This is the first workout DVD I've ever owned. After every Christmas, DVD sections are stacked with minor celeb workouts, and it all put me off. That and the, ya know, having to workout. But, as it happens, it's not so bad, even for a total novice.
The DVD is split into 5 sections:
Crunch-Free Abs - this involves aerobic stretches on a mat. The exercises start off simply, and each set has options to make it more strenuous for more intermediate exercisers
Yoga Abs - balance moves of a fairly intermediate level
Bikini Belly - this is aerobics of the up and at 'em kind. She teaches a couple of moves at a time, and strings them all together, ending up with 15 different moves, and it's definitely not for beginners. I got lost and tangled and just wanted to get a plate of chips. Even she was sweating by the end and, actually, with a bit of practise, this will be my favourite section as you can truly feel it working as you're working
Ab and Waist Definer - more aerobic stretching on a mat. These are more complicated than the Crunch-Free Abs moves and require a lot more balance and a higher level of fitness.
Sexy, Sporty Abs - done on a mat, a huge variety of crunches... who knew there were so many types?! This is the most advanced of all the sections, so if you're a beginner, too, it will take an awful lot of practise. (That's probably the point, really. Uff.)
The DVD gives you the option of doing them all in one 50-minute go (!!!), one at a time, or it allows you to programme which ones you want to do and which order... I'm not sure if that's standard practise for workout videos but it was a brilliant touch, as it keeps it interesting and, presumably, works different muscles in different ways.
There are one or 2 issues, I have to admit. The music is just appalling. Really, really awful. The very worst tuneless dance muzak I've ever heard. The instructor - Jessica Smith - tends to say things like "Awesome job!" and "Uh huh. Uh huhhhh. Way to work it!" accompanied by a rather strained smile... slightly alarming it was, really. And, finally, they've been rather too liberal with the extended shots of her perfect tummy and *perfect* bum while gyrating and/or stretching. I expect they're put in there to encourage us ("See? Here's what you could look like!") but it made me want to lie down somewhere quiet with a scowl and a piece of cake.
But it's not her fault she's perfect... and she's clearly worked hard at it. Further, she's clearly passionate about it and enjoys it. You wouldn't want to have a pint down yer local with her, but she is an excellent teacher. And, most importantly, the workouts are genuinely good, and something you can grow into and actually use to measure your progress. So, all in all, tis bally marvellous.