Anni Mairs, 2012 ***** (5 of 5 stars)
Believe it or not - this is Anni's best yet! Hard to believe seeing how much I love her previous workouts! Annie works out in a white set with 2 backgrounders. You will only need dumbbells for this fully chaptered workout. Total running time is 80 minutes and that includes two 40 minute workouts with the warmup and cooldown.
She keeps with the Force format of 1 exercise performed for 1 minute, followed by a 15 second break. I was able to use heavier weights in this than her previuos workouts making this a thorough strength and cardio workout. Each workout contains 2 circuits and you perform the exercises in each circuit twice.
Workout One: After the warmup you move into circuit 1(lower body focus), exercises include: squat & overhead press, weighted running, row -lunge-squat-press, & 180 hops & lat raise. Then onto circuit 2 (upper body focus), exercises include: renegade rows & pushups, burpees, 1 arm crab hold w/ clean & press, static lunge & bi curl, weighted & squat jacks w/ floor touch.
Workout Two: After the warmup you move into circuit 3 (core focused), exercises include: oblique double crunches, plank to pike hops & plank side knee pulls, scissor jacks with dumbbells, windmill, and weighted knee pulls. Then onto circuit 4 (total body focus), exercises include: shuffle & overhead pulldown, rock the baby (dumbbell), weighted squat hops, side lunge to curtsy, weighted crisscross jacks & floor touch.
This is an advanced dvd! Both 40 minute workouts are booty kickers but the time really flies because of the one minute increments and short rest periods. Anni really makes the most of your time - I was drenched with sweat and my lungs were on fire by the end! Love the format, excellent cuing, and unique & fun exercises. Love that each circuit is focused to one body area but also includes other muscle groups as well. I received this dvd to review.
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