Stephanie Huckabee, 2010
These are all 20 minute workouts led by Stephanie with 2 background exercisers. I really LOVE the set. Its a very nice open room with cute decor around the edges-if I were rich, this would be my dream home gym :) They utilize an exercise band and thats all you will need! These workouts has a real Firm feel to them-which is a huge plus in my book! The intensity for me seemed to fall between the original PowerFit workouts and the Firm 6 pack workouts- a lower intermediate/ high beginner intensity. But you can choose your band so you can up the intensity of the strength w/o's.
Core Pure Power (disc 6): This workout goes by fast and she keeps things moving right along. There are some standing ab moves, floor crunches, and yoga poses that work your core. I really enjoyed the yoga poses thrown in there because its not something I normally see in ab workouts.
There is a short warmup and cooldown incuded in the 20 minutes and there is some brief stretching interspersed throughout. You will use the band for many of the moves. She incorporates balance and stabilization into many of the exercises too-which I really enjoyed. And balance is my weak point fitness-wise so always more than welcome in my book!
Some of the exercises include: a twisting move using the band, standing knee lifts, crunch variations with and without the band, warrior pose, a runners lunge pose, table top knee pulls, a v-sit, and the likes. My core was definately feeling it by the end of the 20 minutes. I would rate this a lower intermediate ab/core/balance workout.
Cardio Power Up (disc 5): This is an entirely low impact floor cardio routine. The first half you will see a lot of traditional easy to follow moves such as grapevine, hamstring curls, step touches, and she utilizes the band as a prop in some of the moves. As always, Stephanie's cueing is spot on and you always know what to do next.
The second 1/2 is a mock step routine using the band as your step. I pulled out the 8" portion of my TF and used that to make it a bit more challening. My heartrate got up there nicely and I worked up a nice sweat. There is no tricky choreo in this-its all straightforward atheltic type moves and is not hard to follow. Some of the moves include basic step, V step, heel touch, toe tap, and a charleston move that really got my heartrate up using the step! Fun routines and the time went by quickly.
Upper Body Blast (disc 9): Stephanie fits a lot in this 20 minutes. She hits every UB muscle with a few different moves! AND she squeezes in some cardio bursts to get your heartrate up. We all know how I LOVE my splits that include cardio so this was a very nice surprise!!! She is really innovative in how she uses the band and I didnt have trouble with my band at all. She hits the bi's, tri's, shoulders, chest, and back. She does some 4-limb type moves too, nice way to keep working your UB and also get the heart pumping!
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