Jari Love: Get Ripped 1000 & a Giveaway

Before we get this review started, I need to get a few things cleared up, as the name Jari Love: Get Ripped 1000 may be a bit misleading. First, I have a hard time believing her real name is Jari Love (if it is, please correct me, Jari, and I’ll bow down in your Canadian awesomeness). Second, although the DVD will get you sweating, I’m pretty sure an average women couldn’t burn 1,000 calories in this workout as Ms. Love promises. Maybe an NFL linebacker could, but I don’t know many of those who would be interested in Jari Love’s DVDs, unless they got the “Love” confused with a different kind of DVD.

With that being said, I enjoyed this DVD. It was a solid hour of cardio and strength. The DVD doesn’t have any gimmicks (besides the 1,000-cal promise) and is very much like a group exercise class in your living room. The DVD consists of a 5-minute warm-up and cool down, nine 2-minute cardio blasts and nine 3-minute strength sections (including abs). The cardio moves—including jacks, knee ups and football runs—are done best with a step but can be modified without a step. Many of the strength moves are combo moves like a squat plus a press or a side squat with bicep curls, so you’re really getting maximum burn. During the hour-long workout, you alternate between the combo strength moves and the cardio bursts.

The best part of the DVD, though, is its menu. I know this sounds lame, but it’s seriously one of the coolest and most convenient menus I’ve seen. The warm-up, cardio moves, strength moves and the cool down all have their own start, meaning that you can truly customize your sweat session. I found this particularly helpful on days when I didn’t have a full 60 minutes to work out (more often than not). Plus, all of the cardio moves have a lower-impact version that you can follow, making these sections very beginner friendly.

I can’t say that the strength sections are beginner friendly, though. Jari throws around some major fitness lingo, saying things like “leg abduction” instead of “side leg lifts until you scream.” She also doesn’t give a lot of alignment tips, and some of the advanced moves (like deadlifts with reverse flys, and clean and presses) definitely need them. A few times, Jari says some odd things like “Did you do it without falling? Extra stars if you did.” But, maybe it’s a Canadian thing? (We love our Canadian readers after all!)

The other surprising high point of the DVD is on the “Bonus” section, which includes a whole Q&A on the science of metabolism. I was really impressed by the easy-to-understand explanation of resting metabolic rate. There’s also a “Motivational Tips” section, which has good info, but is set in a bizarre, awkward conversation setting of three people having tea and discussing weight loss. Again, maybe it’s a Canadian thing.

FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Instruction: ★★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★★
Music: ★★
Fun Factor: ★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★
Overall: ★★★1/2

Fit Bottom Line: Although you probably have to be a 250+ pound man to burn the 1,000 calories promised during this hour-long workout, it’s still solid for intermediate to advanced exercisers looking for a combo strength and cardio workout.

Interested in trying it? Comment below with why you’d like to win, or pick it up for peanuts on Amazon!Jenn

For more DVD reviews, check out my review of the Tracy Anderson Method DVDs and Erin’s opinion of the American Gladiators’ Ultimate Workout.

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  1. Moonlight Dancer says:

    They really say that you can burn 1000 calories?

    Wow I only go over the 1000 calorie mark when I do two classes in one day which is 2 hours straight.

  2. Gabrielle says:

    A group of us military wives here in Coast Guard housing started working out together three mornings a week. We are doing the 30 day Shred twice a week and trying out different videos 1x a week. This looks like a good one for us to try if we win. Thanks!

  3. Betherann says:

    I would love to win this. I’m always looking for new DVDs to shake up my home workouts.

  4. kjl says:

    I’d love to win too!! Strength + cardio in one DVD rocks. 🙂

  5. Yum Yucky says:

    1,000 calories?? I only burned about 400 on yesterday’s lunchtime walk and I felt like I was going to wither away. 1,000 calories??

  6. {cher} says:

    well, ya never know. the latin dance and rockin body videos claim to burn over 900 calories in an hour too, but then again, lik eyou said.. on what body type?

    i think the menu option is ingenious. i can’t think of how many dvd’s i own that are 40 mins to an hour, and i like a certain song, or moves, and i have to stand and fast forward to the parts i want to squeeze in 20 mins.

    thanks for the review!!

    and hey.. if there’s a “Jennifer Love” Hewitt.. there could be a “Jeri Love” too! hehe

  7. {cher} says:

    btw.. i’d like to win just for the fact it HAS the menu option!! I’d love to try it out!!

  8. Kelly says:

    I just made it through my first month of JM’s 30 Day Shred, and I am looking for a new challenge! Love the blog 🙂

  9. tfh says:

    Great review. I kind of want to watch this just for the conversation over tea.
    Pet peeve, though, from the cover: is she sucking in her stomach, or is it just me?

  10. Ifey says:

    I would love to have this DVD and try it out. I have borrowed her other DVD’s from the local library and they were quite good. Would love to see if I can burn 1000 calories in an hr.

  11. Merry says:

    Y’know, tfh has an annoying habit of commenting on a blog and saying exactly what I’m thinking. Cut it out, okay? 🙂

    Seriously, I want to look fit, but this woman looks emaciated. Still, I suppose I could follow her workout without going that far.

    unsic – a synonym for healthy

  12. britneysmurf83 says:

    “is very much like a group exercise class in your living room” sounds like something I would really enjoy! And while I highly doubt the 1,000 calorie burn claim even half that would be awesome.

  13. farmwife says:

    I would love to try this! I am getting really burned out on my DVD workout collection. I need something new to keep me going.

  14. L. Elizabeth says:

    1000 calories gone in a workout would rock! i love to try new dvds! i hope i win


  15. Noodlegirl says:

    I would love to win this I moved from Hawaii to Oregon and I swear the fats are just storing in my body I have gained so much weight during the winter so hard to get a sweaty workout in Oregon except for spin class and hot yoga and I am in Ashland OR go figure!

  16. samsam26 says:

    I love your product reviews. They really give us great details and an honest view of the products. I would love to try this w/o dvd!
    Thank you!

  17. Patricia Lupien says:

    Oh, to have abs even close to what Jari has!

  18. Jennifer says:

    I love a workout that incorporates both cardio and weight training for optimum calorie burn! I doubt I’ll burn 1,000 calories but I’ll certainly burn as many as I can!!

  19. janetmouse says:

    Who wouldn’t want to get ripped 😉

  20. Anne says:

    Haha, that’s funny they say you can burn 1000 calories. I’m fit and barely 5 feet tall, so I’d probably burn about 300 if my heart rate was up enough. I’d like to try it though, because I’m always up for a good cardio/strength workout (even if I don’t burn the 1000 calories). The workout itself sounds cool.

  21. megankortepeter says:

    I’m not sure I’ve ever burned 1,000 calories at one time. I’d like to see what that is like.

  22. theurbanhippie says:

    I’m about to have a baby and I’d love to have this to help me get back into shape. I already have Ripped!, Slim N’Lean and Ripped N’Chiseled.

  23. Diana says:

    Jillian Micheals LOVES to combine cardio and strength, which is why I love her. you really seem to get your ass kissed in those type of workouts, never really getting to rest. I will say that it shouldnt make up for some good ole concentrated strength training to really get your form right! P.S. I would love to win the DVD.

  24. Sagan says:

    I’d love to get this dvd. If only to see the menu that you like so much. 😉

  25. Jenn says:

    I’ll have to try this out! Sounds like a good video. Thanks for the review.


  26. Aberiah says:

    I would love to win the giveaway because I LOVE JARI!!! I have two of her other DVDs and we get along great!!

  27. Just_Kelly says:

    Would love to win! I need thinks I can do at home quick in a pinch!

  28. Michelle says:

    I need to lose the 10 pounds I gained on my cruise last week. Eating dessert every day along with an appetizer and an entree really is not good for me!

  29. I Like To Win says:

    I would love to try this just because I have heard so many great things about it and I always feel like I burn more calories when I work out to a dvd than on my own.

  30. Jenn says:

    Thanks for all of the great comments, guys! As of now, the giveaway is officially closed. Winner to be announced soon!

  31. Nicole says:

    1000 calories IS entirely possible – they’re also talking about the after-burn from lifting.

    Jari’s workouts have done amazing things to my body. I highly recommend her to anyone!! =)

  32. Anonymous says:

    Her name really is Jari Love!
    She was named after her mothers brother whos name was gerald. He died in a car accident when he was 18. Her married name is Love! Her husband Ray Love own fitness clubs in Calgary!

  33. Anonymous says:

    Yes – those are her abs. I have seen her teach in Calgary – her abs are sick.