The Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga (2008)

Posted: January 30, 2011 in DVD Reviews

When I started working out, I was a workout snob. I was – and still am – a cardio queen. That’s part of the reason I got into workout DVDs – to diversify my bike to elliptical to treadmill routine. DVDs turned me on to weight lifting, followed by pilates, and now, finally, they are turning me on to yoga.

I have been hesitant to try yoga because I kept thinking, “it’s slow-paced, I’ll be bored.” I guess it just depends on the yoga you do. Like this kind. It’s not slow. Or boring. And it burns.

The Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga (2008)

My first - and certainly not my last - yoga DVD

Where I Got This DVD: Rented it from the library
Length: Approx. 55 mins.
Workouts: Warm-Up, Yoga Levels 1, 2, and 3, and Cool-Down
Instructor: Bob Harper
Team: The Biggest Loser contestants 

Warm-Up (5 mins.)

  • I felt my balanced being challenged immediately and my whole body being stretched

Yoga Level 1 (20 mins.)

  • Three words: balance, strength, sweat
  • You do all of the traditional yoga moves – trees, down dogs, planks, warriors – and Bob makes sure to explain how to do every pose properly

Yoga Level 2 (15 mins.)

  • This was titled Yoga-Pilates-Abs
  • Holy cow, this thing had my arms shaking, my legs shaking, and my core on fire
  • I recognized some of the moves, but they were all killer variations
  • I believe I actually uttered a few obscenities at Bob, partly because it was hard and partly because he was annoying me and I was frustrated

Yoga Level 3 (10 mins.)

  • Titled Yoga Strength
  • This level calls for light weights—I used 3lbs.—and you do all of the traditional moves (many seen in Level 1) only with the addition of weights
  • Moves include: warriors, lunges, chair poses with tricep kickbacks, and planks

Cool-Down (5 mins.)

  • Lots of instructive stretching

Instructor: Bob is pretty cool, though not as friendly and sweet as he is in the show. He pushes you. He tells you that you can do it and not to stop. And he tells you that you better not stop. He pushes you. But he also explains how to do everything in a very helpful, not annoying manner, so it’s hard to hate him.
Moves: Amazing. Even as a newbie to yoga, I feel like I can follow along with the pace and moves because Bob is really great. I haven’t felt that challenged like that in a long time—in any kind of workout!
Best Workout: Yoga Level 2. As much as I hated Bob, it was a crazy-good workout.
Worst: None!
Intensity Level: I suppose it could be for all levels seeing as The Biggest Loser contestants can do them, but I would say this is more for the Middle to Advanced group of exercisers.
Buy It?: YES! YES! YES! I whole-heartedly recommend this DVD because it’s great for all kinds of exercisers. Look at me—I’m usually all about cardio and weights, getting me to settle down to do pilates and yoga is tough. But I did it and was super impressed, challenged, and sold on this DVD. Need to work on your arms? It’s got it. Need to work on your leg strength? This DVD works them. Need to work on your core? You better believe it’s worked here.

  1. This sounds good, I think I’ll try it!

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