Super Fit Bod!Amy Dixon
Year Released: 2010
Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights) , Step Aerobics
Some reviewers have already given some excellent breakdowns, so I will just add my own impressions.
THE GOOD: This was a pretty tough workout for me. I consider myself high intermediate. I used 12 pound weights throughout the workout, completed all the blasts on two sets of risers, and I was spent! I loved Amy's personality, the fact that there were modifications, most of the exercise choices, and that the moves progressed from basic to more advanced. I am glad that I had done some Cathe work, because most of the blasts reminded me of what Cathe has done in many of her workouts. Moves like flying over the steps, frog hops onto the step, power hops onto the step, etc.
THE BAD: I felt that this dvd moved a bit too fast to really heavy up on the moves. And some moves could get a bit too creative at that speed. For instance, there is a move with a forward lunge off the step , then a knee raise, then a lateral raise, then a squat, then you twist to the side. I suppose if I was holding 5 pound weights the move would not seem so fast. But if I want to work my legs and my shoulders, I need something heavier than 5 pounds for the legs. I did it with 12 pound weights, but I felt like I was rushing a bit.
Additionally, I don't feel as though the warm up was really a warm up. I felt like we jumped right into the cardio portion of the routine without much warning. Also, the dvd had lots of work for back, legs, and shoulders but really skimped out on the chest, biceps, and triceps. There may have been one move for each of them. I didn't really feel the upper body was equally worked. Finally, I didn't really mind the music, but I felt I could have been motivated more if there had been a better selection.
THE VERDICT: I could probably be persuaded to lower my weights and treat this as an AWT workout (if just for Amy's personality, and there are a variety of creative moves), but the chest, biceps, and triceps just aren't worked enough. Too bad, because this is a really tough workout.
Amy has a great personality. Very motivational, and you can tell she absolutely loves what she does. I would love to workout with her in person. However, She didn't really cue as well in this workout as she does in her Breathless Bodies, for instance. It seemed like for this one you were left standing wondering what the next move would be, and then once she told you, you were scrambling to get the next weight. I guess that won't be a problem once you are used to the workout, but it was obvious on first viewing.