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DVD Review: Jari Love's Get Extremely Ripped

DVD Review: Jari Love's Get Extremely Ripped

Drawn to the title Get Extremely Ripped, I must admit I was excited to try this DVD with this text gracing the bottom cover: "Scientifically proven to burn fat 3x faster." I am a fitness geek, what can I say. This hour-long DVD is full of classic strength-training moves — lots of squats, lunges, overhead presses, and biceps curls. The moves are done fairly quickly and each section combines a lower body sequence with upper body moves. You are often working more than one joint at time, and this helps keep your heart rate up. Get Extremely Ripped contains two 30-minute workouts that can be done separately or combined for an hour workout, which is what I did. I followed up my workout with the eight-minute ab section, which combines crunches and planks with push-ups.

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I felt extremely worked by the end of the video, and did more reps than I would do on my own, which I consider a plus. Jari cues the workout well and offers helpful pointers. She does, however, make really odd small talk with the folks demonstrating the moves. The music is very mellow techno with a steady beat, but it lacks inspiration. The hour-long version of the workout is a little repetitive, but the 30-minute version would give you a solid full-body workout. The warmup is brief but gets your heart rate going, yet the stretching at the end is too short. If you do this workout, you should continue stretching while credits roll. I will do this workout again with the TV volume down listening to my own tunes. I burned 371 calories in an hour and eight minutes, and I know I will sleep tight tonight having tired out just about every muscle in my body.

If you have worked out with a DVD by Jari Love, tell me what you thought of it in the comments section below.

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