Breathless Body

Amy Dixon
Year Released: 2011

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

Amy Dixon leads ďBreathless BodyĒ a 56 min. athletic cardio workout that consists of 8 drills of exercises (roughly 4 min. per drill) that are based off of the Tabata protocol, 20 seconds work/10 seconds rest per interval (this workout is much longer than a traditional Tabata workout because of the multiple drills). Each drill is repeated 8 times, w/ a longer rest after the completion of all rounds of the drill. The exercises for the drills are athletic cardio (bodyweight exercises) performed w/ the goal of completing as many reps as one can (w/ good form) & at a fast pace for the time given. There are two background exercisers, and 3 levels demoed for each drill, for beginner, intermediate & advanced (Amy demos the level 2 exercises).

There are exercises (marches, step touch, step & heel lift, step & tap rear, squats) performed by the background exercisers while Amy explains the form for the next drill, and as an active rest, after all rounds of the drill have been completed. The exercises are simple to learn because itís only one exercise per drill w/ 2 different progressions. I actually performed some drills in level 2 & 3, and got a great workout. So itís nice to have the different variations demoed because the workout is very adaptable to oneís preferences (energy levels, goals, fitness abilities). The menu allows the user to play all drills or select one drill at a time to complete (and the workout is chaptered).

I have used the workout by splitting up the workout in half (completing drills 1-4, or drills 5-8), and felt it was a great workout. I donít generally like to use cardio video workouts that are more than 45 min., so not sure if Iíll ever complete the workout in its entirety (when splitting it/completing less total drills works well for me). I have not used any of Amy Dixonís fitness videos before, but liked her personality & instructing style in this workout. She explains the form well, and provides encouraging & helpful (about hydration, breathing, muscle engagement) comments w/out talking too much, or it seeming forced, and w/out sexy/hot body talk. I prefer athletic cardio so this workout was appealing to me, and I really liked how no equipment & not a lot of room was needed to move about to complete the exercises. The warm-up & cool-down were great, just thorough enough but not too long. The background exercisers had great form & energy, and I liked how the level 1 exerciser was not performing a totally basic/non-challenging variation of each exercise (which does occur frequently in videos w/ a low impact/intensity modifier, they tend to look bored and/or like they are not getting in a solid workout).

Set: wood floor w/ white/beige walls w/ wood outlines & grey color, and some fitness equipment in the rear of set.

Music: fast-paced pop-type, not really noticing it during the workout.

Introduction (1:26): Amy explains the Tabata (protocol), levels of exercises, & goals of workout.

Warm-up (4:35 min.)


Out, Out, In, In> faster pace for levels 2 & 3> Jump rope> both sides

Alternating Step, heel lift (opposite leg) w/ single overhead arm

Alternating (static) side lunges

Torso twists: in lowered position of squat, alternate one arm reach to inside of leg/other reaches overhead

Shoulder rolls (forward)> rear

Leg swing front, knee pull (into chest)> quad stretch> Side step w/ turned out knee lift/rotates out> repeat on other side> huggers (arms alternate hug chest & opening out to side)

Squats>Squat, touch hands to floor, elevate heels, lower them, then stand w/ overhead arms.

Alternate curtsey lunges w/ hands on floor

Marches> step touch (side step)

Main Workout

Drill 1: Power Jacks
level 1- jumping jacks
level 2- power jack (plie squat in lowered position of jack)
level 3- air jack

Drill 2: Speed Skaters
level 1- Curtsey Lunge w/ figure 8 arms (alternating sides, arms sweep around in circle & out to side w/ each lunge)
level 2- skater w/ single arm reach/touch to floor (same side arm as leg touches floor)
level 3- skater w/ single arm reach/touch to floor & leg balance (in air)

Drill 3: Athletic Beach Volleyball
level 1- Low squat then elevate heels w/ overhead arms
level 2- Squat thrust then elevate heels w/ overheads arms
level 3- Burpee (squat thrust, lower body down to floor in plank, stand up & jump in air)

Drill 4: Hot Feet
level 1- Fast feet (football runs)
level 2- High Knees
level 3- High Knees w/ hip & knees turned out (bit slower pace than level 2)

Drill 5: Core Kicks (in plank position)
level 1- Mountain Climbers (alternate feet tapping floor)
level 2- Butt Kicks (both heels kick butt & reverse motion)
level 3- Donkey Kicks (both heels aim/kick butt & then extend out in air, then to plank position)

Drill 6: Oleí Lunges
level 1- Alternate reverse lunge w/ arms pulling down (start overhead)
level 2- 2 quick jumps & hold in lowered position of lunge w/ overhead arms (hands clasped)
level 3- Alternating switch (lunge) jumps

Drill 7: Boxer Jumps
level 1- 4 punches (alternating high & low) to one side w/ fast-paced squats
level 2- 2 punches (alternating high & low) to one side w/ fast-paced squats
level 3- 1 low punch w/ (180 degree) switch jump (land in plie/sumo position)

Drill 8: Pogo Jumps (alternate legs for each set)
level 1- Rear leg extension/hands tap floor, to knee lift, then front leg extension w/overhead arms
level 2- Rear Lunge, same side hand taps floor, then power knee (lift) w/ bent arms (close to chest)
level 3- Rear Lunge, same side hand taps floor, then power knee (lift) w/ more power (higher jump) & arm reaches up

Cool-down (4 min.)

Shoulder rolls (rear)

Chest stretch/open & pull (bent) arms to back (form W), reverse motion/Back stretch (hands clasp w/ straight arms in front of body)

Runnerís lunge (low) w/ overhead arms> Chair pose w/ twist (rotation), both sides> runnerís lunge on other side.

IT band & hamstring stretch: cross one foot/leg over other & hinge forward w/ flat back & hands at hips, both sides.

Torso twists: hands clasped w/ bent arms held in front of body, alternate twisting/rotation upper body to each side (pivot off of feet).

Cat/Cow: in standing position, squat & place hands on thighs, stay in lowered position of squat & alternate rounding spine & reversing motion.

Inhale w/ overhead arm, exhale hands come together for prayer pose.