Studio: Acorn Media Release Date: 12/31/2007 Run time: 45 minutes Rating: Nr
My New Favorite Workout!!! I own over 30 workout videos and this is my new favorite by far. It is honestly like having your own personal trainer in your living room! Erin is a great instructor. Her cuing is excellent and she explains the benefits to the moves which really helps to keep you from giving up. What I really love, though, is that she keeps motivating you throughout--"You can do it!" She kept me going with a smile on my face and a sense of accomplishment at the end. Also, she makes sure your back is supported throughout and that you are in proper alignment. This is great for me after having back surgery--this workout did not strain my back at all! It's a great total body workout. You will definitely feel it the next day. Lots of different, inventive moves not found in other workout videos to target specific muscles. As someone who used to be in great shape and is trying to get back there, I feel like this workout will help me accomplish that. Highly recommended!...more info
Love it!!! Couldn't ask for a better video for your home workout. Easy to follow and Erin is a great instructor....more info
Challenging Such a great DVD. Just what I wanted to begin strength training for lifelong health.
Erin has the perfect tone...not chirpy, not like a drill sergeant. You actually feel as she wants to help you get a good workout. I am fit and in shape, I've been using the DVD 2 months and I still find it challenging. Highly recommended....more info
A great intermediate, total body workout ;-> I bought this on a whim actually. I didn't know of the instructor Erin O'Brien, but wanted a new workout. I ended up picking a great dvd here. It's toning done standing and done on the floor and it works out almost every muscle in your body.
Erin is a great instructor. She explains everything so well by telling you why you are doing what you're doing. She cues well and so you always know what's coming up. You can do the basic move that's demonstrated, or the tougher variations which is shown in a separate square in the corner of the screen. That's a great feature in itself so you can progress easily and move up when you're ready. All you need is some weights and you're ready to go. Even though she's not totally well known, I highly recommend this workout to everyone because almost anyone can follow it, and it will compliment any of your cardio workouts you might already own....more info
Great Workout DVD!! After I received "Strong Body, Ageless Body with Erin O'Brien," I hopped right to it. Little did I know what I was going to go through. The routine that Mrs. O'Brien leads the reviewer through is very thorough. She begins with a very good warm-up, then she leads you from upper body to lower body exercises thus producing a good cardio workout, lastly she leads you through a refreshing cool-down. The excerises are not hard in themselves, but if you are like me--out of shape--then you will find it a good motivater. I've proabably done the workout now 4-6 times and am already seeing improvement. Mrs. O'Brien explains her excerises very well and gives you good encouragement not to quit....more info
Love this one! Fun, fast-paced way to build strength Speaking as someone who would rather workout on a treadmill for an hour than do five minutes of weight training, this DVD is a total life saver. I'm a cardio junky, but I know I need to build in weight training so I keep trying new workouts to see if anything will get me to do the work. Until discovering Erin's DVD, I couldn't find anything that I wanted to finish, let alone incorporate into my regular rotation.
Now I'm doing this workout at least twice a week to supplement my cardio routine. It's a motivating, fast-paced series of exercises that switch between upper and lower body sets. The transitions are easy to follow but quick so your heart rate stays elevated and you're done before you know it. The program ends with a nice floor work section that incorporates inner/outer thigh work and abs/pilates exercises. Erin is very easy to follow and motivational. The program also includes a helpful corner graphic that shows you advanced options for every exercise.
Great Workout! This is the best DVD workout routine I've used. Exercises and tones all over. I use it several times a week and have seen much improvement in muscle toning and flexiblilty. ...more info
GREAT WORKOUT! A SOLID great workout!! Erin is a wonderful teacher and an excellent motivator. She takes strength training and makes it exciting and challenging. This is a great program to grow with, you can start with light weights then gradually build up to heavier ones. This DVD will definitely be a permanent fixture in my weekly rotation.
Everyone should have this DVD in their workout collection! One word: Wow! I am so glad I found this DVD. I'm in my mid-20s and am in good shape, as I've been working out fairly consistently since college. However, I wanted to incorporate more strength training into my routine and thought this would be an appropriate-level challenge for me. I have been doing Erin's Strong Body, Ageless Body workout for several weeks now and love it. This is a great strength routine to add to your existing cardio and/or specialized routines (abs, Pilates, etc.). The individual exercises are basic and uncomplicated, so participants of nearly any age/weight should be able to enjoy and benefit from this workout.
Erin O'Brien is amazing. With this particular workout, she set up a tripod in her living room and created a comprehensive strength training routine just for you. Although you can't "customize" this DVD like some other workouts (the 10 Minute series comes to mind), it is so much more personal than the cookie-cutter studio routines; it honestly feels like you have a one-on-one session with your favorite trainer. Erin is a strong, down-to-earth, no-nonsense woman who cares about health and wants YOU to be strong too. She makes you feel good about yourself and good about working out. Her encouragement is nurturing ("Yes you can!" and "You're all right, I promise!"), and her demeanor is calm and focused.
For this 43-minute workout, you need a set of dumbbells (or soup cans) and a yoga mat (or towel). Erin keeps the routine fast-paced, so even though there's not a lot of cardio per se, your heart rate stays up and pumping the whole time, and you still burn tons of calories. She uses 6-pound dumbbells throughout the routine, but I started with 3-pounders and have worked my way up to 5-pounders, which I think I'll stick with for a while. The routine covers all major muscle groups in the body: shoulders, upper/lower back, biceps, triceps, pectorals, upper/lower abs, hips, glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves. It consists of 7 parts:
* Warm-up: A fun, get-your-blood-pumping series of aerobic movements. (4 minutes)
* Four standing upper/lower body segments: You need the weights here. Erin does three sets of 16 repetitions for each exercise, and she alternates between upper and lower body -- 16 reps upper body, 16 reps lower body, repeat 2 more times, then move to the next set of exercises. Transitions are quick. In these four segments, Erin works the shoulders/upper back, biceps, triceps, lat row, quads, glutes, hams, calves, and inner/outer thighs (not in that order, though!). (20 minutes)
* Floorwork: This is where you need the mat. Erin works the pecs, upper/lower abs, lower back, inner/outer thighs, hips, glutes, hams, calves, and overall balance. She uses many Pilates moves in this segment and, as before, quickly alternates between upper and lower (or core) -- 8-16 reps depending on the exercise. (15 minutes)
* Cool-down: This calming stretching session finishes off what is possibly the most fabulous workout I've ever done in my life, but I do wish this segment were longer (4 minutes). Erin doesn't stretch every muscle we used during the workout (no biceps, triceps, shoulders, or pecs), so I do my own stretches after the DVD ends. Not a big deal.
There's a little call-out box in the upper right corner of the screen during most exercises that shows an advanced modification. Erin does the "easy" move in the main frame, and once you're familiar with this, it's no problem to check the box for the advanced mod. This is the opposite of how most instructors do it, and it ends up more encouraging this way because the advanced moves aren't the main feature.
The music is fun -- a little sporty/dancy, but not obnoxious, and definitely not loud or overbearing. It's mainly there to keep you on pace with Erin's movements.
The first few times I did this workout, I kept up with Erin's quick-yet-manageable pace when I could do the exercise; but truth be told, I couldn't do every exercise! Erin does a LOT of quad work in the four standing sections, and I sometimes had to sit out during the second and/or third sets of squats. I can now do all of the exercises without stopping, but man, it's tough!
The only minor gripe I have with this routine is that sometimes Erin transitions very quickly between different exercises, mainly during the floorwork segment. I have to pause it so that I can get my weights, get into position, ensure that my posture is correct, and then resume. Erin is so seasoned that she can do this in 3 seconds, but on certain transitions, I need about 10. :)
Because this routine incorporates strength training for the whole body, and because Erin O'Brien is such an inspiring instructor, EVERYONE -- regardless of age or gender -- should have this in their home workout DVD collection. Highly recommended!...more info
No nonsense workout I've been working with small weights for a while and needed a new workout video. It's hard to know what level of workout one will get - this one will work for both beginners (using lighter weights) and more experienced exercisers (using heavier weights). No fancy footwork or equipment, just a no-nonsense, encouraging, upbeat approach to working all the major muscle groups. It's now my favorite video (I've been a fan of the Firm workouts for years).
Tough! In a good way. The thing I like best about this program is that it's so "do-able" but later -- oh, boy, do you feel the work you've done. I've got a lot of upper body strength, but my lower half is a little out of shape and flabby. If what my thighs are telling me is true, then this should do the trick!
I also love how she tells you exactly why you're doing what you're doing and what the long term benefits are. Sure, I can tell I'm going to get a better looking body, but it's also awesome to know that I'm helping to prevent osteoporosis, strengthening my connective tissue and raising my metabolism. At 37, that stuff is starting to matter to me as much as how I look!...more info
This Workout Rocks! This is a killer workout! I loved it. I usually workout twice a day, so I figured I could handle all the advanced moves the first time around. Oh, man! I was quivering by the end of the workout - and I was thrilled! I knew this was a tool I could use for a long time to come. I've done fitness tapes/dvds for the past 15 years and I've bought my share of clunkers. Either the workout got boring or the instructor got annoying. Not here! Erin gives you many ways to change up your workouts (which is a huge bonus) and she's very likeable, fun and motivating. Even better, she's smart and challenging. I enjoy and appreciate the fact that she educates you while you're working out, ie; what muscle groups you're working, etc. Erin's a great trainer. I've purchased her earlier dvds (she's a pre/postnatal specialist) and I loved them, too. I still incorporate them into my rotation, that's how good they are. I always learn something new. If you're looking for a challenge, no matter what your "condition", Erin's the trainer for you. Strong Body, Ageless Body rocks!...more info
Nice surprise I bought this video without knowing much about it and was immediately impressed by O'Brien's knowledge of body mechanics and physiology (as when she recommends certain moves for "pregnant women" or "menopausal woman", according to body needs during those life periods). O'Brian is also engaging and easy to listen to, her directives to the point and clear, not overly enthusiastic or strident, but still very motivating. Great workout sequence....more info
A must have!!!! This is a great workout!! Erin gets a lot done in a short amount of time. She is very likable and encouraging! You will work just about every muscle in your body, and you will feel it the next day!!...more info
Great Strength Building! I just purchased the "Strong Body, Ageless Body" fitness video in March 2009, and I love it. I am turning 40 this year and thought it was time to add strength training to my weekly activities.
Erin O'Brien works out at home by herself in regular workout clothes with minimal props - yoga mat and hand weights. You don't even need the yoga mat if you are on carpet. Her instruction is clear and motivating without being over the top crazy. She emphasizes correct posture and shows you the proper way to stand and position your body for each move. The pace is great! She keeps up a medium to fast pace with no distracting loud music or extra talking. A few pop up windows appear throughout the routine in the upper right corner to show you more advanced moves, but they are not distracting at all.
The video is set up in chapters, so you can play the entire routine (approx. 40 minutes) or play a chapter at a time depending on what you want to work on or how much time you have. She starts out with a very quick cardio warmup, then goes into 30 minutes of weight exercises, then slows down a bit on the floor and ends with a stretch. Erin's routine focuses on building all over body strength and she uses six pound hand weights. I am using four pound weights, which is the perfect weight for me. I encourage beginners to start with two or three pound hand weights.
I love Erin's mature style and this video is a very intelligent workout!...more info
A great instructor! Erin O'Brien is definitely one of my favorite instructors--likeable but tough. She's down-to-earth like a good friend, and, like a good friend, she won't let you quit! This is a no-nonsense workout requiring only weights and wherewithal. Highly recommended. ...more info
great overall workout I love Erin's workout: it includes everything from cardio to strength, balance and coordination. She is very good at explaining how you should do certain moves which I think is very important. It took doing 100 % of the level 1 workout of Jillian Michaels' 30 day shred to be able to do about 85% of this DVD. though Erin's workout is 45 minutes, you get to work almost every musle and the fact that she explains why one should do certain exercises is great....more info
Wonderful Workout Erin is great in explaining the correct posture and how to do the excercise. The workout is very good in that it works your whole body. I have bought copies for my friends....more info
Love this DVD I love this DVD. It is easy to follow, but a really good workout. You can do the whole thing, or split it up and do the warm up, standing exs, or warm up and floor ex. Good core/abs strengthening components. The instructor is very good, and not irritating in any way. ...more info
It will work This will get your heart pumping and your lungs sucking air. This is not for anyone who has been sorely lacking in exercise. Yes, that includes me. But I have something to look forward to. If I take it slow but sure, I will one day be able to do the whole thing. My gosh I'll be one happy woman when I accomplish that!!...more info