Dynamic Strength & Power

Cindy Thorp
Year Released: 2003

Categories: Balance/Medicine/Mini/Stability Ball, Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

This is a fantastic 45 minute functional fitness workout. By functional fitness I mean the exercises mimic moves that you would do in every day life: squatting, picking things up off the floor, dynamic moves, multi planer moves, etc. This was released with 2 other dvds by Tracie Long Productions- Tracie Long's 2nd set she produced on her own. You will need a med ball (she uses it alot!), one set of medium dumbbells, and a step bench.

This workout is mostly cardio and I actually use it as a cardio workout. I use my lighter dumbbells (3-5 lbs) and it works perfectly for a cardio day. It includes some power moves like jumping onto the step, jumping over the step, hops, power lunges, and other explosive movements. She uses the med ball alot so I do think its necessary and fun for this workout. She includes some pushups and ab work at the end. There is also some standing core work interspersed throughout and she focuses on the core throughout.

The set is really bad and the production value is not the best BUT its all tolerable! This was flimed in an airplane hanger or some other odd place (a big boat?, something strange) with black curtains hung around the sides and multicolored curtain in the back. Another interesting thing is the step bench magically appears and dissapears. So you must be quick w/ your transitions. The background exercisers are just so -so...All in all these things dont bother me though and I still really enjoy this workout.

I would rate this an advanced workout. Maybe low advanced by today's standards but there is definately some power moves that a beginner or out of shape person could not do. I really like this workout and dont use it nearly as much as I should.

Instructor Comments:
Cindy is ripped! You can see every muscle in her arms! She is very toned but not sickly thin looking. Very inspiring! She is a great lead. Not too overzealous but friendly. Excellent cueing.