Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review: Bob Harper: Pure Burn Super Strength

I did this DVD for the first time yesterday and thought that I would review it.  First let me say that I have never watched "The Biggest Loser".  I know very little about Bob Harper, although I do have another one of his DVD's - Totally Ripped Core.  Marc saw this DVD series (Inside Out Method) and really wanted to try it, so here we are.

There is a short workout and then an hour long one - which is actually over 65 minutes.  Let me tell you, this DVD is no joke!  It is an extremely intense strength training session.  I used 5 pound dumbbells for the moves, which at first seemed light for some of the moves, but after you've done about 30 of the moves, 5 pounds was more then enough.

The DVD has 3 people doing the workouts - a super fit woman who does the most intense version of the workouts, another woman who shows us modified moves and grunts and half-cries through the hard moves, and a guy who is very muscular and struggles through a lot of the moves.  Bob alternates between yelling at them and totally supporting them - I like his style pretty well, although he's got an evil laugh when he's really pushing them!

There is only one real break in the hour+ DVD, but there are some places where the moves are a bit easier and give you a little break.  You will be working both your upper and lower body as well as your core.  There are weighted squats, renegade pushups, T-pushups, lunges, tricep and bicep work, and wide rows to name a few of the moves.  There were parts that I was shaking like a leaf. 

I feel like I'm pretty fit and I do a lot of DVD's, but this was the first time I actually thought I might puke I was working so hard!  One of the things I like about this DVD, which is something they have in P90X as well, is a count-down timer to show how much time you have left in the workout.  I could say to myself "Okay, only 25 more minutes!"

After doing the workout, I actually trembled for about 45 minutes afterwards.  This is common for me when I've worked my muscles really hard.  It usually happens with intense yoga, but it happened after doing this DVD.  Oh, and did I mention that I felt SOOOOO GOOOD afterwards?  Seriously, my whole body felt WORKED in such a good way.

I think this is going to become one of my favorite DVD's to do!

Try it and let me know what you think!  It is selling for dirt cheap on Amazon right now!


  1. Hi Jen,
    Just wanted to let you know that I ordered this today :) I had saved it in my Amazon wish list after reading this post a while back and needed to add something to my order to get my free shipping, lol. Thanks for the review! I love Bob in some of the Biggest Loser DVDs, so this is right up my alley :)

  2. Crystal - glad to hear it! Please stop back and let me know if you liked it!!

    1. Well, I did this one today :) I have lower back issues so I have to do modified pushups & planks, so it probably wasn't as hard for me as it could have been, but overall it was a good workout. My HRM said I burned 439 calories, so not bad for 65 minutes!