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Kathy Smith: Ultimate Sculpt
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: Kathy Smith (Instructor Profile)
Runtime: 50 min.
Street Date: 04/29/2014
Certified instructor description:
Kathy Smith's Ultimate Sculpt (formerly known as "Build Muscle, Shrink Fat") is a workout with weighted sculpting moves such as lunges and squats that have elements of rotation to strengthen and tone the core. The lunges and squats are simple moves to follow and these moves are combined with weights and lifting in various planes to work the entire body. ©2014 DVD re-release; light and medium/heavy weights.
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Ultimate Sculpt Workout has many full body moves such as lunges with bicep curls and side steps with a full body lean. The warm up is done without weights and addresses all the necessary muscle groups that will be used in the workout. Warm up moves include reaching in various planes with the arms, lunging, and a series of squats.
The main portion of the workout is “ultimate sculpt’. In this section Kathy guides you through multiple lunges, squats, and arm movements with weights. Speed work is incorporated into two brief intervals. The emphasis on many moves is trunk rotation to greater work the core area. Other moves in this section include one leg stand with overhead triceps press, side lunges with weights, and weighted torso rotations. Kathy demonstrates a series of squats based on the face of a clock and uses a selected time (i.e. 6 o’clock) to guide you in more exact foot placement when lunging. Throughout the workout Kathy switches once or twice between medium/heavy weight and a lighter weight, however the background exercisers seem to change weights more frequently than Kathy herself. The heavier weight is primarily used for the lunge section and the lighter weight used for most other exercises. The switch between weights is mostly at your discretion. One background exerciser consistently demonstrates a modified version of all the exercises and does not use weights.
The core section is a series of exercises done on the floor and weights are used during this portion. Exercises include seated twists with weight, push-ups, lower body rotations for lower abdominals, planks (traditional and side), spinal extensions, stability exercises on hands and knees, and push-ups. The replenish section is very comprehensive and starts on the floor and finishes in standing.
Ultimate Sculpt consists of a series of sculpting exercises that also includes a core section and ‘replenish’ stretch section. Kathy is a very friendly instructor who gives practical advice (‘weight is behind the heels, knees are behind the shoelaces’). I really wanted to like the ultimate sculpt portion of this workout because it is not long in duration and seems to address the whole body. But I found that there were too many squats and lunges during the course of the workout for my personal taste and, for me, some of the moves felt a little awkward (i.e. extending one arm front holding a weight and one leg back at the same time on the same side, when opposite arm and leg with this move feels more stable, safe, and symmetrical; also there are squats that have the exerciser raising the weights as they were lowering into the squat- the reverse is more comfortable for me and allows greater back support). This workout has a lot of rotational moves through the torso which necessitates rotation through the feet; home exercisers on carpet should take care that their floor surface allows this movement. I did like the core section and replenish sections and Kathy’s background exercisers in the front demonstrate excellent form which is helpful for you to see. Her best form is in the ‘Replenish’ stretch section. Kathy is encouraging and energetic throughout the workout and frequently gives hands-on guidance to her background exercisers which helps you better understand the moves.