10 Pounds Down Weight Loss Cardio Mix

Jessica Smith
Year Released: 2011

Categories: Abs/Core , Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

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The dvd has 3 parts: a 40 minute cardio workout, a 10 minute total body, bodyweight workout, and a 10 minute ab segment. You can play any section or play all. Also, warm-up and cool-down are seperately chaptered. The cardio is varied and has kickbox, dance, and athletic elements. The choreography is pretty simple to catch on to. Jessica tends to start with the easier, lower impact move, then ups the intensity.
Total body toner is a nice quick workout using just your bodyweight. I find it reasonably challenging, especially after the main body of the workout. Jessica does some creative twists on familiar moves and packs a lot into only 10 minutes. The same can be said of the abs/core segment. I find it pretty tough, and again the moves are creative. I have trouble completing the whole segment sometimes, depending on my energy level.
This is an intermediate workout. The cardio keeps me in my fat-burning zone and I get a pretty good, thorough workout using all the segments.

Instructor Comments:
I like Jessica more and more the more I use her workouts. She pushes you through the workout and gives clear instructions.

Melissa P


Jessica works out on location in the Miami studio she actually leads classes in! The studio is a cute open space w/ blue background with flowing water in the backdrop and hardwood floors. The music is excellent- very upbeat & fresh- makes you want to move. You wont need any equipment for this workout. Jessica works out alone and offers various intensity modifications throughout.

10 Pounds Down Weight Loss Cardio Mix is chaptered into Weight Loss Cardio Mix, Total Body Toners, and Corset Abs - you can play all or select a segment from the main menu. The cardio portion is a high energy routine that combines boxing, old school hi/lo (with fresh twists to keep it interesting), and lots of good standing core work. The toning segment is body resistance strength work, and the ab routine offers SUPER unique standing & floor (tough) ab work.

Weight Loss Cardio Mix: (40 min) exercises include mambo-hop-hop w/ fun arms, jabs, jack variations, cross punch w/ level changes, jump rope, V step & V hop, knee pulls w/ big arms, diagonal push with a twist (hits the core), skip forward jack back, double skip, skater, lunge w/ a twisting jab, pulsing lunges w/ a hop and she cools us down with more standing core work (LOVE standing core work!)

Total Body Toners: (10 min) Exercises include pliet pulses, pliet heel drags, side plank raise (like!), supermans, pilates style pushups, plank w/ a bent leg raise, and pushup variations. Fun, quick, & effective- great for travel!

Corset Abs: (8 min) Exercises include: frog leg extensions, leg scissor drops, wide leg circles, oblique leg drops, reverse crunch variations, cross knee pull, supermans & superman heel taps, wide stance knee pulls, & full body V extensions. SUPER unique & effective core work!

I rate this workout a solid intermediate that can easily be modified to suit the needs of most all exercisers. Jessica's cuing (as always) is spot on and she offers plenty of modification options throughout. LOVE that she adds in standing core work into the cardio- but still keeps you moving so your heart rate doesnt drop. She does an excellent job of balancing fun choreo that is not too complicated but not at all boring. The time went by super quickly and the core work had my abs screaming! Fun unique twists on the exercises and put together in a fresh way! I received this dvd to review.