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Brilliant all-round fitness DVD ideal for beginner and intermediate levels
25 December 2018
I really enjoyed this DVD and did all the routines in one go. This is a long and thorough review, as I like to help people get a good idea of what the DVD has in store for them.
In my opinion this is geared to the beginner and intermediate level exerciser, however I am an advanced level exerciser and very fit, but due to my over-exercising that caused me shin splints, IT Band soreness with outer knee pain, I have had to gear my exercises to a more intermediate level and so this DVD is perfect for people who have suffered the issues that I have as it is low impact, but you still know and feel that you are burning calories and strengthening the knee and core area of the body. I highly recommend this as a recovering advance and keen regular exerciser.
The DVD has a 5-minute introduction, where Davina explains about the DVD and gives an interesting rundown on the techniques of punching and keeping your abs engaged, which is very useful and informative.
After the intro, there are 8 workout sections, as follows:
1. Warm-up: This is 5 minutes long. Throughout the warm-up, there are excellent arm and leg stretches, which are good for getting the lower body warmed up. You will find that your arms actually ache as you hold and stretch them above your heart, but this ensures that you are thoroughly warmed up and certainly is a workout in itself. To avoid injury, you must do this section!
2. Core and Glute Activation: This is 10 minutes long and you are not required to wear shoes. I love this section as it is great for tightening up your core which in turn will help you balance and get a flat stomach and a slim waist. It is also good for strengthening the knees.
3. Jab: This is 8 minutes long and is mainly upper body, although in the last exercise there is low-impact jumping. This would be a good stress buster, but great for the arms, core and waist. If you have suffered a lower body injury, you could actually adapt this section slightly to being a chair workout as you can still burn calories doing upper body exercises alone. Sarah also wears weighted gloves, which will help you tone up your arms and burn more calories.
4. Hook and Uppercut Combo: This is 8 minutes long and incorporates the whole of the body, as although there are a lot of hooks and uppercuts, you are using your legs by doing the exercises, which also incorporates the core and waist area. This will get you puffing and is good cardio. Use weighted gloves for more of a challenge.
5. Footwork: This is 8 minutes long. It is a cardio-based workout using the legs, core and waist. If you have problems with the IT Band in your leg/knee area then the exercises in this section are actually good at stretching out that problem. This is good for getting you puffing and burning calories.
6. Combo Box: This is 10 minutes long. It is cardio-based, if you are doing this on carpet, please make sure that you lift your feet properly as you could torque your knees. If you're a beginner and a recovering advance exerciser, it will get your heart pumping, it is a sneaky one as it is easy to do, but it does get you puffing and sweating. I really enjoyed this section.
7. Cool Down\Stretch Out: This is a lovely 10-minute-long section. It does cool you down and stretch you out thoroughly. Davina's favourite move is a "mermaid stretch" and I have to agree with her it is great. There is also a lot of "downward dog" based movements in this, which is great for stretching out the core and the knees. This is also a good section to help with your balance, which is one of the areas I have to work on personally.
8. Morning Gratitude: This is 8 minutes long. This section is taught by Davina and is a yoga-based session. I did love this and I'm quite flexible and so was able to do the moves, however if flexibility is not a strong point for you, then you will need to work at this, but it will be worth it as you will feel more suppler in time. Keep with this section as it is very relaxing. Both Davina and Sarah gave 3 things that they were grateful about, which I felt was a nice touch. We do need to be grateful for the good that we have in our life especially our bodies, we must appreciate what an amazing job our bodies actually do for us and how we need to stop taking them for granted
Davina and Sarah have a good connection. Sarah is an excellent trainer and explains things thoroughly. All the workouts flow really well together and are not confusing. Some of the sections sneak up on you cardio wise and I did sweat and got out of breath on some of the moves.
In conclusion, I feel this would appeal to all levels of exerciser, although advance levels may find it's not challenging enough, especially if they are used to HIIT Training as I am, as they will find they’re not as puffed out as they would be in interval training.
I highly recommend this DVD, especially to those beginning their weight loss journey. Remember to couple exercise with a healthy diet.
Thank you to Davina and Sarah for this wonderful DVD and for bringing back the enjoyment in low impact workouts, without my getting knee pain.
For those advance exercisers wanting more high impact workouts, try Amy Dixon's HIIT but watch your knees:
I recommend Foam Rolling for those with sore knees, shins and calf injuries, try https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009ABLT9G/ref=twister_dp_update?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1