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A great sweat-inducing workout!
on December 25, 2010
It may be short (approx. 32 minutes in length), but it's tougher than most longer workouts on the market, and definitely tougher than her other DVDs!
This workout uses compound muscle movements to ensure that you're working multiple large muscle groups at once, meaning that you're burning more calories than if you isolated the movements. It also means it gets your heart rate up significantly and keeps it there, as the moves are fast and challenging.
If you're a less experienced exerciser, there is a woman in the background who does all of the movements without weights. As a long-time exerciser, I'm used to using heavier weights (10-30 pound weights), but I had to go through the workout with as little as 5 LB dumbbells, which surprised me.
There are no actual 'cardio' moves in the sense that you're not doing jumping jacks, high knees, etc. You're relying on the fast pace and muscle fatigue to increase your heart rate to the cardio zone. I was dripping sweat onto my exercise mat by the end of this workout!
Jackie takes you through a warm-up, lasting approximately three minutes, before moving into the workout. The exercises are done for one minute each and go as follows:
-Plie squat with shoulder raises
-Static runner's lunge with rear delt flyes (one minute per leg)
-Curtsy squat with a side kick and punch (one minute per leg)
-Squat overhead press
-Static squat with bicep curls
-Forward lunge with tricep headbanger
-Forward lunge with chest press
-Backward lunge with front kick and punch (one minute per leg)
-Static squat with alternating row
-Bridge chest flye
-Walkout pushups with military press
-Elbow to knee (one minute per side)
Core & More:
-Split squat with an oblique woodchop (one minute per side)
-Knee raises with bicep curls (one minute per leg; outward bicep curls are done first, followed by regular bicep curls)
-Leaning shoulder raises (one minute per side)
To finish, Jackie takes you through a stretching routine for your cooldown. Again, this is only about three minutes, and while I found that to be sufficient enough for the warm-up, I find it important to stretch for a longer period of time after a workout, so you can continue on after she's finished.
I would definitely recommend this DVD for those who are strapped for time but still want a solid workout, as well as those looking to advance with their exercise routines -- this will likely throw you for a loop the first time. It's definitely challenging, and I'm looking forward to seeing some improvements in definition.