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Michelle Dozois' Body Fit 360
|Great dvd. Unique moves. I really enjoyed this workout I have never done a similar workout it has cardio with Pilates moves and stretch great combination of moves. Michelle is a really good instructor. This dvd is totally worth the money. - posted by Gri on 11/11/2013|
|I've only done this workout once, after watching it and practicing the more complex moves. It's very, very quick and challenging. I felt a bit awkward through some of it but am confident that the moves will come more naturally with repetition. Unless you're really into power Yoga, it may take some practice with this one. A very good workout, though. Michelle's instruction and cueing, although fast paced, are excellent. I think this one gives me a challenge and a goal to work toward even though I've been a faithful exerciser for years. Good job! - posted by E on 10/19/2013|
|Great for stretching you out|
|I really like this video for days when I don't want to do a lot of high impact and want to stretch out my body. It's a little "dancey" in some parts for me, which is why I gave it a 4-star, but otherwise I like it. Even though your not doing a lot of high impact, the muscle control required still makes you work up a good sweat. I have a lot of Cathe videos so this is a nice change. - posted by Eileen Kane on 10/12/2013|
|This is a challenging workout. The first time I tried it was hard to keep up. Like anything else the second time around was easier. This DVD should serve me for a long time and has become one of my favorites. Be prepared to twist, turn, balance, and jump up at a fast pace. You will sweat. - posted by Beverly on 10/10/2013|
|Although I feel like a klutz at times, this video is not too "dancee". I feel this gives you an all around workout not targeting just one part of the body. I like her attitude and mannerism in the video. First time buying one of hers and will look for more like it. - posted by Nancijo on 10/7/2013|
|Great yoga tape sweating and toning.Love it. Keep them coming. great upbeat instructor. - posted by Rhonda on 10/4/2013|
|Most fun workout ever!|
|"Fun" is not usually a quality I tend to value very much in a workout, but I may have to change my mind about that now that I've tried this one. It's a fusion of yoga, pilates and dance with a great energizing beat and wonderful encouraging instruction from Michelle. I was really not sure if it was up my alley because I usually like athletic, bootcamp, drill-based workouts, but I'm so glad I tried it. I absolutely LOVED IT! I was grinning throughout the whole thing and felt so good and energized at the end. I LOVE that it's challenging without being high impact. It reminded me a lot of capoeira with the interesting twisting and up-and-down moves. I picked all the moves and sequences up on the first try. I don't think it's hard to learn for those who aren't as into complex choreography as I am.
TWO THUMBS UP! LOVE THIS! - posted by neatski on 9/11/2013|
|A Great Workout BUT...|
|I consider myself a high intermediate/low advanced level, and there are moves in this workout I am not sure I will ever be able to do. Some of these moves require tremendous upper body/core strength and flexibility, and the modifier barely modifies. If you are very flexible and at an advanced level, you will probably love this workout. I did still enjoy it, but I just wish that reasonable modifications were shown for those of us that are not yet (or never will be) able to perform the tougher moves in this workout. If the workout had included those modifications, I would give it five stars. In all honestly, Michelle is not the only instructor who is not showing "true" modifications. Many workouts now seem to only have very slight modifications, which is a shame since it is discouraging. Also, the toning emphasis here says lower body & abs, but I think upper body and abs is really more the case. I feel no muscle soreness in my lower body today but do in the upper body and core. - posted by Liz on 8/26/2013|
|I love Michelle Dozois's instruction. I have many of her workouts. The choreography is a little complex but after you do this workout a couple times it's easy to master. The music is really beautiful and blends in well with the moves in the workout. I do this workout on the weekends since it's about 50 minutes long. When I am done I feel strong and relaxed. Thanks Michelle for another excellent workout! - posted by Holly on 8/18/2013|
|Really well designed fusion workout. May not be for you if you have hand/wrist issues|
|I have been conflicted about this workout since I first saw clips of it. It looked like soooo much fun, but I was concerned about bodyweight exercises. My arthritic hands/wrists don't do well with moves supported on the hands and this workout obviously had them. Then, I read raves about this workout and how it left people feeling relaxed and really good. So, I decided to try it and figured I could skip over moves that didn't work for me.
Michelle works out with a group of people and one serves as the modifier. It's presented as a barefoot workout and the only equipment needed is a mat.
This is a dance-based workout that blends different workout styles: from modern dance to Pilates to yoga to plyometrics. It's also an up-and-down workout, you frequently are standing and move to the floor to do work there. You also do a lot of balancing and stretching with everything else going on. And, it works. It's an exceptionally well designed workout and I found myself smiling at times - usually during the standing portions.
In this workout, there are distinct combinations set to a particular tune. Michelle even uses the work "track" when moving into the core section. Because of this dynamic and because of my initial assumption that I would be able to skip over sections I didn't want to do, I hit the Skip button on my remote to move along and it took me out of the workout. What does this mean? The workout is not chaptered; there are no chapter points; you cannot skip ahead to the next section. I found this incomprehensible and annoying. Where one segment stops and another segment begins is totally obvious, so why would there not be chapter points in this workout as Peak 10 workouts are?
While I did like this workout more than I first thought I would, it was also disappointing that there were so many moves done on the floor. There were even forms of burpees and squat thrusts. And, the modifier doesn't modify very much. She modifies the hardest moves short of the hardest option and does the really easy modifications (like reaching down rather than reaching to the floor). But, she offers no modifications for those moves that are hard on joints like the hands or knees.
That is my opinion based on my personal preferences. However, the analytical part of my brain thinks that this workout is a creative and well-done workout that will appeal to many people who like fusion workouts and who do not have joint issues that make floor work hard. The way Michelle incorporated the moves in a fun and different way along with some good music that enhances the workout makes this a unique workout. People have offered workouts that offer some similarities, but there doesn't seem to be anything out there exactly like this workout. The pace of the workout is fast and continuous, but it was NOT frantic. In order to get the most out of this workout, you want to be familiar with the moves and the flow of the combinations.
The DVD menu offers a movement explanation/instruction segment to choose. I would suggest watching that before you try the workout so that the three most challenging moves won't be a total surprise when they occur in the workout. - posted by Laura on 8/3/2013|
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