Like most sequels, this one was not as good as the first. Before I begin my review, I just want to note that I have been working out for many years and consider myself to be more advanced than beginner.
I was glad that Matt and Suze from season 2 were in the DVD. I was happy to see Eric, too, since he is the only season 3 cast member that I liked because he wasn't creating drama, whining, or crying constantly.
One of the big problems I have with this video is the menu. The text is very tiny, and I can barely see it with my 20/20 vision. The workouts are called one thing on the back of the DVD case, and another on the menu screen. For instance, "Low Intensity Cardio" on the case is "CardioMax" on the menu, which is very confusing. "Low" and "Max" are two different things. The workouts on the screen menu are also listed in a different order than they are on the case. The option of doing a workout without the trainer is an option, but I would also like the option of doing it without the music.
I thought the warm-up was good, and the functional flexibility actually made me a little sore the day after doing it, which was surprising, seeing as how you don't sweat during it and it's low/no impact. I didn't think the boot camp was as difficult as the first DVD's. I am tired of the same old standbys of squats, lunges, and plies, and this DVD is packed with them, especially in the Power Sculpt for Women, High Intensity Cardio for Men, and the High Intensity Cardio for Women (although I do like the plyos in this section and my heart definitely works). I liked the Power Sculpt for Men, and I wish the women were working out with weights in their segments. I barely broke a sweat in the Low Intensity Cardio segment, so I had to modify it to get my heart rate up. The cool-down was shorter than the first DVD, which I liked (who needs a 20 minute cool-down when they can do it in 5?), although the quads and pecs never got stretched, and I don't understand how you can get a good stretch when you're standing on a hill trying not to fall over, which is what the castmembers are doing in this segment.
As with the first DVD, the trainers don't always work both sides of the body evenly, so I either keep count and make sure I get it even, or I switch leads each time I do the DVD (they work the right side, I'll work the left, and vice versa next time). This drives me nuts; I don't know why they bother working both sides if they aren't going to be worked evenly. The trainers, at times, also say left when it's my right, which I've noticed on a lot of workout videos and it's another pet peeve of mine. Obviously we don't work out facing away from the TV!