Monday, February 24, 2014

Michelle Dozois: Peak 10 Cardio Strength Remix (Review)

I'm loving the new Peak 10 workouts that Michelle Dozois put out in 2013.  Despite the title, these are brand workouts and this Cardio Strength Remix is possibly my most favorite Cardio Strength video by Michelle yet.

You will need a pair of light and heavy dumbbells for this workout.  I've been using lights until I get more familiar with this video.  It's a doozy! 

Michelle begins with weights - there is no warm-up, per se, but the first peak is lighter than the rest.  You will see what the rest of the workout will bring, without the crazy intensity.  Like other Peak 10 videos, you begin with a basecamp, then on to the ascent, climb and, finally, the peak.  

This cardio strength video is possibly my favorite so far.  Michelle has put together some complex moves, but she provides you with a "Movement Review" on the disc - watch it before you do the workout the first time.  There are more lunges in this strength video and that addition alone is enough to make me like it.  The sequences also seem to flow just a little better.  Granted, it may take you a few times to get comfortable with, since Michelle makes some quick transitions, but it flows nicely.   

After each strength section, you do a short cardio series that leads to your "peak" move.  In this video, Michelle has put together some innovative moves that are so refreshing after doing jacks, mountain climbers, and high knees over and over with over videos.  This is why Michelle is so great - she makes cardio fun!  There is no "rip it until you die" or "I'm going to make you hurt today" being said over and over.  She just leads you through a great workout! 

For a clip of the video, go here.  After a refreshing cool-down, you really feel like you've accomplished something.  I like that.  I also like how my triceps ache the next day - ha!

Bottom Line: This is definitely an advanced workout but you can't go wrong with Michelle.  Done.  Period.  

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