Sculpture Lower Body with Margaret Richard
Tue Oct 01, 2002 10:55 am
Workout Type: Lower Body Standing and Floorwork
Workout Length: warmup - 3.45 min . Lower Body work 23 min + 14min. + Abs 4 min. + cooldown 4min. = Total 49 min.
After 27 min. a sign comes up on your tv screen and says "Break Here for a Shorter Workout"
Fitness Level: Advanced, Intermediate or Beginners... Her moves are slow enough to allow Beginners to keep up, Intermediate and Advanced can add leg weights to add intensity.
Equipment: chair, leg weights (if desired), mat
The Set: 3 Louver windows, 4 large potted plants, Looks like a room. Blue carpet.
Attire: One piece black leotard with strings at shoulders.
Cast: Margaret that is, one on one!
Effectiveness: I enjoyed her style. and my muscles felt it afterwards... but then I heavied up, (I used my 5lb ankleweights)
Music: Jazzy with a beat.
Presentation: This workout flows, she doesn't rush you from one move to the next but it progresses well.
She also adds quick stretches here and there after the different muscle groups.
Warm up: 3.45 min.
Calves - Standing next to a chair or something for balance.
calf lifts 8x
then 2-count 8x
feet forward 2-count 12x
feet back 8x
back parallel to floor 8x
bend knees 8x
at 7.50 min. Quads. Standing
then 2-count 4x
then alternating heel lift 4x
lunges 3-count down 4x
then body up 4x
then 3-count pliees 4x
then with heel lift 3x
On fours: Outer thighs Lift 2-count 4x
straight leg 2-count 8x
straight leg forward 4x
atlrernating bend knee then up and down 8x
heel up leg fwd 10
pulse ups 40
at 15 min. other leg
at 19.30 min. inner thighs
straight leg lift 10x
up and forward 6x
straight leg lift 8x
up and forward 4x
at 23 min. other leg
Break Here for a Shorter Workout
squats 2-count 7x
single squats 8x
2-count on bottom 4x
one heel up 8x
other heel up 4x
both heels 4x
fast speed 7x
at 30 min. Bridgework with chair or step under feet.
at 33min. Hams on fours
one leg straight rear lifts and lower 14x
then 2-count pulse at top 8x
bend and straighten 10x
bent leg lift and lower 6x
lift and lower 4x
bend and straighten 6x
at 37min. other leg
at 41min. Abs (starts with crunches with feet on chair)
at 45 min. Cooldown
at 49min. END
Total Rating: As a workout it is a terrific workout. and depending on whether you choose to use weights on shoulders for standing work and weights on legs for floorwork how tough or easy this tape will be.
I have to rate it 9 1/2 of 10 (because She does not do the exact same number of reps on one leg as she does on the other leg.... She says it doesn't matter so long as the intensity is up there. it no longer bothers me because I realise if she doesn't lift it one way for that rep, she lifts it in another way. The total workout time is the identical same amount per leg.... other than that.. I enjoyed the tape.)
Instruction: Margaret wears her hair straight and short in this one. Her usual charismatic smile (well, I like it!)
5 July 2003
Sculpture Lower Body is an excellent workout for any level of exerciser. It will FRY your lower body, your butt, inner thighs, outer thighs, quadriceps, butt, hamstrings and calves!
What is so great about this workout, and all of Margaret's strength tapes, is that it works every fiber of the muscles to total fatigue, yet you feel energized afterward rather than exhausted. Margaret uses a wide variety of exercises for each muscle group. She focuses on one bodypart at a time, using low or no weights (although you can use hand and ankle weights if you want to really intensify it). The workout consists of standing calf raises, with the feet in various positions, variations of squats and lunges, and a wonderful floorwork section for the inner and outer thighs, glutes and hamstrings. Margaret varies the rhythm of the movements, changes the movements, all without pausing.
There is no doubt that doing this workout 2 or 3 times a week would be very effective in toning up the lower body. It's a nice change from heavy weight work. The music is instrumental, nice and not distracting. Margaret's form is always perfect, and she gives great instruction.
I highly recommend this tape! AAA+++
Margaret Richard is one of my favorite instructors. She looks great, has an appealing demeanor and really knows her stuff. She has her own distinct style which has obviously worked for her, and which works for me, too.
January 12, 2004