Monday, November 15, 2010

Giveaway: Acacia's Exhale Core Fusion Bootcamp!




This giveaway is courtesy of Acacia, who offer a huge selction of clothing, jewelry, garden, home decor, and of course fitness products & dvds! Check out their huge selection of fitness dvds here. DVD categories include: general fitness, abs & core, tai chi, dance, pilates, pregnancy, martial arts, beginner, yoga, and more! Dont forget to check out their fitness apparel & accessories here. Acacia is the company that brings us the ever popular Exhale Core Fusion workouts!


Exhale Core Fusion Bootcamp
Fred DeVito & Elisabeth Halfpapp, 2010 

This is a 60 minute fusion workout led by husband & wife team, Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp. This workout is a blend of core focused pilates, yoga, and bootcamp-esque work. It contains a lot of core work, balance, strength, pilates, yoga, and cardio work. It is blended very well and had a wonderful flow. You will need a playground ball (I used an 8# weighted ball), light dumbbells (they use 3#'s), and a mat for this workout. Fred & Elisabeth & team workout barfoot & so did I- love that. The set is a nice room with hardwood floors and some drapery hung around. One b/g'er provides beginnner mods.

The dvd is divided up into six 10 minute segments, and you can "play all" or select an individual workout. The segments are: sun salutations, jump back 1, jump back 2, abdominal curl, back strengthening & stretch, and a bonus thighs & core segment. Each segment includes a lot of core work.

Sun Salutations: This segment is (of course) core focused and includes different sun salutation variations, lots of plank work, and some pulsing chair poses w/ tricep work.

Jump Back Part One: This segment includes a good amount of cardio & strength. Using a ball, you do pushups, planks, chair pose with tricep work, and of course the jump ups- similar to a squat thrust using the ball and including chair pose. My heartrate got up there nicely in this segment.

Jump Back Part Two: This cardio & strength segment is different from JBP1 but includes the moves above. In addition you will see tricep pushups, a lunge with a sidelift, and bicep work with a twist. My heartrate was elevated in this segment as well.

Abdominal Curl: This section is done on the floor and Fred provides a lot of good form pointers. I have neck issues so I performed these moves in a V sit as opposed to the lower hover they did. Using a dumbbell you perform some tough nonstop ab work- including roll-ups, moves similar to the pilates 100, and included oblique work as well.

Back Strengthening & Stretch: This is a nice little lower back & stretch segment done on the floor. Lower backs never get enough work IMO so I am always happy to get some in. It uses the ball & incorporates a lot of nice superman moves & spinal stretching.

Thighs & Core: This segment starts with a side lunge with a knee lift using the ball, then you move to the floor for some core work with your feet on the ball, V sits, oblique twists, crunch variations w/ the ball between the knees, and some bridge work with the ball between your knees.

I would rate this workout an intermediate fusion workout. It really does combine SO many elements in such a smooth flowing way. I felt a TON of core work, my heartrate got up, I got some yoga and pilates in, and some nice (mostly) body weight strength work in. This was a great way to spend a workout hour and NO SHOES- cant go wrong with that! I really like both Fred & Elisabeth as leads, they provided some great form pointers & explanations and their cueing was spot on. I am very impressed by this workout! Very unique.


I received a sample of this product to review. I was in no other way compensated for my honest review. All thoughts and ideas expressed are my own.

71 comments:

  1. I learned that they have a free daily short workout on the site. koerner77@yahoo.com

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  2. I would love to try any of the Exhale Core Fusion workouts- they look fun!

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  3. I signed up for the Acacia newsletter too!

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  4. I learned that they sell holiday plates.

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  5. I like that the video seems challenging.

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  6. I'm a gfc follower.

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  8. I learned that they have tons of gifts, beauty, spa and workout videos! I'd luv to try the Yoga for beginners:)

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  9. I luv that they do it barefoot. I've always wanted to try that! Right now I am doing Billy Blanks new videos w/ resistance bands! I love bootcamp:)

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  11. I'd luv to try Yoga for beginners or Pilates. I have never done them before:)
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  12. I learned about their free daily workouts, and that they have sales.

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  13. I follow you on your blog.

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  14. A workout I would like to buy is Exhale Core Fusion Lean and Toned.

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  15. I also learned that they sell jewelery, my nest favorite thing. frice4@woh.rr.com

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  16. I signed up for the newsletter.

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  17. I also signed up of the catalogue.

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  18. I couldn't figure out how to enter the other giveaways, tho.

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  19. Acacia's theme is holistic lifestyle.

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  20. I'd like to try more core fusion type of workout.

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  21. I'd like to try Fit in 5 Total Body Tone.

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  22. I entered the Jin Miller giveaway #1

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  23. I entered the Jin Miller giveaway #2

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  24. I learned that Acacia has a free daily workout! sariade@yahoo.com

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  25. I would like to try the core fusion Thighs & Glutes workout. sariade@yahoo.com

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  26. I requested an Acacia catalog. sariade@yahoo.com

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  27. I entered the Gin Miller giveaway. sariade@yahoo.com

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  28. I learned that Acacia's website offers a workout selector. (eldowning@ymail.com)

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  29. I would also like to try Core Fusion's Lean and Tone workout. ~Ella eldowning@ymail.com

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  31. I learned that Acacia is going to be a fun place to shop for Christmas gifts . . . for others and myself :) I love new websites - thanks for sharing!!!

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  32. I would like to try the Dance and Be Fit: Latin Groove workout.

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  33. I learned from Acacia's website that they offer a workout selector and free daily workouts. mysticlissa@gmail.com

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  34. What I like about Exhale Core Fusion Bootcamp is that they use a ball during the Thighs and Core section.

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  35. Lindsey, I'm following your blog now on my Google homepage. :0)

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  36. I just signed up for the Acacia newsletter.

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  37. I would like to try the new Joy Bauer’s Slimdown Workout DVD.

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  38. I just requested a catalog.

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  39. I entered your Collage Video Michelle Dozois Peak 10 Cardio Strength DVD giveaway.

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  42. Looks like a great core workout!

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  43. I learned that Acacia has a workout selector.
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  44. I'd would also like to try Core Fusion Yoga Energy Flow dvd.

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  45. I signed up for their newsletter.

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  46. Requested a catalogue.

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  47. Also entered your giveaway for Peak 10.

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  48. I entered your Peak 10 giveaway #1

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  49. I entered your Peak 10 giveaway #2

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  51. I enter your giveaways.

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  53. The DVD I would like to try is the Dance and be Fit Abs.

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  54. I signed up for the catalog.

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  55. I signed up for the catalog no. 2.

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  56. I signed up for the catalog no. 3.

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  57. Forgot to add: What I like about CF Bootcamp is that it looks to be more cardio-based (and more athletic) than their other workouts, which are more barre-focused. It's great that they're offering a variety of dvd workouts.

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  58. 2. I entered the Gin Miller giveaway. sariade@yahoo.com

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  59. 2. I requested an Acacia catalog. sariade@yahoo.com

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  60. 3. I requested an Acacia catalog. sariade@yahoo.com

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  61. 1. I signed up for the Acacia newsletter

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  64. What I like about this workout is that it concentrates on the core and has some cardio too! sariade@yahoo.com

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