A few months ago, I ordered the Physique 57 dvd’s to test out for our investigation. The program is based on an exercise method developed by Lotte Berk, a famous German dancer who developed the workout to help women strengthen their spines and core.
The theory behind the workout program seems like it would be excellent for cellulite. A lot of the moves are performed alongside a workout bar where each muscle is isolated and worked to exhaustion. Thigh dancing is a perfect example of how the Physique 57 program targets cellulite.
Physique 57 received some impressive reviews from bloggers around the Web (see our roundup of Physique 57 testimonials). But somewhere along the line I read that the Physique 57 marketing team held a promotion where they sent free dvd’s for bloggers to review. I’ve noticed that most bloggers tend to write positive reviews when they are offered free stuff, so I was curious to check out these videos for myself.
After using this workout routine for myself, here are my thoughts. I think Physique 57 is an effective program for improving muscle tone. It works the entire body in 57 minutes, so it’s a good cardio workout, too. It’s fast paced but the instructor keeps you moving from one muscle group to the next so I never felt so exhausted that I couldn’t continue.
I found some of the stomach exercises on the mat to be awkward. The instructor recommends using a towel under your back but this didn’t seem to provide the same kind of support as the mats the women were using in the video. I ended up using a thick pillow and that worked okay.
Overall, I liked the workout but the video was lacking. I can see why this would be a fantastic program for women who live near a Physique 57 gym. Besides the benefit of interaction with the trainers, they get a fresh routine every time. A video has to be well done for me to want to put it on week after week. The corny jokes and “motivating” shouts quickly grow annoying after the second or third time watching the dvd. If I hear her say “do you have a license for those guns” one more time…
For me, this dvd would work fine as part of a large collection where I could rotate it in every now and then, but it’s not the kind of workout video I would want to do even once a week. So I’m on the hunt for quality workout dvd’s to start building a fun and effective home workout program. I used to use Kate Potter’s Namaste Yoga series on Fit TV, but I don’t get that channel anymore and I don’t have a dvr at my new place. I recently ordered Daily Energy, Vinyasa Flow Yoga by Shiva Rae and Yoga, Mind and Body by Ali McGraw after reading positive reviews on a yoga forum. I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.
Do you a have any go-to workout videos? What programs or instructors do you recommend?
Thanks for stopping by The Cellulite Investigation. Things are a little quite around here at the moment. I’m taking an extended break as I get married and settle into married life and a new home. Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon!