UFIT Ultra Burn: Calorie Crushing Cardio and Stretch & Sculpt

Cindy Whitmarsh
Year Released: 2013

Categories: Athletic Stretch , Circuit Training (cardio and weights) , Total Body Workouts



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This dvd contains two 20 minute workouts, set to great music. Cindy leads in a gym set with 4 backgrounders one showing beginner modifications. You will need dumbbells for this dvd. Each workouts warmup is built into the workout.

Cardio: The workout is composed of timed intervals. Exercises include march & hop, lunge & knee pulls, step knee ups, pliet step ins, shuffle & floor touch, soccer drill, dip & knee, ski & power lunge, lateral up & overs, jog & knee pull and concludes with a stretch.

Sculpt & Stretch: The workout is composed of timed intervals and the yoga inspired stretches are built into the strength moves. Exercises include walk out plank & stretch, plank rows & front raises, cat cow to down dog, pushup side plank, bird dog, dumbbell cross punches, warrior, military press & knee raise, triangle, tree & bi curl, balance stick & tri kickbacks, windmill, roll back to V sit, and concludes with a stretch.

This is an intermediate routine. Cindy starts with a lower impact exercise & moves in to a higher intensity. You can easily keep it low or do the higher impact the whole time to adjust to your level. Cindy is her normal perky self & provides great form pointers. I am a huge fan of athletic timed intervals so I enjoyed the structure of this workout. I received this dvd to review.

lindseylu8

04/27/2014

My VF post from 9 Nov 2013:

Tonight I did both Ultra Burn workouts: Calorie Crushing Cardio and Sculpt & Stretch.

Calorie Crushing Cardio (20 minutes):
* 2 minute intervals: 1 high intensity, 1 lower intensity
* No stretch to warm-up
* Marching x4 + knee ups x2
* Forward lunge + knee up left leg (same leg)
* Alternating step knee + punch
* Forward lunge + knee up right leg
* Squats pulsing x8 and then jump to other side & repeat
* 45 degree squats - start with front squat & turn to left
* Slide shuffles to both sides with floor touch
* 45 degree squats - start with front squat & turn to right
* Skier shuffle x8 then go low for 4, repeat
* Reverse lunge plus knee up with same leg - left side
* Heel digs fast for 8 and then down for 4 slow, repeat
* Reverse lunge plus knee up with same leg - right side
* Lateral jumps from side to side
* Power knee up and hold back in lunge position - right leg - x24
* Box jumps alternate slow then fast - to left side (fun Latin music with this one)
* Power knee up and hold back in lunge position - left leg - x24
* Box jumps alternate slow then fast - to right side
* Jog for 8, knees up for 4 holds - repeat
* 45 degree squats to side, front, other side - slow then fast & low
* Stretch at end for 1 minute - runner's stretch, hamstring stretch - switch sides; shoulder stretch on each side

Overall thoughts on Calorie Crushing Cardio:
* I loved it - the workout just flew by, there was a ton of variety, and it was a lot of fun
* It felt very leg-centric, which is the area I really want to focus on
* Music is upbeat and motivating - techno/pop variety; Cindy is very encouraging and has nice tips / reminders throughout
* There are a few times at the end of the intervals where they sometimes start to do small squats, but then change their minds & go on to next interval - sometimes a little distracting
* The 10 seconds of clicking to signal the end of each interval still reminds me of being in an MRI machine, though I'm getting more used to it

soccergal23

01/02/2014

My VF Review from 9 Nov 2013:

Sculpt & Stretch (20 minutes):
* Begins with upper body stretch to plank, go back up, repeat
* In plank position, row with press up & go back down, change sides (I did the modified movement on knees with row - forward push - row - down - then change sides)
* Yoga stretch on knees - cat-cow stretch pose, sit back on heels, to downward dog, down to floor & repeat
* Push-up with rotation to arm up into side plank, down & switch sides (I did the modified knee version)
* Begin on knees - Extend one arm, opposite leg back pose - switch
* Standing - alternating arm pushes from side to side (legs stay still, focus on abs) - begins slowly then speeds upp
* Forward lunge with arms up & lower - left side - hold shoulders back & look up, come up, go back down (like warrior pose)
* Balancing on left leg with shoulder presses
* Forward lunge with arms up & lower - right side - hold shoulders back & look up, come up, go back down (like warrior pose)
* Balancing on right leg with shoulder presses
* Side stretch - right leg forward, left arm overhead - pull back, stretch further, repeat
* Tree pose right leg up with bicep curls on left side
* Side stretch - left leg forward, right arm overhead - pull back, stretch further, repeat
* Tree pose left leg up with bicep curls on right side
* Triangle pose left side, bring up a bit, go deeper with stretch, repeat
* Balance right leg, left leg back, triceps kick backs
* Triangle pose right side, bring up a bit, go deeper with stretch, repeat
* Balance left leg, right leg back, triceps kick backs
* On floor, rolling back and then up into sitting position with arms out, feet off floor; repeat
* Cool-down stretch: Legs crossed, right side stretch, switch

Overall thoughts on Sculpt & Stretch:
* I'm 50/50 on this one - I like the idea of alternating sculpting and stretching, but these just seemed to be an odd fit of moves sometimes. For example, the tree pose with bicep curls - I felt really off-balance, and I don't usually have issues with tree pose.
* I think it's probably just a personal preference, but I enjoy slower, calmer music when stretching, especially when it's for yoga poses. The yoga poses had really fast-paced rhythms which don't really allow you to focus on getting a deep stretch. For example, triangle pose had a fast-paced techno-y song that kept saying 'push-it' over & over again.
* There was a lot of picking up weights, putting them down, picking them up again movements which made me dizzy.
* The clicking really annoyed me in this one, probably because you don't expect to hear 10 seconds of it when doing yoga poses.
* I'm sure I'll do this one again, but I'll probably turn the sound off.

soccergal23

01/02/2014