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DVD Review: Skinny B*tch Fitness — Boot Camp

First came the book, Skinny B*itch — a saucy self-help book to help ladies change their relationship with food and take control of their lives. Then coauthors and BFFs Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin wrote a cookbook, Skinny B*itch in the Kitch. Now these ladies want to get you moving, so they created some fitness DVDs. The other night I tried their Boot Camp ($10) workout.

After defending the name and the graphics of the DVD to my husband, I worked it in my living room with Rory and Kim. The 45-minute basic workout alternates between dumbbell strength training segments and light to medium cardio. The workout is fun, and Rory and Kim chat, complain, and encourage you throughout the DVD, all the while offering variations for less fit and less flexible folks. These ladies are entertaining and I giggled through bicep curls and squat thrusts. I appreciated their humor and camaraderie, even if it made me roll my eyes occasionally. Eye rolling surely burns extra calories, right? The workout ends with ab work, including crunches and planks. The gals have also dreamed up five five-minute workouts for the severely time-crunched fitness enthusiast.

I enjoyed this boot camp workout. I love mixing strength training into my cardio. This workout will not get your heart pounding hard for long periods of time, but my heart rate stayed solidly in my fat burning zone for most of the workout with occasional upward spikes during squat thrusts.

This is a great DVD to work out with on a rainy day. It gets you moving and makes you smile. You can buy it directly from Warner Brothers.

Do you have any questions you are dying to ask these skinny b*itches? I am going to interview Rory and Kim soon, and if there is something you are dying to know about their advice, books, or DVDs, leave your question in the comments section below and I will try to work it into the conversation.

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KateLynn2011 KateLynn2011 8 years
"Skinny B*tch" and "Skinny B*tch in the Kitch" were great reads! I now eat vegan and my body, inside and out, is way better because of it! I'm not sure I'd buy this one though, because to my knowledge, neither one of them has a background in exercise. Maybe a library read..
AMP AMP 8 years
I liked the skinny bitch book. I read it after natural cures though, so it was a lot of information I already knew. But I find them funny and light hearted so I appreciated that. And I don't think they are pushing their views on anyone. Its an educational read for those not really aware of what is in every day food, especially wrt meat dairy sugar... If you don't like what they have to say, you don't have to follow it. There are plenty of other diet books out there.
chatnoir chatnoir 8 years
I love the Skinny B books. My BFF turned me on to it and I've passed it on as well. I'm going to order this workout. Rory and Kim get it!! <3 If you haven't read the books then don't judge.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
I will pass. We really need to get beyond the skinny/fat tags...
chameleon7 chameleon7 8 years
Snowbunny and mod16, you are misunderstood me and you must of not read my previous post. Where I stated that I have no problems with people who are vegans/vegetarians. I have them in my family and I am fine with the way they eat. I also have and still do eat things that are considered vegan/vegetarains (actually label as such) - even though I do not consider myself one. I wouldn't do that if I had a problem with a group of people and/or lifestyle. When someone does push their views upon me I usually do not listen or read.
mod16 mod16 8 years
i definitely agree with you snowbunny. chameleon, what you said was very ignorant. what's your problem with people who have a different (probably healthier) lifestyle than you? you say that you don't like people, who push their ideas and values upon you.. so what? don't listen/ read if you don't like it. i love this book! i am not a vegan, but in the back of the book they have some great recipes! i would like to try out the workout tape
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Chameleon- not to start anything, but it makes me unhappy that you would have a "problem" with a group of people based simply on what they choose to eat and not to eat. Talk about a poor reason to judge people you don't even know. Especially since many vegetarians and vegans eat special diets for moral/ethical and health reasons, neither of which seem very objectionable. I did enjoy Skinny Bitch, but I can see how it isn't for everyone. One of the main things I took from it is that (I believe) it took the authors several years to overhaul their eating habits, because it really is a drastic change from the typical American diet. I do believe it is a very healthy diet, and it's certainly an ethical one. It's been a year since I read the book, and I have cut out all meat products, I am working on dairy, and I eat far more fruits and vegetables, so it's been a positive change for me. And their book really was a catalyst for that. But I feel that you'll pry my Morningstar chik'n out of my cold, dead hands, so there is only so far I feel comfortable in going right now with the diet. Who knows how I'll feel in a couple years. And eating only fruit for breakfast makes me freaking sick as hell, so usually 50% of my breakfast is fruit! I suppose if you were to ask them anything, Fit, it might be to talk a little bit about how long it took them to change their diet, and what their responses are to people who are angry that this seems like vegan propaganda. Honestly, I think the people who had problems with the vegetarian part may just feel defensive about eating meat in light of the horribleness of the meat/dairy industries. I certainly felt really guilty eating meat before I became a vegetarian, but instead of admitting it, I just blabbed on about how in love with steak and bacon I was!
chameleon7 chameleon7 8 years
You are assuming people here do not research before buying something. Even if they didn't it doesn't mean they have to or are following it. Just because they are naysayers doesn't mean they shouldn't buy it and why should it matter?
ur_momm ur_momm 8 years
p.s. their chocolate chip cookies are TO DIE FOR!!
ur_momm ur_momm 8 years
for those of you saying NEGATIVE things about "pushing people to be vegans" did someone PUSH you to buy the book? No... and if you read a bit about the book before purchasing it, you would know they are vegan and therefor they arent going to encourage people to eat meat! I havent read their book cover to cover but I did get their recipe book as a present and i love it, the recipes ive tried taste great and i didnt have to spend my life savings on groceries either! I think its fun that they made a dvd with the same humour they put into their books, i wouldnt have it any other way. so to all you nay-sayers, just dont buy the book!
ashopaholic ashopaholic 8 years
I'm a fan of the Skinny Bitch book but you have to read it with a grain of salt imo. There is some useful info in there though I think they rely too much on PROCESSED vegan/vegetarian food. As a strict vegetarian it did not give good diet options for a healthy diet imo. Skinny Bitch in the Kitch was useless from what I have seen browsing in the book store. I'm tempted to try the dvd's though! :)
superfitchic superfitchic 8 years
Totally unrealistic! I do get some chuckles out of the book tho. I exercise with Trainerpack instead.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I guess the word 'camp' in the title works on two levels with this video....but hey, I can appreciate both!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Why would I want to listen to the fitness instructors complaining during the workout? To me, that's a big turnoff...I'd rather be pushed hard by a fitness instructor that is more no-nonsense. It sounds like Rory and Kim are of the school that "exercise sucks, but you need to do it in order to be thin", not "exercise is good for you and you should do it to improve your heart and body, not just to get skinny". I'll go with a more straightforward workout, thanks.
Calimie Calimie 8 years
I haven't read the book but I'm pretty sure you can follow a very healthy diet eating meat. I respect vegetarians and vegans but I don't want to be pressured into being one out of health reasons, not moral reasons (I understand these).
chameleon7 chameleon7 8 years
I should point out that I have problem with people who are vegans or vegetarians (I have some in my family), but with anything in general I do not like when someone or people push their views on to you or tries to...
chameleon7 chameleon7 8 years
I haven't read the books, but I have heard good and bad things about them - mostly bad. From what couple have said above (unrealistic) to pushing people to be vegans to harsh bullies to disgusting and more
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
greatscott what do you mean unrealistic? i haven't read the book, but i was interested.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Are certified fitness trainers?
smashedpotatoe13 smashedpotatoe13 8 years
i read the original book and it really made me angry. its completely unrealistic and totally unhealthy to eat like that.
greatscott200 greatscott200 8 years
I read skinny b*tch the original book. I agreed with alot of what they said but there ideas for eating are extremely unrealistic. Unless your loaded. If money doesn't matter, go to town with there diet.
deanna024 deanna024 8 years
I have a question for them. How do you interpret the term "bitch?" Do you see it as positive or negative in your use of the word.
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