Monday, July 1, 2013

Bob Harper 4 DVD Workout Set

If you have been reading my last couple of posts (or follow me on Twitter) you know that I recently purchased a new set of workout DVDs. The DVDs are from Bob Harper and the set contains total trainer plus, ultimate cardio body, cardio conditioning and pure burn super strength.

I loved Bob Harper from the Biggest Loser workouts so when I purchased these, I thought, "these will be great calorie burners." I am sure they will, but in order to burn those calories, I have to make it through the workout. This morning I attempted to complete total trainer plus and I made 19 out of 30 minutes.

I can say that this workout is hard! There is no doubt about it, but, a hard workout will get results. One of the things that disappointed me about this workout is that there is no modified version. On total trainer plus, your follow along person is already physically fit. That can be discouraging for someone, like myself, who isn't, because she is able to constantly keep up with the workout (there are a few times when she stumbles, I like that because it reminds me that she is human after all). I know I would have been able to keep up better with a modified version of the workout.

Also, this is not a workout to be done on an empty stomach (my mistake), it also shouldn't be done on a completely full one. Bob recommends having a snack about 30 minutes before you do this workout and he is right you are going to need it. As I write this post, I am sitting in a dark room with all the curtains closed because I am nauseated and need to be in complete darkness. Take it from me, do NOT attempt this workout on an empty stomach.

The workout is a repetitive one, the good thing about that is that if you missed a few steps the first time around, you have another chance to catch them. Here are a few of the moves:

  • hand walks
  • bur-pees
  • rows
  • lunges
  • push ups to a T formation
  • squat roll ups
  • Turkish get ups
  • runners jumping stretch
  • plank
  • and more! 
These were just the first 15 to 18 minutes worth of workouts, which are intense! 

I plan on looking through all of the other workouts to see if I started with the hardest one of all and if so, I will be updating my workout schedule. If I didn't start with the hardest one, I am in for a very hard and long month ahead of me.

Ironically, I did pick the hardest workout to start out on. Don't get me wrong, none of these workouts are easy, but the others have 3 models you can follow with one of them being a modified version. Therefore, I have updated my workout calendar to reflect the change in sequence that will be occurring. I will be starting off with pure burn / super strength, body rev / cardio conditioning, ultimate cardio body and total trainer plus.


  1. I see you've changed some things on your page. I like your new picture, you look so much younger in that one. Wow, that workout must be super intense if they're warning people to eat first. I've never done a workout like that before and I'm not sure if I'd survive it if I did...LoL. I'm glad you enjoyed it though and it's awesome that you managed to get as far as you did your first time doing it. Great job!!!

    1. It was super intense! I have never experienced something that hard before and couldn't believe all of the workouts were that way, until I looked at the other DVDs and realized the one I attempted today was the hardest of them all. I am just glad I made it through. Thanks for the compliment too, everyday I'm on this journey, I feel younger!