The Biggest Loser Workout

In honor of The Biggest Loser’s season 8 premiere, I decided to review one of the brand’s workout DVDs. I’ve been a fan since the series first came on the air—something about the transformations, emotionally and physically, draws me in and keeps me coming back. While I am occasionally frustrated by the unreasonable standard (32 lbs. in one week?) that the show sometimes sets for those attempting to lose weight at home, I can fully stand behind the philosophy promoting a healthy diet and active lifestyle.

If you have talked to me for any amount of time about The Biggest Loser, you know that I have a bit of a crush on trainer Bob Harper. So having him lead my workout makes sweating even more fun than it usually is!

Moving along…I’ve tried out several of The Biggest Loser DVDs, but I’ll focus on just one today: The Biggest Loser The Workout 2, which was released in December 2006.

The Biggest Loser Workout, Vol. 2Thanks Amazon!

The premise behind The Biggest Loser workout DVDs is that the trainers from the show lead viewers through a workout, similar to the ones performed on the show, alongside contestants who have appeared on previous Biggest Loser seasons. For this DVD, Bob and former Biggest Loser trainer Kim Lyons alternate leading workouts.

Bob kicks off the workout with a solid 5-minute warm-up, then you choose your progression from there. One really nice thing about this workout is that you can arrange the segments in the order that you want them—many other DVDs I have tried make you follow their order.

Two 10-minute high intensity cardio sessions follow: Bob leads a “men’s” cardio segment while Kim leads the “women’s” cardio. (They explain this by saying that the gender-specific workouts hit the target zones that generally trouble males and females, respectively). Expect moves such as jumping lunges, jumping jacks and duck/punch combinations.

Kim hosts a 15-minute kickboxing lower intensity cardio section that is an easier option for beginners or a nice addition to other segments for those who are a little more experienced exercisers. Kim throws in some balance work as well. Great standing moves targeting the core!

Bob and Kim separate out men and women again for the two 10-minute toning sections. Kim hits you with traditional squats, plie squats and lunges while Bob takes you on a tour of the upper body with back rows, shoulder presses and bicep curls.

Bob’s 15-minute bootcamp will make your shoulders scream, while Kim’s 10-minute stability ball-based flexibility routine will slow your heart rate. Kim wraps it up with a 5-minute equipment-free stretch lengthens all of the muscles used during the DVD.

Sweat Stats

Equipment required: Stability ball, medicine ball, 5-10 lb. weights, ~15 ft/15 ft. open space.

Roses: Bob :), good variety, adequate for most intensity levels, good form tips from trainers, feels good to see others finding moves challenging as you are (in some DVDs, the “back-up exercisers” are as polished as the host making you feel uncoordinated on your first try, our occasionally your first several tries).

Thorns: Requires some equipment that takes up a bit of space, cardio segments are pretty short, music gets a bit repetitive, specific “men” and “women” sections are somewhat strange: not every man/woman has the same “trouble zones,” Kim tells you to be sure to keep your heels on the floor during a specific move, but then lifts her heels a few seconds later…what?

Overall rating: 4 dumbells (On a scale of 1 dumbbell: DVD is already in the trash to 5 dumbbells: Make this a part of your workout rotation ASAP!)

Interested in trying this DVD out? You can find it here. And to learn more about the new season of The Biggest Loser, check this out!

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