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Great Fitness DVD, but needed more cardio, still a winner
on 6 January 2011
Beverley Callard delivers a very good all round exercise DVD. She repeats some of moves in all the workouts, but this is no problem because there are only so many alternative exercises you can do.
The routines are very well put together exercise wise, but the cueing is a little strange. Beverley has to explain the best form for the exercises, which is excellent, but she doesn't count down the repetitions very well. After doing a couple of the routines, I realised that one of the ladies in her class counts down for her and the other people, but not for us viewers as you can hardly hear her, so it is best you count for yourself, the repetitions are usually about 8 times each. This to me is a failing, but one that can be forgiven, because the workouts are so good.
The routines are broken down as follows:
The warm up is 7 minutes long and gets you ready for the workouts to follow. It starts with slow basic exercises and then moves up a notch with little bit of cardio.
Operation Fat Attack is 13 minutes long. I would recommend you do this in conjunction with one of the other workouts, because this is the only cardio section on the whole DVD. I feel that it could have been a bit more high impact in places and a longer duration. There is a beginner option, but only one woman is doing this and instead of her being placed in the front by Beverley she is on the back row, which seems silly.
Hardcore Bootcamp is 22 minutes long. This is a full body workout working multiple body areas together, paying equal attention to legs, arms, waist and tummy. I particularly like the waist exercises in this one. The cueing count down is not very good here.
Total Body Drill is 22 minutes long. The first 10 minutes is for the upper body and a little leg (I made it higher impact) using weights and standing, which I found easy to do. The second 10 minutes is harder and works thighs, legs, has good waist moves and tummy and is done on the floor. The leg raises are a challenge and on the first repetitions, she doesn't explain that it is 8 flexes and 8 points of the legs, you work this out as you go along. The cueing count down is not brilliant, but because the one counting is nearer the camera you can just about make out her voice, but counting yourself is better.
Full Body Blitz is 24 minutes long. The first part is with a chair for balance, you do some very deeply felt leg, hip and bum exercises, which you can certainly feel are working. You can use weights for this if you want to. The second part is sitting on the chair and concentrates on your arms and shoulders, which I found a little easy and so I will invest in some heavier weights. The last part is on the floor with some great leg and tummy exercises, this part I found the most challenging. The cueing in this one is worse, because you can't see the screen with the type of movements that you are doing, the lady counting down is at the back and Beverly doesn't count as much either.
The Cool down is 7 minutes long, has very depressing songs, but the stretches are relaxing and helps you cool down really well.
I do feel the DVD does lack a bit of cardio. It would have been good in the 3 strength and toning sections, if there were cardio intervals like the ones Davina's DVD's offer. However, overall this is a good DVD.