Give Me 10 More!Amy Dixon
Year Released: 2011
Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance , Total Body Workouts
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This is a primarily strength workout (with one cardio chapter) with several 10-12 minute chapters. The DVD menu allows you to play all or choose an individual workout. Amy works out with two background exercisers, both women, one of them provides easier modifications. Amy spends about a minute as an un-weighted but dynamic warm up in each chapter and a very brief stretch at the end (less than 30 seconds). The music is pretty good, and the workout is filmed in a lovely studio setting.
The workout has already been broken down so Iíll just add my opinions. Iíve done this workout twice, once a couple of months ago and did not care for it at all, but thought it deserved a second chance, so tried it again today and really didnít like it Ė Iím getting rid of it. I feel (especially in the total body chapter) that the exercises are hard to follow, Amy does not cue, and it was unnecessarily complicated! I donít mind some choreographed strength work-I do Pink Firms a lot (but have been doing the Firm for years so maybe Iím just used to their style) and I usually enjoy creative and functional workouts that work your muscles in new ways. There were creative exercises here and some of them were enjoyable and challenging, for sure (I especially liked some of the balance challenges in the core chapter) but thereís just so many other workouts that try to accomplish the same thing-Firm Zero in 10 and 10 Minute Solution Bootcamp with Jessica Smith for instance-and those are just so much better. For as many wonderful workouts as I have, I just donít have the patience for ones that I donít enjoy.
Due to the fast moving rotational changes and general functional feel, it is difficult to use heavy weights, which again is fine if werenít so hard to follow! On the whole I would rate it solid intermediate. I actually think it would be a very enjoyable workout if you just persisted with the learning curve and enjoyed the fast moving exercises. For what it is, I would grade it a B-.
Amy seems like a sweet person and she isnít too chatty. But she doesnít explain a move before jumping into it, which makes her very hard to follow at times. This is the only workout I have of hers and will need to think twice before getting another one. I like her personality fine, but the exercises were just unnecessarily confusing!
This 71 minute dvd is divided into six 9-14 minute segments, you can play all or select a desired segment. Amy leads these workouts with 2 background exercisers, one of which provides modifications for many of the exercises. You will need dumbbells for this workout.
Fat Blasting Cardio: (9 minutes) This is comprises of 3 mini-routines. Exercises include: jacks, gallups, touch down & front kick, shuffly, curtsy hop, burpees, power lunges, plank jacks, plank tucks, and diagonal knee pulls. Great little cardio routine.
Total Body Shred: (12 minutes) Lots of good combo moves to get your heartrate going. Unique & fun without being overly complicated. Amy does a great job of adding in balance & intensity challenges to each exercise. Exercises include: kettlebell swing & snatch, low runners lunge & row, squat deadlift combo, curtsy-tap-balance challenge, and finishes w/ some floor work.
Lower body Chisel: (11 minutes)Amy really targets those glutes & thighs and adds in some nice balance challenges. Exercises include: V lunge series, squat w/ tempo changes, deadlift squat combo, dip -balance knee raise, curtsy -side leg lift, squat & kick, and other unique lower body moves. My heart rate was definitely up in this section.
Upper Body Sculpt: (11 minutes) This is a fun & active upper body workout that hit all the UB muscles! Exercises include: I V front raises, back fly, low runners lunge & back row, a fun weighted punch series, concentration curls, unique projection curls, lying tricep work, and finishes with pushup variations.
Core Makeover: (13 minutes) This standing & floor core routine is fun & the time flys! Exercises include: the weighted punch combo, standing elbow to knee pull down, dumbbell pass through, pliet-chop-halo combo, dip & row with a kick, windmill variations, a unique surfer move, plank -pike-knee pulls and other fun plank variations. Lots of unique core work here!
Dynamic Stretch & Flex: (14 minutes) This is a standing, lying, and sitting total body stretch. Amy does a wonderful job of combining yoga inspired stretching with the basic athletic stretches to create a thorough 14 minute stretch.
I rate this a solid intermediate workout. TONS of variety and a lot of workout minutes that you can match up to create a variety of different workout times & options. Amy is an excellent instructor providing wonderful cuing & form pointers throughout. I really enjoyed her original Give Me 10 workout and this one is equally good but contains very different workouts! This one will get a ton of use at my house. I received this dvd to review.