10 Minute Solution: Tone Trouble Zones

Amy Bento
Year Released: 2007

Categories: Total Body Workouts

KathyAl did a great job of reviewing this. I just wanted to add my own impressions. I love a good band workout, and this one was no exception. The DVD comes with the band, but I'm sure you can substitute any that you already have if bought used. Like all 10 Minute DVD's, you can customize or play all. Not sure if I would miss a hidden warmup (as I've had happen with some KCM workouts), I customized but I selected all segments. Like other 10 Minute DVD's, it's a little annoying that every time I select a workout segment, it pops me out a menu and I have to go back in to select the next one. Like the makers created it with the expectation you would only choose one segment.

The segments are as follows:

Arm & Shoulder Sculpt: After a brief and fast-moving warm-up, Amy uses the band for basics like bicep curls, kick backs and shoulder raises. She's full of the goofy charm that I love, asking at one point if our shoulders are burning yet because hers are (mine were on fire at that point, so I was glad to hear I wasn't alone.)

Butt & Thigh Blaster: so appropriately named. After a side squatting, kicking lunging move that doubled as a warm-up, Amy quickly moved on to skater squats with the band. My outer thighs nearly exploded. After some leg lifts and rear kicks, you move to the floor for some donkey kicks and inner/outer thigh work. This includes a unique boat pose that works your inner thighs. This is the segment you are most likely to need your remote handy for. Amy moves fast so if like me you are putzing with the band when it gets stuck on your sneaker tread, you'll get left behind quickly.

Total Body Tone: More compound moves in this segment, as you might expect. Lunges with bicep curls, squat shoulder raises, etc. It includes a squat/v step type of move that I just loved. This segment also ends with floor work, including an ingeniously evil boat/bicycle move with the band.

Sleek and Sexy Abs: Some of these segment names annoy me. I can definitely build stronger abs, but I know longer have the expectation nor need for them to be sexy. Anyways, half standing/half sitting. The floor work included another bicycle move (ACK! Another one?) that I might have just skipped over, since I did that in another segment. This is followed by some upper and lower ab moves with the band. The segment ends with supermans for the lower back and a quick stretch.

10 Minute Stretch: great, relaxing athletic type stretches using the band. This is just stretching, no toning work thrown in. My inner thighs and calves especially felt great.

This was a solid entry in the 10 Minute series for me. Like the others I've enjoyed (like Kelli Roberts' Kickboxing Bootcamp), the short segments trick you into thinking time is passing quickly. Other than the abs segment (kind of hate doing abs, in case you couldn't tell), I never checked the running time.

Instructor Comments:
As Kathy said in her review, Amy is goofy but not over the top peppy. She definitely does have a mischievous glint in her eyes at times. She cues well, but doesn't always advance cue. She does mirror cue. She's very comfortable and fun on camera.