What It Is: A fitness DVD with seven snappy six-minute routines (plus warm-up and cooldown stretch), featuring either cardio and toning with dumbbells, or mind-body moves on a mat. There’s also a bonus ab-training segment.
What You Might Not Know: The DVD was pretty much shot in one take (and Tracey filmed two full DVDs that day). So the next time you’re feeling the burn from a DVD workout, remember most DVD instructors and backup exercisers aren’t breaking every 5 minutes to sip Crystal Light; they’re sweatin’ it out right there with ya.
Feelin’ the Love: As a certified fitness instructor, I’m partial to the intervals of cardio and strength exercise that Tracey teaches – it’s a fast, efficient way to exercise.
Most of all, though, I dig the DVD’s down-to-earth vibe. The routines are straightforward and the backup exercisers aren’t lithe models or uber-toned fitness fanatics. They’re real women — mostly moms with young kids — who’ve managed to shed pounds and shape up using Tracey’s program.
If I Could Change One Thing: I like the idea of six-minute workouts – this clever packaging blows the “I’m too busy to exercise” excuse out of the water. However, those six minutes don’t include warming up. Do the warm-up on the DVD first to make the most of the workout and avoid injury.
One other request: I didn’t feel great about leaving my dumbbells on the floor while doing choreographed cardio segments (as is shown in the DVD, probably for logistical reasons during filming–remember it was all shot in one take). You can avoid the stumble hazard by placing dumbbells totally out of the way when they’re not in use.
Should You Get It? If working out to fitness DVDs is your thing and you tend to ditch exercise because of kid duties, work demands or all of the above, pick up this title.
TraceyMallett.com; $14.99 US