Monday, January 16, 2012

Review: Bob Harper's Ultimate Cardio Body

It's supposed to be a government holiday today, but I am no government worker, so it's another day of workout videos (and maybe running after work) for me.

Now, some people might look down on workout videos that aren't Insanity or P90X(2!), or assume that people who do workout videos aren't still "runners."  So far, I don't feel that either of those reactions are always true.

I've barely stepped foot in a gym for two months, yet I feel trimmer and just as fit with my running as I did when I was running more miles per week.  My weight has been coming down, and I get to work out from the comfort of my own home -- which gives me little excuse not to do it.

I'm not sure what it is -- new challenges? not phoning it in on a boring cardio machine? but I now have to restrain myself from buying too many of these DVDs too soon.  One of my more recent purchases is this Bob Harper Ultimate Cardio Body one.

This video is different from Jillian's videos.  In this one, he uses normal people as his "back-up exercisers."  In fact, this one guy in the back keeps getting called out for giving up, which is kind of funny and makes me feel better about myself. ;)

What I liked about this video is that the workout is 60 minutes, which is about 15 minutes longer than most of the other DVDs I do.  This can also be a con.  Usually, I don't have that long to work out before work, unless I wake up earlier (not willing at this time!).  However, it does wipe me out to work out that long, and that is satisfying.

I also liked that there was a progress bar at the bottom of the screen, kind of like P-90X.  And I don't think you really need any equipment to do it.  Bob is not too annoying, though it was hard for me to warm up to him.  Though to be fair, it generally takes me a while to "like" any workout video instructor... like once I can zone out when I know the moves!!

The bad part is that there is a lot of repetitive stuff... lunges, some pylo, etc., that my knees don't tolerate well.  If you can get beyond that, this workout did have me cursing toward the end (in a good way, I guess).  I feel I have pretty strong legs from running and squats/lunges that I do, but pylo is something I (and my legs) really, really, really don't like.

People on Amazon were positive about this video, but I'm pretty sure I won't be using this more than once in a while.  I guess I'm just too chicken.


  1. Bob Harper is awesome i think. Go for it and rip it up.

  2. I did 30 Day Shred once or twice and it totally kicked my butt. I was so sore, not what I wanted in the middle of marathon training. I've never done any other videos, but do find that I'm feeling better on my runs as I do more cross training and some strength training. Maybe I should see what Netflix has available to stream.