Cindy Crawford’s Shape Your Body Workout
Make no mistake: Doing Cindy Crawford’s 1992 Shape Your Body Workout will not make you a supermodel. It will, however, prove to you that supermodels look good wearing anything, even if it is big hair, high-rise shorts and puffy socks.
With two strength-based workouts of about 40 minutes, the video also includes a bonus 10-minute segment. For the longer segments, Cindy works out with her trainer, Radu, who only occasionally jumps in to adjust her form and whose main purpose seems to be counting very quickly. This speed theme was carried throughout the entire video. While the video contains effective moves, it lacks the modern emphasis on form that is now commonplace in workout videos.
With beach, roof top and studio locations, the sets weren’t bad, but it would have been nice had the director picked one location. The camera jumped from Cindy on the beach to Cindy in the studio to Cindy on a roof top—all during one move. If that wasn’t discombobulating enough, some shots were black and white, and some were in color for pure sensory overload. I also won’t be complaining about generic background workout music in the future. While this video featured pop music, a song by Seal, for example, it just seemed distracting to have real music in a workout video.
Both of the longer workouts had nearly identical warm-ups. With neck stretches, shoulder rolls, arm and hip circles, everything seemed to go by at a lightning pace. I had to slow the neck moves down to what I felt comfortable with. Cindy may look good flailing her hair about, but that’s not my style, and I would imagine that if I had a neck doctor, he would yell at me for doing these moves.
The first workout has you doing variations of standing leg swings and lunges with kicks. For each set of moves, you do three sets, so it gets rather repetitive. Moving to the floor, you use a chair to do butt lifts and leg lifts, three sets of 10 push-ups and three sets of different upper body moves using weights. For the abs, you do three sets of three moves: crunches, full sit-ups and jackknifes, working the obliques. It would have been great had Radu stepped in and given pointers on form and control, instead of just counting as fast as possible. With the speed at which the moves are done I never did all of the reps, instead preferring to do moves correctly with good form. Swinging my legs as quickly as Cindy didn’t seem to be as effective, or good for the back.
The second workout threw in some of the lower-body moves from the first workout, with additional weight training thrown in for an emphasis on theupper body. Three sets of a couple of different lunge and squat variations, combined with the leg swings worked the butt, quads and inner thighs. The arms do get a killer workout, with three sets of 10 of eight different moves, including bicep curls, overhead presses, front and side raises, and French presses, to name a few. My arms were burning after this was done, even though I couldn’t do all the reps because of the speed. HaveImentionedthespeed? For abs, you do three sets of four crunch variations, again so fast that I could only get in 14 real crunches to her 20.
The last workout proves that you can get some toning in even if you’re short on time. Cindy, in her high-rise jean shorts, does 10 minutes of squats, lunges, push-up variations, crunches, sit-ups and butt lifts. She also makes me want to bring back the now-dorky high-rise cut-off jean short. OK, maybe not, but she looks adorable in them.
FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Long-Term Likeability: ★★
Fun Factor: ★
Meets Expectations: ★★
Fit Bottom line: While the moves are mostly basic and effective, I would hesitate to recommend this DVD to people who aren’t well-versed in proper form. —Erin
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