DVD Review: American Gladiators Ultimate Workout

American Gladiators Ultimate Workout
Exercise DVD
Starring Gina Carano, Monica Carlson, Michael O’Hearn, Tanoai Reed, Jennifer Widerstrom
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release Date: December 16, 2008

Are you ready to get your fit on with some of your favorites from the American Gladiators TV Show? Then get your oil and dumbbells ready because Jet, Titan, Wolf, Phoenix, Toa, and Crush are ready to pump … you up.

The American Gladiators Ultimate Workout DVD consists of 3 separate workouts for both men and women. I have confirmed this because my wife did each workout right alongside me and she really impressed the hell out of me! It also includes 3 short target zone sessions that each focus on a certain part of the body. Yes, they are the important ones”¦ and each workout is performed by the Gladiators right on the set of the TV show!

In muscle Madness Strength 1, Titan, Phoenix, and Wolf each take turns pushing you with their own distinct style. The Gladiators have fun with you and each other in this muscle workout that winds up giving you some cardio as well. This is really a great combination of not only muscle building and cardio exercises, but there are calisthenics, stretching, and even yoga elements as well thanks to the lovely Phoenix. Most exercises employ dumbbells as the muscle resistance. This works out well because each person can customize their workout using the appropriate weight for their specific level and goals. My wife used 40% of the weight I used.

Muscle Makeover Strength 2 is similar but employs the talents of Toa, Crush, and Jet. They add new routines and exercises with their own spin on how to get in shape.

Cardio Crusade does not employ weights and focuses on keeping the body moving, but also loose. Crush seemed not only unfamiliar with this type of workout, but a little uncoordinated. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. My wife noted that in most of these videos all the people are perfect and they never make a mistake. She thought it was refreshing, and fun, to see someone doing the workout a little different than everyone else.

The Gladiators offered many GLADIATOR versions of the exercises throughout this and all 3 sessions. They would tell you, and show you, how to do the exercise, but then they would also add a way to make it even more challenging American Gladiator style! Some of these I was able to do, some not, my wife even less, but it offers a nice challenge for when you improve or as an alternative to doing the same routine.

We both felt Cardio Crusade and Muscle Madness Strength 1 for a couple of days after doing them. Our muscles were sore, especially our legs. (Neither one of us used that heavy of a dumbbell.) Muscle makeover Strength 2 we felt much less, but that was only because MMS1 broke us in good.

There is no doubt that if you used these workouts, that you would get in great shape. You would build muscle and endurance, but not the muscle that the Gladiators have. I think that takes dedication to many reps of much heavier weights.

If you are a fan of the show or just like the Gladiators, this DVD is a must-have. I can also highly recommend it if you are NOT a fan of the show. You witness the Gladiators playing with each other, teasing each other, and even getting to know each other. They keep it lighthearted and fun and the workout does not seem like a burden at all. The workout itself is effective and can be customized to your needs and goals.

An interesting aspect to this DVD which I haven’t seen before is that you can take the three workouts and shuffle them into the order you want to do them, or keep one, or two, out if you don’t want to do them. You can also choose to hear the voices of the Gladiators or just listen to music while watching them. The three short focus exercises are good for the parts for our bodies we all want to improve: the abs, arms, and glutes. My wife and I both thought that Jet should’ve given the Ab workout, because hers are sweet. Titan didn’t do a bad job, but we want abs like hers!

Like any workout or exercise, it only works if you do it. With the American Gladiators Ultimate Workout DVD you are not only given the right tools to be able to get a great body, but the fun, energy, and the excitement of the American Gladiators to keep you on track and pumped!

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