Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Another Cassie Workout DVD Review And Giveaway!

While I’m busy hosting (and goofing off with) my BFF sister-in-law from Minnesota this week, daughter Cassie is taking over Lynn’s Weigh again with a review and giveaway!


That's Cassie on the left...LOL Claire is in the Super shirt.
She’s reviewing “10 Minute Solution: Ultimate Bootcamp with Jessica Smith.” If you’d like to enter your name to win this DVD, leave a comment or send an email, as always, to me at lynnbering@verizon.net.
With her ass-kicking review, here’s my daughter, Cassie Conti.

I joined the Army eight years ago when I was 17 years old. And while yes, having a 17-year-old’s body makes it a bit easier, boot camp was the hardest thing I’d ever done in my life. So I can say with a bit of authority that this DVD lives up to its “Boot Camp” name. It is quick, effective and difficult. If you are looking for an easier workout or just starting a workout routine, this DVD probably isn’t for you just yet. I loved its intensity, muscle-specific training and over all butt-kicking force. This is what I wrote to Mom after I did the first two workouts: “Holy crap, this DVD is kicking my ass!”

“Ultimate Bootcamp” is the perfect workout for people with intermediate to advanced workout experience who are in a time crunch and looking for a quick, solid workout. The DVD has five separate components:

Fat Fighting Skills & Drills
I am NOT good at jumping, nor am I particularly agile or coordinated since I broke my hip 8 years ago. This workout alone will greatly help me with all of these issues. It is a non-stop, heart-pumping, kick-your-butt workout. The 10 minutes go by so quickly, yet it is a makes-me-sweat/I need-a-glass-of-water-at-the-end segment.

Ultimate Upper Body Training
Wow. Just wow. I have never known an upper body workout to be so intense! Jessica’s moves are so unique and muscle specific. Even using my 5-pound dumbbells, I was struggling at times. However, I’m not saying it is too difficult, it is just extremely challenging. This workout has traditional pushups as well as triceps specific pushups, so if you have wrist issues, it may be a difficult segment. There are also several moves where the weights are doubled up, increasing the intensity.

Ultimate Lower Body Training
I just completed this exercise tonight and my legs feel like Jell-O. As I said before, I’m not good at jumping, but I figure how can I improve at something if I don’t work on it, right? There are a lot of lunges and kicking in this segment, however, the moves are original and refreshing. Coordination is key and since I’m weak in that area, this segment will help improve that.

Ultimate Total Body Training
This one is great for toning. I also found muscles I never knew existed. In my favorite move, Jessica has you in a pushup position while holding on to dumbbells. Then, by bringing your foot up to your hand and back, you end the rep by doing a one-armed row. Yowza! For the first time in a long time, I was sore when I woke up this morning. Sore in a good way :)

Six-Pack Ab Attack
This segment definitely lives up to its name. I have never done an ab workout like this before, and if you’re looking for a traditional sit-up and crunches routine, you’ve found the wrong workout. You’re going to do a LOT of planks, and stability and lower ab work. Jessica even has you pretend you’re crawling in the mud! This is a high intensity, super-fast-paced workout. I had a hard time completing this the first time around. Second time it was easier, but still really challenging.

Jessica Smith is an awesome motivator and isn’t annoying in the least bit. I like that she is upbeat, easy to follow and not to mention gorgeous and has an amazing body. That’s why my favorite thing about this DVD is that even Jessica is out of breath at times. If she’s getting a tough workout, then so am I!

11 comments:

ilostanotherme said...

Thanks for the review! This DVD sounds GREAT. Do you need any equipment besides the dumbbells?

Pubsgal said...

Thanks for reviewing this, Cassie! There are a lot of workout DVDs labeled "Bootcamp," so it's great to get a review from someone who has actually experienced it! :-) I'll have to keep an eye out for this one and give myself a reality check.

Yes, please enter me in the drawing, Lynn!

Shelley said...

Great review - this DVD sounds like a winner!

haha, my word verification is "suckere" - that just makes me laugh!

Cassie said...

All you need are dumbbells and a mat or towel. And wear shoes. I found that I was sliding around a lot in just my socks.

Oh, and fyi, Lynn, the editor changed my "Hot Damn" to "Yowza" At least, I think she did. If not, I meant, HOT DAMN this work out rocks.

jgreenwood said...

Too funny about your Mom changing the Hot Damn and then you still got it in, in the comments :)

Great Review!

Andrea said...

That video sounds fantastic. I love the "feels like jello" feeling after a really hard workout. Tells me to take advil before going to bed.... :)

Kim said...

Thanks for the review!!! I would love to be entered!! Thanks so much!! I need my butt kicked!! :)

xo

Tricia said...

great review!

Nancy said...

I love that picture of Cassie--it's always interesting to see how much daughters can resemble their mothers just in their posture, etc. No DNA testing required for that one!

rb in L.A. said...

if it's not too late, i'd love to be entered into the drawing -- cassie's review made it sound like this is just the workout DVD i need. i've been feeling the need to shake up my routine and -- the weirdest thing! -- i was just sitting down to read workout DVD reviews when i decided to catch up on my blog reading! :-)

lynn, whether i win or not, thanks for this wonderful blog. i read you regularly and you are an inspiration!

ruth in L.A.

http://aninvisiblegirl.wordpress.com/ said...

Count me in for the give away if it's not too late...I particularly like your comment that the instructor wasn't annoying! Bring it on!