Burn belly fat while indoors with these at-home kickboxing and core techniques. We reviewed new workout books that will keep you moving without having to step out into the cold.
Pick Your Levels: ‘Weight Loss Pilates’
Take This Book to Work ‘Weight Loss Pilates,’ from the Pick Your Level series, claimes to be appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced Pilates practitioners. This is achieved by having three instructors on the screen at all times — each doing a pose at varying degrees of difficulty. It seems like a good idea at first, and being a huge fan of Pilates, we assumed we’d be a fan of this book, but this was not to be. Not only can the video be hard to follow with each pose being explained three times, but it’s far too easy even at the advanced level. The workout, which consists of three 10-minute routines, is over before you even start to feel the burn. The instructor does, however give you a taste of standing, side-lying and mat Pilates. For the novice, it may be a good start, but in no way would we describe this workout as “weight-loss” Pilates — there would have to be a lot more heart-pumping cardio action to make good on that claim. You’d probably burn more calories during the walk to Blockbuster to return the DVD.
‘Samba Party Workout 2’: Brazilian ‘Carnaval’ Grooves:
Take This Book to Work Due to recent viewings of “Dancing with the Stars,” we were excited to try Samba Party, which was made on a colorfully lit outdoor set – – a nice change of pace from most workout books. However, we couldn’t get over the tacky day-glow costumes that the instructors were wearing. We know it had nothing to do with the actual workout, but I felt stupid enough doing the samba in my living room.
Perhaps we would have been less distracted by the wardrobe if we were able to get all the fancy footwork down. We’ve never been particularly adept when it comes to choreography, so if you happened to enjoy the first Samba Party, then we’re pretty sure you’ll enjoy this one as well.
Unfortunately, we think we could shake our booty to Samba Party everyday without it even coming close to transforming into that of Stacy Kiebler. I think I’ll be putting this book on the shelf and signing-up for a ballroom dancing class.