There’s things to like and dislike about these workouts. She doesn’t say at the beginning of the exercise how many reps to do, she just counts. Sometimes it’s ten reps and sometimes it’s forty. That’s not a typo, 40 repetitions in a row is a lot! Most the moves are bizarre or awkward, but some just seem like a really bad idea unless you’re very flexible and have taken a least a year of ballet because you’re on the floor with your head down, bending your leg up and back a ridiculous number of times.
In her leg section, her “squats” are where her knees are slightly bent, and she just bends her chest towards her thighs a bunch of times; that’s not a squat, and it doesn’t do anything to strengthen your lower body. She explains that her workouts really lift that butt, except that she has hardly any butt to speak of, and I didn’t feel my glutes working at all.
Most of the exercises are faced down, or away from the TV so you can’t see if you’re doing the exercises correctly, yet she emphasizes doing the movements exactly as she does. The camera only shows one view, from the front, so you don’t have a good idea of what it looks like from the side or from the back. I had no idea if I was really doing the exercises the right way. There’s a lot of floor work where you’re getting partially up and moving back down to the mat, which is great from a cardiovascular perspective, but not so great if these exercises don’t come easily for you (they didn’t for me), so I was worried I was going to injure myself and hurt my lower back.
All in all, her workouts are weird, but they have some merit. I really like the arm workouts and some of the abdominal exercises, but if you want to strengthen your lower body and/or get a good cardio workout, these exercises won’t accomplish those goals, and you might end up hurting yourself.
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