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Calorie Killer Yoga with Colleen Saidman
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Beginner: Just starting out, very overweight or haven't exercised in over six months.
Intermediate: Active in sports, dance or any regular exercise (2 to 3 times per week).
Advanced: Very active in sports or consistently work out four or more times per week.
Toning Emphasis: Total Body
Upper body: Arms, chest and back.
Lower Body: Legs, thighs, hips and buttocks.
Abs: Abdominals (stomach), core and sometimes lower back.
Total body: Tones all three of the above muscle groups.
Instructor: Colleen Saidman (Instructor Profile)
Runtime: 105 min.
Street Date: 2014
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This weight loss DVD is an excellent value with five quick, efficient practices led by a talented instructor, Colleen Saidman. These 5 intermediate-level workouts will rev up your metabolism, strengthen your body, and help you maintain a healthy weight in about 20 minutes each. Colleen is adept at breaking down advanced calorie-burning exercises into easy steps. 2014 DVD release; No equipment required.
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Colleen Saidman’s expertly crafted workouts keep you moving quickly while you tone your body, especially your core and legs. Over the course of each workout, she first guides you through basic movements, and then adds more elements into each exercise. This helps you feel strong, stable, and gives you confidence in your ability to perform her dynamic yoga sequences. It also helps to warm up your body in each short workout so you can avoid over-doing it right at the beginning.
Constant Cardio/Calorie Killer Workout
Colleen uses yoga poses as the basis for a fun and innovative cardio workout, which is a great alternative to running on a treadmill or using a Step machine. She includes some jumping and use of various arm positions while holding the legs in position to increase your heart rate and step up the rhythm of the workout. Doing all that work helps you relax more deeply at the end with the floor stretches. This is a well-rounded practice that works out, strengthens, and tones the entire body.
Energy & Endurance
Colleen’s unique use of hops and jumps with lunges and Downward Facing Dog get your energy pumping in this practice. Her pleasant demeanor makes the workout fun. She builds you up to a great sequence circling around the mat and incorporating balance poses and twists to increase your stamina.
Colleen creates an interesting flow in this practice to keep you moving. She links some poses that may not normally be linked to keep you challenged and develop strength. This practice includes several backbends and would be nice to do in the morning to wake you up and boost your energy.
Rise & Shine
This practice focuses on Sun Salutations, which are great to incorporate in the morning. Colleen includes some interesting variations like little hops up to the top of the map from Downward Facing Dog to increase heart rate. She breaks down Side Plank into steps to make it feel achievable and incorporates unique sequences of floor stretches to open up your hips and hamstrings. A flow sequence on the floor helps to build power in the core.
Balance & Restore
This practice helps you unwind from the intensity of the other practices with several undulating deep stretches to release the hips, low back, and backs of your legs. Most of the stretches in this practice are linked together in interesting combinations and are practiced on the floor. The brief meditation at the end focuses on inner expansiveness and has a soothing effect. This is nice to practice in the evening.
These workouts take place in a beautiful outdoor resort setting overlooking the water with Colleen guiding you through the movements. As a yoga teacher I can see the thought and attention to detail put into creating these sequences. Some of the exercises would seem complex if done alone, but Colleen makes them totally do-able by breaking them down into chunks. She seamlessly moves you into dynamic movements incorporating the arms and legs. Her creative sequences are inspired by yoga, but increase your cardiovascular capacity for a total-body workout. I truly believe this will help people looking to fire up their metabolism and burn calories. My entire body felt worked out after each energy-boosting sequence and I felt relaxed after the Balance & Restore sequence. Since traditional cardio is not my thing, I enjoyed doing “cardio” that is really yoga.