Sunday, January 23, 2011

RAVE: Patrick Goudeau's Lean Hot Body

Okay, okay, okay, I know the title of this workout makes you smile...but, I did it for the first time. All I can say is a resounding, enthusiastic:

Seriously, this workout rocked and has quickly earned a spot on my 'favorite workouts' list!!! This is my first workout purchase of Patrick's, but I have seen him on FitTV in the past. He is excellent. I did the 60-minute workout. There is also a 10-minute add-on abdominal section, which I didn't do. You need 2 sets of weights - medium and heavy. I chose 15's and 20's. They were right for me for most of the workout (had to make a few adjustments here and there). Note - There are no water breaks in this puppy. It just keeps moving.

Anyway, here are some of my thoughts regarding the workout:
  • Moved quickly and was well sequenced
  • High energy music that kept me moving
  • Patrick's cueing was simply outstanding!
  • Very creative combinations
  • Kept me challenged for the entire workout
  • Strong, effective warmup that gradually increased heart rate. But, once it was up, it was up (high) for the rest of the workout I was actually anaerobic for the majority of the workout.
  • No dread factor - even on the more challenging moves, I didn't feel intimidated. I at least had the courage to try everything.
  • Patrick has a wonderful personality and teaching style. I loved him!
Although I did have to take breaks and hit pause often to let my heart rate come down a bit, I felt this was one of the most effective workouts that I've done so far this year. I didn't preview the workout first, and I didn't have too many problems following along. I'm sure that as I get more familiar with the workout, I will personally be smoother in my execution. I can definitely see how this workout will lean you out and improve one's overally conditioning. I am really looking forward to doing this again, and even more to when I won't have to press pause as much. I'm not sure if the workout is chaptered. I seemed to recall hearing that it wasn't, so I didn't even try for fear of interrupting the workout too much.
In conclusion, I'm going to even go so far as to say that this workout gives Paul Katami's Hollywood Bootcamp 4x4 a run for its money. That is saying alot because, like so many of us on the forum, I really thought that Paul's Bootcamp workout was/is a 5-star bootcamp workout. This workout isn't the same structure as Paul's (i.e. 4:00 blocks of work with 0:30 rest), but I would still categorize it as a bootcamp style, circuit training workout. I am so ELATED to have both of these workouts in my collection!!

Here's a trailer of the workout if you haven't seen it.

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