This dvd combines aerobic and resistance training in 5 separate workouts. Even the beginning one, using no weights, is a challenge. The second and third use resistance bands that can be substituted with dumbbells. There is also a 12 minute ab session that is quite challenging, and a 15 minute stretching session.
Debbie is great. She's calm, cues well, reminds the viewer of proper form consistently, and guides you through each exercise and onto the next. Sometimes, though, she tells you there's only 4 more, but really, there's 4 more of those, then 8 more at double time. . . then 8 more pulses!
I have less praise for the beachbody eating plan and, consequently, I use this dvd along with my eating plan. I do not use the beachbody plan which, although good, is a bit confusing and really more of an adjunct to the dvd. I also don't use the Beachbody supplements, although I am a believer of supplements. I purchase what I need elsewhere, however.
Although the workouts include men, I believe this is more of a workout for females. These workouts train your same muscles every day, without letting your muscles rest the following day. The thought with this type of training is that women want their bodies smaller, firmer, and toned-- not necessarily more muscular. These workouts combine anaerobic compound moves (working 2 areas at the same time--thereby increasing weight loss) during the resistance phases, with aerobics. When you train each body part daily, you are training to be slimmer and firmer. When you train and let your muscles fully recover for at least 48 hours, you are training to enlarge your muscles. The program is intended for use 6 out of 7 days.
The dvd workouts are worth the cost even without the included beachbody diet plan.