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Skinny Bitch Workouts

The brand that is Skinny Bitch is back—with a workout. Or rather, workouts. One of our savvy readers hipped us to the fact that they were available, so we’re doing our civic duty and checking them out for you. After reviewing Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin’s Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, I was a little nervous for a workout with the same attitude the gals brought to the book. Luckily, I think they’re a little less bitchy in the DVDs than they are on paper. They definitely curse and have attitude, though, which may be a turnoff for some. I’m also not really sure how the term “Skinny Bitch” equals someone who “eats well, exercises and loves herself” but I think it’s (mostly) to grab your attention. People out there range from adoring the Skinny Bitches to abhorring them, but no matter your take, here’s the FBG skinny on their workouts.

Skinny Bitch Fitness: Body
Skinny Bitch Body includes four 15-minute segments working a different body part. Each workout includes a short warm-up, and a few stretches follow after the “meat” of the workout. Meat of the workout! They’re vegan. I’m so ironic.

The ab segment involves standing ab moves followed by floorwork. Standing ab work never makes me feel like I’m killing my abs, but the girls start you off with standing step touches and twists to warm up, followed by oblique crunches and active triangle pose moves, along with lunges with knee ups thatare actually great for balance. The floor work was a little more challenging, with crunches for the upper and lower abs, some oblique work, and planks.

This workout consisted of a series of leg moves from the floor, which got my hips burning. Lying on your back, you then do a series of leg exercises with your legs to the ceiling to hit your inner thighs. My favorite quote of the leg series was when Rory was in pain: “Misery on a stick; hell on ice.”

The arms series wasn’t anything to write home about butwould be great for a beginner trying to build up strength and endurance in her arms. The segment consists of punches, speed-bag moves and throwing elbows, and eventually my shoulders did feel a bit warm. It did drive me a little crazy when new moves were going on and the cameras were zoomed in so you couldn’t see what was going on, making the DVD hard to follow at times. Oh, and did Rory just call me a fatty?

The butt segment had the requisite squats, and squats jumping in and out during which my pug decided to go psycho-style on my feet. There were also some box-step type moves and a Brazilian martial arts segment that was a little tough to follow. One-legged deadlifts, lunges and long silences capped off the butt workout.

I don’t meditate, so it was kind of cool to have five minutes of silence to just be. The “Bonus Meditation” was quite hilarious, though. They spend the five minutes fighting the giggles and doing anything but meditating.

The Short and Skinny on Boot Camp
The second Skinny Bitch DVD I tried was the Boot Camp. It was definitely the easiest 50 minutes of “boot camp” I’ve ever done. Some light weight work was interspersed with mild cardio, such as punches, jumping jacks and shuffle drills. Squats and lunges were included, but I barely broke a mild, mild sweat during this workout. Also included on the DVD were five 5-minute workouts, which I managed to do in addition to the boot camp portion. One of my favorite moments on the DVD was when Rory asks Kim a question and there is such a long pause that it’s blatantly clear that Kim is reading off a cue card.

In both DVDs, the Skinny Bitches were a little overdramatic (“I’m in hell”), and the cuing was hit or miss—at times fine, and at times terrible. The girls can be crass and eye-roll inducing, but at other times they appear to be two friends being silly and cheering each other on (more of that, please). Also, they do show modifications, which are always helpful for beginners. Just as I ignored many of their comments in the book, you must be willing to do the same when doing the DVD workouts or they may drive you batty.

FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Instruction: ★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★
Music: ★★
Fun Factor: ★★
Meets Expectations: ★★
Overall: ★★

Fit Bottom line: If you’re already a Skinny Bitch fan and are a beginner or like milder workouts, this may be the DVD for you. —Erin

Check out the Skinny Bitches on Amazon: Skinny Bitch: Body and Skinny Bitch: Boot Camp.


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  1. Erica says:

    Man! They are really trying to capitalize on the fame of this book huh? Sounds like the workouts aren’t really worth trying. I agree- standing ab work never does much for me! Hope you guys have a great day!

  2. Charlotte says:

    You know, I’ve had the same experience with all their products: I love the hype, initially get really excited about it (book, cookbook, workout, etc.) and then actually eat/read/do it and am dissappointed when it doesn’t meet expectations. Sigh.

  3. Merry says:

    I liked the part where after a few minutes of lackluster “exercising” one of the SBs stomped her feet and dramatically exclaimed that it was too hard, she didn’t want to do it any more!
    If she had any acting ability, it might not have been so funny.

    Very nice review. Very polite.

  4. David at Animal-Kingdom-Workouts.com says:

    Sounds like this series is more a triumph of marketing over substance. I can see people buying it just for the joke value. Thanks for the review.

    – Dave

  5. Sagan says:

    Good review. I haven’t read/done any of their stuff but it seems that they’ve been generating lots of disappointment…

  6. tfh says:

    Yeah, this seems to sort of reinforce my SB skepticism. Thanks for reviewing it, though– now I don’t feel compelled to get it out of sheer curiosity. 🙂

  7. Diana says:

    I asked for the skinny bitch 2 book set for Christmas. My sister gave it to me. Upon reading them I was rather disapointed. First of all Oxygen magazine did a review on it,and nowhere in the review did they mention it was a VEGAN book. Second they said it was a worthy read. I like the idea of not eating meat all the time I dont need a rant and rave book about how horriable I am if I do eat it. Oh ya about the video review, Im not at all surprised they sucked!

  8. Tish says:

    it would have been fun to see your dog running in between squats lol. sounds like a hoot but i’m gonna sit out on this dvd. i cuss like a sailor but for some reason i don’t want to hear that when i’m trying to keep on truckin. if they’re saying it’s hell then it’ll definitely be hell for me!

  9. LadyAndrea says:

    I've been doing the workout DVD (body, not boot camp) for a couple weeks now and I really like it.

    The girls are funny and anybody who can't see the humor doesn't really have a sense of humor.

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