Metabolism magic

If you haven’t heard, strength training is one of the keys to kick-starting a stubborn metabolism into gear. If like me, you are engaged in shaping-up, you may want to check out the Step-by-Step Strength Training with Petra Kolber.Learning the proper form and technique is what affects your results. 

You’ll need hand weights and a chair to follow this effective DVD. Beginners may want to start with lighter weights (three pounds) and work up. It’s divided into two 10-minute segments that target the lower and upper body, and two additional 20-minute segments that offer a total-body tone-up. You can mix and match to get your beach body in no time at all. Bonus Features include: Eight “Before You Begin” tips/guidelines, Eight Bonus Moves, and bonus workouts, including Step-by-Step Belly Dance and Dance and Be Fit: Brazilian Body.
Petra Kolber is the 2001 IDEA Instructor of the Year and was named Best Female Presenter by ECA in both 2003 and 2004. She travels the world educating other fitness professionals, and hosted Acacia’s Cardio for Beginners DVD. She is a survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Born in England, Kolber now resides in Los Angeles.
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Shape up in 10 minutes

Exhale: Core Fusion Lean & Toned is the perfect way to get in shape fast for summer, even if you have no time or hate to exercise.  The DVD features Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp’s proven formula of five 10-minute workouts to deliver fast results and maximum flexibility.  This regime mixes stretching and sculpting moves for a long, lean, and defined physique.
Husband and wife team, and Core Fusion creators, Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp give home viewers the same experience as in one of Exhale’s nationally-renowned Core Fusion classes. Exercisers can do the full 50-minute class, or choose one or more of the five segments – depending on their schedule.
The program targets the major muscle groups in 10-minute segments, respectively focused on the upper body, thighs, flat/round back, gluteal, and pretzel core toner.
Bonus features include a five-minute stretch and workout from Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes and Shiva Rea: Creative Core Abs
The exercises in this program are from their popular Core Fusion classes, which have a large celebrity clientele including Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Mariska Hargitay, Goldie Hawn, Ivanka Trump, Mario Lopez, Samantha Harris, and Hilary Swank.  So now you can have the same exercise advantage as your favourite movie stars.
Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp have more than 50 years of combined experience, teaching Pilates, Lotte Berk Method, yoga, and dance – disciplines that comprise the Lean & Toned workout. The best-selling Core Fusion DVD series includes Body Sculpt, Pilates Plus, Thighs & Glutes, and Pure Abs & Arms.