I tend to be skeptical of “as seen on TV fitness products”, but one that caught my eye that I took a closer look at is the Figure 8 Fitness System. After reading some Figure 8 reviews and finding most to be extremely positive, I ordered the program. It arrived a few days ago and, so far, so good.
A 60-day Latin dance-inspired workout designed for women, the primary focus of the Figure 8 Fitness System is the abs and waist. Men can also undertake the program, with many who have done so reporting impressive results.
Along with toning the abs and the core and decreasing your waist measurement, the Figure 8 Fitness System promises to give you a total body workout, improve your cardiovascular health, and help you to lose weight.
In fact, according to the creators, each session can burn up to 1,000 calories. I don’t know if that is the case, but having done a couple of the workouts, I consider them to be more like a dance class than exercise. That’s not to say they are easy!
The pace is fast, so quite challenging. The workouts are, however, suitable for people of any fitness level. If you have difficulty keeping up, learn the steps before adding the hip movements.
You will have two exercise-free days the first three weeks, then one per week after that.
In this Figure 8 review, we will look at an overview, a breakdown of the workouts, and more.
NB: Please note that this workout DVD is not currently available on Amazon.
YOUv2 is an excellent alternative that is suitable for women who are just getting into fitness or getting back into it after a break. Created by Leandro Carvalho of Brazilian Butt Lift fame, the workouts are low-impact. Set to some of the most recognized and loved pop hits of the 80s and 90s, you will have so much fun, it won’t feel like exercise. Click here to read a review.
If you’re looking for something a little more energetic, you may like Hip Hop Abs. (Click the previous link to read a review.) Another fun dance-inspired workout, while the primary focus is the abs and core, there are also workouts that target the legs, hips, thighs, buttocks, and arms.
What’s in the Box?
The Figure 8 Dance Workout comprises 13 DVDs contained in a booklet.
You will also receive the Success Tracker & Belly Fat Report. This medically sanctioned measuring system tells you how to determine your true health based on your belly fat and hip measurement.
The Nutrient Blueprint is a detailed nutrition guide that will answer all of your diet-elated questions. It will also teach you how to maximize fat burning threefold, by eating correctly. Used and tested in the program’s “24 Figure 8 Weight Loss Challenges”, follow the instructions and you could lose weight as hundreds of others have, with between 10 and 55 pounds being typical in eight weeks.
You will also receive a link to download a Fitness Guide. The guide contains information on getting started, and it tells you when to do the workouts to get the best results. Also included is a Workout Journal that covers each of the DVDs to help keep you on track and focused, and Jaana explains the Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs, along with modifications you can make to suit your current fitness level.
Who will and won’t it suit?
If you enjoy Latin music and dancing or want to get into it, you should love this workout.
With most of the workouts being 40 minutes plus, if you can only dedicate 20 minutes a day to exercise, it won’t be for you.
Will I need anything else?
One of the Figure 8 workouts requires a resistance band.
Figure 8 Fitness DVD Demo with Jaana Kunitz
Figure 8 Fitness System Overview
The Figure 8 Fitness DVD Workout is led by Ballroom Dance Champion Jaana Kunitz and a team of professional dancers. The program is split into three phases, as outlined below.
Phase 1 – Learn
In this phase, you will learn three exercises that are regularly featured, these being Hip Sways, Hip Tucks, and Hip Rolls. While repetitive, the rhythmic moves are fun and quite sensual and they feel as though they will be extremely effective over time.
Hip Sways target the obliques to nip in your waist and get rid of love handles, while Hip Tucks work the upper, lower and middle abs. Hip Rolls elongate all of the ab muscles. Each move also targets the back, to strengthen the entire core.
Jaana also tells you what not to do so you can avoid injury.
Phase 2 – Burn
With a focus on fat burning, Phase 2 incorporates the three moves learned in Phase 1 at different rhythms and tempos. Your heart rate will be in the perfect fat burning zone, so along with working your core, you will torch lots of calories.
Each workout includes an intense “metabolic accelerator,” segment. These power moves are performed very quickly for approximately 30 seconds, burning additional calories and boosting your metabolic rate post-workout.
Phase 3 – Sculpt
In this phase, you will be targeting other muscle groups, including your arms, back, shoulders, legs, and glutes. Multiple muscles are worked simultaneously and in different directions.
Stick with the workouts, and you will become leaner, tighter, and more toned. By the end of Phase 3, your abs will be flatter, your waist smaller, your arms and legs will be more toned, and your butt will be tighter and higher.
A countdown timer is on the screen throughout the workouts, and with some, there’s the option of increasing or decreasing the music volume.
In the next section of this Figure 8 review, we will look at the individual workouts and their runtime.
The Figure 8 Fitness System workouts are as follows:
1) Get Started – (55 mins)
In this instructional DVD, Jaana teaches you the dance moves you will be doing throughout the program. You will work to the count with no music, but you will still get a workout as you repeat the moves.
2) Core Cardio Learn – (41 mins)
In this segment, you will learn the Merengue, the Samba, the Salsa, the Paso Doble, and the Jive. You will do three or four steps of each, then combine and repeat these before doing all of the moves without stopping.
The Cool-Down for Core Cardio Learn is the Rumba.
3) Core Cardio Burn – (46 mins)
Core Cardio Burn is an intermediate level cardio workout. The dances you will be doing are the same as those in Core Cardio learn, these being the Merengue, the Samba, the Salsa, the Paso Doble, and the Jive. You will, however, be doing them for longer and at a faster pace.
The One on One option enables you to see a back view of the moves to follow Jaana from behind.
The Home Base moves introduced in Core Cardio Learn are also included in Burn, but there will be more focus on dancing.
4) Core Cardio Blast – (52 mins)
Also featuring One on One, Core Cardio Blast is a high-energy advanced level workout. It features the Merengue, the Samba, the Salsa, the Paso Doble, and the Jive.
As with some of the other workouts, Core Cardio Blast contains Home-Based moves. These enable you to have a bit of a breather before taking on the next drill or tempo. If the workout is too challenging, follow along with the modifier who demonstrates lower impact versions of the moves.
5) Dance Plyo 1 – (20 mins including a 4-minute Warm-Up and Cool-Down)
Based on competition dancing, if you’re familiar with HIIT, you will know what to expect from this workout.
Following the Warm-Up, you will be doing a series of 5 x two-minute high-intensity dance intervals. There’s a 30-second rest between each, during which Jaana gives an overview of the moves for the following dance. Dances you will be doing include the Merengue, the Samba, the Salsa, the Paso Doble, and the Jive.
On both this DVD and DVD 6, there is the option of copying a modified version of the moves as demonstrated by a class member.
6) Dance Plyo 2 – (20 mins)
Dance Plyo 2 is similar to Dance Plyo 1, the only real difference being different choreography.
7) Dance Max Drills – (45 mins)
Dance Max Drills will improve your dance skills and maximize your core strength. Starting with a Warm-Up and ending with a Cool-Down, you will repeat five dance drills, doing variations of each. The pace alternates between half and full tempo.
8) Lower Body Sculpt – (30 mins)
Lower Body Sculpt is a bodyweight segment done to the Paso Doble and the Jive. The moves in the slower paced Paso segment include Squats, Lunges, Plies, and Calf Raises. The focus of the brisk-paced Jive sequence is cardio.
A modifier demonstrates a simpler version of the workout.
9) Upper Body Sculpt – (30 mins)
In Upper Body Sculpt you will be using a resistance band to exercise the five main upper body muscle groups.
Exercises you will be doing are Double Arm Rows, Narrow Push-Ups, Lat Pull Downs and Chest Flys with Crunches. You will also do Reverse Flys, Front and Lateral Raises and Upright Rows. Other exercises include Bicep Curls and Tricep Overhead Extensions.
The background music for this segment is up-tempo, and there is a modifier.
10) Broadway Body Burn – (25 mins)
Broadway Body Burn is an energetic workout that features Jive and Lindy Hop music. You will learn a series of moves, then repeat them, first at half pace, then full pace, before combining them into a sequence.
11) Sexy Abs – (10 mins)
Sexy Abs comprises Standing Ab Work set to super-fast music. The speed is varied, so you will start at half-pace, then work at full pace, then double time. The movements are done standing, working one side of the body at a time.
Exercises you will be doing include Standing Crunches, Single Arm Figure 8’s with Knee Raises, Torso Tilts, and Hip Sways with Upper Body Twists.
12) Sexy Abs Extreme – (15 mins)
Sexy Abs Extreme is a floor-based ab workout. The workout is challenging, with lots of isolation holds. Exercises you will be doing include Bicycles, Pilates Pumps, Scissor Kicks, V-sits, Core Rotations, and Plank Rotations.
13) Stretch & Flex Belly Latin Fusion – (26 1/2 mins)
The first half of Stretch and Flex comprises standing exercises. Performed to a Bolero rhythm, the moves in this workout are fluid, and some will require good balance. You will also do Yoga, Leg Stretches, Figure 8 moves, Spine Rolls, and Bridge Rolls.
Figure 8 Fitness System Summary
The Figure 8 Fitness System combines the excitement of Latin dancing with stretching, Plyo, and body shaping moves. The result is a program that gets outstanding results. The workouts are fun, and the format is such that even non-dancers will be able to learn the steps and get super-fit in the process.
A problem with many fitness programs is that progress tends to plateau after a while. According to Jaana, this does not happen with The Figure 8 Fitness System because you will be doing a new workout every two weeks. Your body won’t have a chance to become accustomed to the moves, so your fitness will continue to grow.
The Figure 8 Fitness System was created for people of all fitness levels; however, if you are new to exercise you may find it too challenging.
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