Supermodel Series Butt & Thighs

Andrea Orbeck
Year Released: 2011

Categories: Abs/Core , Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance , Lower Body Strength , Pilates/Core Strength

This workout is about an hour long. Following the warm up, it features cardio in one-minute increments (bob & weave, skaters, jumping jacks etc.) Andrea starts out with the lower impact version then ramps it up a bit. Lower body standing toning follows (squats, lunges, deadlifts etc.) along with an unlikely set of bent-over rows and a rotator cuff exercise. Not sure why those two exercises are in there because no other upper body exercises are featured. The same exact cardio series is repeated again. Next comes the floorwork with the hipster band, which is where this workout shines. Andrea begins with a side-lying sequence, then bridge, then on all fours. Each exercise is done for 30 seconds to a minute with no down time. The exercises are not original (leg lift variations, circles, donkey kick variations, hydrants etc.) but they BURN! This segment is about 20 minutes and it is definitely my favorite segment from the workout. The workout concludes with a short ab segment, followed by the cooldown.
I would rate the bulk of the workout as high beginner/low intermediate. The hipster band work is a bit tougher. I have a high threshold for floorwork and have no problem completing all the reps but I definitely feel it.

Instructor Comments:
Andrea is ok. She makes a lot of repetitive comments, often repeating the same phrase twice. There are many references to the runway/catwalk and things of that nature, and she says "tushie" and "little tushie" quite a bit as well. The workout grew on me the more I have used it, although unless I am wanting a light day workout I stick to the hipster band work only. This is Andrea's first dvd, so subsequent offerings will likely be more polished.

Melissa P