Brand New Butt and More

Janis Saffell
Year Released: 2001

Categories: Lower Body Strength

This is a good intermediate to advanced workout tape. I used ankle weights for the entire workout, which made the moves much more difficult. I am not a fan of standing leg work, but I liked the exercises that Janis used, and felt that they incorporated not only the buttocks and thighs, but also the entire core (front, sides and back), as well as upper body, and balance. She repeats some of the combinations three times in giant sets (several exercises combined), and since I get bored easily, I was not happy by the third giant set of the same combination. I really felt it in my low back after doing lots of sets of deadlifts, followed by rear delt flyes and triceps kickbacks with the back in forward flexion.

The floor work was my favorite part of the workout. Janis does some tough moves for the whole core, and also adds some upper body (i.e. push ups with one leg extended), and I really felt the leg lifts, especially where Janis adds some twists on the traditional exercises (such as roundhouse kicks while supporting yourself sideways up on your elbow). The pikes were a good introduction to the movement, especially if you are aiming to master the pikes on Cathe's Pyramid Upper Body or Keli Roberts's Quick Fix, which use a stability ball.

I found myself scrutinizing Janis to get some idea of the fine points with regard to form on some of the movements, since she does not give a lot of verbal instruction. The music is pretty good, and consists of the same music that is on several other videos, including Cathe and Karen Voight.

This is a much more challenging workout than I expected, and a good one to work in for an extra lower body boost. I would give it an A-.

Instructor Comments:
I like everything about Janis, except the fact that she says, "like" too much. Janis looks great, has great definition and flexibility, and she has a fun, upbeat personality.