The Belly Off! Workout: The Strength Training Routine

David Jack
Year Released: 2008

Categories: Total Body Workouts

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This workout was a pleasant surprise. I love it's simplicity and straightforwardness. There is a relatively small number of exercises and fewer reps in this one so I feel compelled to make every move count. My thought while watching it was that I would have to go heavy in order to feel like I got a workout. Maybe that's the way it was designed. I've never done the workout all the way through. The mix and match menu makes it very easy for me to customize the workout to my preference. I do the warm-up, the supersets and the strength circuit segments for a thorough 30 to 35 minute workout.

Here's the breakdown. This workout only uses dumbbells.

Warm-up: 9 minutes and includes core and back exercises.

2 Minute Drill: David says 8 exercises but I only counted 7 and I watched this segment twice just to be sure I didn't miss something. Each exercise is 15 seconds each.

Side to Side Hops w/ Arm Rotations
Skater Hops
Spiderman Push-up
X Climbers
Squat Thrust

Supersets: Exercises ranging from 8 to 10 reps and repeated 3 times

Dumbbell swing
Split lunge w/ overhead press
Push-up and lat row
30 second active recovery/stretching
Reverse lunge
2 count push-up
30 second active recovery

Strength Circuit: Combo exercises ranging from 8 to 10 reps and repeated 3 times

Dumbbell Romanian deadlift w/ upright row
Biceps Curls to overhead press
One arm lat rows
High knee runs- 10 seconds

Cooldown: 10 minutes

Ab Blast: ab and back exercises ranging from 5 to 20 reps

Weighted crunch
Leg Slides- crunches w/ hands reaching to knees
Plank to rock- plank position rocking back and forth
Reverse Crunches
Twist & Reach
Side Plank
Windshield wipers
Piston crunch
Modified bridge crunch
Glute bridge
Back extension

I recognize the music from Cathe's Slow and Heavy series so it's a bit dated but that didn't bother me. There is also no mirror cuing in this workout which didn't bother me either. At the beginning of each exercise, a message pops up on the screen to tell you how many reps are in that set. There are two background exercisers, a male and a female. Modifications aren't necessarily stressed but there are few moves where more advanced or easier options are shown. Overall, a good solid routine. I'm pleased with this purchase.

Instructor Comments:
Although I've never seen David in another workout video, he is a very capable instructor. He tends to start on his left foot instead of his right and he doesn't count very often so it's a good idea to count on your own if you don't keep up with his tempo. He makes appropriate comments and I never felt that he was talking just to fill the silence. He is quite handsome and has the broadest chest and shoulders I've seen in a long time. A good workout and a cute instructor. I couldn't ask for more.

Tracey M.