Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Review of Get Ripped! with Jari Love: Get Ripped & Chiseled

Get Ripped! with Jari Love: Get Ripped & Chiseled is one of Love's “all weight training all the time” DVDs, and I really, really like it.
   Get Ripped & Chiseled and Slim & Lean, which I have also reviewed, are strictly weight training DVDs. Nearly all the exercises are done with weights (dumbbells or barbells), and each exercise is done methodically one at a time.
   For example, one exercise track is biceps, another is chest flies, and so on. There are no actions that are strictly cardio, though your heart rate will be up and you will sweat buckets!
   This compared to some of Love’s other DVDs, which mix cardio and compound weight training (upper and lower body working at the same time.)
   I really enjoy doing Ripped & Chiseled and Slim & Lean.
   I can feel my muscles rejoice that they are being used to their full potential, and they burn with that intensity. Each muscle group gets worked completely and fully, and I’m able to concentrate on form.
   I also like that Love’s weight-training workouts are challenging but aren’t impossible.
   The exercises are easy to follow, and if a person needs to scale back on weights, or even stop, he or she can.
   There is even the option of completely skipping an exercise track, which are each approximately 3 ½ to five minutes long and concentrate on particular exercise. (The tricep dips may be one to skip, for example!)
    Ripped & Chiseled has many of the same exercises as Slim & Lean, such as shoulder presses, bicep curls, dead lifts and chest flies, but there are some completely different ones or new variations on others.
   Ripped & Chiseled, for example, includes pullovers for the lats, in which a person lies on their back and pulls a single weight up over their head, and scull-crushers, a violently-named exercise for the triceps.
   R & C also moves along between exercise tracks more quickly than Slim & Lean. Slim & Lean has a few seconds between each track where each exercise is demonstrated. This is also the case on R & C, but the demos are cut back quite a bit.
   Ripped & Chiseled is a great DVD for those looking to add weight training to their workout regimen.

Note: The participants in Ripped & Chiseled use a Step platform for some of the exercises, but I was able to adapt all of them to the floor. Dumbbells are required for this workout.

Get Ripped! with Jari Love: Get Ripped & Chiseled on amazon.ca

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