Exhale: Core Fusion 30 Day Sculpt

Jenn is constantly trying to make a yoga lover out of me, but it’s just never been my thing. With that being said, you can imagine my surprise when I popped in the Exhale: Core Fusion 30 Day Sculpt into the DVD player only to find out it was yoga. Nooo! Downward dog!? Did you just say downward dog to me?! You did! YOU DID!

Here’s the deal though. I have issues with commitment. Once I start something I have to finish it, which is probably why I still haven’t read the Harry Potter books…I just can’t commit knowing it takes that much time. Thirty days of yoga. You’re killing me, universe!

Those folks from Acacia were smart, though. While the DVDs are definitely for those who want to work on their core through the practice of yoga, it’s easy enough for folks like me to follow. I even let go of that “yoga” word and started thinking of it as good “mat work.” I wasn’t savvy with some of the poses, but Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp did a pretty good explaining (slowly) what to do.

Plus, it’s only 20 minutes a day. Right when I was about to scream at the TV, “No more yogaaa!” it would be over, and I’d find myself thinking it wasn’t so bad. And it wasn’t always yoga. Each week includes 20-minute workouts (plus a day of rest!) that mix sculpting and cardio moves. This proved helpful considering I have a pretty tight schedule when it comes to how I like to work out. This workout wasn’t so strenuous that I couldn’t do it every day plus my normal routines.

The only personal hang-up I had with the DVD was the lack of information. My butt twitches when I buy a DVD for the sheer purpose of anti-gym sentiments only to find out I need weights and other supplies that weren’t listed on the DVD cover. You get ready, you’re all excited to go and then BAM! You see the cute group of folks sporting 5-pound weights and you hang your head in defeat. Doh! So, yeah, you’ll need light weights, a yoga mat, a light medicine ball and a wall for certain workouts. (See where I’m going with this?) Now, if pulling together a home gym doesn’t bother you as much as me, then this might just be the P90X of yoga you’ve been looking for.

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

Fit Bottomed Line: If you have lots of fitness goodies at home and love yoga or Exhale’s other DVDs, you’ll probably like Core Fusion 30 Day Sculpt, too. 

Are you a fan of workout DVDs that require commitment or have a monthly plan of attack? Are you able to stick with it? —Tish


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  1. I need the commitment requirements to stick with it. The workout plans are crucial for me. Otherwise it would be the same as walking around the gym not knowing where to start!

  2. I have all the DVDs that this 30 day Sculpt comes from, so no suprises on equipment. I use to do 30 minutes of this daily since it came on right before Classical Stretch on PBS. I love the variety but can’t decide if I should get it since I have all the other Exhale DVDs. I think knowing I need to stick with the 30 days straight would definitely help me.

  3. @Samantha you would LOVE this DVD then! lol…I feel you on the commitment part. I just am really weird when it comes to yoga. I’m the odd gal out on this one…I know this now.

  4. I do barre, yoga and pilates here and there – not regularly. I am mainly a Cathe fan. That said, I really really like this couple. This is my third dvd by them and have just ordered a 4th. I always feel my core worked with their workouts and although these workouts are short – they are to the point. I like this dvd as an add on and have been adding on a 20 minute workout everyday lately. It’s encouraging me to do more yoga and ab work which I wouldn’t otherwise do.