Monday, September 30, 2013

Jari Love: Get Extremely Ripped! (Review)

I do a lot of Jari Love's workouts and I'm pretty sure they, combined with Michelle Dozois' cardio videos, have changed my body in ways I never thought possible.  I own five of Jari's videos and alternate them frequently.  One that is in my rotation is Get Extremely Ripped! (2009)(Yes, all of her video titles are very similar and yes, it's very confusing!)

This video contains two 30-minute workouts.  Jari and her crew use a step, light and heavy weights.  As always, I never do the step and still get a great workout.  There is no specified cardio in this video but since you're doing compound exercises with no breaks, your heart rate goes up and stays up.

Each 30-minute workout has a warm-up that includes the basic moves you'll be doing throughout the workout: squats, lunges, bicep curls, overhead presses, etc.  Then you move on to your compound exercises.  

Workout 1: lunge with row and stiff leg deadlift, pulse squats (ouch!) and bicep curl with knee lift, wide squats with round-the-world and overhead presses, curtsy squat with triceps and side squat with anterior raise, knee up to reverse lunge and side squat with shoulder raise.  

Workout 2: clean and press and back lunge with hammer curl, moving side squats and overhead shoulder press with knee lift/squat, back row with squats and knee raises, reverse flies with leg lifts and triceps.

There is also an ab section and a cool down.  

I have to admit, I do not look forward to this video - it's a brutal arm workout.  But I do it because it's a great workout.  No one does high reps like Jari Love.  

The cons...  Jari's form is not great and I have no idea why.  Also, she's way too chatty in this video.  She's usually motivational yet no-nonsense.  This time, she just makes too many annoying comments about her crew.  The lighting on the stage is weird at times, and sometimes too dark.  A few of Jari's videos have a 30-second countdown clock that pops up during an exercise and this is one of them.  It's a bit distracting, especially when you realize that Jari has done an uneven number of reps on your current leg/arm because she realizes the clock is running out.  But don't let these things deter you.  As I've said before, don't use these kinds of excusing to NOT do a workout.  Jari always walks you through a great workout.  For a clip, go here.  

Bottom Line: This is an advanced workout for those wanting real results.  With the high reps, you need to be committed to get through it.

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