Of the four `Pump it Up' titles, this one is my firm favourite. Here's why;
Each workout segment lasts around 15 minutes, great if you've no time to thrash through a long routine. There's also the option to customize the workout so you can do as much, or as little, as you feel - a fitness Pick 'N Mix, if you will. And not forgetting the music - a major boon - being neither cheesy nor hardcore and really making you wanna get into that groove.
Warm-up - Thorough without being dull, getting you limber for what's to come. In short, does exactly what is says on the tin (or DVD sleeve, in this case).
'Aerobox' - A low-impact (so they say!) aerobics routine that definitely gets the blood flowing. As an office worker I'm fairly sedentary, but try to do 45 mins of cardio 3-4 times p/week. As such I found this segment quite tough. However, as with all the sections, there are a variety of intensity levels you can choose from (beginners keep your eye on the girl in orange shorts - she's a life saver!). The routine is varied and there's plenty of encouragement from Deanne to keep on pumpin'.
'Pump it Up' - A dance orientated section focused on having fun and really getting into the music. It's not as intense as the previous segment but still provides a good workout. It will take a few goes to perfect the moves, but once you've mastered `Crazy Legs' there'll be no going back. A great way to build up your fitness level without leaving you on the verge of collapse.
'Beatbox' - If done correctly this workout - a mixture of Tae Bo and Boxercise - is fantastic for toning. I noticed a difference within the first week, particularly in my middle section (flatter tummy - rejoice!). It's a brilliant stress-buster (`your opponent is right in front of you,' chirps Deanne at one point, leaving you free to conjure that boss/bus driver/annoyingly laden woman in the ten items or less aisle) that makes you feel virtuous (and `ard as nails!).
'Below the Belt' - Many squats and lunges ahoy, although the abs section is relatively short. There are also a number of press-ups and some static and not-so-static planks. It's challenging, but hey - that's what gets results. As toning sections go, this is tough but doesn't have me reaching for the `skip' button.
Cool Down - Deanne's cool downs are thorough and pleasingly zen-like. There's a lot of deep breathing and stretches and I had very little soreness the next day.
So there you have it - a very thorough workout that's great for those on the go, and has plenty of longevity. Definitely worthy of those 5 shiny stars.