Review: TA Metamorphosis HipCentric
DietPlan: I only glanced at this, but on the whole it seems too low calorie, (below1200/day). That being said, if you do go that low you probably would loseweight regardless of whether or not you did her cardio or muscularstructure workouts assuming you didn’t hit starvation mode.
WorkoutPlan: Your supposed to do both the cardio workout and a muscular structureworkout each day, either back-to-back or at different times each day. After youdo a muscular structure workout 10 times you move on to the next one in thesequence. She allows one rest day per week.
MetamorphosisCardio: I have not done any of TA’s previous cardio workouts and I don’t thinkthat I would even want to try them. It’s basically constant jumping around withdifferent leg and arm movements without cueing. While I can do high impactworkouts, I prefer workouts that include some breaks from the jumping and havechoreography that I can follow more easily.
MuscularStructure Workouts: (So far I’ve done #1 and #2 and have previewed the rest.)There are 9 workouts that are approximately 30 minute each with no real warm-upor cooldown included. Each has a 5 minute arm segment with unweighted andweighted sections and 5 minutes of standing and floor ab work. While similar instyling, they are not completely the same in all the different toning workoutsincluded. Compared with TA’s Mat workout both of these seem a bit on the lightside, in part because of their length. This might be deliberate as some of thelower body moves do work the arms and abs. Also, because your supposed to dothem on consecutive days, her intent may not be to completely exhaust the upperbody and core. The lower body work in each seems to be between 5-6 differentexercises. Each is done between 30-40 times before moving on to the next one,and you do all the moves on one side before moving on to the other side. Themajority of the moves are done in variations of a tripod position (twohands/forearms or one hand one forearm with one foot or knee down and the otherleg moving in various positions). I would not recommend these to anyone withwrist or knee issues and as a precaution I’m doing them on a 1” thick mat. Mostof the moves seem to target the outer hip and glute, but some of them also workthe quads and inner thigh as well.
ProductionQuality: The set is very bright and looks like a large living room. The cameraangles used do allow you to see some different angles on the same move so youcan figure out what she’s doing. There are three options for sound: music only,Tracy voiceover only, or both. Tracy’s voiceover instruction is pretty minimaland she doesn’t cue the next move. I thought the music was okay. There are nochapters present in any of the workouts. The packaging is poor – too large andthe dvds don’t even come in a sturdy case.
Overall Impressions: Ilike the muscular structure workouts for the variety of floor work theyprovide, particularly those that target the outer hip. I do wish that they hada warm-ups, cooldowns, and chapters included in the dvds. I’m currently usingthem in conjuncture with other barre workouts in my rotation and this isworking well. As I purchased them before the price jump, I do think they’reworth it for me.
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