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Review: Cardiopump Fusion
Brook Benten, 2009
This is a cardio and strength workout that includes a yoga style w/u & c/d. The workout includes: kickboxing, bootcamp, kettlebells, sports drills and more- hence the "fusion" in the title. The dvd is 66 minutes long- but chaptered very well so you can do it in its entirety, just the cardio, one or more of the strength segments, etc. You will need kettlebell(s) or dumbbell(s) for the workout. Brook works out in a lovely white w/ bright green accented set w/ 2 backgrounders- showing beginner and advanced modifications with Brook doing intermediate.
The Power Yoga Warmup (11 minutes) is a faster moving power yoga routine with some plyos to get your body warm. And the Relaxation Bliss cooldown/ stretch (12 minutes) is a relaxing yoga style stretch.
Cardiopump Fusion: (22 min). LOVED this section. Brook keeps it really interesting by including kickboxing, sports drills, and bootcamp moves. All the moves are easy to follow along to and she really includes some unique moves. Exercises include: skater, knee pulls, leaping runners lunge, floor touches, tire run, burpees, hitch kicks, punch & kick combos, and more. Worked up a GREAT sweat!
Cardio Kettlebell: (12 minutes) Brook uses a 15 lb bell in this lower body focused kettlebell workout. She also includes some upper body work and you are guaranteed to work up an awesome sweat. Moves include: swing variations & handoffs, squat w/ OH press, hi pull, upright rows touching your bell to the ground, low lunges, squat jummps, Mt. climber squats, squat -dead lift -toss combo, etc. Time flew by and I really enjoyed the work in this section.
Kettlebell Crank: (11 minutes) This is a total body toning & cardio workout. Brook uses a 10 lb bell (I used a 10 or 15 # dumbbell). The moves are progressive & include: halo- oblique chop, side lunge- wood chop, squat w/ a snatch, dip w/ OH press, pliet swings, dip- side lunge- gun slinger (bicep), and travelling swings. This section is a nonstop (fun) sweatfest. Loved it!
I would rate this workout (done following Brook) as high intermediate, but you can easily follow a mod to get an easier or an advanced workout. I followed the advanced and I was dripping sweat by the end. Super unique workout with a great combination of moves. Brook is an awesome instructor- LOVED her energy, you can tell she is really enjoying herself right along with you, great cuing, and form pointers. The reason I really loved this w/o was because while being nice & challenging there is NO dread- Brook provides the perfect number of reps precisely sequenced to work you hard but with no dread. I received this dvd from Brook to review for this giveaway (who may just be a new favorite instructor).
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. I can not be held responsible for shipping errors, postage errors, damage in transit, or undelivered prizes.