Results 10 Days to a Better BodyCindy Whitmarsh
Year Released: 2008
Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)
The DVD has two 35 minute chapters and is based on the premise of 1 minute alternating strength and cardio intervals, in a split format (upper/lower worked on different days). This workout is a LOT like the newer Barry's Bootcamp series (with the oblong stability ball) and I
think a very nice compliment to that series. Cindy works out alone in a spacious gym setting with very tall ceilings. The production quality is high and the music is adequately good (it's on the order of a 10MS or Pink Firm workout, the usual). The DVD menu allows you to choose the
upper body chapter, lower body chapter, or play all. The full workout would be 70 minutes.
The upper body chapter uses light and heavy weights (I use a selection between 5-10-12-15#) and Cindy does execute the moves at a slow-moderate pace so you aren't forced to use very light poundage. The moves are effective (I can feel it already)! She works the back with double arm
row and rear delt flies, the biceps with a one-arm bicep/military press move while balancing on one foot and another biceps set, the triceps are worked with kickbacks and French press, the shoulders are worked with rotator cuff work, and lateral and frontal raises. There is a set of
pushups for the chest too, so it is really balanced out well. The last two moves work the upper, lower, and oblique abs with crunch variations on the floor. Most to all of the cardio is high intensity and includes jumping jacks, high knees, jump rope variations, plyo lunges, repeater
knees (a minute spent on each side!), mountain climbers, and plank jacks (the last two were paired with the ab work).
The lower body chapter uses one set of heavier weights (I used 10-15# sets) and included a lot of creative lower body moves. There were deadlifts and wide stance deadlifts, squats, alternating lunges, a sort of rotational one-legged squat progressing to balancing on one leg (1 minute each leg), curtsey lunges (1 minute each leg), a very deep pulsing lunge which really scorched the quads (1 minute each leg), and at the end there was a standing torso twisting and punching with weights, then an upper/lower crunch move with weight overhead for the abs. The cardio was leg-focused and included two sets of kicks (one to the front, one to the side), some skiers, jump rope variation (and 1 minute each side of jumping on one leg), a plyo lunge type move, some squats with fast feet (IIRC), burpees, towards the end there was a set of mountain climbers which alternated with the ab work.
On the whole this is a great workout and definitely effective especially when paired with the 10-day diet plan that comes with the DVD. (If I recall, the calorie range is about 1,200 calories per day). The circuit style moves quickly and keeps any boredom at bay, and Cindy is just so
enjoyable to work out with. The high impact can be kept low and I also found it is adapted nicely to the rebounder. I appreciated that she saved the ab/cardio ab work for last so you wouldn't need to constantly be standing up and laying down. The workout is high intermediate or even low advanced if you use challenging poundage and keep up with the high intensity. Highly recommended! A+!
I really like Cindy a lot - she's a really talented instructor. Not only does she have great screen presence (no annoying tendencies, speaks clearly, smiles, great physique), but she has the technical skills too such as mirror cuing, immaculate cuing, and good form pointers (and demonstrates good form herself). If you are familiar with her lead work in Barry's Bootcamp she's the same here. I would absolutely purchase more workouts from her.