Anchor Bay // 2007 // 54 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // February 22nd, 2007
Ten minutes workouts to trim, firm and flatten your midsection.
The 10 Minute Solution series focuses on specific workouts, then chops up the routines into small, 10-minute sections. The aim is to allow you, the fitness desirer, to burn calories at your own pace, or create a "custom" workout. This DVD focuses on "Blasting Off the Belly Fat," with all the workouts concentrated on sculpting a leaner, meaner midsection. The hostess for the proceedings is Suzanne Bowen, a perky, ripped fitness instructor from Nashville.
The disc is broken up into the following five workouts:
* "Flat Belly Fast"
* "Pilates Perfect Abs"
* "Belly Fat Blaster"
* "Ab Ripper"
* "Six-Pack Abs"
The majority of the routines are floor-based, requiring a mat and, as far as I can tell, a spinal column made of Flan. These workouts that Bowen pulls off are legitimate feats of physical daring-do, especially those Pilates moves. I know Pilates is the in thing now and have never given them a whirl, but judging from the different shapes Bowen benter herself into, I daresay the contortion would rupture my pancreas. If, however, you have more flexibility than me (and I have the flexibility of a 300 year-old piece of Dead Sea driftwood), these routines should get your heart pumping.
The gut-crunching isn't solely limited to gyrations on the floor; Bowen gets up and does the whole cardio-thing, specifically in the "Belly Fat Blaster" segment. Still, the emphasis on the program as a whole is hitting the mat and getting down and dirty with ab-stretching and gut-crunching and torso pretzel-twisting. The segments are brief, sure, but they pack a wallop, so be warned: you'll likely be sore when all is said and done. Also, Bowen goes at this alone without the benefit of support worker-outers. Don't think that means anything. Maybe she's a narcissist? Of course, if I had her body, I would be, too.
Full frame and 2.0 stereo all the way, with no extras except for that custom workout feature, which is more or less a glorified "program" option.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Anchor Bay
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 54 Minutes
Release Year: 2007
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Custom Workouts
* Official Site