Monday, April 18, 2011

Jessica Smith's 10 Pounds Down Weight Loss Cardio Mix Review

Today's Review: 10 Pounds Down Weight Loss Cardio Mix
Jessica Smith, 2011 ***** (5 of 5 stars)

Jessica works out on location in the Miami studio she actually leads classes in! The studio is a cute open space w/ blue background with flowing water in the backdrop and hardwood floors. The music is excellent- very upbeat & fresh- makes you want to move. You wont need any equipment for this workout. Jessica works out alone and offers various intensity modifications throughout.

10 Pounds Down Weight Loss Cardio Mix is chaptered into Weight Loss Cardio Mix, Total Body Toners, and Corset Abs - you can play all or select a segment from the main menu. The cardio portion is a high energy routine that combines boxing, old school hi/lo (with fresh twists to keep it interesting), and lots of good standing core work. The toning segment is body resistance strength work, and the ab routine offers SUPER unique standing & floor (tough) ab work.

Weight Loss Cardio Mix: (40 min) exercises include mambo-hop-hop w/ fun arms, jabs, jack variations, cross punch w/ level changes, jump rope, V step & V hop, knee pulls w/ big arms, diagonal push with a twist (hits the core), skip forward jack back, double skip, skater, lunge w/ a twisting jab, pulsing lunges w/ a hop and she cools us down with more standing core work (LOVE standing core work!)

Total Body Toners: (10 min) Exercises include pliet pulses, pliet heel drags, side plank raise (like!), supermans, pilates style pushups, plank w/ a bent leg raise, and pushup variations. Fun, quick, & effective- great for travel!

Corset Abs: (8 min) Exercises include: frog leg extensions, leg scissor drops, wide leg circles, oblique leg drops, reverse crunch variations, cross knee pull, supermans & superman heel taps, wide stance knee pulls, & full body V extensions. SUPER unique & effective core work!

I rate this workout a solid intermediate that can easily be modified to suit the needs of most all exercisers. Jessica's cuing (as always) is spot on and she offers plenty of modification options throughout. LOVE that she adds in standing core work into the cardio- but still keeps you moving so your heart rate doesnt drop. She does an excellent job of balancing fun choreo that is not too complicated but not at all boring. The time went by super quickly and the core work had my abs screaming! Fun unique twists on the exercises and put together in a fresh way! I received this dvd to review.


  1. I love that there is standing core work!

  2. Thanks for the review. It is helpful.

  3. Love the review - and I'm a sucker for standing core work.

  4. I like that there's no equipment required; sometimes I don't feel like setting anything up!

  5. I love that she tweaks moves to make them feel new

  6. I love that she tweaks moves to make them feel new

  7. I like that the workout can be modified for all fitness levels. And I love the name "Corset Abs"!