Monday, January 27, 2014

Review of "Denise Austin: Shape Up and Shed Pounds" streaming workout and DVD, Part 1

I have an Amazon Prime membership - I view it as a gas-saver and time saver. There's much less running around trying to find the obscure thing I need! It will be here in two days, most of the time! I also use it as a companion to our Netflix membership. We have "cut the cord" on cable, and just use Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and a very good antenna to get our television. You may be able to do a 30 day trial of Amazon Prime by following this affiliate link.

On Amazon Prime, there are a few workouts that you can do for free if you have a membership. There aren't a ton, but it is better than it used to be. The selection can change, so this workout might not be free to watch for Amazon Prime members by the time you read this. Here is the link to the streaming workout (affiliate link), or you can click on the picture below to take a look at the DVD (affiliate link). It does not appear to be on the Lionsgate BeFit YouTube channel right now.

I wanted to do a quicker workout, so I chose this one, thinking it would be about 25 minutes or so, since it has 2 workouts, and is 53 minutes. The first workout is actually closer to 30 minutes.

If I could sum up this workout in one word it would be this: PEPPY! I must admit that I am a morning person, but Denise's enthusiasm might be even a little too much for me! The point of this workout seemed to be to keep moving. I found it a little too dance-y, but not prohibitively so. She did not offer modification for any of the moves, but most of them did not require them. I try not to jump during workouts if I think there is any chance of getting hurt, so I just didn't do the jumping. Because of the constant movement of this workout, I did get LOTS of steps in - my Fitbit is at over 2,000 steps for the day, and I really haven't done much besides workout. I did like the stretch at the end - it seemed to be better than Denise's standard stretch sessions.

I would do this workout again, but not necessarily because it was a favorite - I would do it for the variety, and for the low impact nature of the workout.

I will be back next time with a review of the second part of the workout!

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