One of the recent fads in fitness is the boot camp style workouts, and I've started to enjoy these types of workouts, too. I got this DVD expecting an intense workout, and I have to admit that I was somewhat disappointed. I didn't feel like I got enough upper body work, and I thought that the ab workout wasn't tough enough. However, I still thought that this was an excellent workout on terms of cardio and lower body, and I will definitely be doing it often.
Amy Bento, the instructor on this DVD, wasn't the best presenter, in my opinion. It felt like she was trying to be rough and silly at the same time, which just didn't work. Her instruction wasn't always that clear, although for the most part she cued well. Also, she tends to bounce and bop all over the place when doing some of the exercises, which is kind of distracting, not to mention bad form. But she still seemed genuine and friendly, to some degree, and I would be interested in trying another of her DVDs in the future.
Now, like all DVDs in the "10 Minute Solution" brand, this DVD is divided into 5 10-minute workouts. They are:
Hot Body Cardio - This segment definitely gets your heart rate up and burns some major fat! You start off with about a 60-second warm up (which includes some stretching) before moving onto your first three exercises: jumping rope and high knees; shuffling right and left with lunge jumps; and squat thrusts with ski jumps, mountain climbers, and a jump up. You then put these moves together into a combo before moving onto the next three exercises: fast running while lifting your knees (like running through tires); jump squats going side, forward, side; and one leg jumps (over a "barb wire fence") with squats. Needless to say, by the end of this, your heart should be racing! Amy does finish with some stretches, by the way.
Calorie Blasting Drills - This section requires hand weights and is more like an interval workout. You start with a warm-up then do four drills in the next 8-9 minutes. The first one requires you to do jumping jacks before doing some jump twists then you do some squats with rows with weights. Second drill: lunges with weight raises forward and back then move on to weight raises with the weights forward, side, back, side. Third drill: running over weights (like an obstacle course) before doing bicep and tricep work while balancing on one leg. Finally, the fourth drill requires you to do a push up, plank on elbows, and push up to the side. It all sounds really complicated, but once you do it once or twice, you'll get the hang of it.
Ab Assault - This segment is a really unique way of targeting your abs, and it also includes hand weights. I found it to be rather useless, although it did still spike my heart rate. After a warm up, you do some circles with a weight while balancing on one leg. Next, you do some throw outs to the side with the weights that supposed to work your obliques; after that, you do some bends and rotations while holding the weights. Next, some circles around your body with one weight before moving onto a chopping crunch on the floor. Finally you finish with rolling side planks, kick crunches, mud crawls, back work, and stretches.
Rock Bottom Sculpt - This workout is designed to target your glutes mostly, but it really works the entire lower body. Like the other workouts, you start with a quick warm up before moving onto your first exercise, weaving your weight around your legs with a side lunge. Next, you do some hamstring work, leaning over your legs with the hand weights. After that, you move onto mountain climbers with explosions and hand weights. Next are some really tough lunges, donkey kicks, and leg extensions up. You do some more glute work on the ground before finishing with a short cool down.
Better Body Stretch - This section is great to cool down your body to a higher degree than the mini cool downs at the each of each segment; also, it uses a towel. I really didn't find that the stretches in this segment focused on the muscles you had worked the hardest in this workout, but the stretches still feel fantastic. You stand up the first half and start off with bends and leans before stretching your hamstrings and hips. The second half is on the floor and stretches hamstrings, hips, back, quads, and calves. What I really wanted and needed stretched were my glutes and thighs, and I just didn't find that these were stretched in this otherwise fantastic section.
Overall, this is a very good DVD with a lot of high points like the amazing cardio and lower body work, and the stretch is nice, too. However, the lack of arm and ab work really took away from the workout. I found "10 Minute Solution: Ultimate Bootcamp" to be much tougher and a better workout overall, but I still recommend this DVD as a great workout.
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No time to exercise? We have the solution for you - the 10 Minute Solution! Everyone can find at least ten minutes in their day and we've developed five boot camp workouts that are just 10 minutes each. The workouts are jam packed with sports drills and military toning for a cardio sculpting program that will reshape your entire body. Compact and ultra efficient you can split these routines into five separate workouts or use the easy programmability function to do them together in your own custom workout anywhere from 20-60 minutes long - for the ultimate hot body workout.
Hot Body Cardio - In this segment, you will perform a series of highly effective boot camp style exercises at a high energy pace. Hot Body Cardio will jump start your body into the fat blasting zone!
Ab Assault You are going to belly fat basic training! This abs workout utilizes combat maneuver styled exercises to wage an all out assault on your midsection. You'll get that hot body 6 pack plus a strong and sexy lower back.
Rock Bottom Sculpt Take aim at those burns and thighs with a mission to tone, tighten and firm! Rock Bottom Sculpt will put your bottom in the jiggle free zone.
Calorie Blasting Drills Four different boot camp drills will sculpt your body from head to toe while giving you the calorie blasting benefits of cardio training. Get ready for a whole new body.
Better Body Stretch Lengthen your muscles in the athletic, active, flowing stretch using the help of a towel. Improve your ...