Crunch Cardio Sculpt

Violet Zaki
Year Released: 2001

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

I have to disagree with a lot of what the previous reviewer said about this video. Then again, that happens frequently with Crunch workouts – either you love them or hate them.

First, I have been a fan of Crunch workouts for a long time. So maybe I’m just accustomed to their style but I find the cueing to be excellent. The exercises alternate quickly so cueing is very important in this program. Violet is constantly letting you know how many more of each exercise to expect and what to start doing during the transition. (And they’ve toned down on the “hooting” in this one, which I think is a big benefit.)

Second, I always work up a sweat even though I use light weights to minimize injury risk (usually 6 lbs.) One caution - there isn’t much form coaching in this video and that could be a problem for beginners. The moves are basic – forward and backward lunges, tricep dips, double-arm rows, squats, bicep curls, etc. But many of them are combined and if you haven’t done this type of exercise before, then I wouldn’t start with this video. There is no time or instruction to learn proper technique.

Third, low impact modifications in this program are clearly demonstrated and, unlike many workouts, do not cause you to lose the timing and fall behind the program.

This is one of my favorite videos and I recommend it, especially if you like the Crunch style.

Instructor Comments:
The instructor is energetic and encouraging throughout the workout. Her cueing is very good.