Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Michelle Dozois: Peak 10 Cardio Interval Burn - Fat Blaster (Review)

It's always so exciting to get new workouts from Michelle Dozois.  If you haven't noticed already, I love her - her style, her enthusiasm, her smile, her fitness level, her workouts....  Everything!  She inspires me to stay in shape and try new things.  I was so happy to get her new Fat Blaster CIB in the mail and can't wait to tell you about it.

This workout follows the breakdown of every Peak 10 CIB: warm-up, basecamp, ascent, climb, peak (do these four five times - five circuits of each, repeated twice for 10 minutes each), cool down.  It runs about 60 minutes and for that time, you will be sweating like crazy!

Michelle's warm-up is good with squats, light running, and stretches.  

The basecamps are very short periods to catch you breath after the peaks.  You usually do a low-impact move here. 

The ascents are for about 2 minutes and are low and high impact cardio designed to let you recover just a bit before hitting another climb.  

And the climbs - about 2-3 minutes - are tough - non-stop high impact cardio.  Michelle has gotten more and more innovative with some of her moves.  Included in this DVD is a "movement review" where she walks you through some of the more complicated sequences of the workout.  I watched it a few times before doing this workout.  

Michelle has also come up with some new "peaks" for these workouts.  This is one high-impact crazy move designed to get your heart rate up as high as possible - and is only done for about 30 seconds.  My favorite new move is a side jump to a one legged jump.  It takes some balance but is new and different.  

I love the cool downs for all the Peak 10 videos.  Very nice!

Michelle has put together a really fun workout here.  It's one that will have little to no dread factor for me, and that's a big deal.  There's no stupid hard floorwork and for the few floor moves, there's a modifier shown.  There's also a more low-impact modification shown, too.  Michelle has designed this workout for anyone.  Her choreography has gotten a bit more complicated as these Peak 10 workouts evolve, but it's all in good fun and easily picked up after a few run-throughs.

For a clip of this workout, go here.

Bottom Line: If you want fun cardio - not bootcamp or military style - this is for you.  It takes coordination and a high fitness level but is fun and effective.

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