Erin and I review a lot of workout DVDs. In fact, since FBGs inception last May, we’ve reviewed more than 45 of them. While some of those run together, there are a select few that always stand out—and not always for the, er, right reasons. After a couple times through Tera Patrick’s Fit for Sex: Volume One: The 10 Essential Sex Positions, I think it’s safe to say that this DVD falls into the “memorable” category. And not for the right reasons.
Now, Erin and I are far from being prudes, mind you. Erin has tackled both a risqué couples workout DVD and Carmen Electra’s Vegas Strip, and I once reviewed a whole book on getting down. But, and this is a bit “but,” this DVD made me blush. And giggle. And then lol. Big time.
The DVD’s whole point is, as the title might lead one to believe, to get you fit for sex. More specifically, it helps you gain the strength and balance to help you conquer “the 10 cardinal sex positions.” These include: the heist, pull my daisy, the frisky kitty, the tipping point, the spidey, the last gal standing, the forbidden swing, damsel in distress, the sultry pretzel and the fall angel. Go ahead and use your imagination now for what they might look like, and know that in the DVD you get a static cartoon of exactly what each entails.
To master these positions, Tera Patrick leads you through a mix of yoga and Pilates moves to get you in shape and “in the mood.” Tera, although quite famous in some circles, is not someone whom I was familiar with. Even Googling her name isn’t suitable for work. Just take my word that Ms. Patrick has a large “body” of work. (As a side note, once I realized her background, the whole feel of the DVD started to make a lot of sense.)
For each position, Tera shows you about 3 to 5 minutes of exercises that get your core, legs and butt burning. The sexual innuendos are ridiculous. Warrior I becomes the “lusty warrior.”Crunches are “getting down and dirty.” Plies are done in “open position.” She also incorporates some “go deep” stretches and little factoids about getting frisky, such as one minute of kissing burns 26 calories, which seems a little high to me. Despite the odd repetition of the phrase “see all that is positive” during stretching, the cuing is surprisingly good, giving great tips on protecting your knees during lunges, along with giving you the freedom to take a break when you need to. Or “stop for a quickie.” You know, whatever you need.
The DVD is so over the top that it’s kind of likeable in a gag gift sort of way. With plenty of oohing, ahhing and boob close-ups, it never pretends to be anything that it isn’t. The moves are pretty effective and all of the wriggling around on the ground (it’s amazing how cobra can be so corrupted) really does make you feel saucier than when you started. Intermediate and advanced exercisers probably won’t see great results, but you’ll definitely get a core workout giggling.
The 50-minute DVD features a customizable menu, which is nice, but there’s so much roll-your-eyes-worthy talking by Tera before and after each position that I wish it had a no-introduction option. I can only take so many tongue-in-cheek jokes, and, honestly, by the last two positions, I was bored.
FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Long-Term Likeability: ★
Fun Factor: ★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★★ (it more than meets expectations)
Fit Bottom line: Looking for a spot-on workout DVD? This isn’t it. Looking for a bachelorette party gift? Buy it now on Amazon. —Jenn
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