Bob Harper Inside Out Method: Bob’s Workout (2010)

Posted: April 10, 2012 in DVD Reviews

Bob Harper. I do love him. He’s man-pretty, has a bunch of sweet tattoos, is sweet but hardcore when it comes to training, and he doesn’t take or make excuses. My kind of trainer. So I’m making it a point to try all of his DVDs because so far I’ve had great luck with the ones I’ve tried.

And the madness/good workouts continue with the workout he claims to do himself…

Bob Harper Inside Out Method: Bob’s Workout (2010)

When it's titled "Bob's Workout," you can't help but wonder what one of the coolest trainers does during his workouts...

Where I Got This DVD: Bob’s website
Length: Approx. 60 min.
Workout 1 and Workout 2
Bob Harper
Stephanie does Workout 1 and Zack does Workout 2

Workout 1:

  • This is a total-body-focused workout.
  • Moves include: walk-outs, burpees, kettlebell swings, elevated renegade rows, alternating front lunges, pushup with weighted T-stands, jumping lunges, ab roll back-and-ups, goblet squats with a weight overhead, Turkish get-ups, lunging mountain climbers, straight and forearm planks, and a few other variation of planks.
  • Reps: 15-30 for each
  • Those moves are split into two sets and you do two rounds of each set.
  • You need lighter weights (like 5lbs) and 3 sets of increasing kettlebells. I didn’t have those, so I just used a 10lb. weight and continuously swung that one as many times as I could while Stephanie moved from one to the next.
  • You finish with a cool-down stretch.
  • Stephanie sounds really tired and makes awkward noises… not going to lie, it’s a little weird. Oh and she doesn’t know how to count. She was definitely off on most of them.
  • The workout was tiring and tough—and I was definitely sweaty by the end—but it wasn’t the hardest thing ever. I enjoyed it, though.

Workout 2:

  • This is a more upper-body-focused workout.
  • Moves include: jump rope, jumping jacks, sumo squats, one-legged side-to-side hops, plyo pushups, chest presses, one-arm rows, goblet squats, shoulder presses, bicep curls, jump squats, weighted jump squats, kettlebell swings, mountain climbers with your hands on a bench, and one-legged step-ups.
  • Reps: 15-30 for each
  • Those moves are split into two sets and you do three rounds of the first set, and one of the last.
  • You need medium and heavier weights—I used 6lb. and 10lb. weights.
  • You finish with a cool-down stretch.
  • Zack was failing hard by the third round, but didn’t make noises like Stephanie did.
  • The workout was tough… and then Zack started failing and moving really slowly, so the breaks got longer and I recovered pretty quickly to the point where I was a lil antsy.

Bob is a pretty-darn-good instructor. His cues are pretty on-time and he pushes you in the non-crazy-bootcamp-sergeant way. As in, he doesn’t let you take any breaks, but if you need to catch your breath, he does and takes a second to talk and explain why the moves work, but then he pushes you right into the next move and encourages you to finish strong and keep going to the end.
 I thought Bob had a solid mix of classic moves and ones I don’t often do, but nothing was WOW! to me.
Best Workout:
Workout 1 because it’s more along the lines of a workout I’d do or make my clients do.
Intensity Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Buy It?:
For only $5? Yes. You get two, completely planned out, total body workouts, each less than 30 minutes. It’s ideal for the busy person who doesn’t want to have to deal with the to-and-from the gym time. Bob’s workouts aren’t anything crazy-new or crazy-hard, but they do work you and are definitely effective in getting your whole body worked and sweaty. If you’re someone who likes to run, walk, or bike often, but doesn’t do much else, this would be a great DVD to work into your routine and it requires no gym or crazy equipment.


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