Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Andrea Orbeck's Supermodel Series: Butt & Thighs Review (Rave!)

Today's Review: Supermodel Series: Butt & Thighs
Andrea Orbeck, 2011, ***** (5 of 5 stars)

This is a 51 minute workout that includes lower body focused cardio, standing lower body work, a tough lower body floor routine and an ab section. It comes packaged with a loop band and you will also need dumbbells. Andrea works out w/ 2 background exercises in an open studio. She provides options for modifications.

You start with lower body focused cardio: cardio paced squats, side toe taps adding a side leg raise, squatting step touches, and 1st to 2nd position hops to jacks. Then you move into the strength work using dumbbells: deadlifts, single leg balancing deadlifts, rows, rotator cuff, arabasque, standing donkey kicks, & dips. Then repeat the cardio segment and move to the floor work using the loop: side lying leg lift variations (circles, rear kicks, wipers), bridge variations, a tough table top donkey kick series and finish with ab work (heel drops, crunches, V drops to sit ups, oblique knee pulls) and a stretch.

I rate this a high intermediate workout because the floor work is super tough! The cardio is pretty low impact/ intensity but easy to modify up and using heavy weights I was well worked. I LOVE the unique combo she has going on, though the exercises are totally different, it reminds me of the classic Firms in that it combines cardio, standing strength work, and a tough floor routine. I REALLY hope Andrea puts out more dvds in this format. I love combining cardio + splits and this is a totally unique spin on that format. My buns were BURNING by the end! Andrea is a superb instructor with fantastic cuing & form pointers. I received this dvd to review.
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Today's Tip: From Linda Larue, Watch Carb Serving Sizes
While carbohydrates are great for energy, it's easy to eat way too many if you're paying attention. Fitness expert and creator of the total-body core training system The Core Transformer Linda LaRue recommends to keep portions in check—especially when you're eating out. "Remember that a recommended carbohydrate serving—such as pasta, pizza, bread, or rice—is 1/3 to 1/2 cup. That's the size of a golf ball or mouse," she says. "Most restaurants give you three cups of pasta. That's the equivalent of six carb servings!" Read more on Shape 

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