Jeanette Jenkins, 2008 **** (4 of 5 stars)
Jeanette leads this "pilates, yoga, and traditional strength" workout in a cute studio style set with hardwood floors. There are 4 background exercisers, one offering modifications. The majority of this workout is done standing but includes some nice floor work and a short yoga routine. The only equipment needed are dumbbells.
The thing I love the most about this w/o is that it is so unique- she blends athletic ballet, fun easy to follow low impact cardio, standing core, pilates inspired lower body floor work, traditional strength training and isolation yoga poses to create a well flowing effective workout. This w/o is very high on the fun factor and has NO dread!You can really feel your muscles being worked- so you know youre working hard. The pace is perfect- no wasted time and not at all rushed.
Exercises include: Arabasque, back attitude, cross knee pulls, pliet-heel drags, hip shifts, static lunge w/ knee pull, lunge-bi curl-oblique twist, back fly, tricep kickback variations, oblique side drops, isolation: crescent (lunge)-chair-warrior, plank-knee pulls, pilates style lying leg series, V sit rows, the hundred, leg drops, double leg extension, tempo change pushups, squat & diagonal shoulder press, weighted jabs, & oblique knee raises.
I rate this an intermediate workout that is easy to modify up or down (adjust poundage, add ankle weights, etc) to suit your needs. I am not into "sexy" but w/ the exception of the intro & w/u you really dont hear a lot about "sexy" (though there is one super-sexy backgrounder lol) and I love Jeanettes message "Sexy is about being you." This workout is fun and a little flirty (in a good way) and you can REALLY tell Jeanette is having a great time! I love her energy & enthusiasm, not to mention excellent cuing! I am a huge fan of Jeanettes instruction style and cant wait to try more from her. I received this dvd to review.
This weekend: We were supposed to be going camping w/ friends but its calling for rain :( BOOO. Guess we will have to reschedule. So now Im not sure what we will do. I am going to stamp club tonight- so that will be fun.Will post pics next week.
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