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Skip Jennings: Maximum Strength Overload for Full Body Fitness
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.
Instructor: Skip Jennings (Instructor Profile)
Runtime: 72 min.
Street Date: July 15, 2014
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This workout is based on the training principle of overload. You are given 45 seconds to work as hard as you can, either to fatigue or failure. You can choose the intensity while the instructor, Skip Jennings, coaches and encourages. Progressions are built into every block of choreography which means there is a lot of variety to keep you engaged. 2014 DVD release ; Equipment needed: moderate to heavy dumbbells
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Overload and progression are two training principles that Skip Jennings bases this workout on. Overload simply means you work the muscles as hard as you can. This is done using an interval format. Each exercise is done for 45 seconds and then there is a 15 second rest. This 45 seconds is supposed to be high intensity, but you ultimately decide how hard to work. An example would be a cardio segment that teaches a jumping jack. You do the jumping jacks or a version of it for forty-five seconds, rest and then repeat. The progression principle allows you to work harder once the “base” move has been mastered. The base move is not complex and involves just one movement, such as a squat. A squat is progressed by adding a bicep curl and then further progressed by adding an overhead press to the squat and bicep curl. Another example is a reverse lunge, which becomes a reverse lunge with a tricep extension, and then progresses to a plyometric lunge with tricep extension. The workout is very friendly. It is based on proven training principles but the instructor is not preaching about them. Rather, Skip coaches and encourages while doing his best to show the tougher progressions as he is teaching.
There are four blocks of choreography and each block includes a cardio element, an upper body element, a lower body element, a core element and a stretch. The elements are repeated three times with the option to progress it. Each cast member shows a different option so you can follow the progression you want. A block can stand on its own as a mini workout. Each block contains different exercises, so there are no repeats. There is a lot going on in this workout but the instructor breaks it down, making it simple to follow along. Skip keeps you in check. He asks, “Why are you doing this?” and he answers, “because you are worthy and powerful.” These strong affirmations are peppered throughout the workout and come across as encouraging, not cheesy.
This is a well thought out and designed program. It is an easy to follow workout and can be as tough as you want to make it. If the workout seems too easy, there is an option to make it more intense. It is also nice to have the option to work hard on some exercises, and back down on others. This is a great format because you can constantly change the activities. Having variety is the key to continuing to do an at home workout. The workout on paper states that just the upper body or just the lower body is working out. In reality, the progressions create a compound movement, which usually results in an upper and lower body exercise.