The Biggest Loser: The Workout – Weight Loss Yoga

January 22, 2016 - Comment

You’ve witnessed extraordinary weight loss on NBC’s hit show. Now you can get with the program and achieve pound-shedding results in just 6-8 weeks with the transforming power of yoga! There are no guarantees, but for those who work the program with consistency and dedication, The Biggest Loser: The Workout–Weight Loss Yoga’s promise that “pound-shedding

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You’ve witnessed extraordinary weight loss on NBC’s hit show. Now you can get with the program and achieve pound-shedding results in just 6-8 weeks with the transforming power of yoga! There are no guarantees, but for those who work the program with consistency and dedication, The Biggest Loser: The Workout–Weight Loss Yoga’s promise that “pound-shedding results” can be achieved in six to eight weeks is no idle claim. Led by instructor Bob Harper, this 55-minute regimen offers three separate yoga workouts, sandwiched between 5-minute warm-up and cool-down sections; a menu option gives users the opportunity to practice the workouts in any order or quantity. The first and longest of the trio is a vinyasa series (a vinyasa is a connected sequence of yoga asanas) focusing on core strength via a variety of lunges, stretches, downward- and upward-facing dog, standing poses (triangle, warrior one and two, extended right angle), plank, and more; the second focuses on abs work and backbends; and the third is a more standard gym-type workout that can be done with or without hand weights. Make no mistake about it: much of this work is quite rigorous, and even experienced yogis and yoginis can expect to be challenged. But Harper’s instruction is friendly and encouraging, with frequent reminders about the importance of the breath (“as long as you’re breathing, you’re perfect”), variations provided for those not yet up to speed, and opportunities to rest. Perhaps best of all, instead of gorgeous bodies in designer outfits doing perfect poses, we’re watching mortals who are not all buff, flexible, and strong (some can’t even touch their toes) and whose form is at times less than perfect. These folks don’t make yoga look easy, because it’s not. But anyone with a serious yoga practice–and this is a good place to start–knows that its benefits are both profound and, if you stick with it, permanent. –Sam Graham

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lkboice says:

Great interactivity and instruction on poses–plus it’s fun! Great Yoga DVD, especially for those new to yoga. I’ve had a good handful of yoga classes and my husband’s had a few. We both really benefit from Bob’s instruction, particularly on form. It’s one thing to say, “keep your back straight,” or “make sure you watch your form,” but Bob instructs as if you’ve never had a yoga class in your life, which is good–both for newbies and those of us who aren’t experts yet. He actually shows you what good knee alignment looks like. Or tells you how it should feel. I agree with one of the reviewers that it’s a little awkward (okay, a lot awkward) to be in a yoga pose and have to look up at the TV, but that’s really the same as being in class–I would have to look at an instructor to see what’s going on sometimes–but after a week or two of doing this, you get the hang of it and know what to do. 

Peace, Love and Sandy Feet. says:

Hard, but effective…Overweight people welcome. I ordered this DVD not knowing if it would work for me or not. It has and does. I am very overweight, though I’ve lost 50 lbs, I still have a ways to go. I started this DVD not having any sort of exercise experience (hence the being overweight part). I have since started going to a gym, but alot of people who have a weight issue, are nervous or possibly embarrassed to enter any sort of public gym or classes. This was me. It starts off slowly,meaning stretching, but builds up quickly. Some of the moves I couldn’t do for a long while. Don’t beat yourself up. The fact that you’re trying is awesome! You will get there soon enough. I was sore for the first few times afterwards. Soak in a hot bath with epsom salts and apply peppermint oil in some sort of carrier oil(olive oil, almond oil, etc)on your sore spots and you’ll slowly get used to it. I like Bob Harper’s enthusiasm.He’s clear in speech and helpful. He’s not annoying like most exercise hosts can be. Don’t get me wrong, I hated his…

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