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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » The Biggest Loser Workout: Cardio Max
The Biggest Loser Workout: Cardio Max
Lionsgate Home Entertainment // Unrated // December 18, 2007
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Review by Jeffrey Kauffman | posted January 8, 2008 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:
With the United States' alarming trend toward obesity, NBC's The Biggest Loser would seem to have the largest (no pun intended) applicant pool for any current reality show. The overweight are abundantly (again, no pun intended) on display in this DVD, which at least makes it more realistic than the other exercise DVD I recently reviewed. Unfortunately, The Biggest Loser Workout has none of the fun of Drop it With Dance and is hampered by both boring routines and a really lamentable "supporting" soundtrack of awful music.

The DVD is broken into three 2-week increments, with added cardio levels for the second and third two week programs. That means if you stick with this program for the full 6 weeks (highly doubtful considering its shortcomings, but let's proceed with the hypothesis), you're going to be watching Bob Harper's mistakes (calling wrong routines, calling show members by the wrong names, etc.) 4 times a week while working through his segments, which are the warm up, initial weeks' program, and cool down. Only in the subsequent weeks' "add-ons" will you get the relatively more engaging training of Kim Lyons and Jillian Michaels (whose segments only run 10 minutes anyway). Turning off especially Harper's annoying banter is useless due to the truly inane music that accompanies the routines.

The exercises themselves are pretty run of the mill stuff like jumping jacks, squats and "pretend" jump-roping. There's no doubt that doing the exercises (especially in the complete 40 minute routine) will get your heart pumping and, hopefully, the pounds dropping.

The DVD does offer an excellent customizing feature, where you can pick and choose your routines to build your own training regimen.

Note: I had a real problem getting the Week 3-4 and 5-6 routines to load properly. Since they all start with Harper's routine, I thought everything was fine, but at the end of his cardio workout, the DVD returned to the main menu. I was finally able to access the extra weeks' information in the "Custom Routine" menu.

The DVD

Video:
A typical full frame image, akin to the broadcast look of the series, is fine for these proceedings.

Sound:
Nothing special in the audio department--the trainers' comments are uniformly front and center, mixed for the most part well on top of the "music."

Extras:
Some Biggest Loser success stories are presented as the only real extra. The DVD advertises both the customizing option and the music only option as extras, as well as the main routine itself, which seems a bit odd.

Final Thoughts:
This DVD is simply too repetitive to engage most exercise enthusiasts. As any trainer will tell you, variety is the key to maintaining a good regimen, and this DVD misses that boat completely.

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