Hi friends! Hope you are having an amazing week! Temperatures have really plummeted here and I am feeling the chill. If you know me at all, you know I love warm weather. Well, I like to channel the warm weather with my workouts and so you can imagine how excited I was to try out Tone It Up (TIU) Beach Babe 2 DVD (affiliate link). I stumbled across TIU awhile back and I love their SoCal lifestyle infused into their workouts. I decided to buy their DVD and see if they live up the hype.
The DVD was filmed in Hawaii (where the Hubs and I got married!). My favorite part of the DVD is the background. The ladies, Karena and Katrina, film all of their workouts on the beach and I loved watching the waves crash in the background (and a random surfer photo bomb occasionally) as I worked up a sweat.
Beach Babe 2 has two discs with nine different workouts:
1.) Set the Bar- This 20 minute “workout” is meant to measure your progress. You do this workout first and then complete it again throughout the program to see how far you’ve improved. I actually really like this concept, especially if you are new to fitness. It is like having your own personal trainer.
2.) HIIT the Beach- This 40 minute workout is the longest workout in the series and it is the only cardio workout. I love HIIT workouts because they are fast and effective. The ladies walk you through several rounds of circuits that include HIIT cardio moves and some toning moves. I worked up a sweat in this workout but as far as HIIT workouts go, it is not the hardest one I’ve ever done. I would recommend this if you are new to HIIT workouts.
3.) Beach Barre- You know I love my barre classes and the beach is my favorite place ever so barre on the beach is the best thing ever! I love the barre focus here and although it is not as hard as some of my beloved barre dvds, this was one of my favorites in the set! 30 minutes
4.) Fine Toning- This 20 minute class focuses on toning up your smaller muscle groups. It was a barre type feel as well and I like it but I would do it with another workout like some cardio.
5.) Sunrise Routine- This routine is gentle and perfect for when you are just waking up. I have to say that I enjoyed playing this in the morning when I normally workout. I am sometimes so tired that my usual workouts seem really intense. This was a great way to wake up. But, by the same time, if I did this everyday, I probably wouldn’t see toning results I want. 25 minutes
6.) Sunset Stretch- This 15 minute stretch is one of my favorites because it perfect for stretching after a workout. I sometimes skip stretching because I am not motivated or I don’t know what I want to do. This is a great workout to pop in and quickly stretch to get the kinks out and maintain flexibility. I love the calming feeling of this DVD.
7.) Bikini Arms- This 20 minute workout really does make the arms burn!
8.) Hula Booty- 25 minutes long, this workout is good for targeting the booty and does get your heart rate up.
9.) Sunkissed Abs- This 18 minute workout is pretty challenging and involves a lot of planks. I actually like pairing this workout with Bikini Arms and Hula Booty for a total body workout.
Overall I though the DVD was gorgeous but not very challenging for someone who is already in good shape. I think the workouts are perfect add ons if you are a runner or cyclists looking to add some toning into the mix. The TIU ladies are really selling their SoCal lifestyle, which I think is what makes it so appealing to me. I have not tried TIU Beach Babe DVD 1 (affiliate link), but I have a feeling it would be similar! I hope their third DVD is more challenging because I’m sold on their branding!
Readers, have you ever wanted to love a DVD but it didn’t quite live up to your expectations? Have you tried TIU before? Does anyone want to move to SoCal with me!?