Yesterday I received 11 videos from 411 Video Information to complete and review. I pretty much ran to my leasing office after work so I could pick up the package and get started. I was predictable and started with the video that looked the most difficult, SWEAT UNLIMITED with Sara Haley. The DVD contained 5 different workouts:
- Sweat Extreme 5: This was a 5 minute video containing Sara Haley’s “Favorite Moves”. In my opinion, 5 minutes is too short to have separate from the longer routines. I would have preferred this tacked onto Sweat Strength 15. There was a fantastic “Surfer Burpee” exercise in this segment that I will definitely revisit in designing my own workouts!
- Sweat Strength 15: This was a sculpting segment. I would describe it’s intensity level to be low for someone with an intermediate-advanced fitness level. However, for most women, I think it has some great sculpting moves.
- Sweat Cardio 30: This cardio workout is actually 35 minutes long and consist of dance inspired exercise moves. I would describe it as a fusion of dance and traditional sculpting exercises. She uses lunges, squats, and some kickboxing to up the intensity. Again, this video was not high intensity for my fitness level, so I modified the workout by adding on jump squats, burpees, and other plyometric movements. I was definitely squirting sweat by the time I finished. For women with a more general fitness level, I think this video would bring the heart rate up and keep it there to provide a good cardiovascular challenge.
- Sweat Box 45: Tabata inspired kickboxing, now this was fun! I love kickboxing and I love tabata, so Sara won me over with this one. Her tabata consisted of four rounds of two exercises with 20 seconds on and 10 seconds rest. She included a good amount of core work on top of the kickboxing and I feel it in my upper abdominals today. I personally would have preferred to have the tabatas be at least 30 seconds long and ideally closer to 40-45 seconds. I was naughty and I worked through the rest interval. I don’t recommend skipping the rest unless you 1) regularly partake in intermediate-advanced HIIT or Tabata workouts or 2) are doing the modified movements.
- Sweat Stretch 5: Five minutes of stretching after the dynamic workout you just completed is not enough! I would have liked to see a yoga style stretch or something with more emphasis on the legs.
I did the Sweat Box 45 last night after I got off work then completed the Cardio 30, Strength 15, Extreme 5 and Stretch 5 before heading to work this morning. My workout this morning came to exactly one hour which worked out perfectly. I am happy to report that my back is sore from all the jabs, uppercuts and hooks from last night.
This DVD is dynamic, it has a little bit of everything which is great for anyone with a short attention span or those who get bored easily. Sara has some creative exercise moves, especially in the Sweat Cardio 30 and Sweat Box 45 workouts. While the DVD advertises that there are a total of five workouts, three of the segments are under 16 minutes and two of them last only five minutes, one being a stretch. I think you could easily create two complete workouts with this DVD, but I don’t think it would be overkill to knock out the whole series in one day.
I am not usually into dancing or dance workouts. Anyone who knows me, is aware that I am a terrible terrible dancer. My coordination is fine as long as I have a dumbbell, jump rope or kettlebell in my hand. As soon as there is some hip swaying involved I look like a fool. I lack finesse for sure, but I am trying to go outside of my fitness bubble to test workouts that could benefit my clients. I will be recommending SWEAT UNLIMITED to clients who enjoy dancing, zumba or kickboxing. Another great thing about this DVD is that it is equipment free, making it a great travel companion!
Another bonus that came from this experience was finding Sara Haley’s Blog! I love finding reputable fitness industry professionals to follow via social media. Go ahead and like her Facebook page too for recipes and fitness tips.