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Cindy Crawford: Shape Your Body

Cindy Crawford    Unrated   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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At a time when we know so much about choosing safe, effective exercises, reissuing Cindy Crawford's 1992 best-selling disaster, Shape Your Body, is inexcusable. Swimsuit-clad Cindy puts herself through flings and gyrations that show off her body but aren't any good for anyone else's. She presents one after another of the exercises that fitness professionals threw out of their routines two decades ago because they're ineffective and risky to back and joints. Her alignment is awful; her control nonexistent. She rounds her back and flings her leg into high kicks. She does squats letting her knees go way past her toes. Even when the exercises are decently chosen and performed, she does them much too quickly, relying on momentum instead of muscle power, such as two-second bent-over rows. Trainer Radu, who designed and coached this workout, should be sentenced to an eternity of fast donkey kicks, leg swings, and trunk circles.

This "toning" video would be a joke, except that you really could get hurt following it. In fact, when Shape Your Body first came out, fitness expert Peg Jordan, author of Fitness Instinct, appeared on CNN warning viewers about the risks of this video. "I received a call from a chiropractor who had treated 12 patients' back injuries from that video alone!" she recalls. If you've got to have this one, watch it only, don't do it. --Joan Price


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This WORKS! July 18 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I have never understood the poor reviews this video has recieved. I have suffered numerous back and knee injuries in the past (while kickboxing and skiing) and have never had any problems with this routine. I have been doing this workout since it debuted in 1992! I have, however, injured myself while using other well-reviewed exercise videos such as Tamilee Webb's Tighter Assets CardioBlast (which is HELL on the knees!). I suppose that any workout or sport activity can be unsafe for anyone with pre-existing conditions, and it is a person's responsibility to work-out SAFELY, and only within their personal limits. My only criticism is that her form does need a little improvement - and could possibly be a bad influence on someone who is inexperienced at exercise. But these moves can be easily done safely and effectivly, with great results! I still think this is one of the best home exercise videos I've done - and boy, have I tried a few! I recently ordered a new DVD because I wore the old tape out! And unlike MANY other highly-recommended videos... you will see results FAST!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just A Great Work! April 16 2004
By Iren
Format:DVD
I'm 24 year old and I've been doing this workout since I was 13. There is no other workout that could make me lose weight and look great! Something more - the result came much faster than I expected. I've been doing traditional aerobics, and more other useless stuff and the only result was in gaining big and really looking FAT muscles mostly on my thighs. For all those 9 years I have no injuries at all. When I bought The Next Challenge I started combining these two workouts and felt even better. So don't even read the editors' reviews - I don't even think that anybody of them has tried this workout.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Skip It. June 25 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I would highly recommend skipping this video and getting Cindy's "The Next Challenge" video instead. On this tape, she moves far too quickly for correct form, offers very little instruction, and often gives the impression that this is a tape to show off her beautiful self, rather than a fitness tape. The Next Challenge is far superior in that she spends a lot of time on correct form, the workout is much more thorough with a wide variety of excercises, and the pace is much easier to follow correctly. Obviously, "second time's a charm" applies here.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible form; dangerous to your back & knees! May 21 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Run, don't walk, from this video, before you get hurt using it! There are so many well-done, challenging, safe videos on the market that there is no excuse to follow a bad, irresponsibly-made video like this one. Crawford's form on some of the exercises is not only awful, but potentially very harmful to backs and knees; Radu, the trainer who devised & supervised the workout, and who should know better, sells us a very unsafe workout. Given the well-documented problems with this program, it's astonishingly irresponsible that it was ever reissued.
I wrecked my knees doing what Crawford demonstrates: allowing the knees to come way out over the ankles. Now, after working with a physical therapist and a knowledgeable trainer--and reading extensively about the knee joint--I know that the knees should not move past the ankles while doing squats & lunges, but I didn't know it when using this video, and I copied Crawford's movements, never dreaming that her trainer would have her doing unsafe moves. Wrong! I have had terrible knee pain in both knees as a result of using this tape. Using strict form and care (in other words, not using this tape), my knees are gradually improving. But this expensive, activity-limiting, painful injury was totally preventable!
If you didn't see this review, please read what a 15-year-old reviewer named LW wrote on 12-03-03, entitled "Good...But Not Good For Your Back": "Because of this workout, I have developed a bad back- and I'm only fifteen! I can't and don't want to do this tape ever again because ever since the first time I used it a year ago, my back hasn't been the same....I like the video overall but it unfortunately killed my back.
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3.0 out of 5 stars You'll get Buff-but not a cardio workout May 8 2002
Format:VHS Tape
You will definitely get strong and buff when you work this tape, but BEWARE: it's not a good cardio workout and I did not really lose weight when doing this tape. I did, however, get very strong and muscular. That was very empowering. But I did not lose a lot of weight. My suggestion would be to alternate this tape with walking/jogging/running. And another thing, the side sit-ups made my waist thicker. So keep that in mind when doing the side sit-ups. Also, the side stretches in the beginning sometimes thicken the waist, too. Other than that, it's a fast work out. Do it if you want to get muscle. And what they say about her form is sort of true. Her form isn't perfect, but if you're in decent shape and don't get aches and pains easily, it shouldn't be too much of a problem. Just maintain the form yourself and realize she is doing it very fast. If you keep that in mind, you can just maintain the correct posture and form yourself. If you are used to doing one of the harder tapes from the Firm series, for example the Susan Harris tape, then this will seem rather easy to you. I do this tape when the prospect of doing the Firm is merely too much for me and makes me want to run under the covers and hide. On those tired days, I try a workout like this. That way, I am getting some exercise, but I'm not too drained. For beginners, this will be a hard tape, though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best
This is the best exercise video. The exercises are not hard and there's a quick exercise in case you don't have a lot of time.
Published 21 months ago by wendy lightfoot
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome must have workout
I've been using this workout video for years now and I finally had to snag a DVD after my original VHS copy broke. Read more
Published 23 months ago by annaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Cindy Ckawford
It is the best DVD to Share you body! It helpt in short time to look like you like! Just practice every day!!!!!
Published on Feb. 17 2012 by Anna
4.0 out of 5 stars Cindy Crawford workout is the one I always go back to.
In the beginning, she is not that thin. Then at the end part, she's suddenly about 15 lbs. thinner. For that reason alone it's worth it, for the curiosity factor. Read more
Published on April 6 2010 by aspidistra
4.0 out of 5 stars Exercising Music Video
I don't understand why more fitness gurus haven't caught on to the brilliance of making a workout video like a music video, with cool locations and great music. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2010 by Calvinist Austenite
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
So what if HER form is bad? Now that you know, do it right!!! I think this video is the best! It got me back in shape after each of my three pregnancies (30-40 pounds in about 4... Read more
Published on March 13 2007 by Natre
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Form
Routines are done far to fast and with poor form.
Cindy seems to just want to get through each set of repitions and the whole things seems rushed. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars This one's the best
I first bought this video when it came out 10 years ago...and needless to say...it works. I lost 30 pounds (the right way) in four months and felt better than ever. Read more
Published on March 16 2004 by Yvette
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Workout!
I don't know about Joan but i thought this workout was good. I first had doubts after i first viewed it because it seemed like it wouldn't work but then i gave it a try. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by P Chan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect but it worked for us!
Okay so staring at Cindy in a bathingsuit makes you want to throw up rather then eat right and work out.. but we liked the workout. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by "lisachickie"
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