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Kimberly Fowler's Yoga + Weights
|A good combination of yoga and weights. Too much strain on hands and wrists for me.|
|I wanted to REALLY like this DVD and while I liked it, I didn't love it. Part of that is due simply to my arthritic hands and wrists. There are a number of segments that flow from plank to hovering, to up dog to down dog and my hands and wrists just can't take that over the long term. However, I did the entire workout anyway, because I really wanted to see what it was like and in those segments I used what I learned from the ChogaFlow DVD and did the moves on a chair.
Despite my issues with my wrists and hands, I thought thought the workout was really well designed. She suggests using light weights and in the Q&A section on the main menu, she says that she uses three pounds. So, of course, that's what I chose to use! The moves with the weights are done very slowly - deliberately - and you generally do 5 reps. It may not seem like much, but I was feeling some of those moves! She gets into the first main section and leads you through that flow I described. Then, you stand up and do Warrior with a shoulder press. Then, you do the flow again and do Warrior with a shoulder press on the other side. Then, you do the flow again and then do another Warrior pose with another upper body move on one side - etc. And so on. You do the plank/up dog/ down dog flow before starting each new exercise and as a way to transition to the opposite side. To me, this section just seemed like it really flowed nicely.
Then, you move onto the mat portion. Moves in this section include: side arm balance, yoga push-up, child pose, on knees with raise, upright row, seated tree w/side arm stretch, cobbler's pose w/chest fly, boat w/ a burn, lower back stretch, dead bug w/ chest press, bridge w/overhead extension.
Kimberly does the workout by herself in what looks like the empty corner of a room. However, as the workout goes, there are shots interspersed from a class in which they show different exercisers doing moves and sometimes Kimberly correcting the form of someone. She does stress form and gives form pointers, but doesn't really tell how to do the moves. This would not be a good choice for someone who has never done yoga before. The workout is done in voice over. Usually, the timing is pretty good although there were a few places where her instruction was a little late.
If the section I enjoyed the most wasn't such a strain on my hands and wrists, I would keep this DVD, because I did like it. - posted by Laura on 7/27/2013|
|This is a great workout. Who would have thought that you could use lighter weights, slower movements and get buff. I've been doing it twice a week for three weeks and see results already. As I continue, I know my muscles will form even more. This is exactly what I was looking for. - posted by Melita on 5/3/2012|
|Too much plank!|
|My husband and I have shoulder problems and there is lots of plank in this one. I like the yoga/weights idea very much, but the plank makes it more intermediate than beginner. I had to send it back. So sorry! - posted by Debbie on 4/2/2012|
|Wow, this really doesn't deserve the negative reviews it has. It's true that this instructor is using yoga as a tool for strengthening muscles, and she doesn't address any spiritual aspects of yoga. I don't really understand why there are negative comments about that, since the description clearly explains that this is not that type of yoga. For many of us, not having all that extra stuff makes this an attractive workout. I feel fantastic when I'm done with this, strong and stretched. It's just challenging enough without being intimidating or impossible. The instructor is pleasant, and pretty much nailed this. It's a full body, comprehensive workout in half an hour. I hope she releases more! - posted by Jamie on 3/5/2012|
|Great Mind-Body Workout|
|I love doing this workout in the morning. Kimberly's voice is soothing, and I like that the video doesn't have music. No music is better than music I don't like. I can concentrate on the movement and breathing, which is that "mind-body connection" that centers me in the morning. I'm glad to have a resistance workout that moves slowly so that I don't strain my muscles. I like the up-dog, down-dog transitions because the combo stretches my muscles and makes me feel flexible. After the workout I feel toned and relaxed. One plus that there's one of those exercise-video quotes that will always make me laugh; Kimberly says to notice how you feel and that "You might have muscles that you didn't have before." Maybe she meant that you might notice muscles you didn't know you had. This quote is right up there with Charlene Prickett saying, "I could have been a tennis pro if I only had the talent." I didn't listen to the introduction, so I didn't hear Kimberly plugging her book. But this really isn't anything new with exercise videos; they often include advertising for other videos or products, such as Gaiam. I have no complaints about this workout. - posted by Lilly on 3/4/2012|
|My Arms & Back Haven't Looked Better|
|I practice yoga regularly and I found Kimberly's Yoga + Weights to be challenging & fun. It really toned my arms and back, it took yoga arms to the next level. It was the perfect amount of time. After 30 minutes, my arms, back and legs were burning...I'd def look for more DVDs by Kimberly. - posted by Maria on 2/19/2012|
|don't bother with this one|
|Really boring workout with a super bad and boring instructor. - posted by alex on 2/17/2012|
|No Kim Zone|
|Why would I want to do yoga from an instructor who touts her No OM Zome book up front? It's kind of a smart-elic attitude. Some of the unique and beautiful aspects of yoga, are the breathwork, meditation and chanting that can accompany the postures beautifully. This type of yoga has been found to benefit everyone, including athletes, so I don't like her implication that "yoga for athletes" is only about the physical postures. Yes, its not for everyone, but I like so many other yoga videos here that are more traditional and aren't afraid of a good ommm chant now and then. If you're going to do yoga just for the physical aspects, just break out your Cathe, Jillian and Christy videos and get a more interesting workout. - posted by Robin K on 2/15/2012|
|It's Ok. I like, don't love it.|
|While this was a good workout, it's not one I will reach for often. This workout is rated pretty accurately, she does tell you what the modifications should be, but they are not demonstrated, leaving this more intermediate IMO from that perspective. Kim takes you through a lot of Down/Up dogs and I do mean a lot! If that isn't an exercise you enjoy, this will not be a a good DVD to purchase. Between each exercise as a transition move, as well as transitioning to the opposite side of the body, you will do a plank that slowly releases into cobra (your verbal modification) or into the up dog. From there you push into the down dog, kicking one of your legs up and through the arms for a warrior pose. This is a slow moving transition. Most every exercise is a version of a warrior (warrior 1 mostly, 2 and 3 limited) and you repeat the same plank sequence from the beginning until minute 21-22. Then it's floor work like boat and dead bug. All of the poses, standing and floor use the dumbbells. Each exercise is 5 very slow reps. I have shoulders issues and I found some of the moves were too hard on an old injury with any sort of weight. Chair pose is also done with weights which can tweak a bad/weak back. I did feel the obliques and overall core after the workout and I did feel stretched out. However, I found it boring and doing that many down dogs while it makes for a good strength builder, became old by Minute 12. The cueing is fine, however the shots btw her solo work and the studio work can throw your pace off slightly for some of the sets as her class does the reps a little faster than what she does on her own. It's a good athletic, non traditional yoga "practice" and I'll probably keep it, but it's not a workout I would repurchase. - posted by AoE on 2/14/2012|