Hello :)! So I finally went ahead and bought the Beach Babe DVD 1 by Tone It Up! Digital Download. I reviewed their Beach Babe DVD 2 in January, and I absolutely love the workouts. For six weeks straight, I was using those workouts along with some of their free Youtube workouts and cardio, and I feel a lot stronger and more toned. I bought the new DVD for some variety, and to use on my light days. The workouts are shorter, and sometimes when I am low on energy and time, but don’t want to miss my workout, I use this DVD.
When I was buying this DVD, I expected it to be more amateurish than the new Beach Babe DVD 2. They have had a lot of success since the launch of their first DVD, so their new DVD 2 is definitely more polished.
This digital download costs 29 USD, and as soon as you place your order, they send you an email with links to download all seven workouts. The link expires in 48 hours, and you can download each workout five times. I actually didn’t get this email when I first ordered, so after waiting for a couple of hours and checking my spam folder, I emailed their customer service. I got a quick and friendly reply within 4 hours with fresh links to download the workouts. So five stars to their customer service team :).
Here are the workouts in the order I tried them
Bikini Sculpt This is a 40 minute long full body workout with warm up, water breaks and some cool down stretches. You need an exercise mat and some dumb bells before you start (I used 2 kgs). This might be my new favourite full body workout. The exercises target your arms, shoulders. booty and abs. I paired this workout with 30 minutes of cardio. The moves are not very challenging but definitely burn. I will use this workout and days I’m looking for a light to medium intensity workout. Perfect for days when you are not feeling very motivated, effective without making you dread the next time you have to do it.
Bikini Booty This a 13 minute video that focusses on your booty and legs. I did this short and sweet routine after a 3 Km run. Great to add a little toning into a cardio day.
Summer Arms This arm routine is 12 minutes long, and that is my favourite part about this workout. This includes warm up, and there are no breaks. There are three circuits, one standing up, and two on the ground. A really great, quick workout to stack on at the end of a nice run.
HIIT the Beach This High Intensity Interval Training routine is 18 minutes long. It includes four HIIT routines, that is, 4 cardio movies of 15 seconds each to get your heart rate up, followed by a 30 seconds water break and two toning moves. I love cardio routines that I can do at home for days when I don’t feel like going to the gym, so this workout figures into my favourites list.
Surfer Girl This 25 minute full body routine is so much fun. They do this workout on a surf board, I used a mat, and it is really upbeat and cheerful. They break into a dance in the middle of the workout. So cute and again, great for days when you are looking for a light workout.
Bikini Abs This ab routine is 16 minutes long, and great to pair with either the Summer Arms routine or any full body routine.
Long and lean This ten minute stretching routine is by far my favourite. I did this before my first 5k :). It was easy to follow along and very relaxing. Great to pair with any workout at all.
In conclusion, these workouts were a great addition to my collection. And my collection by far is very small, it starts and ends with their workouts. Since I have tried both DVDs, I can compare them fairly. There is definitely a lot more creativity and balance in the newer DVD, the camera angles are better, the water breaks are prettier, and the workouts are better designed.
Beach Babe DVD 1 or 2 ? If there is a choice between the two, I say go for the second DVD, even if you are just beginning your fitness journey. The first DVD is not easier than the second DVD, in fact, in some parts, it is tougher. I got both because I needed the variety. Once again, I love the fact that these DVDs are available for download, so you save on shipping charges, and can order them and enjoy them anywhere in the world!
I hope my review helps :)!
In my next post, I am going to share the experience of my first 5k :)! Thank you for reading!