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An intense but rewarding set of workouts with good old Davina
Davina - Ultimate Target (DVD)
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Davina - Ultimate Target (DVD)
Advantages: Effective, gives results, broken up into different workouts
Disadvantages: You have to be a fan of Davina! Intense!
In the middle of last year I went on a sudden and obsessive mad dash to lose some weight and tone up. As a size 10 I don't necessarily need to lose much weight but toning up and getting some kind of fitness level would have been good! I had a wedding to go to in August and decided I would embark on a fitness DVD to help me on my quest! I had always heard about Davina and how her DVDs are really effective and so I bought the Ultimate Target to see how I would get along. It hadn't been out for too long and I quite liked that it was Davina, a celebrity rather than a fitness expert. I'm sure Davina knows what she is talking about, but I didn't want a DVD by a fitness fanatic who I didn't know and which I would probably find out of my depth. I figured if Davina can do it, Carly can do it! And do it I did!.....
So the DVD itself has 6 workouts and warm ups. Davina and her two trainers guide you through the routines and you can choose which part of your body you would like to concentrate on. This is ideal and a really good idea, as while I want to work on my tummy and am happy with everything else, the next person may want to tone their bum but have a perfect tummy!
The warm ups is fairly self explanatory and I can't stress enough how important this is. It is so easy to think, I'll skip that bit and get down to doing the actual exercise, but missing this integral part may mean you pull a muscle and be out for a few days. After warming up your arms and legs, stretches follow and it's really important to push yourself as much as possible to avoid aching the next day.
The 6 workouts all have different goals in mind at the end. Some may be of no use to you depending on how you feel about your body but I would suggest working through them all at least once to see what it's about. The main one that I use is the fabulous fat burner, sounds amazing and is! It works but boy is it hard work (the squats in particular)! No pain no gain as they say! There is an option to take an easier route in this workout by following one of Davina's trainers rather than Davina herself, but I always try to push myself and think of the sofa that I will shortly have collapsed on! It does take around half an hour to complete but it's worth it - you aren't going to get anywhere by not pushing yourself physically! My heart is always pumping after this and I am out of breath as if I have been for a run.
The next workout is called Brilliant Boot Camp and is my least favourite! It involves using weights and I'm such a weakling that I prefer to exercise without them, hence not liking the routine that much. It involves using kicks, squats and press ups in conjunction with weights (a couple of kilos is recommended so not too heavy). It helps with legs and definitely burns the calories too but is one of the hardest workouts. This also takes around half an hour.
Bikini Bum is 6 or 7 minutes long and concentrates on the thighs and bum area. It tones and although it's fairly intense, it's short length means you can just about grin and bear the multiple and various types of kicks and squats required. I quite like this and this is usually the one that gets me aching.
Bingo wings is a workout which I have only done a few times, as along with my sparrow legs (as my mum calls them!), my arms (touch wood) are pretty lean. At around 5 minutes long, it is one of the quickest routines, but it is intense with press ups and weights.
Summer shoulders concentrates on the shoulders to give you nice toned muscles. Again it is a fairly quick workout but isn't as intense as the bingo wings one.
Target abs is perfect for me and focuses on the tummy by using a variety of different sit ups. I did sit ups before buying this DVD so didn't struggle too much with it, however friends I know who have done this workout have found it particularly hard. Stick with it, it will get easier. 15 minutes of tummy workouts will soon get you in shape.
The cool and stretch section is usually my least favourite. By this point, I usually want to collapse in a heap and not move, but just like warming up, it's important that you stretch out and cool down. You can choose to do the basic cool down or carry on for a little longer. I usually just do the bare minimum here, but the relaxing music does help calm your heart down a little after the pumping dance music and difficult workouts.
The menu of the DVD makes it really easy to select what you want to do such as workout or introduction from Davina where she explains a little behind the routines and how to combine the exercises with a healthy diet.
All in all this is an excellent work out, and being on DVD allows you to exercise in your own home and at your own convenience. When I first bought this I was using it around 3 or 4 times a week, but as the sun seems to have prematurely arrived, recently I have been using this DVD one or two times a week in conjunction with going for a run. It takes motivation knowing that the routines are fairly difficult, however as I've already mentioned, if you seriously want to get fit and get your body in shape, you have to be prepared to work for it.
Summary: 5 stars
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