Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Denise Austin - Hit the Spot: Core Complete Review

Denise Austin - Hit the Spot: Core Complete
Denise Austin, 2006

This is a unique core + targeted toning workout done on a stability ball. You will need various dumbbells and a stability ball for this workout. Denise works out in a nice open hardwood & window type room with a few background exercisers. The total running time on the dvd is 70 minutes but the 19 minute core complete challenge is a premix from the other sections. The dvd is customizable so you can mix and match.

There are 5 separate segments on this dvd: warmup, core & upper body, core & legs, core & buns, and core complete challenge. Each section contains core work and body part specific strength moves using the ball. There are also some moves on the floor and a bit of cardio interspersed in some segments. Each segment has a brief brief stretch/cooldown (2 min or so).
Warmup: 5 minutes

Upper body & core: 15 min, chest work on the ball using dumbbells, shoulder work, biceps and core work

Legs & core: 15 min, quad work-leg extensions while sitting on the ball, hip lifts, etc. and core work.

Buns & core: 15 min, curtsy dips with dumbbells, donkey kicks, etc. and core work.
Core Complete Challenge: 19 min, and uses a few minutes from each of the UB, LB, and buns segments.

I like this workout though its not real challenging. I like it because I think the format is unique and I don't have a lot of ball workouts. I also like that she separates body parts so you can easily use the sections as an add ons to other split workouts or you can do the entire workout for a full body workout w/ a core emphasis.

I would rate this low intermediate. Denise is toned down but is still Denise. I didn't notice any bad cueing but the moves are not hard to pick up on.


  1. That really really stinks about the uncomfortableness and lack of sleep :(

  2. That little plaque is SO cute! I want a pic of your hair though :)

  3. Do you want the plaque? If you want it, its yours. I just hung it at work cuz I had nowhere to put it....Yes I am at my wits end w/ my neck :( boohoo.