New Year New You: "Skinny Bitch" Authors Launch Workout Video Series
You are probably pretty familiar with the Skinny Bitch book series:
Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven, and
Skinny Bitch in the Kitch,
Now Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin in collaboration with Warner Brothers and world reknown fitness trainer Patrick Goudeau have created a series of fitness DVD’s as companions to the books to get you to join Freedman and Barounin in the “Skinny Bitch” club by using their Skinny Bitch Fitness workouts.
Currently there are two Skinny Bitch Workouts
Skinny Bitch Fitness Boot Camp
Skinny Bitch Fitness -Body
First thing: Make sure you watch the entire video ( if you bought both, please watch them entirely!!) from start to finish at least once so that you know what to expect. Know your limitations and also spot where you need to watch carefully how to do certain movements. These women are not fitness pros so their cueing isn’t spot on. It’s not like a professional workout video that you would expect to get from the top fitness pros like Smith, Voight, Goudeau himself or anything out of Collage Video– much less Warner Bros.
While I am a huge fan of Patrick Goudeau and have known him for many years and followed his career, I am disappointed in both workouts. The Boot Camp workout is designed for the beginner. (really it is.) As a person who has reviewed over 150 different workout videos over several years– and kept up with different trends from step to Bosu to pilates to Wii– this is not a great workout. It’s good for those who are just starting a fitness program and wants something not too challenging. It is rather tedious to hear the two women blather on for the first 15 minutes about themselves and what they feel is “empowering” chat. It’s not empowering. It’s lame.
What is required is Patrick Godeau showing both women (who are not fitness pros by any means) just what good body mechanics are and how to engage abs, core, and body alignment. I know that in other videos to come, there is a lot more fun and better presentation — but this workout pretty much “takes the cake” (and I mean that sarcastically) as it doesn’t do what it should. It should encourage you to workout and they should NOT be talking about what you don’t need to do and what you shouldn’t be eating. Since there is little direction or guidance on the part of the ladies, the likelihood of doing something incorrectly (Why are they doing deadlift with straight legs? ) and potentially injuring oneself is genuine. As an intermediate/advanced workout person, it was “boring”, not challenging and I was adding in heavier weights, and doing double the reps that the more difficult group was doing.
The DVD I got didn’t even have an ab section workout so I can’t even comment on that. I know the warm-up was ok. The workout intervals weren’t all that well thought-out thought here was one section involving ab movements I thought was fun. The cool-down was good. The “girlfriend talk” — please don’t talk ladies. Most women don’t call themselves or their friends “bitches.
The Skinny Bitch Fitness -Body is a series of 20 minutes segments that include warmup and cool-down as well as targeted work for abs, legs, arms and butt. This particular DVD wasn’t nearly as bad as Boot Camp but the Ab Workout lacked proper warnings and cueing about how to pull abs in; how to coordinate the movements of pulling abs in with the other body movements etc. Catch my drift here? The other segments are similar and if you don’t have proper body alignment, you can potentially injure yourself– even on the butt or leg workouts.
I watched the workouts and tested them out. I don’t like people yammering at me when I need proper cueing to do the movements properly. These ladies love to hear themselves talk too darn much to care about how well you are doing.
So take a pass on these workouts.
Here’s another review from BlogCritics that I agree with for the most part. Obviously there are some differences of opinion on the workout level of these two videos. For those who don’t workout, these videos might be difficult. For someone who works out regularly and is considered an intermediate or advanced, you would have to make these workouts harder to make them interesting or motivating.
This is not for the intermediate or advanced person. It’s for a knowledgeable beginner who needs more classroom atmosphere. I am very interested in seeing what Goudeau has choreographed for the dancy work-outs because I think these might be a better fit. (note the word “might”)