That being said, I realized that I only halfway reviewed the Power Circuit Training DVD, and never reviewed the Crunch-Free Xtreme Abs.
Thus far, I really prefer the Power Circuit Training DVD. I like it when my workout is broken into predictable segments. That may have been why I liked the Jillian Michaels DVDs so much, because there were three distinct segments, and I knew how far along I was and how much more I had to do.
Jackie’s Power Circuit Training is the same way, just a little different. You start with lower body and spend four minutes each on quads, hamstrings, and glutes. That’s lower body. The end. Each segment has three exercises, each one lasting a minute, and then you do the Power Burn, which is all three moves in quick succession. Bam! Bam! Bam!
Also, before each segment there’s a little screen that tells you what you’re going to be doing. For example, hamstrings:
- Dead lifts
- Bridge with leg lifts
- Reverse planks
- POWER BURN!
So I know that I have these things to do. Then I just bang ’em out. Boom, boom, boom!
Ok, so, as far as the arm workouts go, it’s pretty basic, and not too difficult. You start with chest, move to back, then work biceps, triceps, and shoulders all in one segment. I wish she’d spend more time on bis, tris, and shoulders, but she’s pretty focused on working the bigger, fat-burning muscles (back and chest) more than the pretty muscles (biceps, triceps, shoulders).
The key to this (push-up-less!) upper body workout is to push yourself in terms of how much weight you use. You can pump out chest presses all day with a three-pound weight and feel nothing. The challenge is to amp up how much weight you use and really make yourself work.
If you use heavier weights, this upper body workout is a real challenge, but it’s nothing special. It’s nothing you couldn’t look up online and do yourself without the help of the DVD.
The only real complaint about the Power Circuit Training DVD is that she does some moves really quickly. I know that you’re supposed to shove as much as you can into the 1 minute-per move. However, I can’t sustain 60 dead lifts in a minute. That’s about how fast it feels like she’s going sometimes. Also, if people have never lifted before, I am certain they’ll mess up form at some point because it seems like Jackie’s trying to fit A LOT into that minute.
I’ve always been taught that when you rush, you lose your form.
Overall I like the Power Circuit Training DVD. Jackie’s most def not Jillian Michaels. And I’ve accepted that. It’s a good workout overall.