Case Number 17992: Small Claims Court

THE BIGGEST LOSER WORKOUT: LAST CHANCE

Lionsgate // 2009 // 61 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // January 3rd, 2010

The Charge

Real people. Real solutions. Real weight loss.

The Case

The title's certainly grim. Is this really your last chance to work out? Last chance before what? Keeling over from a major coronary? Or maybe just succumbing to the siren call of a Ring Ding? Let's go with the baked goods scenario and pretend NBC isn't trying to whip its DVD audience into shape by scaring the living @#$% out of them.

I've seen my share of workout videos and this one is definitely in the top range of Exercise Routines that Will Lead to You Pulling a Muscle that Sounds Like the Name of an Autobot. These work-outs are six-day affairs and can run as long as 55 minutes.

There are three individual workouts, which are mixed and matched according to the day. They include: the titular "last chance workout," a mixture of high-impact strength and cardio shots; the "upper body sculpt," a 10-minute ordeal targeting the arms, shoulders and chest; and, finally, the "lower body tone," another ten minutes that tackles from the waistline down. Each daily combination is bracketed by five-minute warm-ups and cool-downs.

The presentation was decent, featuring, er, portly, exercise backups doing the routines while trainer Jillian Michaels barks out the passive-aggressive orders. It lends the workouts a nice dose of genuineness.

The endeavor stumbles a bit in the front end. While it's certainly not the tallest of tasks to make your way through the menu system, the navigation could have been a lot more intuitive.

Overall, it's a fine exercise disc offering a structured set of routines that strike me as fairly exhausting. This all comes to you in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and 2.0 stereo. Extras include a custom workout set-up, a music-only option and some training tips.

The Verdict

Not Guilty. (sound of cartilage popping)

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 80

Perp Profile
Studio: Lionsgate
Video Formats:
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

Subtitles:
* English (CC)

Running Time: 61 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Customizable Workouts
* Music-Only Option
* Training Tips

Accomplices
* BiggestLoser.com
http://www.biggestloser.com