We posted a DVD workout review from Autumn Calabrese-Guzman, owner of P3 Fitness, back in May. Since then, I’ve received numerous comments and questions about other DVD workouts that really work. This is a tough question to answer considering the sheer volume of workout videos available. There are some that are good for cardio, some that are good for toning and strength training and others that are good for stretching and stress relief. It ultimately depends on exactly what you’re looking for. But recently, I was introduced to a video series, created by two of Nashville’s top fitness experts, that successfully combines all of the elements mentioned above to create a physically challenging workout unique to the needs of women.
Release, the first DVD in the Ruah Movement series, will challenge every part of your body to create long, sleek muscles while burning fat and encouraging the body to release negative stress stored in the muscles. Release doesn’t include the typical cardio moves, but co-creators, Leah and Suzanne, get your heart pumping by consistently engaging the largest muscle groups and working them to the point of fatigue. The simple movement combinations are easy to follow, but challenging enough that even the most avid fitness enthusiast will feel the workout the next day. The video is broken down into four segments that keep you motivated and offer enough variety to make this a DVD you can use again and again.
The website claims that the movement combinations in the Ruah series will release physical, emotional, and mental stress from the body, which will help release body fat, decrease health risks and improve self-esteem. These are lofty claims, but I’ve found them to be true. In performing the movement combinations, I can feel the tension leaving my muscles. I finish this DVD feeling stronger, healthier, more relaxed.
Watch a clip of the Release workout and see for yourself.