Charlotte's - 3 Minute Belly Blitz
Charlotte's Crosby's 3 minute belly blitz fitness dvd review
As the summer is quickly approaching and having let myself go this year by not going to the gym as often as I should due to working hard at university and other projects (still no excuse), I have found myself to be left feeling rather sluggish and untoned, compared to last summer when I was happy with my weight. So I have decided to do something about it, my sister recently started doing the Charlotte's Crosby's 3 minute belly blitz fitness DVD so I thought I would join her as it has received really good reviews and has "sold twice as many copies as Hollywood blockbuster Frozen, making it the first fitness DVD to top a mainstream chart in over a decade" according to the Daily Mail.
I have never watched Geordie Shore so I had never really heard of Charlotte before, but her transformation photos are impressive and shes looking fantastic. The DVD consists of twelve rounds of 3 minute workouts, the workouts are developed to be HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) which has a good reputation of helping to burn fat. So the twelve rounds of 3 minute workouts work by getting your heart pumping fast for three minutes then down again before you start the next round when your heart is having to pump fast again.
As well as the twelve rounds of workouts the DVD also contains a warm up, a warm down and an extra abs blast section lasting 10 minutes which I find to be really good as you can really feel the burn in your abs when your doing it so you know its working. The DVD also includes a diet plan of eating 1250 calories a day, consisting of 3 meals and 1 snack.
How the routines are shown I find easy to follow as Charlotte and Richard (from ITV's Biggest Loser) show you quickly the routine in that round before the routine starts so you know what to expect, Charlotte and Richard do the full on workouts for those who feel comfortable with the routine and for those who are a beginner wanting to work their fitness levels up there is another guy called David Souter (Weight Loss expert) who shows you the easy version of the routine to follow, which I think is good and makes you less likely to give up on that round.
My first experience doing the DVD was good, although I must admit my fitness levels have deteriorated a lot since last year so I did struggle on some parts and lost track of what I was doing as they are all very fast routines, but I managed to do all twelve rounds in one go without pausing the DVD but during one section I did have to sit down for one minute to get my breath back. The workouts do get your heart pumping, and make you hot and sweaty which just shows they are working, Richard the trainer recommends you do all twelve routines plus the abs blast section four times a week and as long as you stick to a healthy diet while doing them I cant see this not helping people to loose weight.
As much as I love going to the gym and doing cardio workouts, I do prefer the easiness of working out from home and I have felt the burn more doing the HIIT compared to cardio. As the workouts only last 3 minutes but are fast paced, I find this more motivating as I know that the harder I push myself the more quickly the 3 minutes will be up so I can have a quick rest, rather then doing a long winded excersize routine.
To do the full DVD you need to set aside approximately 50 minutes, whenever you can at least four times a week. The morning after I did the workout for the very first time I was aching all over, which is good and shows that I have moved some muscles that I haven't in awhile. I plan to carry on doing the DVD and I have also started using the 'MyFitnessPal' app again which is brilliant, I have used it on and off for years and I find it really helpful to keep track of my calorie intake so I don't over eat or under eat, I am going to try and stick to a healthy high protein diet of 1250 calories a day as well as drinking lots of green tea which I do anyway as it helps with weight loss also.
If you choose to do the fitness DVD let me know how you get on, or if you have any weight loss tips feel free to share them in the comments.
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