Would you like  the upbeat and charismatic Chris Powell to come to your house and encourage you to get fit so you can strut happily in your skinny jeans? Well, now you can with the newest DVD: Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition: Bootcamp. Him and his red sneakers will come right into your living room and tell you things like “embrace that burn!” He even says things like “I’m gonna keep you on the ground right now” which can give some of us gutter minds a bit of a giggle.


This DVD (available from Amazon) is for people of any body shape and fitness level, and it has four progressive levels along with a warm up and cool down.  The work-outs will challenge you, but only as much as you’d like. Do the entire DVD from start to finish, or choose to only do one or two levels at once. With all of the options and variety, this DVD will keep you interested and motivated to continue.

Each workout lets you select to do it with only music or with the trainer instructions. This is a nice little feature for those you want it.

Having an attractive, upbeat guy as your personal trainer really does give you a boost in confidence and motivation.

Something that always strikes me as obvious is that we like to feel current, which is why the more recent a workout video is, the more we connect to it. If you gave me some random Tae Bo DVD from the 90’s, I’d probably feel pretty “meh” about working with it, simply because it would look dated and seem (in my mind) out of date. Which is why I’m always a fan of changing up your fitness DVDs, especially as more current ones come out for you to use. They’re not expensive at all, especially if you make yourself use them a lot. Then the cost per use is pennies a day. In fact, that’s even better motivation to use the DVD to work out – because you want to make sure you are getting the best amount of money out of your investment.

Something I didn’t like about this DVD is that you cannot skip through the first 50 minute introduction. Or at least that’s what I seemed to take away while I tried to jab the remote to skip it. I hate when DVDs do this, and I really wish this one would just let you get to the point…especially as it’s a fitness DVD and it boasts all these different levels you can go to.

The warm-up is a little over six minutes long, and gets you moving all over the floor. But nothing was too hard, and I recognized several basic yoga poses built into the stretches.

For those who are wary of being able to complete the moves, this DVD focuses on beginners moves for every exercise. And before you worry that you aren’t doing enough and the whole thing feels worthless, Powell tells you why the move is still working your abs and your gluts and whatever else. (Does any one move work both the abs and gluts? Whatever!)

Another thing I love about these work-outs is you change up your movement a lot, which translates to never being bored or feeling like you’re so annoyed you’re going to quit.

Extreme Makeover Weight Loss: Bootcamp is available for sale right now, so pick up a copy and get moving!


Street Date: 6/25/13
DVD SRP: $14.98

Achieve ultimate weight loss at home with Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition – Bootcamp featuring transformation specialist Chris Powell from ABC’s hit show “Extreme Weight Loss.” Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition – Bootcamp is available on DVD June 25th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Powell will help get you moving to start losing with a program for every body and fitness level. Featuring inspiring past participants from the popular TV show, the program includes four fat-blasting workouts, each more challenging than the last. Once viewers have mastered the levels individually, they can utilize bootcamp workout plans to really take it up a notch! The Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition – Bootcamp DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98. The new season of ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss” premieres Tuesday, May, 28th.

• Warm-Up: Set your body in motion and get your heart pumping with Chris’ signature moves designed to limber up for a fun workout.
• Level 1: Begin your transformation and jump-start your metabolism with easy-to-follow exercises that get every muscle moving to start burning fat and calories.
• Level 2: Rev up the calorie burn and melt inches with this low-impact interval workout that challenges the body with five total-body exercises repeated in 45-second bursts.
• Level 3: Up the ante and the fat burn with a calorie-crushing workout that includes five mega moves that shred, sculpt and slim the body with four 20-second blasts each.
• Level 4: Get extreme results with four-minute circuits of hard-core exercises like Mountain Climbers and Squat Jacks designed to torch calories, obliterate fat and sculpt muscles.
• Cool Down: Calm your breathing and soothe challenged muscles with complete-body stretches and movements that protect and invigorate your body from head to toe.

**Disclaimer: Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise video

• Custom Workout Option
• Music Only Option
*Subject to change

Year of Production: 2013
Title Copyright: © 2013 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. and © 2013 Eyeworks
Type: Home Entertainment Premiere
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Fitness
Subtitles: NA
Closed Captioned: English
Feature Running Time: 68 minutes
Format: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)
DVD Audio Status: 2.0 Dolby Digital

Disclaimer: DVD provided for honest review. Opinions are truthful and my own.