Exercising at home in front of the TV can be a challenge, especially if space is limited or you want to up the intensity. Although there is a wide range of exercise DVDs available, it can be difficult to find one that offers enough variety to hold your interest while also providing a high-intensity, total-body workout. The Core Transformer Resistance Band and its two accompanying DVDs—3D 1,000 Calorie Burn and 3D Fat Burn Fusion—meet both of these criteria.
The workouts are designed around the Core Transformer Resistance Band, a high-quality, eco-friendly elastic tube with handles and padded foot straps. The foot straps, which keep the tubing from slipping out from under your shoes, are its best feature. Not only does the Core Transformer feel safer than traditional tubing, it allows for a greater range of movement and exercise selection, which is reflected in the accompanying DVDs.
Both DVDs feature intense cardio and “constant” resistance workouts. During standing exercises, the resistance band is strapped to the feet, the tubes are crossed twice and the handles are grasped in front of the body. This creates the so-called constant resistance, which can be felt throughout the body, particularly in the core, shoulders and arms. From this position, the instructor transitions between exercises such as squats, knee ups, standing crunches, leg lifts and overhead presses.
The DVDs also allow users to customize the length of the workout. The 3D 1,000 Calorie Burn DVD features three 20-minute workouts that can be done individually or combined for longer workouts, while 3D Fat Burn Fusion includes a 30-minute workout, plus a 15-minute bonus interval workout. Both DVDs include a stretch and cool-down segment that can be done at the end of any of the workouts. Modifications to reduce the intensity for beginners or less-conditioned exercisers are given throughout all the workouts.
The promotional materials for 3D 1,000 Calorie Burn emphasize its calorie-burning potential and creator Linda LaRue mentions in her introduction that an independent study confirmed that exercisers can burn 1,000 calories in a 1-hour workout. However, she doesn’t mention what type of exerciser was tested. For example a larger 215-pound male would burn significantly more calories than a 116-pound female. While these claims don’t diminish the quality of the workouts by any means, consumers should be aware that not everyone may necessarily be able to burn 1,000 calories per hour.
What we liked:
- High-quality exercise tubing with padded foot straps, which keep tubing secure and allow for greater movement during exercises
- Customizable workout lengths, from 20 minutes to 1 hour
- Provides a high-intensity, total-body strength and cardio workout to use even within the confined space of a living room
What we didn’t like:
- Emphasis on extreme calorie burning, which may be overstated for some exercisers
July 24, 2012