You have to love a title that gets right down to the point, as does Shape: Your Best Butt Fast. What else is there to say? Viewers know exactly what to expect from a title like this: an efficient workout that will maximize results when it comes to shaping the gluteus maximus, hopefully turning it into a gluteus minimus in short order.
Host Violet begins with plenty of advice and an introduction to basic yoga. The workout is fast paced and for the most part, low-impact. There are simulated kickboxing, jump rope, and yoga moves that are varied enough to keep the interest level high. The boppy, pseudo-techno music leaves something to be desired, so you may want to turn up the stereo or listen to headphones, however this means that listening to Violet's often helpful instructions is impossible.
One great aspect about the Self video series is the location. As someone who finds herself incredibly bored by exercise, participating in an exercise DVD that takes itself outside of the typical gym or studio is a much more pleasant experience. Another feature this collection emphasizes is women with real bodies; they are very toned, but they look healthy rather than too thin, and realistic rather than silicone-filled.
Violet promises that regular workouts will result in noticeable improvements within about 4 weeks. I recommend viewing the "Tips" section first, which comes at the end of the DVD; this section gives vital advice about correct form and posture in order to minimize injury.
Keep in mind, hand weights and a mat are required for some of the exercises.