A few weeks ago, I mentioned a Tabata-style workout on the The Biggest Loser: Calorie Knockout. That particular workout fell a little flat for me. I don’t blame Tabata, though. Tabata is a form of interval training in which you give an all-out effort for 20 seconds, followed by ten seconds of rest, and then you repeat that series eight times. The concept is very good for a cardio workout; it’s all about the delivery.
Amy Dixon’s Breathless Body: The Ultimate Calorie Burn is a challenging, fun Tabata-inspired workout that delivers an awesome workout. In this DVD, Dixon leads a warm-up, interval workout, and cool down. The total workout is 55 minutes. The focus is cardio, and no equipment is required. Well, maybe a towel to mop off all the sweat. And water nearby!
The intervals include eight drills. Each drill is done eight times for 20 seconds. There is a ten second recovery between each 20-second drill. A longer recovery between each new drill allows for more recovery and time for Dixon to explain the next set of drills. The idea is to go breathless during the drills (hence, the name Breathless Body).
Three levels of intensity are demonstrated for each drill. Dixon is joined by two other women (Aimee and Sarah), who demonstrate the beginner and advanced version of the drill. Dixon herself does the intermediate version of the drill. If you’re feeling like Superwoman, you can do the advanced version throughout the workout. As Dixon says to Sarah, who is demonstrating the advanced workout, “Bless you.” It’s tough. I preferred to mix it up by trying each level.
The workout is easy to follow because it’s repetitive, and Amy Dixon is a motivating instructor.
Dixon has a follow-up to this DVD, Breathless Body 2: The Edge. I haven’t tried that yet, but I hope the sequel is as great as the original!