Monday, November 4, 2013

Jari Love: Get Extremely RIPPED! 1000 Hardcore (Review)

Among the Jari Love videos I rotate through is her Get Extremely RIPPED! 1000 Hardcore (2011).  

The format of this video is unique to Jari's other videos. There are two workouts included.  For both, the warm-up (squats, steps, stretches) and cool-down (stretching) is the same.  The workouts alternate between a weight segment (3 minutes) and a cardio segment (5 minutes).  You will need weights and you can use a step (I never do and the workout is still extremely effective).

The first workout is my favorite, because it makes my thighs burn like crazy!  First off, you do deadlifts and back rows.  Then a cardio segment of straddle runs.  And another round, on the other side, of deadlifts and rows.  Then back to straddle runs.  The next weight segment is curtsy squats and triceps.  OUCH!  You will feel these curtsy squats!!  The next cardio: jumping jacks and squat jumps.  Then you repeat the curtsy squats and triceps on the other side.  Next is ab work.  (A little over 30 minutes total workout.)

The second workout has more cardio, it feels like, and is tougher for me to get through.  You start with squats and lunges with biceps.  Then the cardio segment is a variation of jacks.  Then legs and shoulders with weights.  Next up is cardio: pulse squats (ouch!).  More leg and shoulder combos.  And the the fun cardio: burpees.  Finish off with push-ups and abs. 
(A little over 30 minutes total workout.)

When choosing a workout option, you can also opt to combine both workouts for a full hour.  Or you can choose to do all the cardio segments OR all the weight segments.  I'm not suicidal so I generally stick to one workout.  All the cardio segments have levels of intensity so if you're a beginner you can stay at level 1 and work your way up. 

Jari's personality is, as always, one of the best in the business.  She's not in-your-face like Jillian Michaels; she's positive without being too talkative.  Her team, including Laurie, is a constant inspiration.  None of this workout is particularly ground-breaking or complex so a beginner can easily get started with light weights and the lighter cardio modifications.  I like having this video in my rotation as it's unique and different from Jari's others.  See a clip here

Bottom Line:  If you're wanting to get in some strength training but without sacrificing your cardio, this is a good option. 

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