30 Minutes to Fitness Body Shop

Kelly Coffey-Meyer
Year Released: 2013

Categories: Total Body Workouts



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BODY SHOP is one of the latest offerings in instructor Kelly Coffey-Meyer's 30 Minutes to Fitness DVD series. Like all of the DVDs in this series, BODY SHOP offers two main workouts (each about 30 minutes in length) plus a variety of premix workout options, making it a great value. These routines focus on strength training using dumbbells (Kelly recommends use of "light" and "heavy"), but Kelly also adds in a few unweighted intervals to keep the heart rate up. A mat is also used for the floorwork.

Kelly instructs live in a somewhat bland, industrial-looking studio (I prefer the windowed spaces of her prior videos). She works out with four background exercisers, one of whom shows some modifications. The options on the Main Menu are as follows: Introduction--Body Shop Workout #1--Body Shop Workout #2--Premixes--Credits--Music On/Off. I have described the two main workouts below.

BODY SHOP WORKOUT #1 (33 minutes)
Short warm-up (<2 minutes):
*side taps, a shoulder stretch, squats, and arm circles
One heavy dumbbell:
*1-arm row, alternating between overhand and underhand grip; 2 sets each side
*reverse lunge with rear leg lift
*combine reverse lunge with 1-arm row; 1 set
Two heavy dumbbells:
*1-arm bicep curl (two pulses, one full curl); 2 sets each side
*"suitcase" (1-leg) deadlift; 2 sets each leg
*half-deadlift with bicep curl
No weights:
*squats right-left, reach overhead
One light dumbbell:
*overhead press with side leg lift; 3 sets each side
*1-arm triceps kickback; 3 sets each side plus one "running" set
No weights:
*"hurdle" steps (large hydrant lunge)
Floorwork (at 24.5 minutes):
*pullovers/flies; 3 sets of each, with knee-ins in-between
*1-leg hip lifts; 3 sets plus 1 set pulsing
Stretch (2 minutes):
*seated stretches for side, neck, and arms; finish standing

BODY SHOP WORKOUT #2 (31 minutes)
Kelly starts here by introducing her crew: Michele (shows modifications), Marcus, Lori, and Samantha
Warm-up (about 1.5 minutes):
*arm circles, slow squats, side stretch, rear lunge, side squats
Two heavy dumbbells:
*overhead lat pull down/wide-legged plie; 2 sets each
*combine for alternating pull-down/plie; 1 set
*1-arm diagonal hammer curl; 2 sets each side
*curtsy lunge; 2 sets each side
*curtsy lunge with 2-arm hammer curl; 1 set
No weights:
*reverse lunge with reach overhead
One light dumbbell:
*1-arm side lateral raise with arm to knee; 3 sets
*1-arm triceps overhead press with forward lunge to opposite knee twist; 3 sets
*1-arm triceps overhead press; 1 set plus 1 set pulsing
No weights:
*large knee steps from side-to-side
Floorwork:
*alternate hand push-ups; 3 sets plus 1 set hover push-ups
*on all 4s with weights behind knees, bent leg raises; 3 sets plus 1 set pulsing
*abs: alternating knee-ins (3 sets), bicycles, uppers/lowers (3 sets)
Stretch (3 minutes):
*Figure 4 stretch on floor, seated hamstring and side stretch, cobra and pigeon, finish standing for upper body and neck stretches

As noted, this DVD also offers many premix options, nine total. Here is how they appear on the Premix menu:

Combined Body Shop Workouts 1 & 2 61:30
Chest, Glutes & Abs 18:11
Lower Body Shop 18:17
Split Body Shop (Back, Biceps & Legs) 23:31
Split Body Shop (Shoulders & Triceps) 16:21
Upper Body Shop 32:26
Fast Track (Compound Moves Only) 17:35
Workout 1 (Less Compound Moves) 30:40
Workout 2 (Less Compound Moves) 28:58

Kelly's premixes vastly increase the usability of her DVDs. For example, although I didn't like the second workout as much as the first here (I thought that the floorwork dragged on too long), I know that I will still use this DVD often, as I have plenty of alternative workout options in the premixes. I used 10-lb. dumbbells as my "heavy" weights in these workouts, and I found that these were definitely heavy enough, especially for the multiple sets. (I consider myself to be an intermediate exerciser.) For the "light" weights, I used 5-lb. in the first workout and thought I could go a bit heavier, so I tried 8-lb. in the second workout; some people might want three sets of weights to find what's exactly right for them.

Overall, I enjoyed these workouts and am glad to have this DVD. There are a few things I found a bit odd. For example, it seems like Workout #2 may have been intended as the first workout, as that's when Kelly introduces her background exercises. I also thought that Kelly was a bit remiss with the warm-ups: although I don't mind short warm-ups, I think that some brief cardio to truly warm the body would have been more appropriate than the more stretching-type moves which Kelly includes. Despite these minor issues, I would recommend this DVD, particularly for intermediate exercisers and beyond.

Instructor Comments:
Kelly is my favorite instructor, and although I haven't loved all of her workouts, I do tend to particularly like her strength DVDs. I find Kelly to be warm, genuine, down-to-earth, and funny--be sure to check out the bloopers in the Credits section! I also liked that she included a few new cast members here, although I thought that Noelle was a great modifier in the last set of workouts (although Michele does a fine job here) and Marcus, her first male, looks like he is having a little trouble keeping up with the ladies at times! ;)

Beth C (aka toaster)

07/20/2013