We’re all trying to do more in less time—work, family, driving, BlackBerrying, all of it. And I’m all for having more free time and less “to-do” time for sure. Which is why Linda LaRue’s latest workout DVD the Core Transformer pretty much rocks my world. Or entire planetary system.
The DVD promises a lot: A three-dimensional two-in-one cardio core and constant resistance lean sculpting tubing workout. I’m not even fully sure what all that even means, but I want it. It also promises a burn of 1,000 calories if you do the whole 60-minute workout. I know—a pretty tall order. I was skeptical at first, but after about 10 minutes, I was a believer. A transformed Core Transformer devotee, if you will.
The kit is straightforward, using only a simple resistance tubing that you Velcro around your feet. You have the option to power through a 20-, 40- or 60-minute workout, plus a warm-up and cool down. But don’t be fooled by the “simple” resistance tubing’s benign look—it is the source of much muscle burning and grunting, believe me. In each workout you use the tubing as resistance when you squat, twist, kick, lunge, press, jump (the plyometrics kill!) curl and—generally—burn, baby, burn. You feel every move EVERYWHERE. Your arms. Your legs. Your abs. Your lower back. Oh, lordy, lordy, the burning. I somehow managed to complete the 60-minute workout all the way through (even Linda confessed to me while discussing Brussels sprouts that it was ridiculous for anyone to start with the hour-long workout—so don’t do what I did!) and was S-O-R-E the next day, especially in my glutes (hooray!) and my lower back (but in a good way).
All three of the workouts truly are cardio, core and strength sessions all in one. So you’re really, really saving time. And you’re seriously working your body in a way I promise you never have before unless you’ve been trained as a professional athlete. It’s super awesome. Not to mention that the instructor Raneir Pollard is extremely encouraging, funny and not the least bit overly perky or annoying. He’s also not hard to look at. Can’t beat that.
The only downside to this core workout DVD is that some of the moves are a little repetitive and the music is oddly quiet at times. But those things are really minor considering how different and revolutionary this workout really is. It delivers, people! It really delivers!
FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★★
Fit Bottom line: If you want a workout DVD that will challenge your whole body in new ways, get this! One of the coolest and most unique workouts we’ve tried in years!
Want to try the Core Transformer Kit yourself? Leave a comment on why you’d like to try the workout, and we’ll select two U.S. readers to win the awesome core-working kit AND a free 30-minute one-on-one phone session with the core guru herself, Linda LaRue! You can’t beat that! Full giveaway rules here. Winners will be selected in a week and contacted via email, so get to pleading your core case in the comments before time runs out! —Jenn