Obviously I'm not a perfect physical specimen. Come on, I write DVD reviews, that should tell you something, but I'm not overweight. I put on the 20 lbs after getting to college and never worked them back off. So the idea of an exercise video seemed good and who doesn't have 10 minutes.
It's a rough 10 minutes, let me tell you. Instructor Michelle Dozios is going to take you through 5 different 10-minute workouts that you can string together or do individually. This idea is a welcome play on DVD technology that lets the user control the program based on their fitness level, but your fitness level had better be more than average to start with. The only workout on the disc that is aimed at a level most beginners (out of shape) people could easily accomplish is the Ballet workout. How many guys want to do ballet every morning? But seriously, this workout is aimed at toning the legs and not the whole body, so it comes off easier than the others. What you have left are a series of intense workouts.
Yoga is probably the nest step up. It's not as difficult as the others, but is still a strain inducing 10-minute workout. After a little practice this would be a nice one to start with and get warmed up in the morning.
Boot Camp is just what it sounds like. It's a physically challenging 10-minute workout that combines aerobics, weights and cardio to work most areas of the body. This is one of the hardest workouts on the disc and would be good following the Yoga.
Pilates is an advanced variation on Yoga that focuses on the center (abdominal area) of the body. This 10-minute workout is designed to help you work on getting those washboard abs that most people want. Again, it would be good following the Yoga or used as a cool down after the Yoga/Boot Camp combo.
Last but not least is Kickboxing. Yes, the fitness craze started by Tae-Bo makes and appearance on the disc as well. It's a demanding workout that builds from the basic moves that are taught at the beginning. It's well explained and a variety of moves are explained separately and strung together for a demanding workout.
The Video: It's a decent looking workout, but obviously not a Hollywood produced blockbuster. If you're really doing the workout, you shouldn't be noticing the video quality anyway.
The Audio: An astounding Dolby Digital Mono track brings this disc to
life! Seriously, how can Dolby Digital and Mono be used together, it's almost
an oxymoron. This disc has a jazz/pop soundtrack that accompanies the workout
and works as well as needed. A nice stereo or 5.1 mix would have been nice.
The Extras: There are no real extras and did you expect any. The separate workouts can be combined in any order for a program play that creates a customized workout. That's about as extra as you get.
Overall: It's a nice disc that I would recommend to anyone that is in
need of a little workout. Be warned, unless you like Ballet, there is a slight
learning/fitness curve to the disc that may put off a few people.