How are your New Years Resolutions going? Nearly four weeks in to 2017 and I’m keeping up with some of mine… However, fitness and exercise were quite low on my priority list until I was sent a copy of the Callanetics Countdown DVD.
I’m sure you have similar problems to me: after a day of sitting hunched over a computer, a steering wheel, or a pile of exercise books, my shoulders ache. After months of carrying a steadily growing toddler on my left hip, I’m slightly lopsided. After carrying two larger-sized babies, my stomach muscles have definitely seen better days.
That’s why I was really keen to try the Callanetics Countdown DVD. Not only does it promise that you will have a better body in 30 days, but the exercises are really focused and toning.
Callanetics is a series of stretching and contracting exercises that activate the body s largest muscles groups, using tiny, gentle, precise movements, called pulses. These pulses reach deep into the muscles to give you a strong, firm body, without adding bulk.
The programme is divided into three levels, each getting progressively more challenging.
The first level is only 25 minutes long, and is fairly gentle. For me, it was a great introduction to the exercises and didn’t feel like a huge commitment. I was happy to start the programme at 8.30pm and be finished by 9pm! The exercises are generally fairly easily managed, although there was a hip rotation exercise that I found really tough. There is also an ‘advanced’ and ‘beginners’ example which is helpful.
After 5 days, you progress to the second level. The second level is longer and the exercises are more challenging. I found 5 days was about right for the first level – I could do all the exercises and I was used to the movements.
The second level lasts 10 days. The exercises last longer – you aim for 100 pulses rather than 50 – and there is a counter on screen which I found helpful. I liked knowing how many more I had to do! The Level 2 workout lasts about 40 minutes, which is definitely still manageable if you’re busy.
By the time you reach Level 3, the workout lasts an hour, but you’re definitely feeling more toned. The exercises in Level 3 are definitely more challenging, especially the stomach crunches, so the build up is a great idea.
The setting of the DVD is great – high up in an inner-city exercise studio. It was so far removed from my own living room in an English village that I felt like I was momentarily transported into an alternative reality for me! The presenter, Lacey Kondi, is very clear, very chirpy and her figure is very motivating.
The very best thing for me with this workout DVD is that it was really easy to do in my own home. The only equipment you need is a chair to balance on. The exercises were challenging, yet not so exhausting that I couldn’t face doing them after a long day at work. And the difference they made, especially to my posture and core muscles, has been really noticeable.
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