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Review: Biggest Loser At-Home Challenge Workout DVD

biggest loser dvdDoing a Biggest Loser DVD is pretty much an easy choice. Who wouldn’t want to exercise like they were at The Biggest Loser ranch? Or spend some quality time with Bob Harper? Or look at Dolvett Quince in red? (Because good God he looks drool-worthy in that color.) Or work out with former at-home winners of the show? We knew we would.

The latest in The Biggest Loser DVD line is The Biggest Loser At-Home Challenge, which is pretty much like the rest of The Biggest Loser DVDs on the market. You get a customizable mix-and-match menu with a variety of segments with pretty good instruction, fun music and a “real-person” quality to it since there are no fitness models used. In this one, the trainers are Bob, Dolvett and Anna Kournikova, and the contestants are Heba Salama, Jim Germanakos, Rebecca Meyer and Bernie Salazar. (Poor Jim didn’t make the cover.)

Now, let’s break it down piece by piece. First, you have the Warm-Up. Anna leads this 5-minute section, and it’s pretty basic. There are your basic stretches, pliés and other moves to warm the body up, plus modifications for the more challenging stretches like the runner’s lunge. Next, Anna leads Phase 1 Cardio, which is 10 minutes of sports drills with options to make the movements more (read: hard). From skaters to running man (a really low lunge with a tap back, then a knee and then a hop) to curtesy lunges with kicks, it may be “phase 1,” but it’s no beginner’s picnic. Phase 1 Strength is another 10 minutes of fun, with strength moves that use just your body weight. There are squats to side lunges, planks where you bring your knees to each elbow, balance work and more planks that make you row, twist and side plank. Again, no picnic. But at least Dolvett leads it and has a tight shirt on.

Then you move on to Phase 2 Cardio. This 15-minute workout is more challenging—and Bob is leading it (nothing is easy when Bob is in charge). It’s pretty much a Bob-rific segment that uses dumbbells for kettlebell-inspired moves. There are swings, static squats holding weights, moves where you’re swinging the dumbbell like a bat, squat jumps, jacks with weight—plenty of semi-complicated stuff to get your heart rate up fast and keep it up. Phase 2 Strength with Bob is a touch easier than Phase 2 Cardio because your heart rate doesn’t get as high, but oh-my-goodness do you feel the burn. Using up to 8-pound dumbbells, you do side lunges with a static front raise, knee-ups with a hold and upper-body work, and then there’s the fun combo move of a squat while reaching the dumbbells back behind you and then up and overhead for a tricep press and then back down to a squat again. Oh, and there’s plenty of pulsing and holding, too. There’s not much to write home about in the Cool Down, which is four minutes of your basic stretching and yoga with Anna again.

Although the moves aren’t timed to the music (and, for me, that always makes for a more jazzed workout), the music in this workout DVD is fun. Be warned though that although the sections are labeled as “cardio” and “strength,” all of them have moves that are both cardio and strength. Particularly, your legs and core never get a break in this DVD.

Which leads me to my next point. If you were to do any of the sections on their own, I’d say that each of these are pretty darn good. They’re full-body, burn calories and aren’t the same moves you’re used to seeing time and time again. However, if you were to do all or even some of the segments back to back—week after week—you’d be doing A LOT of squats, lunges and planks. So much so that I think you could mentally get pretty sick of them and that you could put your body at an increased risk of repetitive injury. Use a segment here or there during your week though, and I think you’re golden.

While I really liked that you could always look to Heba for lower-impact and beginner modifications, some of the instruction was hit or miss. The trainers are, on the whole, good with giving form cues and are motivating without being overly up in your grill, but it’s clear that Bob has the most experience with instructing a workout for a DVD (and rightly so!). Dolvett isn’t bad by any means, but it feels like with more practice you’d get to see more of his personality and spunk. ‘Cause I know it’s in there. And then there’s Anna. Honest to goodness, she couldn’t be much cuter in her Lululemon top—she’s almost like a little Russian bunny hopping about. But it’s obvious that it’s her first workout DVD, and she just comes off flat in her sections, almost like she’s reading a teleprompter.

FBG Rating (Out of 5):

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

Overall: ★★★1/2

Fit Bottomed Line: You’ll need more than just this workout DVD in your collection for overall fitness, but for Biggest Loser fans who want more of the show, more of the trainers and more of a challenge than the past Biggest Loser DVDs, it’s a fun addition to the workout rotation.

Want to try this Biggest Loser At-Home Challenge DVD yourself? Leave a comment telling us who your favorite Biggest Loser trainer is, and we’ll select one lucky U.S. reader to win in about a week! —Jenn

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  1. Erin says:

    I always like to try new DVDs!

  2. Michelle H says:

    I miss Jillian!

  3. Amanda says:

    As a trainer, Jillian. As a trainer to stare at, Dolvett;-)

  4. Nicole says:

    I love Jillian!

  5. Debbie says:

    I don’t know, I’m a Jillian lover, but I think Bob is so motivational, especially on his Facebook page and in selling his personal workout DVDs for very little. I tried a few of his DVDs and he pushes, but just enough.

  6. Amy says:

    My favorite trainer is Jillian Michaels. She pushes you to be your best. I used to have her 30 day shred but lost it 🙁 I need to get in wedding shape!

  7. Robin says:

    Bob. Nuf said.

  8. Samantha Leach says:

    I’ve always loved Bob,but I think Dolvett is kind of awesome too!

  9. Nicole says:

    No ifs, ands or buts — 100% Bob Harper.

  10. alh1203 says:

    Totally love Jillian, but of the current ones Bob is the best.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    I stopped watching the show when Jillian left–just doesn’t seem the same without her!

  12. Cassie B says:

    Bob Harper. LOVE him. Random story – I use to work for the limo company that drove him. I almost became a driver JUST so I could talk/meet/stalk him. But, I hate driving in LA.

  13. Krista says:

    Bob all the way!

  14. Bob is great, but Dolvett is soooo my type. I will work out just to watch him. Excellent motivation.

  15. Betsy says:

    I loooooove Bob! I have all of the other BL workout DVDs and he’s by far my favorite trainer! The first BL workout is my favorite….100% BOB! 🙂

  16. Michele says:

    My fave is bob!

  17. Connie says:

    I absolutly love Bob! He has been and always will be the best in my mind. 🙂

  18. S says:

    This site led me to Jillian and I’m trying her 30 day shred right now… Here’s hoping. Love the reviews.

  19. John says:

    I love Bob! He’s my favorite.

  20. MeMe says:

    I loved Bob and Jillian equally for different reasons.

  21. Robin Whiting says:


  22. Margie says:

    Jillian was the best. Bob is amazing. Dolvett is hot.

  23. My favorite trainer will always be Jillian and even though I love Dolvett it’s still Bob OF COURSE.

  24. caberk says:

    I am a Jillian fan through & through. She’s tough but gets to the heart of the matter

  25. i love the positivity and encouragement bob harper gives when he is instructing a workout! plus the fact that he worked hard for his fitness and didn’t take the easy way out at any point is really inspiring!

  26. Deanne says:

    I like Bob. I need someone to yell at me to keep me motivated and push me further… I’ll find any reason to slack off!

  27. Lauren says:

    Jillian is my favorite– I love her 30 Day Shred too!

  28. casey says:

    I personally like both Bob and Jillian. They each have different styles and qualities I like. If I had to pick one I’d pick Bob:)

  29. hali says:

    I never had a favorite..boring like that. lol
    Liked Bob and Jillian both! 🙂

  30. Apple says:

    Bob is definitely my favorite!!! 🙂

  31. Suzanne says:

    Bob is my favorite but Dolvett is a close second!

  32. Bernadette Chan says:

    Jillian! of course! Everyone needs a good butt kicking every now and then!

  33. Carrie says:

    Bob has always been my favorite!

  34. Tamra says:

    I love Bob and Jillian. I just started watching with season 11 but I’m going back through on netflix. I don’t have any of their dvd’s, so I think I should get this one 😉

  35. Donna says:

    I have one of Jillian’s workout dvd’s but Bob is my favorite trainer on the show, would love to have one if his!! Thanks.

  36. kim says:

    My fab is Bob! He is so positive and encouraging – a real life changer. I also love that he didn’t abandon the show – he is a real role model.

  37. Victoria says:

    I’d have to say Bob. He’s not only tough but I find him to be so motivational and inspiring that it actually makes me want to change! I love him!

  38. Amanda says:

    I LOVE Jillian… But Dolvett’s definitely easy on the eyes! Might be tough concentrating on the workouts with that gorgeous body to stare at! 😉

  39. Courtney says:

    Dolvett is my favorite! I have Bob’s DVD and it is challenging! Would love to have one with many voices!

  40. Kelley says:

    I love Dolvett!

  41. Bob is hands down my fave. I had the chance to work out with him in person once and he’s awesome in real life.

  42. Jenn says:

    And our winner is…Deanne for comment #26! Emailing you now for your mailing address, Deanne. Congrats!

    And a big thanks to all who entered!
    –FBG Jenn

  43. Felicia Levine says:

    I went to The Biggest Loser Casting Call in Austin. It was the best experience! Bob is my Favorite! He gets me motivated every week! And Dolvett is AMAZING! I miss Jillian, but babies and family are great too! I have dropped 60 lbs in 6 months getting inspired for years by Bob and now from Dolvett!

  44. Cindy Reams says:

    Who wouldn’t want to win this!

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