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Old 10-25-14, 10:55 AM  
Candiceena
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Washington State
Jessica's Ultimate Workouts for Weight Loss 4-DVD Collection

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share a recent purchase of mine and RAVE about it!

It is Jessica Smith's The Ultimate Workouts for Weight Loss 4-DVD Collection. Now these are not new workouts but they come bundled in a 4-pack and include:

10 Pounds Down Cardio Abs
Total Body Balance
Barre Fitness
Walking for Weight Loss, Wellness, and Energy

I got the set at Marys for about $43 after using the 10off coupon, plus free shipping.

Here is why I love this:
  • Jessica is so encouraging and kind and really tells you to listen to your body.
  • She does all the workouts along with you.
  • She wears workout clothes like me (I know this sounds silly but sometimes when I see instructors in super-fancy workout clothes it makes me feel guilty about my basic black capris & tank top).
  • It has a great mix of styles - walking, strength training, barre, Pilates/yoga, kickboxing, fusion.
  • There are a ton of workouts on here - 12, plus a 4-min tabata.
  • None of the workouts are over 30 min, except the 2 walking ones which are 40 if you include the warm up and cool down. The core of the walking ones is still only 30.
  • This is a great place to start if you are trying to get back into fitness like me and maybe you don't want to end up a sweaty mess after your workout, but you don't want just a yoga DVD. I find Total Body Balance to be especially good for that.
I think most of these DVDs go for $12-$16 on their own. She also has a 2-week rotation posted on her website that uses these, if you are interested.

I used to work out with The FIRM and also Cathe, but I have been wanting to get back to working out and looking for shorter workouts that were not HIIT but weren't only yoga either. These have totally hit the spot. I would say they are a great choice for working up to higher fitness levels or if you just want to have some options for low-impact, low-intensity. You could also string some of the cardio w/o's together to get some LISS (low intensity steady state) cardio sessions that are 30-60-80 min if you wanted a longer session.
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Old 10-25-14, 11:45 AM  
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I have all of these workouts too, and Jessica is one of my favorite trainers.

I received an email of a new fall challenge from Jessica today. She has the option of doing the youtube workouts only or adding a bonus DVD to that day as well. I like that she's offering a combination on this challenge.

Here's the fall Challenge:

Day #1: Sat. Nov 1st -- 25-Minute Cardio Boot Camp Boogie
DVD BONUS: 28-Minute Cardio Abs

Day #2: Sun. Nov 2nd -- ACTIVE REST DAY! Daylight Savings officially begins today, so enjoy that extra hour of sleep.

Day #3: Mon. Nov 3rd -- 20-Minute Belly, Buns and Thighs Yoga
DVD BONUS: 30-Minute Buns and Thighs Walk

Day #4: Tues. Nov 4th -- 30-Minute Cardio Ball Blast
DVD BONUS: 30-Minute Flat Abs Walk

Day #5: Wed. Nov 5th -- 30-Minute Total Body Chisel + Burn
DVD BONUS: 20-Minute Sole Sculpt

Day #6: Thurs. Nov 6th -- 25-Minute Barre Abs, Buns + Thighs
DVD BONUS: 20-Minute Floor Barre

Day #7: Fri. Nov 7th -- 30-Minute Dance Party!
DVD BONUS: 30-Minute Latin Dance Walk

Day #8: Sat. Nov 8th -- 25-Minute Rise and Shine Workout
DVD BONUS: 30-Minute Fusion Walk

Day #9: Sun. Nov 9th -- ACTIVE REST DAY

Day #10: Mon. Nov 10th -- 36-Minute Stride and Step
DVD BONUS: 20-Minute Core Stretch

Day #11: Tues. Nov 11th -- 30-Minute Stability Ball Sculpt [No ball? No prob! Try this workout instead]
DVD BONUS: 30-Minute Stride and Strength Walk

Day #12: Wed. Nov 12th -- 30-Minute Cardio Fusion Flow
DVD BONUS: 20-Minute Cardio Dance Sculpt

Day #13: Thurs. Nov 13th -- 10-Minute Total Body in 10
DVD BONUS: 28-Minute Total Body Abs Transformer

Day #14: Fri. Nov 14th -- 30-Minute Cardio Ballet
DVD BONUS: 20-Minute Barre Burn

Day #15: Sat. Nov 15th -- 30-Minute Full Body Stretch, Rest and Relax
DVD BONUS: 40-Minute (including warm up and cool down) High Energy Walk

Day #16: Sun. Nov 16th -- ACTIVE REST DAY

Day #17: Mon. Nov 17th -- 20-Minute Calorie Crushing Cardio
DVD BONUS: 40-Minute (including warm up and cool down) Power Interval Walk

Day #18: Tues. Nov 18th -- 40-Minute Sole Sculpt
DVD BONUS: 20-Minute Cardio Flow

Day #19: Wed. Nov 19th -- 30-Minute Power Interval Walk
DVD BONUS: 30-Minute Dance Walk

Day #20: Thurs. Nov 20th -- 20-Minute Beach Body Pilates
DVD BONUS: 30-Minute Flat Abs Walk

Day #21: Fri. Nov 21st -- 30-Minute Kickboxing Ballet
DVD BONUS: 26-Minute Concentrated Abs

Day #22: Sat. Nov 22nd -- 53-Minute Fusion Sculpt
DVD BONUS: 20-Minute Core Stretch

Day #23: Sun. Nov. 23rd -- ACTIVE REST DAY!

Day #24: Mon. Nov 24th -- 40-Minute Chair Cardio + Strength
DVD BONUS: 20-Minute Floor Barre

Day #25: Tues. Nov 25th -- 30-Minute Low Impact Quiet Cardio
DVD BONUS: 20-Minute Cardio Ballet

Day #26: Wed. Nov 26th -- 8-Minute Total Body Express Workout
DVD BONUS: 20-Minute Core Stretch

Day #27: Thurs. Nov 27th -- HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
13-Minute Fastest Fat Blaster (this link won't be available until after it airs on 11/1). [Need to stay low impact? Sub in this workout instead].
DVD BONUS: 4-Minute Tummy Torching Tabata

Day #28: Fri. Nov 28th -- 30-Minute Weight Loss Sculpt
DVD BONUS: 20-Minute Cardio Dance Sculpt

Day #29: 30-Minute Sunset Barefoot Walk
DVD BONUS: 30-Minute Fusion Walk

Day #30: ACTIVE REST DAY
CELEBRATE - CHALLENGE COMPLETE!
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Old 10-30-14, 11:12 AM  
jerebo
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Thanks for posting the Fall Challenge schedule. I signed up for the Fall Challenge, but apparently too late (it was the day after), and I didn't get any info on it. Just one question: which DVDs are necessary for the challenge? I recently bought Cardio Abs, but I haven't bought the others, yet.

TIA!
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Old 10-30-14, 11:20 AM  
donnamp
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Maryland, USA
Hi,
Jessica is one of my absolute favorite instructors - I have all the DVDs except Cardio Abs.
I'm planning to do her fall challenge sprinkled in w/ some Suzanne Bowen and Classical Stretch.

She is the best! She also, IMHO, puts together very balanced rotations - I am prone to over use injuries but I have never gotten injured following Jessica's plans - I did her workouts almost exclusively this spring/summer - and I think it is b/c of the large variety of exercise styles and types and Jessica's encouragement not to kill yourself while working out.

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Old 10-30-14, 11:48 AM  
Tinks
 
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Originally Posted by jerebo View Post
Thanks for posting the Fall Challenge schedule. I signed up for the Fall Challenge, but apparently too late (it was the day after), and I didn't get any info on it. Just one question: which DVDs are necessary for the challenge? I recently bought Cardio Abs, but I haven't bought the others, yet.

TIA!
She's using 2 DVD sets:

1. Walk On: 3-DVD Super Set

2. The Ultimate Workouts for Weight Loss 4-DVD Collection

Here's part of her email message that explains more about the fall challenge:

"And, because so many of you have requested we include our DVDs in more of our challenges, we're offering you two special options this year:

Option 1: Follow along using all of the 100% FREE routines from our YouTube Channel workouts (thanks for remembering to subscribe!) as listed below.

Option 2: Follow along with our YouTube channel workouts and add in our bonus DVD routines for a little extra.

We've outlined the full plan below so that you can decide before we start which option is right for you! And feel free to mix and match to best meet your schedule and needs (split up the two workouts into two sessions, do them all at once, or do the 1 you prefer for that day)."


Donna- I'm planning on trying the Fall challenge too!
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Old 10-30-14, 11:55 AM  
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Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Maryland, USA
We have a Jessica Smith check in available!

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Old 10-30-14, 03:37 PM  
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I also wanted to add that it isn't necessary to have the DVDs to do the rotation, you can use just the You Tube workouts. Another option, if you wanted to add the "bonus" workout but don't have the DVDs is to find something similar in her You Tube collection. I am probably not going to double up Jessica's workouts on most days - I do want to add some of Suzanne Bowen's workouts since I paid for her site for this month!

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Old 10-31-14, 08:42 AM  
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Candice - great review. Sounds like a nice complete set. Also makes me want to take a look at her other set of 3 workouts.
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Old 10-31-14, 10:43 AM  
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Candice - great review. Sounds like a nice complete set. Also makes me want to take a look at her other set of 3 workouts.
I was just wondering if anyone would chime in on that set. When those workouts came out individually, I wasn't all that intrigued, but now that I have found the Jessica Love, I've been considering that set -- just can't pull the trigger somehow (maybe because I have so many dvds and she has all that youtube content as well!). I do like to support her so that may be how I justify it. She is very generous with her free workouts and they are good quality!
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Old 10-31-14, 11:46 AM  
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bee - I have three of the four workouts - the one I don't have is the Cardio Abs workout - and I really like them all! If you like her You Tube stuff you will at least like 3 of the 4 (I'm only not sure about the 4th - Cardio Abs b/c I don't have it!)

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