Friday, September 10, 2010

Review of Women's Health: Train For Your Body Type

When I ordered the DVD Women's Health: Train for Your Body Type, I expected to find complete workouts, each unique, for different body types.
   I had no reason to expect this from anything I had read; I just assumed it for some reason.
   Rather than unique workouts, however, exercise segments that include cardio, upper body conditioning and lower body conditioning are prescribed by day according to each body type – classic curvy, lean and narrow or athletic build.
   For example, the classic curvy person, according to the DVD, should do the cardio segment on Monday, upper body on Tuesday, cardio on Wednesday, lower body on Thursday, cardio on Friday, rest on Saturday, and abs and core on Sunday.
   The lean and narrow person, however, should do upper body on Monday, lower body on Tuesday, cardio on Wednesday, abs and core on Thursday, upper body on Friday, lower body on Saturday and rest on Sunday.
   All the segments are exactly the same, just mixed and matched according to body type. The DVD doesn’t give much explanation as to the reason the frequency and order of segments is chosen.
   I decided to ignore the DVD’s day-by-day recommendations (I would definitely fall in the classic curvy category!) and instead mix and match the segments for a customized workout, which the DVD allows you to do.
   Each segment presents a solid challenge to the exerciser, and for that reason I am recommending this DVD. The routines are easy to follow.
   There is a warm-up segment to open the workout, and a cooldown/stretch to end it.
   The 12-minute upper body segment uses dumbbells and features such moves as cross-presses and rows. The 13-minute lower-body segment incorporates lunges and squats with dumbbell work.
   There’s a nine-minute abs and core segment, and a 22-minute cardio segment, with moves such as knee raises and jumping jacks.
   There are three “Amp It Up” segments. One, at five minutes, extends cardio work with kickboxing moves; another, called “super slow,” has the exerciser use heavier weights and lift them at a slow tempo, while “powerflow” features yoga poses such as downward dog and warrior.

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