Dream Body Workout Series: FusionBrooke Degnan
Year Released: 2013
Categories: Ballet/Barre, Circuit Training (cardio and weights) , Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance
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This is my favorite of the first Dream Body series. It offers just the right amount of challenge for me- enough some parts are difficult to do all the reps, but not so tough as to be discouraging. Doable. You jump right into the meat of the workout (as is the case in all the DB workouts)with a tough cardio sequence starting out with (IIRC) plank jacks. No warm up. You do a whole sequence of moves for one side of the body, then it is all repeated on the other side. No mirror cuing, which doesn't bother me; I just have to remember which leg I started on so I get all the moves on both sides. The workout is about 50 mins and I would say the first 25ish are the hardest (Brooke herself to this as "the really terrible part" or something like that.) You use 1-2 lb weights throughout the workout. The transitions are VERY quick--there is no down time between exercises or set up or demos or anything. She just goes and cues on the move. By the second side you know what to expect because it is all repeated. At the end of the workout there is some wicked inner thigh work with the stability ball--love that!
I really like Brooke. She talks a lot and pretty fast but it doesn't bother me. She seems very down to earth and realistic about this being a tough workout and I like that. I find her charismatic and cute with an inspriring physique.
Brooke leads this 24 minute toning, strength, and cardio routine in a nice studio. There are two background exercisers each providing a different intensity level. You will need light dumbbells and a stability ball for this workout. They workout barefoot and utilize light poundage throughout.
You start right in with plank, plank jacks, and Mt. climbers and then move into lunge hops to squat hops with arm work, weighted full body crunches, pushups, running lunges, hop knee up w/ tri work, balance stick w/ tri kickbacks, plank & tri kickbacks, plank hip dips, side lying tri pushup series w/ leg raises & knee pulls, pliet side reaches, curtsy bi series, pec fly with inner thigh ball squeezes, floor core work with the ball, and bridge work before a stretch & cooldown.
This is a nonstop advanced workout. TONS of unique exercises and combos with no down time- when youre working your lower body your arms are static or moving. Brookes great instruction and wonderful encouragement keep your energy up through this tough workout. I received this dvd to review.