Note: This review appeared in a post dated Feb. 3, 2009 titled “The Rise and Fall of a Runner”
I should say that I have been thoroughly traumatized by workout DVD’s. Richard Simmons made me fear my natural curls, Billy Blanks forever made me associate kickboxing with shiny scary spandex, and several other perky women have left my ears ringing, which, trust me, is hard to do to a deaf girl. I needed a DVD with instructors that haven’t been on a steroid regimen, a Redbull diet, a bi-annual perming schedule, or taken voice cues from Gilbert Gottfried. Fred DeVito and his wife Elizabeth Halfpapp(the inventors of Core Fusion!) certainly meet these requirements. They are completely low-key and don’t make me want to throw my hand weights at my TV. This was a very good sign from the start. Non-annoying instructors? Check!
Then, of course, there’s the exercises themselves. The DVD is split up into 4 sections- Arms, Thighs, Glutes and Abs. It was surprising when I first did it because the exercises themselves are very simple. If you were to watch the DVD without doing them, you might think that they aren’t difficult or all that effective, but you would be very wrong. It’s the simplicity that makes this so perfect- you are doing concentrated movements that all flow together seamlessly for maximum effectiveness. Fred and Elizabeth show different modifications, so you can pick which person to follow based on your strength, flexibility, or skill level.
I have to say that while the thigh exercises left my legs shaking and the glute section was so intense that it made the left side of my a$$ cramp so badly I fell to my knees, it was the abs that were the biggest surprise for me. I’ve done all sorts of ab work over the years (somewhere in my body there’s a set of killer abs, I swear!) and so I thought I knew what worked and what didn’t. I thought i’d seen and done it all. I was wrong(just typing that seemed wrong). The abs section of Core Fusion was so painfully effective that I would watch this video after a workout at the gym just for that.
The other thing that I really enjoyed about this tape was that I don’t always have time to devote to the entire thing and so it’s nice to be able to pick and choose what I want to work on. The sessions are short, but effective. There are tons of workout DVD’s that carry that tagline, but few deliver. Core Fusion Bodysculpt certainly does. And no, they didn’t pay me to say that. I’m saying it because it’s true, darnit!
*I was not paid or solicited by Core Fusion or any of its proponents, affiliates, etc. to provide this review. This was entirely self-motivated and is my honest opinion.