So about a month ago I purchased what I am calling the Bethenny Trilogy -- Naturally Thin, The Skinnygirl Dish and Body by Bethenny workout DVD. There was a special if you bought all three from Amazon, and of course included free shipping, and it all came to about $34 or so. I have read about 1/2 of Naturally Thin, and am prepared to review both books and of course share recipes with everyone. For now though, I would like to share my thoughts on the Body by Bethenny workout DVD.
This DVD is divided up into 3 parts: 40 mins of yoga, 10 mins of strength training and 5 mins of booty work. I have completed this workout 3 times, and I'll tell you, it's a great workout. I have tried yoga DVDs before, and sometimes I think they are either hard to follow along with, or completely boring.
This yoga workout is very similar to the class I used to take, and it focuses around the sun salutations, so it was pretty easy to follow along with. I will warn you, I don't think it is really for beginners, and if you are a true beginner, I would at least watch the whole workout before attempting it. It's hard trying to follow along when you are standing on your head, so really it would probably be beneficial for everyone to watch before trying (I actually did watch before trying). Also, I think it would be beneficial to learn the sun salutations first, get them down, and then tackle the rest of the workout since the workout is primarily based around those.
I think this is more of an intermediate level workout (although the DVD says it is for all stages). I think a beginner who has been to a couple of classes would be able to get through it, but I consider myself an intermediate, and there were a couple of areas where I struggled. Of course part of this is because I haven't done yoga in a few months, but there are a couple of areas where I need to work on my balance.
As I mentioned I have completed this workout 3 times, and each time I feel like I am getting a good workout and I haven't gotten bored with it yet. I think each time I like to try and focus on different areas, like getting a good workout in my legs or my arms, etc. I think that is what is great about yoga because you can focus on different areas each time and get a completely different workout each time.
The strength training and booty buster sections are quick, easy and I think do give you a little punch to your normal workout. The DVD is set up so you can just go to those quick sections if you only have about 5 or 10 mins.
One of the special features of the DVD is a video of Bethenny sharing her Spinach and Artichoke Dip recipe from the Skinnygirl Dish book. Also, when I purchased the DVD on Amazon, I got immediate access to the video on On Demand, so I could immediately watch it even before it shipped. I didn't know that until after I purchased it, but thought that was kind of cool.
I would highly recommend this workout. It was only about $10 for the DVD, and I think it is totally worth it. I haven't worked out enough to determine if I am going to get amazing results (I think working out to it more than 3 times in a month will be required to get amazing results), but I am hoping that if I can keep up with it, I will have some great results that I can share.
Also, just to give you a heads up, I am going to start posting a weekly "Tips Tuesday," so check back on Tuesday for this week's tip.