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Core Fusion Cardio: Pure Intensity DVD Review (and Giveaway!)

core fusion cardio pure intensity dvdWe all have our go-to workout buddies, and a lot of times, we have specific types of workouts we do with them. I mean, I have friends I’ve run with for years, but we’ve never done any sort of strength training or yoga together. And I don’t know what it would be like if we did—would we bring that same competitive drive that keeps us running into other types of workouts?

What I’m trying to say is that I feel like Core Fusion is a bit of an old workout buddy. I’ve been doing their workouts, which have generally focused on flexibility and strength, for a long, long time. So when Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp came out with Core Fusion Cardio: Pure Intensity, which is Core Fusion’s first cardio program, I was equal parts thrilled and skeptical. I mean, I tend to love their videos—heck, Body Sculpt made our top 10 list! But would their tried and true methods work in a cardio class?

Like the other Core Fusion videos, this offered five segments of about 10 minutes each and had a bonus stretching segment at the end. It was immediately clear how they intended to turn up the cardio in their workouts—by adding mountain climbers, and lots (and lots) of them. I actually like mountain climbers, generally, but dude. Enough. There are other ways to elevate the heart rate while working multiple muscle groups.

The five sections weren’t quite as varied as I might have liked—many of them flowed into one another, with many side bends, downward facing dogs and, of course, mountain climbers thrown in. The first, Energy Moves, was done pretty slowly, which probably makes it a good warm up, but it had me concerned about whether the video was ever going to get my heart rate up.

Cardio Flow, the second segment, incorporated light hand weights—and by light, I mean very light. You do some moves that don’t feel very good on the ol’ shoulder if you go over five pounds, even if you normally consider five or eight to be light. There are a few variations on Warrior I and Warrior II poses, and, you guessed it, mountain climbers. The third segment, Power Flow, is similar, only you work in Warrior III and incorporate more balance work.

Power Sweat, the fourth segment, I found most challenging. There are lunges and plies, and enough leg raises and small movements, both with arms and legs, to make a girl beg for mercy. Also, umm, mountain climbers.

The final section, Cardio Curl, is very much along the lines of what you’d expect from Core Fusion for ab work, although there were some moves thrown in that were new to me. From there, you go on to the stretches, which were wonderful—these instructors have a great understanding of what muscles you’ve worked and how to stretch them properly.

FBG Rating (Out of 5):

Instruction: ★★★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★★
Music: ★★
Fun Factor: ★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★
Overall: ★★★

Best for: Folks looking to mix up their flexibility and strength training, or, anyone who’s doing a lot of cardio work and wants a complement to it that will still get their heart rate up.

As expected, this is a solid, challenging workout, if a little (a lot!) heavy on repetitive mountain climbers, but it didn’t really deliver the huffing, puffing cardio workout I’d hoped for. I felt it in my hips, thighs and shoulders much more than I felt it in my lungs.

Want to try this Core Fusion Cardio workout DVD for yourself? Leave a comment with why you want to win, and we’ll select one random U.S. reader to win in about a week. The winner will be contacted via email and in the comments. Good luck, FBGs! —Kristen

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102 Comments
  1. Erin says:

    I really like Core Fusion. I’d love to give this a try!

  2. amelia says:

    I’ve never done core fusion & would love to give it a try!! DVDS are so convenient – no excuses! – and would love to add a new one into the mix! Plus I have to get serious about a wedding workout – mine is in May and my sister’s is in October!

  3. Jenny says:

    I have 3 other of the core fusions DVDs and am absolutely addicted!!! This sounds like a fabulous addition to my rotation 🙂

  4. Tara says:

    I want to win to help me get back into pre-pregnancy shape!

  5. Anna says:

    I recently lost almost 30 lbs and am about 12 lbs away from having a healthy BMI. I have always been athletic, but now I am finally getting an athletes body! I can see definition in my arms,legs and back. However, after having three kids while being overweight, I can’t help but think that although I lost so much weight, I still look pregnant! My biggest challenge will be getting my core in shape and to reflect visually my fitness level. If Core Fushion works, then I am definately the ideal candidate to try it out and send in my results for others to see. I am still losing weight but definately need some help on getting my core to where it needs to be so I can finally be proud of my accomplishments! I don’t have the money right now to purhase this video but if I am a lucky winner of the giveaway, I will be sure to share my secrets of success with others!!!

    1. Jenn says:

      Congrats, Anna! You’re our winner! Sending an email off to you now to get your mailing address! 🙂

      –FBG Jenn

  6. Nicole says:

    Ever since starting to run, I have been in a cardio rut if I ever need to do anything indoors. I would love to try Core Fusion and add something a little extra to my routine.

    BTW, the Fila shorts are awesome! And the hubby likes them, too. 😉

  7. Angela says:

    I would love to win the DVD. I could use a cardio DVD as I mostly have sculpting DVDs in my collection.

  8. Jody says:

    I’d love to try this.

  9. Jess says:

    Always looking for a new cardio video with some CORE action!!

  10. Michelle Thayer says:

    I’ve never tried any core fusion program before but this one sounds interesting since it combines cardio and core. I just finished P90x and don’t know what to do next. This is definitely a program I’d like to try.

  11. Amber Nichole says:

    I have never done a Core Fusion work out before, and am trying to find new ways to get my heart rate up and my weight down! It looks like it would be awesome to try!

  12. Valerie says:

    I would love to try this out!

  13. Ivori says:

    I want to win the Core Fusion Cardio: Pure Intensity DVD, BECAUSE I need to lose those last, stubborn, 15 pounds !

    Help a wannabe Fit Bottom Girl out 🙂

    I’ll even send in before & after pictures !

  14. Melissa says:

    I’ve never tried a core fusion workout before, this would be a great one to try!

  15. I’m always looking for new takes on cardio because sometimes it gets a little boring for me. This DVD sounds like a great way to refresh my routine!

  16. Stacey says:

    I have never tried Core Fusion and would love to try this. I haven been working more so I am trying harder to get a work out in at home.

  17. Melissa says:

    I am terrible at figuring out what strength training exercises to do on my own. Core Fusion would def. give me a jump start on my strength training workouts.

  18. I have no core strength! And I want some! This vid would totally help me! 🙂 Thanks FBGs for another great give away!

  19. Maria says:

    I want this DVD because I don’t belong to a gym, it’s going to be getting chilly here in Chicago soon, and I enjoy trying out new workouts 🙂

  20. Therese Weber says:

    Sounds like fun! I’d love to try it!

  21. Andrea says:

    I want to win so I can work out with my roommate.

  22. Ashley H. says:

    I’d like to win b/c i love doing workout dvds.

  23. Chrissy says:

    I have never tried core fusion yet.. Would be a great way to get introduced to their videos!

  24. Molly says:

    Sounds like a challenge that I would like to take!! Mountain climbers and all. 🙂

  25. Nicole says:

    I love Fred & Elisabeth:) this sounds like fun!

  26. colleen b says:

    i want to win because i’m in the process of losing weight so this will be very helpful!
    holliister at gmail dot com

  27. Shannon says:

    I would love to try this DVD! I love trying new workout DVDs and mixing up the challenge for my body. I used to do competitive cheerleading and to do any running tumbling and especially standing tumbling (toetouch back tucks and the like) you have to have a great core and have awesome flexibility. It’s been years since my core was in that kind of awesome shape and I desperately want to get back to that!

  28. Keetha says:

    I haven’t tried any of the Core Fusion DVDs and this review has sparked my interest – I’d love to try it!

  29. Kelsey says:

    I teach a lot of exercise classes during the week AND work a day job sitting at a computer (boo 🙁 ) so it’d be nice to have another core-strengthening DVD in my arsenal to keep me strong throughout the day!

  30. alh1203 says:

    Oh man I want that tummy!!!!

  31. Robin says:

    I have lots of dvd’s but I don’t have any Core Fusion’s, I’d like to try it!

  32. dawn says:

    Would love to win this dvd! With four little ones at home right now I love to use a variety of dvd workouts!

  33. Bree says:

    I love getting new workout dvd’s. I only workout at home and get bored so a new one always brings new energy!

  34. Kate B says:

    I would love to give this a try! I am wanting to get into better shape, but I’m having a hard time finding workouts that appeal, and this sounds lovely. Thanks for the opportunity!

  35. Natalie says:

    I’m always looking for new workout DVDs to add to my regulars and would love to try this one! Thanks for all the great info you put together for us!

  36. Kate says:

    I gave up my gym membership, so would love to add this video to my new repertoire!

  37. jeanine says:

    I’d love to try this to find out what mountain climbers are. Although it sounds like I might regret it when I do….

  38. Kimberly says:

    A friend let me borrow the first video from this series. After previewing it, I thought that it would be easy to do. Well, my sore muscles told me different! This wasn’t an easy workout and I felt my muscles, core and posture moving in a very positive direction. The husband and wife team work together showing modifications and variations. I was working hard but it was a serene ambiance as well.

  39. Debbie says:

    I find the 10 minute segments so motivating and often I’m able to do more when I didn’t even want to do 10–just getting started is the hardest part. Thanks!

  40. SinnerElla says:

    Well, seeming as I have the quintessential “mommy pouch” and I am renewing my wedding vows with hubby in the near future, I would LOVE to have this DVD. I would assist me in my attempt to at least shrink it from “epic proportions” to “aww, look, isn’t it cute” size.

  41. Heather N. says:

    I would love to win because it is HOT in Kansas right now, and I need a change up on my cross days as I try to improve my 10k time before my October race! (Also, it looks AWESOME and MOTIVATING!) 🙂

  42. Linda Kish says:

    I have lost 30 lbs and have 10 more to go. I haven’t tried core fusion before. I’d love to try it now.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  43. I need a new ab workout and this dvd sounds awesome! I love their Body Sculpt dvd!

  44. Penny says:

    OMG! I would love to have this! This series is great and they really kicked it up a notch here!!! With 10 minute segments you can easily incorporate these into a custom workout with other dvds or use as an add-on! Super!

  45. Becky says:

    I want to win because I want abs like in the pic!

  46. erica says:

    This DVD looks amazing! I would love to give it a try!!!

  47. cindy says:

    Working on releasing 60 pounds so I can look great !!! Working out to improve my health. I love the core fusion series and this would really help me towards my goals.

  48. Mandi says:

    My abs NEED a workout like this! Wow! What a great chance, thanks for a great review, these are so helpful.

  49. Tracy says:

    I’d love to win this DVD because I want to burn some fat from my midsection. This DVD seems perfect!

  50. Emily says:

    Last summer I finally beat the bulge and lost 30 pounds all on my own, simply through walking more and eating right. But I ended up somewhat “skinny-fat.” Now, this summer, I’m finally working on toning up all over. I’ve been running 3-4 miles a day and doing strength training and pilates, and boy am I seeing a difference! I’ve lost more weight and toned up all over. I even have…wait for it…abs! Granted, they’re just the beginnings of abs, but they’re certainly there! I want to continue to see this definition, and I’m sure adding in this workout would be the perfect supplement to help me get my abs to where I want them to be!

  51. Melissa says:

    Would love to win this so I can try out Core Fusion!

  52. Laura says:

    Ooh, this video looks awesome! Count me in 🙂

  53. Sara says:

    I’ve lost over 56 pounds since January, but I’ve got this stubborn middle section that needs some serious work – looking for awesome core workouts that still get my heart rate up and make my body work hard!

  54. kiersten says:

    I Travel for work EVERY week. My current client is in an area with no gym and where I don’t feel safe running alone (I was attacked last fall) so as an everyday workout addict I am desperate for new DVDs I can do in my hotel room

  55. Monica says:

    I would love to try this so I can begin to incorporate more strength training into my cardio heavy workouts!

  56. “I’ve lost over 56 pounds since January, but I’ve got this stubborn middle section that needs some serious work – looking for awesome core workouts that still get my heart rate up and make my body work hard!”

    —-
    Sara, just curious how you lost that weight…were you using Core Fusion or another program? I’m partial to a different program but I’m always curious what other people are doing that works too. Have you found a program yet to work on your abs or are you going to stick with your current routine? Whatever route you go, good luck!

  57. Julia says:

    I always was a gym fanatic, but after having 2 kids found myself not dedicating any time for myself. It is really hard to escape for a workout, my only hope to start working out again are fitness dvds, hope to win this one to get back on track.

  58. Michelle says:

    I want to win this because I’ve read so many good things about the Exhale DVDs and liked what I saw on Collage, too. I use DVDs at home, and this looks like a great addition to my collection.

  59. Lydia says:

    Workout DVD’s are my go to during summer when the het keeps me inside most of the day.I have my fvorites but I’ve been in a workout rut lately and am looking for new favorites. I’d love to try Core Fusion, I’ve heard alot of good thing about their workouts.

  60. Laura says:

    Bring on core fusion cardio! Need to break up my running routine 🙂

  61. Stacia says:

    Would love to do this!!! Trying to get my butt back into shape!!

  62. Stephanie says:

    I’m sooooo bored with my library of dvd’s and I think my body has grown used to the work outs! I would love this video to switch it up and give my body a chance to experience a new workout. Plus, after a 4th baby, I need to tone up and don’t have the finances for a new dvd right now so this would be an awesome treat 🙂
    Thank you!!!

  63. This looks like the perfect DVD for a strong but lean core! Pick me, pick me!!

  64. lisa says:

    i’ve slowly, but surely, lost 31 pounds over the last few years. the part of my body that i struggle with the most is my midsection! core fusion sounds like a great/fun workout. i would love to try it out!!!

  65. Bethany says:

    Would love to win this to complement my running and biking. I definitely need to work more on my strength and flexibility!

  66. julie kisel says:

    i love mixing up my routines to keep challenging myself and keep my body from “getting used to” the same old thing. this dvd would be a great addition to my library!

  67. Arica S says:

    I would love adding this to my collection of workout dvds and ones that I lend out to clients!

  68. KNB says:

    I turn 40 today and need something to kick my fitness into high gear!

  69. Maya says:

    Would love to win this– I need a DVD I can use while traveling for work!

  70. Tanya says:

    Sure – I need to try out some workout DVD’s – considering I own none and spend all my time at the gym… ha

  71. Melissa says:

    Please add me to this giveaway.. I’d love to try it!

  72. anne g says:

    Would love to win this dvd. After two babies, I need major help with my core.

  73. LeeAnn says:

    I’d love to try a new kick-butt workout to break out of my current rut.. I mean routine!

  74. emily says:

    The fact that there is a progression to the dvd would be awesome for someone like me who still has a lot to learn about fitness. also i need a dvd because i can’t afford to go to the gym and the two dvds i have are not very challenging. i hope i win!

  75. Anna says:

    I would really love to have this DVD… really

  76. Noelle says:

    Want to try it to get ripped!

  77. Mellissa Kipfmiller says:

    I love trying new workouts! I’d love to win this!

  78. Christina says:

    I would love to win this because it sounds right up my (fitness) alley.

  79. steph says:

    I would love to win this DVD! I am so into keeping my body in shape! I am a Nurse and seeing most of my patients dealing with weight and weight related issues due to diabetes etc keeps my more motivated than ever! I love being fit!

  80. Andrea says:

    This looks like a workout that would be handy to use when I’m at home and want to do something different. I usually walk outside or go to the gym where I work, but that can get old and I know it’s good to mix things up every now and then to challenge your muscles. I’m pretty shy on strength work and the description here sounded like something I’d be able to handle.

  81. I would love to win this core fusion cardio to add some variety to my workout.

  82. Evangelene says:

    It’s time to change things up for me, so yes, I’d like to try it.

  83. Tracy says:

    Would love to add this to my routine!!!

  84. Oh how i need this, I am losing my motivation and this is just what the Dr. ordered.

  85. Erika Walker says:

    I want to win! I just finished a triathlon and can’t bare the thought of boring biking, swimming or running! Pick me! Pick me!

  86. Jan Pomnitz says:

    Looks intense. Would love to try it.

  87. Catherine says:

    I have been trying intensity workouts lately. Got to get the rest of the baby weight off! I would LOVE to win!

  88. Caitlin S says:

    I want to win because this is just what I need to add to my half marathon training!!! AND so I can write my own article about the video in the magazine I write for and my blog!

  89. Angela says:

    I would love to win this DVD! I miss this type of workout and my runs and walks aren’t cutting it!

  90. Arin says:

    Oooh … I’d love to win this! I’ve been thinking about trying out Core Fusion for awhile!

  91. Melissa Caicedo says:

    I have been doing Core Fusion for three months now and I loveeee this type of exercise!! However, sometimes I do wish that the intensity of these exercises could be higher….But now I am really excited that Core Fusion will realease this Pure Intensity version….I would looove to have this DVD!!!

  92. Lisa says:

    This work out DVD looks Amazing. I really need a good work out that i can do in little time since i have little time to work out. It’s so hard to get a really good workout in less that 30 minutes, but looking at the description of the dvd it looks like this would really work for me. I would love to win this and try it out.

  93. kia says:

    I’m always looking for different strength and cardio workouts and I think this would be great!

  94. Julie says:

    I would love to win this! I’m always looking for new ways to add variety to my workouts! Thanks!

  95. Shauna says:

    Would like to win this. I like to try different workouts.

  96. Letty says:

    I’d love to win! This would be perfect to do at home when I can’t make the gym with sick kiddos! 🙂

  97. Dani S says:

    I so need this. I’ve been eating too much summer food and drinking to match it! Time to kick it up a notch!

  98. Tamra says:

    I’d love to win this! I promise I will use it everyday!! 🙂

  99. Elizabeth Conte-Vitullo says:

    After surgery and 4 weeks of only walking, I need this DVD. My core has weakened and this DVD would be a great workout to engage those essential muscles.

  100. MarLee22 says:

    I have to have foot surgery in early September. I’m looking for workouts I can do after that because I will not be able to bear weight on that foot for 2 months. If this is broken down into 10min segments, maybe I can do some of the segments and work my core and arms so I don’t lose too much ground. I would love to try it. Thus, I would appreciate winning the giveaway:)

  101. Kait says:

    I just started reading your blog and purchased Core Fusion Body Sculpt per your recommendation. I would love to win this DVD.