Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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

The companion to Michelle's new CIB is a new Cardio Strength (CS) - Fat Blaster.  I was super excited to try it out and, as usual, Michelle does not disappoint.

The disc comes with some premixes for shorter workouts and a movement review.  I highly recommend watching this review as Michelle takes you through some of the more complicated moves you'll see later on.  One thing about Michelle's Peak 10 video evolution - the moves have definitely gotten more complex to keep them varied. 

You'll need light and heavy weights for this workout and Michelle alternates their usage.  You begin with the lights, then heavy, light, heavy, light.  (Like all other CSs.)

There is no warm-up, just like in the other CSs.  But for the first circuit, you have no "peak;" this cardio sequence ends with the climb instead.

And so this follows the format of the other CS: basecamp, ascent with weights, cardio with no weights, peak.  I think, for me, the ascents here are harder than previous CSs because the moves are more complex and use more muscles.  The climbs seem a bit easier as they're a bit more dance-y.  You'll hear no complaints from me but some may not like the dance-y-ness as much.

Michelle also has some new peaks for this workout, which is nice.  Particularly challenging is a reverse tuck jump.  Instead of bringing the knees up and forward while jumping, you pull them back and up, trying to lean back and touch your feet as you jump.  I can't go fast but it's fun and challenging.  

There's a nice, good cool down and stretch at the end.  

Michelle's style is evolving and, I think, gets better and better. The added complexity of some of the moves makes them harder to remember but they're fun to do once you get the hang of them.  I can almost do the other CSs and CIBs from memory....but these Fat Blasters are going to be harder to remember.  That may be a good thing.  For a clip, go here.

Bottom Line: This is a great addition to the Peak 10 line and fans of Michelle's will be pleased.  It's an advanced workout - but also super fun!

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