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Cindy Crawford: Shape Your Body [Import]
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
There are three workouts in this tape. The first workout is 45 minutes long. It starts out with a warm up. Then, they go into exercises that are supposed to stretch and tone your lower body with a lot of leg movements standing up. Then, you work on your arms. You do 30 pushups (with a stop after each 10). You work on your chest and back and your shoulders with weights in this one. Then, you work on your abs with two sets. Then you have the cool down.
The second workout is 40 minutes long and is suposed to strengthen your muscles. You do sets of three in this workout. You start out with a warm up again. You start out with strengthening your lower body and a couple of flings from the first workout. Then you do HARD arm workouts. (and i mean HARD lol) Then you go to the abs again and a little butt workout and then a cool down.
The last workout is a mini 10-minute workout without weights. You basically do pushups, situps, warmup, cooldown, and some leg exercises. So that's pretty good.
Honestly i think she does some of her exercises WAY too fast so you can slow it down a bit if you like. And don't fling yourself so much, remmeber! My fave workout would have to be the second one. Cindy is a great down-to-earth trainer but just needs a little control in her movements. THis workout is mainly for advanced beginners to beginning advanced.
Using this tape in conjunction with Cindy's two other tapes, I have already seen results- even though I'm nursing, and I can't cut back on calories as much as I'll be able to when my daughter is over a year old. I've lost 5 pounds so far, and my energy levels are amazing.
Yes, some of the moves go a little too quickly for some people. This is not meant for people who don't already know the correct postures to take when exercising, and who need reminders when working out. But the intro pretty much states that- that this is a workout meant for healthy people.
Although I took off nearly ten years from using this tape, I got back into the tape very easily. I do all the reps that she does, but it's not necessary. If you prefer to go slower, you can- Cindy even states throught the video that you should only do what you feel comfortable doing.
There are two great perks to this video, the first being that there are three different workouts. The first two each last about 40 minutes, and they focus on lots of lunges and kicks, along with reps with barbells, followed by ab work and stretching. They are good to use every other day... The third workout is a 10 minute mini-workout, great for when you feel the need to exercise, but don't have the time to do a full workout.
The other perk is that, although Cindy is a supermodel, she voices some of the same disgruntlement with working out that most of us do at home: she frequently admits that the reps coming up are hard, but that they are effective.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
So happy I found this on DVD , had this on vhs when it first came out ! We wore the tape out. One of the best workouts ever😄Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great work out video. Once you know the work outs you are really able to get into the flow of the routines. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Vernadette Lee
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 on Nov. 1 2012 by wendy lightfoot
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 morePublished on Sept. 16 2012 by annaw
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
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 morePublished on April 6 2010 by aspidistra
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 morePublished on Jan. 15 2010 by Calvinist Austenite
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 morePublished on March 13 2007 by Natre
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