ChaLean Extreme: Burn CircuitChalene Johnson
Year Released: 2008
Categories: Total Body Workouts
Other reviewers have really broken down the exercises well, so I will not go into detail there. In full disclosure, I have only done the Burn Circuit workouts, so I cannot compare them to the other workouts in the series. However, doing the Burn Circuit was enough for me. It may seem shallow, but there are things other than just exercises that I need to workout at home. I do need good music and an instructor I can click with. Without good exercises, good music, and the right instructor (all three ingredients, so to speak) a workout will not make it with me. I have to many that I can enjoy.
That being said, I can honestly say, I am soooo glad that I borrowed CLX.
THE GOOD: She gives great, clear form pointers. There was definitely enough rest between reps. Reps were not too many, in fact she wants you to fail between 10 and 12 reps. With only 9 exercises per workout, this is doable. There was the famous beachbody rep counter and time clock, so I knew how much time I had. Some of the exercises were really good when used with weights. And of course, 40 minutes per workout is great on time!
THE SO-So: Music was not great. Actually, it was bad. Again, just trying soooo hard. Using the tubing with CLX was awkward, and yes I viewed the band tutorial twice before using the workouts. Since the moves were compound moves, the bands were not really effective for lower body.
HE BAD: I do not care for Chalene's personality in this one. It's as though she tries too hard to be hip and cool. And these phrases get tiresome: "Little sis, you are looking GREAT!" "Layli what weights are you using?" "Can someone get a shot of my knee?" and my favorite "I don't know why you guys are complaining I feel GOOOOD!!" or something like that. It's because the backgrounders did all the reps while she walked around the room. It SOUNDS like I'm being shallow, but trust me, it gets annoying.
Yea, I know, I didn't get through the whole system. But the point for ME for thinking about the system was to use it primarily as a tubing workout. Since it does not work well as a band system for me and Chalene is annoying (and the music is not great) I probably won't even think of using it again.