Fitness expert PATRICK GOUDEAU is one of the most sought-after trainers in the world. This NIKE Elite Fitness Athlete is a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer, exercise DVD personality, star of FitTV's All Star Workouts, … see full wiki
To be fully honest, I expected this workout to be as hard as a Jillian Michaels workout; this basically means that I expected to not be able to finish it because it was so hard. While it wasn't that degree of difficulty (I finished it the first time I viewed it without much struggle), it was still a sufficient workout that works the entire body.
Before buying this DVD, I had only had step/dance workouts with the instructor Patrick Goudeau. It was good to see him in a non-dancey workout environment for once. Patrick is a phenomenal instructor; he will make you work as hard as you can, but he'll make it a fun experience. He is extremely silly, giggly, and constantly yelling out,"Oh my gosh!"...if you don't like this type of instructor, you will hate this DVD. I personally love this personality.
The moves that he does are mostly compound which means that you will work your upper body and lower body simultaneously. And example would be a squat into a shoulder press. In between these strength moves, Patrick will do a cardio move, usually using the step to jump off of. While he doesn't give many modifications, it is relatively easy to modify most of the moves by not adding the jumps or doing the moves on the floor. Beginner exercisers will probably not like this workout, but intermediates will probably be challenged. Advanced exercisers will find that it's not incredibly difficult, but it isn't the easiest workout either.
The equipment required is a step, mat, light set of weights, and heavy set of weights. The step should be long enough for your upper body to lie down on; otherwise, you may have to do some lying down moves on the floor. The mat should be long enough to cover your step for when you lie or sit down on it. The heavy hand weights should be enough to challenge you, and the light weights should be enough to challenge you when your arms are getting tired. You can obviously make the workout more intense by making your weights heavier.
The first half of the workout seems more focused on lower body, while the second half seems more focused on upper body and abs. I wasn't sore at all the next day, although my muscles did burn quite a bit while doing some of the exercises. The menu lets you choose to do the full workout, just 30 minutes, just 40 minutes, just the first half, or just the second half.
Overall, I do like this workout. I use it when I want to work my entire body but don't want something extremely intense. I definitely recommend it to all. If you're used to Jillian Michaels, then this won't be a huge challenge, but if you are just a beginner/intermediate exerciser this will be a great workout for you to do.