Fast Forward Reshape Your Body After Pregnancy, Weight Gain, Sticking Points and

Joyce Vedral
Year Released: 2000

Categories: Total Body Workouts

I have mixed feelings about this set. I'll start with the good points. Number one is that Joyce has company: her daughter Marthe, who joins the workout and also counts for her. Joyce seems to go slower when she has someone else counting, and while this is faster than Bottoms Up, it is slower than definition. Joyce also works each body part pretty thoroughly. I think that is part of the problem though. Does the back really need as many sets as the thighs? I also like the way she sneaks in the ab work during each set. It means slackers like me can't skip it.

I think my main complaint is with the structure. It is a 3-day rotation. That means that unless you do 2 sections a day (for an hour) you have to do half an hour of Joyce a day. And therefore in order to get in two full-body workouts, you need to do this twice, or 6 days a week. Not a great way to get a lot of variety in your routine! There is also the usual scant attention paid to warm-up and cool-downs, or stretches. I guess Joyce means for us to do this on our own, but she never specifies. I think you'll definitely find this easier if you are familiar with Joyce's books or other tapes, but it is more accessible than her other tapes if you are not. There isn't anything wrong with this series, I guess. I just find it hard to fit in a three-day rotation.