Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Danielle Diamond's Xen Strength Yoga Review

Today's Review: Xen Strength Yoga
Danielle Diamond, 2011

This workout is available as a download or dvd and comes with a thorough Zone Diet based meal plan. The chaptered dvd contains an upper body, lower body, and core workout. All segments combine yoga with light dumbbell strength work. Danielle works out alone but offers modifications for most exercises. The dvd is black & white and the set is white.

Upper Body Blast: (22 min) After a flowing vinyassa routine Danielle moves into yoga inspired upper body strength work. Exercises include: knee up squats & military press, warrior & press outs, triangle, tree & bi curl, balance side planks & raise, camel flow, plank with donkey kick hops. 

Core Strength Plus Twisting Detox: (19 min) After a flowing vinyassa routine you move into yoga inspired core work. Exercises include: weighted knee pull to dip, 1 leg balance pose & bi curl, low twisting lunge, elbow to knee pull & chair pose, pyramid stance & back fly, standing splits & tap downs, seated spinal twist, seated pigeon, and another vinyassa to conclude. This is a nice active core routine.

Lower Body Balance Challenge: (28 min)  After a flowing vinyassa routine Danielle moves into yoga inspired lower body strength work. warrior & tri kickbacks, eagle pose w/ goal post chest work, pliet & punch, elevator planks, shifting side lunges & row, gorilla walks, V sit to chair pose, twisting V sits, bridge & pec fly, and concludes w/ butterfly & corpse pose. Danielle includes some interspersed stretching.

I rate these intermediate workouts.. Each segment focuses on one body area but will also work other areas- and really hit the core. I really like Danielle's instruction style and really dig the black & white. Her cuing & form pointers are spot on and I found the routines to flow nicely. I received this dvd to review. 

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