Sunday, April 3, 2011

Erin O'Brien: Strong Body, Fit Body Review

Today's Review: Strong Body Fit Body
Erin O'Brien, 2010 *** (3 of 5 stars)

This is a 48 min high rep moderate poundage strength workout led by Erin in a really cute living room set w/ a nice view to a patio with no backgrounders. The dvd is nicely chaptered allowing you to play all or select any of the circuits. You will only need dumbbells for this workout.

This workout is broken down into 5 circuits of 3 exercises- you perform an exercise such as a lunge & Erin adds in other elements such as upper body and/or balance work. Erin only uses 1 set of dumbbells but I used a variety of weights. You learn each of the 3 moves in the circuit and then do them together and move on to the next circuit. After you learn the standing circuits you combine them from the beginning and go through one time. She finishes with a floor circuit & a cooldown stretch.

Exercises include: bicep-heel raise- side bend, tricep extension to walk out pushups, jump squats alternate w/ pulse squats, pliet- delt raise, torso twist, squat- lat row, unweighted lunges & walking pliets w/ big arms, dip -clean & press, plyo pliets, single arm pec fly w/ leg extensions, rib cage pull over w/ leg drops, and crunches.

I would rate this an intermediate workout done as is. Erin provides a lot of form pointers & explanation -making this an excellent dvd for those new to strength training. Erin is very energetic and excited to be working out. I like the pace the work is done at- quick enough to get my heartrate up and that she adds in some cardio to keep it up. This dvd was easy to amp up- add in more plyos and up the poundage and would be very easy to modify down. Very solid work that I enjoyed, though Erin would not be a fav instructor of mine. I received this dvd to review.


  1. Nice review, Lindsey. I don't have this one but I have her Strong Body, Ageless Body and I like it a lot. I agree that Erin is not my favorite instructor - she seems a bit arrogant or something. Can't quite put my finger on it, but arrogant is close. At least that's the impression I got from the SBAB workout - this is the only workout of Erin's I own.

  2. so funny we have the same thoughts on Erin. I also can not put my finger on it but ya not a fav...I did however, like the exercises she included LOL. We are a picky bunch. Glad we have so much variety out there!!!