I checked out Jillian Michaels' Yoga Meltdown through Netflix recently. I can't truly recommend it, and yet I give it a qualified recommendation. Bear with me as I explain.
Here's the thing. There are two major issues I have with Yoga Meltdown.
1. Yoga? Hardly. I think the most you could honestly say is "yoga-inspired." That is, some of the exercises in this DVD bear a passing resemblance to some yoga poses. Beyond that, this is in no way Yoga. It feels a bit more like Jillian Michaels showed up at the gym one morning and said, "Hey, I'm gonna do a yoga DVD. Quick, someone give me a half dozen poses to work with!" And, in fact, at one point in the DVD, she says, "I'm new to this, too." Yeah. We noticed.
2. I know Jillian Michaels is a mega-celebrity and well-known trainer, but prior to watching this DVD, I'd never seen her before. Here's me coming to her cold: she's a bit much. She's got a definite onscreen persona, a rather over-the-top tough-love/empathy combo, to an extent that this DVD seems almost like a parody of exercise DVDs.
That said, these are balanced against two other points:
1. The over-the-top persona? Though certainly guaranteed to be grating in large doses, it does have a certain charm. Variety is the key to sticking with exercise, and variety of instructor personality does factor into this. In short, Jillian Michaels grew on me a bit after a few viewings.
2. Yoga Meltdown is actually an effective work-out, and even more importantly, it's an effective 30-minute workout. When you get right down to it, what ultimately matters in an exercise DVD is if the DVD works. This one does. (Qualification: I didn't do the beginner segment, just the Level 2 workout.) In addition, it runs 30-minutes. In the realm of exercise DVDs, there are any number of mix-and-match 10-minute workouts available; a goodly number of 20-minute options; and lots of 40-, 45-, or 50-minute workouts. Sadly, 30-minute workouts don't seem to be the norm. Personally, I think they're ideal, and I wish there were more of them.
So... Campy or not, this exercise DVD will be added to my mix as an "occasional." You might try it for a bit of variety in your own exercise routine.
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