Lionsgate // 2007 // 50 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Chief Counsel Melissa Hansen // August 21st, 2008
Real People. Real Solutions. Real Weight Loss!
I am not a regular viewer of NBC's The Biggest Loser, but I have seen clips of the contestants and their amazing results. Now we too can hope to accomplish similar weight loss with Bob, Jillian, and Kim's training. The contestants work hard on the show for their results and you will have to work hard to make it through this workout. The good thing is the workout can be customized to your level of fitness. There are three levels to choose from, in addition to a warm-up and cool-down. It's suggested that for the first two weeks you do Level 1, then add on Level 2, and a couple of weeks later add on Level 3. This plan can be followed using the "Maximum Results Program" option. Or, you can customize your own workout.
Excited Bob leads Level 1, along with the Warm-up and Cool-down. He fills his 20 minutes with lunges, jumping jacks, and adds in some upper body work with hand weights. Although it's the beginning level, it sets the tone for the whole workout, which is panting and sweating. This is a fast paced and high impact routine that beginners may find difficult, although pushing your limits is the way to become fit. We're encouraged to just do our best and keep moving, something everyone can accomplish. The 10 minutes we spend on Level 2 are lead by tough Jillian and it's high impact with tons of running and jumping. I found this one to be the most difficult of the three. Level 3's final 10 minutes are lead by perky Kim and consist of kickboxing moves. This one is also fast paced, but lower impact.
The production levels may be lacking, but it's nothing that some rehearsal and script memorization couldn't fix. On a positive note, Cardio Max has the unique effect of making you feel not quite as bad when you mess up a routine, especially since the background exercisers are contestants from the show. At first this made me feel good about myself, as they are heavier than I am. My smarmy pride quickly faded, however, when I wasn't able to keep up with them. Four of the contestant's inspirational stories are shared in an extra called, quite appropriately, "Inspirational Stories." There's also an option to do the workouts to music only.
I may never be a regular viewer of the show, but I will be a regular doer of this challenging and effective workout!
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 50 Minutes
Release Year: 2007
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Inspirational Stories
* NBC's The Biggest Loser