Total Body BalanceJessica Smith
Year Released: 2013
Categories: Athletic Stretch , Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance , Total Body Workouts
This is a beginner/intermediate workout (with a modifier who shows advanced options), broken down into four 20 (ish) minute segments: Cardio Flow, Sole Sculpt, Core Stretch and Cardio Dance Sculpt. You can use these as add-ons or as one full length workout and get everything you need: cardio, strength & stretch! The workouts are done barefoot and you will need some light weights, a mat and a chair.
Three out of four segments are done outdoors and the scenery is just beautiful. There is a glistening pool, swaying palm trees and a flowing river that make you feel like you are working out at some resort. I absolutely loved it! Mentally, the setting itself took me to a feel good place and the actual workout kept me there!
This segment got my heart rate up! It really is a constant flow of low impact movement, from one to the next, that uses a large range of motion for the arms and incorporates some body weight toning as well (squats, plie, side leg raises, etc.) I felt it was well sequenced with just enough time spent on each move. There's not much repetition and I liked that. The moves were basic and easy to follow.
This is a light weight, hi repetition segment for toning from head to toe. The compound moves keep your heart rate up too. There were just enough reps for me to feel the burn, but it was not overkill. Again, there is a great flow of movement from one to the next that kept it fresh and interesting. It includes standing and floor work. Oh, and it was in this segment that I noticed the beautiful flowing river in the background!
This segment is just like it sounds, core work and stretching! I've never combined the two, but I really enjoyed this; it was very relaxing. Jessica does a great job of engaging the core while stretching and elongating the body. I really felt the core work in my obliques!
Cardio Dance Sculpt
This segment was a lot of fun! I especially liked the disco feel towards the end. You use the chair for this portion for some lower body toning moves. The dance moves aren't complicated and don't require a lot of space.
I can't say enough good things about this workout. I just felt so darn good after completing it. It didn't feel like a workout; it felt like a really good time with the added bonus of burning calories! I can't say enough about the gorgeous scenery, Jessica's wonderful personality and the fact that this is such a well balanced routine. As Jessica says "find movement that you love and that makes you feel good, and you'll never have to workout again." Total Body Balance is the epitome of that statement!
Jessica is very encouraging throughout this workout and her cuing is fantastic.