Nicole's smiling face and you will be whisked through cyberspace to purchase your very own SparkPeople Total Body Sculpting DVD! I Highly recommend it, and I promise you won't be disappointed!