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1 Minute Workout

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The ultimate workout for people with trying schedules and short attention spans, the 1 MINUTE WORKOUT contains many brief exercises to choose from, allowing individual users to select a target area, a level of intensity, and a workout length that suits … see full wiki

Release Date: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about 1 Minute Workout

Get leaner, stronger, and toned in one minute intervals. Anyone can do this workout!

  • Jun 12, 2008
Pros: You choose the length of workout time, effective, variety, not repetitive, two intensities

Cons: You sometimes have to hustle to get up or sit down to do the segments.

The Bottom Line: An excellent, effective strength training workout that's never the same. Infinite variety! A DVD that grows with you.

Minna Lessig has been around for quite a while and she is still going strong trying to help people to get fit. The 1 Minute Workout is a great concept and one that takes the boredom out of strength training routines. I really enjoy this DVD and it is one that easily grows with exercisers as they gain more stamina and strength.

The Workout

This DVD is actually called Minna Lessig - Total Body Toning - 1 Minute Workout . It is extremely unique in that no two workouts are ever exactly the same.

The DVD has three warms ups and three cool downs on it. It has dozens of one minute segments for the abs and upper and lower body. You simply choose the intensity level which is either easy to moderate or moderate to difficult (Intensity level 1 or 2). Then you choose how long you want to workout for. You can choose from four minutes on up in four minute intervals.

You then choose whether you want to do just upper body work, lower body work, abs, or a whole body mixed bag of one minute routines. That's it. Once you input the info, the DVD chooses a warm up for you randomly and starts you out on as many one minute segments as minutes you chose to workout.

If you chose to work different parts of the body within a workout, you will get different one minute routines mixed up. That is, you may get one upper body, one lower body, another upper body, and then an abs. I generally choose one body area and do all the minutes and then go back and choose another and do the segments for that area of the body rather than go for a mixed bag of upper, lower, and ab routines because it is too much switching around for me and I like to fatigue my muscles in one area.

No matter which way you choose to use the DVD, you will be given a series of randomly chosen one minute segments that require either light or heavier weights. I use five and eight pound weights but beginners should probably start with two and five pound weights. Obviously, if you are stronger, you should choose weights that challenge but don't strain the muscles.

The one minute exercises never come in the exact same order twice - or at least never have since I have been using the DVD. I have seen the same exercises, of course, and even have gotten the same one minute segment twice within a workout but have never done the exact same workout.

If you are really crunched for time, you can choose a "fast track workout" and get a fast total body workout without setting anything. These workouts vary but have the same amount of exercises for your upper and lower body and abs so you get a quick, balanced workout.

Minna is alone on this DVD and in a simple wood floored office-like setting. She has a mat and two sets of weights which you also should have. Some routines are standing and some are on the mat. Often, you will end one routine standing and start the next on the mat or vice a versa so be prepared to move quickly.

The exercises are not at all complicated. Most are tried and true strength routines like squats, lunges, biceps curls, triceps extensions, and crunches. The beauty of the DVD is that, if you hate one of the segments, it only 60 seconds long. Anyone can stand to do an exercise for a minute knowing it will be over soon.

When your allotted minutes are up, you will go to one of the three randomly chosen cool downs. You have no control over the warm ups or cool downs and no control over what exercise segments you get during a workout. I like that because that makes every workout unique yet effective and is always surprising the muscles.

Minna is encouraging yet not giddy and she is one strong woman. Her arms are buff and she is muscular all over without looking masculine. I like that she suggests modifications and always focuses on form. I also like that I can choose a higher intensity for my lower body and a lower intensity for my upper if I want. My abs are my weakness so I stay on intensity 1 for those and usually choose the higher intensity for the upper and lower body these days. The intensity levels don't require different equipment. The exercises are just a little tougher and the holds are held a little longer.

There is also a bonus seven minute stretch routine on this DVD that is really great to do alone or after a tough workout to deeply stretch the whole body.

In all, I really like this DVD. I like the one minute segments and the element of surprise I get not knowing what's coming next. I also like the simple but effective routines. Minna is an excellent trainer who doesn't over simplify the work and knows how hard it can be to work your body for any length of time. She's the perfect blend of cheerleader and serious trainer.

If you're looking for a DVD that will grow with you and that offers you lots of variety, this one is a sure bet. I really enjoy my workouts and I find myself pushing the minutes higher and higher because one minute segments go by so fast that I don't even really feel the work until after. Then I feel it -and see the results.


Minna Lessig - Total Body Toning - 1 Minute Workout is a great DVD for beginners and intermediates alike. While the workouts aren't flashy and high tech, they are effective and easy to do. The one minute segments break up a potentially boring workout and give you - and your muscles - the element of surprise since you never know what's coming next. The pace is perfect and the training is low key yet informational and encouraging.

I have to go with 5 stars. The only tiny thing that bugs me is that I have to get up or down real fast if one segment ends sitting or standing and the next starts the opposite way. But that's really not a big issue at all. This is one of the best DVDs I have used for strength training. It doesn't make me feel like I am going to drop dead during or after the workout yet still leaves me fatigued and challenges my muscles. Well worth the $12.00-$16.00 it costs!


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