Slim Series: Mix It Up

Debbie Siebers
Year Released: 2003

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)


This workout is part of the Slim Series and follows the same format, look and feel of the other ones. I have already commented extensively on that in other reviews, so I will just recap briefly that it features Debbie working out with two background exercisers and the usual beachbody countdown clocks for section time and total workout time are once again featured. I enjoy the clocks, although some might find them tedious.

The workout is not as orderly as some of the Debbie Siebers routines I have tried. The exercises get switched up fairly frequently and usually but not always alternate between upper and lower body. Some of them she uses weights for and some of them feature resistance bands. At the beginning of the workout she says she is using 5ís and 8ís but she never indicates when the switch occurs and she never suggests whether the home user should be using heavy or light weights (other than to say that if you find something too easy you should be using heavier weights).

The exercises are all traditional ones, squats and kicks and lots of shoulder work. Biceps and triceps do get worked too, but most of the upper body work was very shoulder-focused. Generally you do a set of about 20-25 reps, then a short pulsing set and an isometric hold. Some of the exercises are compound moves, usually involving a squat with something for the upper body. There was nothing in this workout that surprised me. It was all pretty standard stuff.

I found Debbie a bit more personable in this routine than I have in other Beachbody workouts. Of all the Slim Series I have tried, this is probably the one I liked best. On the whole though, the ones I tried seemed pretty interchangeable. I canít imagine doing a whole rotation of only these and not being terribly bored.

I think this workout is a perfect example of "you will like this sort of thing if this is the sort of thing you will like." If you enjoy Debbie in her other workouts, youíll like this one. If you donít see what the hype is about, this workout will not convince you. Myself, I fall somewhere in the middle. I do find these workouts a little bit too meh to do on a regular rotation-like basis. But there is nothing wrong with them per se and I will probably pull one out from time to time.

Joanna

06/23/2004