BodyFit 360Michelle Dozois
Year Released: 2013
Categories: Athletic Stretch , Pilates/Core Strength , Yoga
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Full disclosure: I received a free review copy of this workout.
I have been conflicted about this workout since I first saw clips of it. It looked like soooo much fun, but I was concerned about bodyweight exercises. My arthritic hands/wrists don't do well with moves supported on the hands and this workout obviously had them. Then, I read raves about this workout and how it left people feeling relaxed and really good. So, I decided to try it and figured I could skip over moves that didn't work for me.
Michelle works out with a group of people and one serves as the modifier. It's presented as a barefoot workout and the only equipment needed is a mat.
This is a dance-based workout that blends different workout styles: from modern dance to Pilates to yoga to plyometrics. It's also an up-and-down workout, you frequently are standing and move to the floor to do work there. You also do a lot of balancing and stretching with everything else going on. And, it works. It's an exceptionally well designed workout and I found myself smililng at times - usually during the standing portions.
In this workout, there are distinct combinations set to a particular tune. Michelle even uses the work "track" when moving into the core section. Because of this dynamic and because of my initial assumption that I would be able to skip over sections I didn't want to do, I hit the Skip button on my remote to move along and it took me out of the workout. What does this mean? The workout is not chaptered; there are no chapter points; you cannot skip ahead to the next section. I found this incomprehensible and annoying. Where one segment stops and another segment begins is totally obvious, so why would there not be chapter points in this workout as Peak 10 workouts are?
While I did like this workout more than I first thought I would, it was also disappointing that there were so many moves done on the floor. There were even forms of burpees and squat thrusts. And, the modifier doesn't modify very much. She modifies the hardest moves short of the hardest option and does the really easy modifications (like reaching down rather than reaching to the floor). But, she offers no modifications for those moves that are hard on joints like the hands or knees.
That is my opinion based on my personal preferences. However, the analytical part of my brain thinks that this workout is a creative and well-done workout that will appeal to many people who like fusion workouts and who do not have joint issues that make floor work hard. The way Michelle incorporated the moves in a fun and different way along with some good music that enhances the workout makes this a unique workout. People have offered workouts that offer some similarities, but there doesn't seem to be anything out there exactly like this workout. The pace of the workout is fast and continuous, but it was NOT frantic. In order to get the most out of this workout, you want to be familiar with the moves and the flow of the combinations.
The DVD menu offers a movement explanation/instruction segment to choose. I would suggest watching that before you try the workout so that the three most challenging moves won't be a total surprise when they occur in the workout.
She is such a good instructor. She obviously enjoys this workout.
This workout is kind of hard to review for me. It's just so unlike any other workout I've ever done and I'm not sure I quite know how to explain it, but I will do my best!
Body Fit 360 is a 53 minute workout that combines dance, pilates and yoga for a fast paced, body weight sweat fest! You only need a mat for this workout, no equipment or shoes required. The DVD gives you three options: Introduction, Movement Review & Play Full Workout. During the introduction, Michelle talks about the workout. During the movement review, she demonstrates certain moves at a slower pace.
In a nutshell, this workout is a non-stop flow of one move to the next that targets the entire body using body weight exercises with a dance feel. You'll feel your muscles working but at the same time you'll be having fun and strengthening as well as stretching your body. There's a nice blend of standing and floor (plank) work that is perfectly choreographed to the motivating music. This is an advanced level workout and a bit above my own level, but I made it through with some modifications. There were several moves that were beyond my ability to even perform so I just went slower and modified them. Though I will note that while there is a modifier in this workout, she didn't modify all the time. Also, just beware that the choreography moves fast and I got a bit lost myself the first few times, so there may be an adjustment period. There is no dance choreography, but rather a choreography of movements that target all the major muscle groups through various pilates, yoga and traditional body weight movements. If you're the kind of person that doesn't like a learning curve, this may not be for you. By the time the workout was over my head was spinning and I wasn't exactly sure what I accomplished, but I know I accomplished something since my muscles were like jello, yet completely relaxed (if that's possible?)! It's definitely a good workout, but it's very different and the kind of workout that I really need to be in the mood to do.
The 6 minute warm-up has a dance feel, with tribal like music, and gets you moving pretty quickly right away. There's no real dynamic stretching, but rather stretching through movement. The next 28 minutes include a variety of moves that Michelle puts together into different routines that you will repeat more than once before moving on to the next. It truly is a mat fusion type workout that integrates the styles of yoga, pilates and traditional body weight exercises. While you're working the muscle, there are also moves that stretch them out. There is around 10 minutes of all floor work as well and about 10 minutes of stretching. I wish I could get more detailed with all the different moves she performs, but if I attempted to do that, this review would probably be 5 pages long. It really is non-stop from one pose to the next and will surely get your heart rate up, but it makes the time fly by!
Overall, it's a great, advanced workout. If you like fusion workouts with a learning curve that incorporate pilates, yoga and traditional body weight exercises that move in a constant flow from one to the next with no rest in between, this may be the workout for you! As I mentioned above, It's very unlike any workout I've ever done and I consider it a nice addition to balance out a well rounded fitness routine that includes cardio and weighted work.