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#ABXDVD Was not For Me

As per the FTC’s “Clear and Conspicuous Requirement” I received a copy of this DVD per a blogging review site. I was not compensated in any way other than the free DVD for this review.

I have been in the fitness industry for over a decade, run a successful Chicago area fitness studio and have been a paid presenter in the fitness industry. During this time I have blogged about fitness, health and wellness, reviewed DVDs and other fitness items, always honestly and without abash. I have read some of the reviews that were in the 1-2 star range for this product and was dismayed to see that the company took a negative stance against people honestly giving their feedback about a product; growth comes from honest critique not glowing praise even if your company’s philosophy is self-acceptance – probably more so because you shouldn’t need bloggers to affirm you.

Having put off this review so long that I keep receiving contact from the company I can no longer shirk the duty. The short and sweet, so as to not get into a debate with anyone representing ABX is, I personally did not like the DVD. I personally did not connect to the video. I personally did not like the routine. I personally did not like the video staging including the personalities. I would not personally recommend the DVD to any client I can think of; however, I personally believe that the DVD might have an appeal, as another reviewer on Amazon aptly pointed out, to males for viewing pleasure.

Win a K-5 Home Art Studio Program DVDs $180 OVER-CONTEST ENDED

When the cold suddenly hits your doorstep and it is too much to even put on snow pants and make snow angels, your little ones can enjoy a great new DVD set from Home Art Studio. FamilyCanBFit knows that fitness isn’t just skin deep, a well rounded, healthy family expands their minds and skills as well! As former homeschoolers this set is definitely a must have! Here’s your chance to win a $180 DVD set. Click on the rafflecopter link below.

Welcome to the Home Art Studio Giveaway Event!

Hosted by Cotton Ridge Homeschool and An Ordinary Housewife

Lindsey Volin of Home Art Studio is sponsoring this event. One winner will receive a full six-volume set of the K-5 Home Art Studio Program DVDs, an approximate $180 retail value! Thank you to all the bloggers who are helping us introduce this program to their readers through this event!

About The K-5 Home Art Studio Program

Home Art Studio won the Mom’s Best Award for outstanding new products of 2012! The program was created for homeschooling parents and as a supplemental afterschool/summer program for children aged preschool through fifth grade.

This program is designed to increase students’ love and appreciation of the visual arts while enhancing a child’s ability to problem solve, think creatively, and truly see the world around them.

Watch the informational video below to learn more! There are also several sample lessons available to watch on the Home Art Studio web site.

Home Art Studio Introduction Video from Official Home Art Studio on Vimeo.

Giveaway Details

Open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Event Dates: February 7 – 28, 2013. The winner will be contacted within two days of the end of the contest, via email and will have two days to claim the prize. If unclaimed, a new winner will be drawn. The winner’s entries will be verified. Please enter the contest using the Rafflecopter form below. All entries are optional. Thank you for visiting this blog!


Disclosure: This blog is not responsible for prize delivery. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own and may differ from yours. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Win A Copy of PrayFit 33 Day Toning System DVD-CONTEST ENDED

image I’m going to try and help as many people as I can get fit this year.  Since gyms can be costly I will be hosting Giveaways to help you get in shape in your home or office!

Let’s start with PrayFit 33-Day Body Toning System

From Jimmy Peña, founder of Prayfit, best-selling author and faith-based exercise physiologist whose clients have included Tyler Perry, Mario Lopez and LL Cool J., comes Prayfit 33-Day Body Toning System, arriving on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment this December.  Prayfit 33-Day Body Toning System is a complete workout and motivational system designed to tone, tighten and sculpt your legs, shoulders, chest, back, arms and abs. Bolster your faith and reshape your entire body in 33 minutes a day for 33 days. The DVD includes the popular “Prayfit Minutes,” weekly devotionals to inspire and encourage you to improve your life by giving your best effort. Prayfit 33-Day Body Toning System DVD is available December 4th for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

Jimmy leads you through a workout that builds lean muscle with targeted exercises and blasts through body fat with several bouts of high-intensity cardio, so you will see results faster than you would by doing cardio alone. Ideal for any fitness level, your goal is to improve steadily each day, building your fitness and your faith.

You can win a brand new copy free by entering the Rafflecopter Giveaway, US Residents only.  Winner will be notified via Twitter / Email and should reply with mailing address within 3 days.

Can’t wait to win to get started? Hop on over and pick a copy of the DVD up at Amazon.com
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Coregeous With Jill Miller Baby Belly Gone

Ever wondered why you would want to rip or shred your body.  How did the idea of violent verbs come into describing physical fitness, peak health and exercise?

I was contacted to review Jill Miller’s DVD Coregeous, I received no compensation and the opinions are my own.

Jill definitely knows the core, and as someone who loves to learn I found the DVD very informative regarding the muscles; however, the average purchaser probably does not need as much dialogue about the individual muscles.  The video is very verbose, there are only a few instances during breath work when Jill even uses a voiceover, otherwise she is always talking.  It is a far cry from the average abdominal DVD – I think in a good way but I’m not so certain that people looking for a sweaty, wear you out workout would respond the same.

I liked the exercises and the large amount of detailed directions.  This DVD is perfect for older individuals especially since there are not many “Sit-ups” or “Neck pulling” exercises until you get to Coreganization. 

The use of trademarked words such as Corseo and Coregeous does get a little tiring but as a professional I understand the need to brand, brand, brand!

I also love that Jill has a regular looking belly, I’m pretty sure by the way it looks she has had children – she looks like a woman with a healthy core and spine – not some airbrushed idea of what fit looks like.

I highly recommend this DVD for people looking to strength their core, but I do caution, this DVD is not exciting. It is 105 minutes of slow moving, talking through precise movements – just like physical therapy.

I received no compensation for this review, the opinions expressed are my own.

Tracey Mallet Fuse Dance Cardio Lean DVD Feel the Burn

Having been a fitness professional for the last 10 years I have seen a lot of DVDs and fitness fads come and go. I was intrigued by Fuse Dance Cardio Lean as it promises a blend of jazz, ballet and pilates.  This is not a new concept in the fitness field, everyone is looking to fuse pilates with a variety of other formats – in fact there are other ballet, pilates, yoga fusions on the market.

What I liked most about these DVDs over others I have watched is the energy that Tracey brings to the material, the quality of the production and the upbeat tempo of the music. Music and setting can make or break a workout DVD and this one has what you need to get your grooving.

I would have enjoyed Erica, the participant doing modifications, to have been closer to the camera, and maybe some other modifications shown.  There also was not a lot of direction given on how to protect the body from some of the moves, especially for some of the core type movements that were a bit fast paced.

This video was definitely a challenge, but it went by quickly and the burn was noticeable next day – similar to the Ballet Bootcamp class I run – I didn’t notice the intensity until I tried to walk the next day. I also caution that I had to shorten my range of motion a great deal, my joints could not keep up with the bouncing and rapid movements through some of the repetitions, especially on the curtsies.

The floor work was also challenging and may not be accessible to everyone, but those looking for a new challenge will love it. Again, Erica would have been better closer to the camera, in the second row and many times was not modifying. Tracey is a very warm instructor, quite authentic and not over bearing, her smile seems truly genuine and it was a pleasure watching her.

Her FuseDance Cardio Melt DVD picks up where the Cardio Lean left off, starting with salsa moves and sexier style. Again, funky upbeat music is a big attraction of this DVD too. Fifteen minutes in, third circuit, there is a re-introduction to the long, lean ballet inspired moves and some bouncy floor work that might be too much for those with sensitive joints.

Fourth Circuit plays with a little burlesque and hip-hop inspired moves, truly the DVD spans many genres but all in a fitness inspired manner.  There is not difficult choreography to follow, instead Tracey brings repetition and slow building combinations so participants never feel like they need to stop and figure out what is going on.

The second workout starts with free weights and kickboxing, I’m not sure how much weight the ladies are working with, but I’d say it looks like 5lbs, which seems a little high for the moves they are doing.  Swinging iron weights does come with inherent risks of muscle tears, and strain. For those in excellent condition, this may be a nice challenge, for those starting with free weights they may want to attempt to learn correct lifting form in a stationary format first.

Check Tracey out online at http://traceymallett.com

“I am thrilled to announce the release of my new DVD series,” says Mallett.  “FuseDance ™ Cardio Melt and FuseDance™ Cardio Lean incorporate all of the fun, high-energy dance moves my workouts are known for while being low impact on your joints, making them great for people looking to work up a sweat at any fitness level.”

Best known for her dancing and choreography skills, Mallett has created workout programs perfect for everyone, from the time-crunched individual to the postnatal mother.  Having sold over 1 million copies of her best-selling DVDs, Mallett has revolutionized the modern workout making it suitable for everyone.  She is a growing media presence in the United States and abroad, and recently led First Lady Michelle Obama, Ellen DeGeneres and a group of eager school children through a fun, blood-pumping workout on Ellen.


Tracey currently owns her own studio in Los Angeles, and spends her time certifying others worldwide in The Booty Barre® technique. Other certifications she holds include: group fitness instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), certified sports nutritionist with the National Association of Sports Nutrition (NASN), BASI Certified Pilates Instructor, Pilates Method Alliance, and Level 1 Gyrotonic Instructor. She is a fitness contributor for the Los Angeles Times and appears regularly in publications including Prevention, Shape, Fitness, Women’s Health and more, and on television on programs including Good Morning New York, Access Hollywood, and more.

I was contacted to review two new exercise DVDs by Tracey Mallett, I received no compensation and the opinions given are my own.

The Firm Will Firmly Kick Your Butt Into Shape

I had a chance to review the FIRM Calorie Explosion before it goes on Sale September 7th and I image love it so much I use some of the combos with my clients.  Anyone who was an avid aerobics fan in the 90s will appreciate the simple, aerobic drills that torch calories.  Nothing hard – a V-Step here, a side to side hop there – but don’t let the simplicity fool you – this workout is a killer.

I barely break a sweat these days in my cardio classes – but I pour buckets with the cardio squat variations in this workout.  You will need some 5-10 lbs weights to get the most benefit out of this workout DVD, but starting in December you will be able to purchase Cardio Weight Glove and Core Toner Kits.

What do I love most? 12 minute routines.  Dive right in and be done in imageas little as 12 minutes, vary your workout with customizable menu and burn longer!  The set and outfits are very modest – but I like modesty in my workout videos.  I don’t need to see some toothpick sized instructor with unrealistic cleavage hopping around. The ladies on this video were very professional, the set was low key, just a relaxing blue room, and the music was upbeat and real synced with the routines. The lead instructor had amazing energy and I appreciate when DVDs aren’t stop and go shooting.  I like to see the instructor work up a sweat, be challenged and out of breath a little.  Then you know that the workout is tough!

Segments include:

· Kick-butt Athletic Drills – Get your whole body in motion with these athletic moves mixed with low intensity sculpting

· Explosive Power Moves – Total body moves using light dumbbells to get your heart rate up

· Cardio Kickboxing – Blast your legs, arms and core with this high energy kickboxing routine designed to kick calories to the curb

· High-Intensity Moves – A blend of cardio and sculpting for maximum calorie burning

I highly recommend this video for anyone looking to burn some calories.  Many of the weighted moves have a kettlebell feel to them (since I just reviewed a Kettlebell book) which again will torch those calories. I am s ure these will be available for purchase at major big box retailers but you can order from Gaiam directly.  For over 30 years, The FIRM has had an impact on the fitness industry, researching and creating superior fitness techniques and products, inspiring women nationwide to feel and look their best. The FIRM Calorie Explosion continues to provide exercisers with opportunities to strengthen and tone at maximum efficiency.

The FIRM® DVD will be available in retail stores on September 7, 2010 and at www.gaiam.com, followed by The FIRM Weighted Cardio Gloves Kit and The FIRM CoreToner Plus Kit in December.