Living healthy as a busy Mom with two little boys

Biggest Loser Calorie Knockout September 5, 2012

Filed under: Biggest Loser DVD — fitformyprinces @ 4:47 pm

Biggest Loser puts out a couple of workout DVDs a year or so.  At least that is how it seems.  I personally own at least a half-dozen of the DVDs they’ve put out but hadn’t done this workout at all yet.  So, I decided to give it a try.   The DVD features contestants from Season 12 of the Biggest Loser.  That was the season where they split the contestants up by age and had Bob Harper, Dolvett Quince, and Anna Kournikova as trainers.  This contestants featured are Vinnie, Ramon, Rebecca, Sunny, John, and Antone.  This DVD has a warm up and cool down, plus three circuits that you can do individually, all together, or in any combination you choose.  I personally split this up into two separate days since the first day I was looking for a very quick workout as I had already done a morning workout that day.  Then this afternoon I did the other two circuits back to back.

Circuit 1 – Anna Kournikova is the trainer and she alternates between one minute of strength and one minute of cardio.  I thought the moves themselves were ok, and it got my heart rate up to the fat burning zone, but the whole circuit just seemed a little awkward.  It seemed as though her audio was dubbed over the top of the workout and just didn’t seem to flow well.  Additionally, while the back of the DVD says all three of the circuits are 15 minutes each, the counter on my player said this was only 11 minutes long.  However, for someone starting out, this will definitely get your blood pumping and you’ll burn calories doing it.  For me, just finishing up level 3 of 30 day shred, I just didn’t find it to be as challenging as my body wanted.

Circuit 2 – This is Bob’s circuit and he throws everything at you.  Strength moves, plyometrics, isometric stretching, and some yoga.  My body was S.O.R.E after his 15 minutes.  This circuit is no joke and was definitely a great workout.

Circuit 3 – Dolvett runs this circuit and he does so tabata style.  What is tabata?  Basically it’s intervals of high intensity followed by active rest.  It is somewhat similar to the Firm Express system that I completed in July but slightly different.  Dolvett shows you three options for a move that you do high intensity for 20 seconds and follow that with a 10 minute rest.  I spent the rest time kicking out my legs loosely so that I was still moving around.  You repeat this 8 times per move for a total of 4 minutes each move.   I really liked that there were three different modification options for each move as it left a little something for everyone.

I would definitely do this DVD again, but I’ll probably skip Circuit 1.  Anna was just too annoying for me and I didn’t feel based on my own fitness level that it was an efficient enough use of my workout time.  Circuit 2 and 3 were great though and I think they’d work best in tandem.  Circuit 3 I felt gave me a better cardio workout whereas my muscles were definitely fatigued doing circuit 2.  Combined with the warmup and cooldown those two circuits would take a total of 40 minutes, which I can definitely fit in most days.


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