The Hollywood Trainer: Cardio Sculpt

Jeanette Jenkins
Year Released: 2006

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

Hollywood Trainer Cardio Sculpt is part of the Hollywood Trainer set. It is a 45 minute high-rep, low weight workout that requires only light (3-8 lb.) dumbbells. I used 5 and 8 lbs. and a set of 2 lb. ankle weights. There are at least 20 reps for each exercise. The workout is low-impact, no jumping or jogging. I find this one to be more sculpt than cardio, but still a well-rounded workout.

The exercises are just exercisesóthere isnít any of what I would call choreography, so this is a great workout for someone who doesnít like dancy workouts, or wants a workout without having to think much about every move. There are a lot of compound exercises though, which I know everyone isnít fond of.

There are three exercisers in this video. Jeanette Jenkins leads, and Chaz and Tanya are background exercisers. Tanya shows a few modifications during the workout, but generally Jeanette just tells you some options to make moves easier.

The workout is filmed outside, on what appears to be a patio covered with natural stones. There is lots of foliage in the background, mostly large trees, and you can see the top of a house in the back. I like outdoor settings, and didnít see any problems with it, though others have complained that it looks like someoneís backyard.

The music is club-type music, and repeated throughout the Hollywood Trainer series. Nothing original, but I like it; it really gets me going when I work out at 5:30 in the morning!

The workout is quite well-chaptered. It is divided into 16 chapters, and since there isnít a lot of overlap between sections, you could quite easily just pick out a section and do those exercises. Here is my breakdown of the exercises, basically divided by DVD chapter. From 13 on is all floorwork.

1. Intro to workout
2. Low impact warm-up with some lower body stretches
3. Push ups,
4. Squats, standing leg abduction (outer thigh), squat with abduction
5. Posterior delt fly
6. Static lunge with overhead shoulder press
7. Triceps press (standing, with arms straight, pushing back) and simulated dip (straight arms extending slightly behind you, bend elbows to lift weights)
8. Repeater knees with heel touches (similar to Tae Bo)
9. Posterior delt flies, plies with upright row and bicep curls, overhead shoulder press
10. Standing adductor (inner thigh) lifts (similar to Slim Series)
11. Tricep kickbacks, plies, reverse lunge with knee lift, rotator cuff, tricep kickback, medial delt lift
12. Roundhouse kick with repeater knee
13. Tricep pushup
14. Rear leg lift (donkey kick), abduction (outer thigh) with rear leg lift, plank. Repeat other side
15. Abs: crunch (upper body) double crunch (upper and lower) bicycle, bent-knee roll up.
16. Stretch

This workout is similar in approach to Slim Series. Itís less intense (more like Slim in 6), but gave me similar results (overall slimming and definition). I like the music and background exercisers more than the ones in Slim Series, which makes me more likely to do HT. I generally do Cardio Sculpt or Kickboxing Bootcamp and add on the Butt & Thigh Blast or another lower body or ab workout. On alternate days, I do pure cardio.

Instructor Comments:
Jeanette is chatty and a little giggly, but it didnít bother me. She gives good form pointers, repeatedly reminding beginners to take it easy. She is very upbeat and energetic, and I think sheíd be great to take a live class with.