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A brilliant exercise dvd that you can feel the effects of!
Davina: Power of 3 (DVD)
Member Name: herbie__53
Davina: Power of 3 (DVD)
Advantages: More fun and much cheaper than paying for a class every week
Disadvantages: They don't count down to the end of the reps!
I have recently lost three stone, but despite running on my treadmill every morning I just couldnt seem to lose the last few pounds and get rid of the "love handles"!! So I thought it might be time to do some toning exercises to see if they did the trick.
I bought this dvd as I heard that Davina's dvd's are very good - I'm not really a fan of her but if the dvd made me look like she does on the front cover I'd be happy!
The whole workout is just over an hour long, and as the title suggests, there are three sections:
Legs & Bums
As well as these there is a warm up and a cool down section too.
The workout is performed by Davina and her two personal trainers - Jackie and Mark Wren. Often Jackie will drop the workout down a level so if your feeling a bit out of puff, you can follow what she is doing until you feel able to join in again.
If you do the whole dvd, you'll cover the following:
Warm Up - Starts off easy! Lots of stretches and gentle exercises to get your muscles warmed up and the heart rate raised.
Legs and Bums - Lots of squats!! And variations on squats too. This section is an absolute killer (it was for me anyway!). You do a minute of interval fat burning training, then a session of the toning exercises, to keep your heart rate up. The intervals are tough (even though one minute doesn't sound that long - it is) but you will be thankful for them to give your thigh muscles a rest!! The intervals consist of things like skipping, running on the spot or star jumps.
Upper Body - This one requires some weights (I used soup tins - still with soup in though not empty ones!) and a chair without arms. This section I found was a bit easier than the previous one - maybe my arms are in better shape than my legs! It focuses on different ways to lift weights to tone up the arms and upper body and banish those bingo wings!! You'll need the chair not to sit on but to put your arms back onto, and lower your bum towards the ground and up again. This I found was the toughest exercise on the dvd, very closely followed by the press ups which I could only do a couple of!! Again this is in the same format of interval training minutes followed by the weights for a bit.
Abdominals - If there is one place I desperately need to tone up its my stomach. There are plenty of exercises in this section to help with that! Lots of sit ups and different takes on sit ups, and exercises to help tone your waist and lower back. By this stage in the dvd the interval sessions are getting hard, you come to dread the minute of star jumps!!
Cool Down - This has got to be the best bit, you get to sit down for it! Lots of stretches to help tone your muscles after the ordeal you just put them through.
Overall I was very impressed with this dvd, and Davina is far from annoying! Its really encouraging to see that she is struggling with the exercises too, and counting down until the reps are over! You don't need a lot of room to do this - I did it in my small living room and it was fine.
Also on the dvd are some extras:
Davina on Clothes
Davina on food
Davina's healthy eating plan
I watched these but didn't really gain any useful knowledge or tips from any of them, they are more for entertainment really!
Overall I think this is a great dvd and something I have managed to stick at. I used to pay out £5 a week to go to a fitness class at our local centre, but I paid £11 for this dvd which is more fun, and that I can do in the comfort of my own home whenever I want!
The only gripe I have is that unless you count as you go along, its hard to know how many more reps there are to go and they dont warn you when you are at the last one! So they are merrily changing leg/arm while you are none the wiser it was coming. But don't let that put you off - its a really good dvd.
Summary: A great buy.