Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Review of Jari Love: Get Extremely Ripped! 1000

On Jari Love: Get Extremely Ripped! 1000, Love mixes cardio and weight work.
   On the other two DVDs from the Calgary-based trainer reviewed on Fantastic Fantastic Fitness DVDs, sections that were strictly cardio are absent. The concentration is either completely on weight training of a single body part one at a time (Get Ripped with Jari Love: Slim & Lean), or compound training, with weights in hand and the upper and lower body working at the same time (Jari Love: Get Extremely Ripped).
   Not that the DVDs mentioned above don’t get your heart pumping and the sweat flowing. They certainly do; there are just not any purely cardio parts.
   On Extremely Ripped 1000, which claims to “burn up to 1,000 calories and redefine your body in one hour,” cardio intervals with moves such as knee raises, jumping jacks and speedskaters are alternated with intervals of compound training. The compound training includes moves such as squats and overhead presses together, or leg lifts to one side and a tricep dip overhead.
   The workout is an hour long, but it can easily be cut thanks to the DVD’s options of two 40-minute workouts. The 40-minute workouts use the same warm-up, abs and push-ups routine and cooldown as the 60-minute workout. It is the main workout portion that changes in each.
   I find this option welcome – the 60-minute workout is a challenge to finish, and you can even see Love and her crew straining to keep it together sometimes.
   To finish the workout at full energy and with full form (not to mention if time is tight!), I opt for a 40-minute round.
   The DVD also offers the option of doing the cardio portions only, or the weights-only portions.
   Both the cardio and compound training can be done on a Step platform or on the floor.

Jari Love: Get Extremely Ripped! 1000 on amazon.ca

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