The Biggest Loser: The Workout - Boot Camp

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The Biggest Loser: The Workout - Boot Camp

Manufacturer: Lions Gate

Price Range: $8.99 - $11.99

Manufacturer Description

The Biggest Loser: The Workout - Boot Camp exercise DVD offers the same "boot camp" style workout as taught by The Biggest Loser trainers, Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper. The DVD includes interval training, cardio exercise, muscle toning and yoga.

Manufacturer Specifications

Actors: Bob Harper; Directors: Cal Pozo; Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC; Language: English; Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only); Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1; Number of discs: 1; Rating: NR (Not Rated); Studio: Lions Gate; DVD Release Date: December 16, 2008; Run Time: 55 minutes; Estimated price: $8.99; UPC: 031398103080

ACE Expert Review

Capitalizing on the popularity of The Biggest Loser, a reality television program in which overweight contestants compete to lose the most weight and win a cash reward, The Biggest Loser: The Workout – Boot Camp is one of a series of The Biggest Loser exercise DVDs. The good news is that this workout doesn’t feature some of the harsher elements of the show, where the trainers humiliate and push the contestants to exhaustion. Instead, trainer Bob Harper leads a group through a progressive cardio and strength workout that includes both single and combination exercises. The workout is designed to be customized according to fitness level, with beginners following a 30-minute program. As the exerciser progresses, additional segments—or levels—are added to extend the workout to 45 or 55 minutes.

The five-minute warm-up and cool-down feels slightly inadequate, although the major muscle groups are addressed. Hand weights, resistance bands, and a medicine ball are used, but not required to perform the exercises. Harper’s instructions are clear and modifications are provided throughout the workout. The later segments include more advanced techniques such as plyometrics, which may not be appropriate for every exerciser. The biggest drawback to this workout is the poor form demonstrated by many of the participants, particularly the individual demonstrating the modified moves. Overall, it is an effective workout program designed to increase strength, endurance, and agility.

What we liked:

  • Customizable program according to fitness level
  • Features both basic and combination exercises
  • Effectively challenges strength, endurance, and agility

What we didn't like:

  • Poor form demonstrated by participants
  • Abbreviated warm-up and cool-down

October 19, 2009

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