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Genre: Sports - Fitness / Theatrical Release: 2008 / Exempt / Actors: Davina McCall ... / DVD released 2008-12-08 at 2 Entertain / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      22.11.2013 02:39
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      definitely recommend

      After hearing many good things about Davina's work out DVD's (and also seeing her toned body all over my TV!) I decided I would give this one a go. I am not very overweight but just felt I wanted to lose a few pounds and hopefully tone up my body.

      The DVD features Davina and her two personal trainers, husband and wife: Jackie and Mark, who guide you through each work out routine very well.

      There are two main workouts which are forty minutes long and include a warm up and a cool down period. These workouts are called 'Super Fit' and 'Super Sculpt'. Super fit focuses on fat burning and improving fitness levels using lots of boxercise, whereas super sculpt is, as Davina says "the best way to change your body shape" this includes lots of squats and aerobic intervals to keep fat burning. You can also add in 10 minutes extra of Super abs, Super Pump, Super Legs and Super six pack if you choose. Davina briefly explains what the workout is for before it begins.

      The workouts are easy to follow and the music is well chosen. I am aware that many people can find Davina rather annoying, however there is an option to mute the speaking and just have the music on. That solves the problem if you can bare the faces she makes!

      I did this three times a week for six weeks and lost approximately half a stone, which is great considering I didn't have much to lose and it really made a difference to my body shape. It will have you sweating but is fun and will provide results!

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        29.09.2010 17:18
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        Great exercise DVD, would highly reccommend

        I bought this DVD after hearing good things about the rest of Davina's DVDS. I'm not a big fan of exercise, so I wanted something that may be able to make exercise a bit more fun and Davina is able to do this.

        The workouts are extremely hard and they will really make you sweat. I feel Davina is good at doing this kind of workout video as she talks you through all the exercises and makes it fun, she really encourages you to want to carry on, which isn't easy.

        Some of the routines can be quick but once you do the different workouts a couple of times, you should soon get used to it. As well as the intense work out there is also an easier option available for beginners. There are four sections, in the DVD, supers abs, super pump, super six pack and super legs. There is also a warm up and cool down section. There is also a super sculpt section which is a toning section. I find the super fit section really difficult in places but it also really feels like it is having an effect. I would personally recommend the super legs section, it is a difficult workout but fun at the same time and you will feel like you have done a really good workout.

        Davina can be a bit irritating in places, but this can be ignored easily. I would really recommend this DVD for people who are serious about losing weight, as it is very straining and takes a lot of effort. I find that the selection of routines adds variation to my exercise so it doesn't become boring.

        I find this DVD difficult in places but you will feel the benefits in no time, highly recommended.

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          11.06.2010 11:29
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          Great workout, worth a look

          Now before buying this loads of friends had told me to try it but I wasn't a fan of Davina and was really sceptical. I bought it anyway and found that I not only enjoyed the workouts but I am warming to Davina too. Its brilliant, you work up such a sweat doing the exercises then Davina will say or do something amusing and you're trying to laugh through the harsh breaths! Now I hate fitness videos, I find them really boring, but unfortunately I find the gym equally boring, luckily I'm one of these annoying people who don't have to exercise too much. However, I found Davina fun and easy to do, and although you will be really tired afterwards it gets you going to do something else! If you want a body like Davina's however you will have to do the exercises almost everyday, sadly of which I just don't have time. But if you work part time or are a trying to get back into shape post baby, etc then this workout or any of Davina's really would be great for you. However be prepared to put the work in, otherwise you may be disappointed that the results don't mimic Davina's scrummy body, which lets face it we all wish for!

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            04.03.2010 20:18
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            Brilliant workout

            I've tried many things over the past few years to lose weight but nothing seemed to work... until I discovered Davina's super body workout dvd.

            This workout is great for those who are already fit and healthy or for those who are completely out of shape. I suffer with asthma and find it really difficult to exercise with out having attacks, although I still need my inhaler during the workout I can complete the full 45 minutes without any major problems.

            The workout starts off with some stretches mainly focused on the leg muscles, this lasts for approximately 9 minutes, the workout then starts, this lasts for about 15 minutes and then it is repeated and finally finishes off with some stretches.

            I would describe this type of workout as a mix between aerobics and kickboxing, but the best thing I have found is that it really works your stomach without you really noticing it. This is the only exercise dvd I have found that actually changes your body shape. I had real issues with my stomach no matter how much weight I lost I couldn't get rid of my baby bulge, although it did not completely disappear it improved dramatically over a period of about 6 weeks.

            I did not diet, cause I am rubbish at it, but did this workout 3 times a week, and during the workout drank at least a pint of water. I lost at least a stone in 6 weeks and my body shape completely changed; I no longer had that tyre round my waist.

            The dvd uses good up to date, well known music, which is nice to exercise to, Davina McCall keeps it fun, with her wit and humour and makes you want to do it rather than having to do it. I find with a lot of workouts the novelty can ware off fast but 8 months on I still enjoy this workout.

            If you have trouble shifting weight from your stomach this is a great workout to help eliminate it, it is also great for the thighs and bum areas. There is a lot of jumping in the workout so if you are fairly overweight and not used to exercising I would recommend some ankle supports.

            I would also recommend that beginners follow the coach rather than Davina to begin with because she gives you an easier option, the more you do the workout the easier it will become and you can then do the harder moves.

            You can buy the workout dvd from online places such as amazon, ebay etc and it retails from about £10.00 - £13.00 from new.

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            15.02.2010 23:20
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            A fun workout DVD with great pace and variety which gives you results.

            I'm not a fan of celebrity exercise videos or of Davina. Why then, you might ask did I decide to buy the Super Body Workout. Basically, I'd become a bit bored with my gym workouts and just wanted to do something different to get me motivated again. When a friend raved about the DVD and the results she had got from it I thought I'd give it a go. Even though I'm no fan of Davina from reading interviews with her and having completed her DVD I do get the feeling her exercise regime is a way of life and something she does on a regular basis. Davina's motto is "exercise isn't just for Christmas it's for life".

            There are two main workouts on the DVD. The first titled Super Fit and the second titled Super Sculpt. Each self contained workout is 40 minutes long and they have both been designed to target the whole body. They each have a warm up (approximately 8 minutes long) a main workout (approximately 25 minutes long) and a cool down (approximately 7 minutes long). Super Fit is a kickboxing workout with the emphasis placed on building fitness as well as burning fat. It basically contains lots of kicking, air punching and jogging on the spot. Super Sculpt is based on Interval training, which for those that don't know is a type of training that incorporates repeated brief bouts of higher intensity aerobic exercise interspersed with bouts of lower intensity exercise. The aerobic intervals include things like 1 minute of skipping on the spot or 1 minute of star jumps and are activities designed to promote fat burning. There are four of these aerobic intervals in total and they are mixed in the with some toning exercises such as squats and lunges which are designed to tone the legs and bum and arm exercises such as bicep curls and shoulder presses designed to sculpt and round the muscles on the arms.

            One of the things that I like about the DVD is there are several options to mix and match, this allows you to design a workout that suits you best. In addition to the two main workouts there are three extra 10 minute sections which are added on to the two main workouts. This takes the workouts up to 50 minutes in total length. Super Pump consists of the Super Sculpt workout but with an added 10 minutes of upper body exercise. Super Abs consists of the Super Fit workout with an added 10 minutes of abdominal work. My favourite, Super Legs consists of the Super Sculpt workout with an added 10 minutes of leg and bum exercise (as Davina puts it "this is squatastic"). The last section is a stand alone segment that can be done on it own or after one of the routines. It is also 10 minutes long and is called the Super Six Pack. This routine is specifically designed for the abdominals and for anybody hoping to achieve a six pack like Davina has. To avoid any injury this section is only meant to be completed by people who already have fairly strong abdominals. Just for fun, the DVD also has a small bonus feature which shows Davina completing an assault course with some Navy men and women. She basically gets a bit muddy and in her words "screams like a girl".

            The workouts are led by Husband and Wife team Mark and Jackie Wren. They have trained numerous celebrities including, Donna Air and Edith Bowman. Between them they have lots of years experience as personal trainers. Jackie was previously a gymnast and has also worked as a personal trainer in gyms. As well as working as a personal trainer Mark was also in the Royal Marines for over seven years and is now a fireman. In short, when it comes to exercise and fitness they know what they are talking about. I like the rapport between Mark, Jackie and Davina. They genuinely seem to like and get on with one and other instead of just looking like they have been lumped together. Mark and Davina are frequently joking and having a laugh with one and other.

            I don't like any exercise DVD that has complex routines with lots of choreography to follow. I'm not particularly well co-ordinated and would make a hopeless dancer. That said I also don't want to be bored either, so generally I'm a hard customer to please. I would say the majority of the routines in Super Body Workout are on the simplistic side. None the less, they are fun to do and quick to pick up. Any instructions or guidance comes from either Mark or Jackie as apposed to Davina. I prefer this as it means you receive true expert advice. Personally, I prefer it when Mark leads the segments as I find his instructions a bit clearer than Jackie's instructions. Mark tends to provide you with instructions just before he completes the move, which suits me better. Whereas, Jackie tends to give the instruction for the move as she starts doing it. I therefore sometimes find myself missing the first part of the move whilst I get a grasp of what it is she wants me to do. Of course this isn't so much of a problem once you've done the DVD several times and know which move is coming next. Instructions on how to complete the moves are pretty straightforward, not much time is spent talking about how to do them. They basically just get on and do them, I don't find this a problem though as previously said the moves are generally easy to pick up. Having said this, I do have one niggle - on a couple of occasions the camera shot is too far zoomed in which means you can not see their feet, making it difficult to see what you need to do with your feet. This is annoying as you just have to wait until the camera pans out again so you can see. As this only happens on a couple of occasions it's not a major problem.

            The guidance and advice Mark and Jackie offer whilst completing the exercise is very useful. Even after you've done the exercise several times it's quite easy to let important things like positions of your feet, knees, back and posture etc. slip. Therefore it's good that they offer plenty of reminders throughout the workouts. There are a couple of times where Davina hasn't quite got her position or posture right and she has to be gently reminded to make a correction. They also provide reminders to engage the abdominals or advice on how to support the neck and back to avoid any injury.

            I find the workouts to be just the right intensity for me. Of course it depends on your fitness level as to how easy or hard you find it. I have an average level of fitness and I don't find it too easy by any stretch but neither does it make me feel like I'm about to collapse. It just makes me get a bit sweaty and feel like I've done some worthwhile exercise. The warm ups are good as they are a nice mix of pulse raising moves and stretches. They do the job and get you adequately warmed up but not so overworked that you are put of continuing before you've even properly started. The time during the main workout does seem to pass quite quickly, so I'm not constantly looking at the clock wondering when it will end. The cool down is something to look forward to and helps minimise any stiffness.

            The DVD allows you to choose the pace which suits you. For most sections, Jackie completes a version of the exercise which is suitable for beginners. You can also switch to Jackie's version if you feel yourself getting a bit puffed. I think having this option is good. None of them make you feel guilty for choosing to do the lower impact option, instead they get across that it's ok to do the lower impact moves if you need to but to join in with Mark and Davina doing the higher impact version as soon as you feel ready. I do feel though that as there is three of them doing the workout they could have offered something for all three levels of fitness (e.g. beginner, intermediate and advanced) this would make the DVD appeal to a wider range of people and make it better value for money as you could progress through the different stages. It's funny really as Davina doesn't break much of a sweat throughout the workouts. Her hair and makeup stay perfectly intact the whole way through. In order to make you feel better she does state several times that she is finding a particular exercise tough going. I get the feeling this has been done so that you don't feel inadequate if you are struggling as opposed to her genuinely finding the exercises hard. I guess this is just testament to how fit she actually is. I find it quite inspiring as she obviously puts in the hard work and she clearly enjoys it as well.

            I like the soundtrack that accompanies the routines. It's an upbeat style of music so it always makes me want to move. There is a mix of pop and dance type songs from the likes of Hot Chip, Taio Cruz, Freemasons, Bob Sinclair, Beverley Knight and Sam Sparro. It's a shame they chose to repeat the same songs though throughout the DVD. You find yourself listening to the same track a couple of times. I definitely would have preferred all different tracks to avoid it getting a bit boring. There is an option to choose mostly music, this mutes the voices (if you really get annoyed by Davina) and lets you just listen to the music. You can also choose to have subtitles so you still receive instructions on the screen. Choosing the mostly music option is good if you like having the music more prominent but I find you do miss out on the motivation offered from Mark, Jackie and Davina. They all chip in and let you know that there is only "15 seconds left to go" or count you down as you complete certain moves. I find this encouragement really helps as I can see the end is in sight.

            You do need some space to do the DVD but not a massive amount. My lounge is small and I find that I have sufficient space. As some of the exercises require jumping, they are probably unsuitable for performing if you live in a flat, unless that is you are on the ground floor. Equipment wise, I would say there really isn't anything you absolutely need. Although they do all use hand weights (though they don't specify the weight of these) I'm happy to use old water bottles filled back up with tap water. I vary my sizes (500 ml or 1 litre) depending on how energetic I am feeling. I find it no problem to do the exercise with these. I do have a rubber mat I use to do the abdominal exercise and cool down on as these involve being on the floor. If you don't have a mat you just need something that takes the hardness of the floor away, maybe a couple of thick towels laid down or you could use a rug.

            The majority of Fitness DVDs seem to be targeted at women. However, I would definitely say Super Body Workout is suited to men also. My Fiancé plays hockey and goes to the gym so he's no stranger to keeping fit. When I suggested he do the DVD with me he wasn't exactly keen. He grumbled something about not prancing around to some daft aerobic DVD, especially not one by the annoying presenter from Big Brother. Not one to be deterred, I kept on at him for a while (purely for selfish reasons really as I thought if we did it together I would be more likely to stick at it). He eventually gave in and started to do the workout with me (I think he just wanted to shut me up). After his initial grumbles, he really started to get into it and even better he noticed a definite improvement in his fitness and shape as a result of doing it. He even has a bit of a six pack to show for his efforts, something he has never had before. He now often chooses to do the DVD instead of going to the gym.

            So does Davina make a good exercise buddy? Yes and no. There is no getting away - for me she is annoying, in particular her manic grins and weird face pulling. However, the fact that she does have enthusiasm for the exercises really does come across which makes the DVD enjoyable to do. Aside from the few minor niggles mentioned this really is a great exercise DVD. Davina recommends you do the DVD 3 times a week. I've had it for 6 months now and apart from a few exceptions have done a workout 2-3 times a week. I do vary which ones I do but I always do one of the extra 10 minute sections making my workout 50 minutes in total. I've found my fitness has definitely improved, I don't find the workouts as hard as I used to. I have also noticed improvements in my core, stomach, arms and legs. Everything is more toned and streamlined, which is what I wanted. I'm not able to comment on its impact on weight as I don't tend to weigh myself. I go on how my clothes feel and they have become slightly looser during the time I have been doing it. I would recommend this DVD to a beginner or someone with a good level of fitness. Personally, I don't think it would provide enough of a challenge for somebody with an advanced level of fitness. It's currently available to buy on Amazon for £12.98 (15/02/10).

            Thanks for reading.

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              31.01.2010 18:00
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              Great all round work out - easy to follow and delivers results

              I used the Davina Super Body Workout dvd for the first time yesterday and was very impressed. I have a reasonable sized collection of workout dvds - mostly gathering dust in the bookcase - but have never tried a Davina dvd before. I have a friend who uses this one frequently and is definately feeling the results of doing so, and therefore I decided to give it a go too. The first thing I noticed is how easy it is to follow and pick up - no tricky steps or dodgy camera angles! There are 3 people in the dvd, Davina McCall and 2 other instructors. In each workout one instructor is doing the workout for you to follow and the other is doing a lower impact version of the moves - so even if you are a total beginner this dvd could work for you. Each session had a combination of high energy fat burning elements, and weights & stretcing for muscle definition. The workouts moved between these frequently which gave me no time to lose focus and get bored. I also found the style good as the instructors seemed to be instructing Davina (even though she knew what to do!) and it was like you were watching and joining in but not being pressured. If you are super fit already you may find that this dvd is not as intense as you may need but for the average person I can't fault it. I really enjoyed doing the dvd and will definatley be keeping this one up.

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              29.10.2009 11:34
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              great fun

              Something needs to be done; my spare tyre is beginning to resemble something that would probably fit an average sized tractor! I have good intentions of a super model - a gym membership, new Nike trainers that I'm told are perfect for all sporting activities, a nice sporting wardrobe... I just can't bring myself to use any of them!

              In sheer desperation I decided to get a 'work-out' DVD. My theory is that if I can kick start my new fitness regime, I'll look better and feel better about getting myself to the gym and standing next to the sticks on the treadmills.

              I went into HMV to browse the fitness section and was amazed at the number of celebrity work-outs on offer, all with before and after pictures of them first looking all of a size 12 and finishing a 'healthy' size 0. Ok, maybe I'm cynical, maybe even jealous, but I did know that I wanted something a bit more real, a bit more honest and a bit less cheesy!

              I chose the 'Davina super body workout', I like Davina, she's human and she looks great on the front of the box, if not uncharacteristically serious.

              ~ The Gang ~

              The DVD stars Davina herself, who is looking fantastic of course, she is joined by her 2 personal trainers, husband and wife team; mark, who is an ex-marine and looks super fit, and Jackie. All 3 seem to have a good sense of humour and keep the DVD moving at a good pace. Poor Jackie usually stands in the background showing the 'easier' workout option for each exercise for if you're finding it all a bit too much. Mark and Davina show the tough version whilst remaining fresh faced and non- sweaty... unlike me!

              ~ The Content ~

              This DVD is set out in an original way, I'm not a huge expert on workout DVD's, but none of the DVDs I've tried before have been set out like this. This is designed by Davina and Mark who thought that "military-style fitness training would be a great concept for the DVD"
              There are 2x 40min workouts with a warm-up and cool-down in each; 'super fit' and 'super sculpt'

              Super Fit: This is hard work!! High energy, lots of jumping around and throwing your arms and legs around! Having said that they do make it easy to follow. The exercises are simple to follow but are more than enough to get the heart rate going and the fat shifting. This section has a kickboxing theme too it and is actually good fun.

              Super Sculpt: this is a bit slower paced but has higher intensity sections in it to keep the heart rate up. This is designed more at toning I think, and definitely works the whole body. This again has good pace but the movements are repeated to you have chance to get the hang of them. This is slightly slower paced than the 'super fit' section but is by no means easier.

              You then have the option of adding extra sections to your routine - it's like fitness pic and mix! There are a range of other routines that are aimed at targeting different areas of your body that you can do after 'super fit' or super sculpt'. These extra 10min long sections are:

              Super pump - Aimed at the upper body.
              Super Abs - Targets abdominal area.
              Super legs - Concentrates on legs and bum.
              Super six pack - As the name suggests, this is for those after a six-pac (not the alcoholic type)

              They recommend that you do one of the routines 3 times a week, with an add on if you have time. You can mix and match as you like to keep it interesting.
              ~ My experience~

              WOW, hard work!! All of these exercises are not for the faint hearted, but you do always have the option of following the slightly easier version of each exercise.
              I did get hot, I did get out of breath and I did get sweaty! However, I had good fun doing it.
              What I have disliked about workout videos in the past is that once you have done it a few times it gets a bit boring. Davina is obviously aware of this and has done a good job at trying to combat the issue well. I think overall the stars of the show are the making of this DVD, they make the exercises easy to follow and explain and demonstrate exactly what you should be doing and how to do it safely. The Funky music is a clever addition as it helps you keep time and you can sing along at the same time.
              The team are motivational and Davina is a star, she is funny and makes the whole experience more bearable.
              I really ached the next day, but I actually liked it. I felt like I had done something and I felt better for it.

              ~ Have I kept it up?~
              Of course not! But maybe that is because I just don't want the 'super body' enough. I think if I did then this would be one of the better DVDs to follow. It's not boring or ineffective, I'm just lazy!

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                04.10.2009 09:32
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                A good product for peoplewho don't actually want to get in shape

                I am a dance teacher looking to ebark on fitness instruction and I brought this product for research purposes. Davina was funny and happy to have a laugh at herself which is probably what anyone using these DVDs should do. The instructors in the video were not super human and the type of exercises demonstrated were appropriate for the level of an individual who would prefer to work out in their front room just walking distance from the fridge. The price is average for a DVD of this nature and you get two 40 min workouts, four 10min workouts (which you can add to the 40 min programme to increase your workout) and a warm up and cool down sequence. Davina looks inn great shape but I was left feeling cynical that the exercises in this DVD had helped her achieve the six pack she is now sporting. As far as fitness DVD's go it's not bad but if anyone actually wants results get out of the house and into fitness classes where you can actually take yourself seriously.

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                17.08.2009 19:49
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                the best of her exercise dvd's so far, can't wait for the next one!

                I am a fan of Davina's fitness dvd's and this is the third one I have bought. This particular dvd is very easy to follow. It consists of 2 main workouts, each lasting around 30-40 minutes - Super Fit which has mainly boxercise moves and is fun to do and Super Sculpt which uses weights with frequent "fat burning minutes" in between the sets of exercises to keep your heart rate up (although mine is up all the way through it!).

                There are also 4 other 10 minute routines which you can add onto the above routines to work on specific areas - super pump, super abs, super legs and also a six pack routine!

                It really does work and because you can add on the routines at the end you can vary your workouts so that they don't get boring. I have enjoyed all Davina's dvd's and she is the same age as me which I find encouraging when I am doing the workouts too. There are always some extras with the dvds and she doesn't advocate faddy diets - just eating healthily and sensibly and exercising regularly.

                I wouldn't have any hesitation in recommending this dvd.

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                19.07.2009 20:22
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                Really fun, as well as giving great results.

                Having read some positive reviews about this DVD, I decided to give it ago, and certainly was not disappointed!
                I have tried a few workout DVDs, mainly the '10-minute' range, so was kind of used to fairly-tough aerobic exercises, but I honestly haven't worked this hard! I was a little worried at first that I'd find it hard to cope, since I had been used to the selection of 10 minute workouts, and this one in either 40 minutes or 50 minutes (depending on which workout you choose), but it actually went really quickly!
                There's a great variety of workouts, and you can choose if you want to solely burn fat, or burn fat at the same time as toning, plus the 50-minute workouts allow you to do the above plus tone a particular area of your body. Its laid out really well too, including a warm up and cool down, with the core workout inbetween.
                Its really easy to follow, and doesn't waste time by slowly showing a few steps and then allowing you to copy, instead doing the steps so you can join in. This was a bit overwhelming at first, I thought I was struggling to keep up, but after a while its better, and a lot less frustrating than hanging around, standing still while the steps are explained.
                Although its not actually Davina that talks you through/leads it, she's funny and supportive. Its also quite useful because there are three people on screen- Davina, her personal trainer, Mark, and his wife. This way they can show variations on the moves, for example there's the option of not jumping. This is good when you're really tired!
                Its painful the first time, but really worth it. I am bursting with energy afterwards and can feel the results. I 100% recommend this DVD!!! :)

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                17.07.2009 22:21

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                good, fun workout dvd

                Davina is fantastic! She is so motivating and optimistic. I love her! She has a fab body considering she has kids andis a real inspiration. This DVD is amazing, i really love it. It is split into lots of different sections which are all really effective and really make you work hard. I could garentee if you did this dvd on a regular basis you would really burn the calories and lose alot of weight. Throughout the DVD davina completes the workouts with her own personal trainers and keeps the DVD fun and upbeat as well as really motivating you and keeping you going! As someone who really doesnt liek exercise I must say I actually enjoyed this workout. However, it is definately not for the faint hearted or those who are new or fairly new to exercise as it is a killer and real hard work. But so worth it!

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                04.07.2009 14:55
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                Highly recommended workouts - these will actually make a difference to your body!

                I own quite a few fitness DVDs - from Dianne Berry to Tai Bo to Liberty X and everything in between. This is my number one and the only one I'll keep coming back to (and the only one I really believe makes a difference!).

                I bought it on itunes which is great because not only was it cheaper than in the shops but I can do it any time and any where I have my laptop!

                This one represents extra value for money because there are two routines - both lasting 30 - 40 minutes and both difficult enough to make you feel like you're working hard but not so difficult that you can't bear to carry on!

                The first workout is based mainly on boxing-type moves and involves lots of punches and kicks. This is led by Davina's female trainer and she always demonstrates the easiest version of the move if you're feeling the burn and need to bring it down a notch. This is great as not only can you make it all the way through by occasionally switching to the easier move you can also tell when you're improving if you can do the hard version all the way through the DVD!

                The second workout is led by Davina's male trainer and is a killer mix of squats and lunges. If this doesn't get your legs into shape, nothing will!

                Both workouts include a stomach exercise segment at the end, and these are the most intense and varied stomach exercises I have ever done - excellent! Can really believe that Davina got her six pack through these exercises! After a couple of weeks of doing the workouts several times a week I could really see a difference in my tummy (and my body as a whole).

                I quite like Davina anyway, but even people who are irritated by her shouldn't find her too annoying in this DVD - she mainly keeps quiet and only makes a few comments (plus she looks like she is finding it hard too which is always a boon to help keep you going!).

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                26.06.2009 11:06
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                Davina's best workout yet!

                I must confess that I am not a sporty person - I hated P.E. in school, always choosing the option with least physical activity (table tennis and bowling were my personal favourites and my aim in rounders was to get caught out without even having to run to first base and then sit the rest of the game out) and I have rarely set foot in trainers since leaving. I also like my food and have a big sweet tooth. With those two things in mind, it's hardly surprising that at the age of 25, I realised that in just the last year I had put on a stone and resolved to lose it (and preferably another one after that!) Sadly, dieting does not seem to produce great results with me - the only way for me to really shift weight is to get that heart rate up! Unable to face the idea of sweating it out in a gym, or justify the cost of gym membership, I did some research and found lots of people raving about Davina McCall's workout DVDs, so I invested in the Davina McCall Box Set 2, which includes her latest DVD, Super Body Workout, and the High Energy Five (a bargain at £15 from amazon, especially when you consider the price of the Super Body Workout alone still seems to hit over £15 in most places)

                The Super Body Workout comprises two 40 minute core workouts - the Super Fit and the Super Sculpt. Super Fit is an aerobics style workout with lots of lunging, squatting, kicking and punching to really gets the heart rate up, while Super Sculpt is billed as "the quickest way to change your body shape" and sees you lifting hand weights with lots of squats and lunges, combined with high energy intervals to keep the heart rate up and ensure you are burning fat. If you've used the pump sections on her previous High Energy Five, the Super Sculpt is similar but way more effective as you combine the weights with squats meaning double the pain! You can select 10 minute add-ons to these workouts to focus on particular areas, such as arms, abs, or legs.

                The DVD is presented by Davina and her personal trainer Mark Wren and his wife Jacqui. Mark is an ex-marine and leads the super sculpt workout, while Jacqui leads on the Super Fit. Although other people seem to find Davina annoying, I don't find her too bad myself! She does pull lots of faces which I can see would be annoying (particularly when she is making "oh it's painful" expressions in the warm up! Come on, the woman doesn't break a sweat for the whole routine and you want us to believe you're finding the warm up hard?) but generally it's good to feel that someone else is feeling the burn as much as you are! I think it's clear that Davina really enjoys working out (despite her face pulling) and I think she has a great figure, looking healthy and toned. For those who do find her annoying, there is the option to mute any talking and just have music only (or smile along with Jacqui, who also seems to find Davina vaguely annoying), but I find that Mark and Jacqui's encouragement of "just 15 seconds more" or "just 4 more to go" keeps me going when otherwise I might have stopped. I find the instructions nice and clear and they always keep you in the loop as to how many repetitions you have left. After a couple of go's at the routine you pretty much know what move is coming next before they tell you.

                Given that I am very unfit I expected to find this DVD really difficult. At first I was right and I first broke a sweat in the warm up. However, it's not unbearably difficult for us gym-phobics - within a week of doing the routine every day I could get to the end of the Super Fit and Super Sculpt sections and was adding in the 10 minute extras, taking the workout to 50 minutes with the warm up and cool down included. There are easier options for most of the moves which Jacqui demonstrates - you can go with her or take the more high impact version with Davina and Mark if you are feeling more energetic. I've done a couple of other exercise DVDs in the past which required a lot more coordination than this, more like a dance routine, and were very difficult to master. This routine though is nice and simple to follow from the start. The first time I did the exercise I ached all over, but in a way that made me know that I'd worked, not like some DVDs where I ended up thinking "I'm never doing that again!" The first time I did the Super Sculpt I found that I couldn't bend down properly for 3 days, the tops of my thighs were so stiff and sore and walking down stairs was pretty difficult! Even now I am fitter and can easily get through the routines, they still see me dripping in sweat by the end and very red faced - the Super Sculpt gets me just as sweaty as the Super Fit by the end!

                You don't need masses of space to do the routine - we have a fairly small living room but there is more than enough space for me, but I wouldn't recommend this if you live in a flat with someone beneath you as there is lots of jumping (luckily we live in a bungalow) Davina suggests landing with soft knees but I really don't see that making much of a difference and could see people having issues with angry neighbours! In terms of equipment, it's not one of those DVDs that uses masses of inflatable balls and pulleys - Davina just has some hand weights and an exercise mat. You could easily use a couple of bottles of water in place of the hand weights, although I did invest in a set of weights, and the mat I don't feel is necessary - there isn't a huge amount of floor work in any of the exercises and it's more than comfy on the floor for me.

                I really enjoy both the core routines and tend to alternate between the two, but I do prefer the Super Sculpt. I have managed to move my hand weights up from 0.5kg, to 3kg which I am quite proud of! I love how in the Super Sculpt you can see that the exercises are working all of the different muscles in the arms, with repetitions in so many different directions, and I still find that the Super Sculpt really works my legs hard too - in fact, it's my legs that really feel it by the end!

                I definitely recommend doing the warm up and cool down - the warm up is more than just stretching and does get your heart rate going and the cool down is actually lovely, stretching out all those muscles that have worked so hard, and does seem to prevent you being quite so sore the next day!

                Comparing this to Davina's other DVDs I do think this is the best one yet. While the High Energy Five has a Pump section and an Aerobics section, I find the ones on Super Body far more effective in working the whole body and I still don't find it boring after 4 weeks of almost everyday use. I really like the Core Stability section in her 3 30 minute workout DVD and it would be good to have a section for this on the Super Body, but there is some Core Stability work covered in the Super Fit cool down and I appreciate it's not everyone's cup of tea.

                My only slight criticism is the soundtrack - although it's perfect for a workout with well paced dance tracks, the tracks are repeated as the routines repeat which in my opinion is a bit of a cop-out and would have been the perfect opportunity to work a bit more variety into the workout.

                The results I have had from this DVD have really been great. In 4 weeks of doing the routine 6 days a week and watching what I eat I had lost 10lbs and was looking noticeably more toned, especially in the arms, the tops of my legs and my bottom. I actually can see little muscles popping out now in both my arms and legs and everything just looks tighter. Five months down the line and I have lost nearly 2 stone and although the weight loss is starting to slow, it is still continuing. Hopefully the tummy will be next to see the benefit, though I suspect this will take much longer for me (curse of the apple shape!) But the major improvement has been in my level of fitness - I am now doing the Super Pump and following it straight away with the Super Fit workout, which leaves me feeling lovely and worked out and positively dripping in sweat. I will continue to use this DVD even after I reach my goal weight and even though I have even bought other exercise DVDs to mix in with this for a bit of variety it's still this one that I use at least 3 times a week (and after 5 months of using it I'm still enjoying it!) I've gone from someone who absolutely hated any form of exercise to someone who is finding that I actually really enjoy the feeling of exercising, the buzzy feeling that comes after it, but especially the added benefits of looking better and feeling more happy generally.

                Highly recommended for gym-phobics and anyone looking to improve their fitness

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                  03.06.2009 14:03

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                  Brilliant DVD.

                  This is the first fitness DVD I have ever used, because I thoughtthat there was no point in exercising infront of the TV. How wrong was I?! This DVD is brilliant, there are two main workouts, the Superfit and Supersculp and then you can choose to add 10 minutes of extra work on specific areas of your body, legs, abs, and arms.

                  The Superfit is my favourite, it's an aerobic kick boxing style workout and it's surprisingly difficult. I am quite fit, but this one had me out of breath. The Supersculp is more of an interval based training with resistance training inbetween, again quite difficult, you can really feel the effects!

                  Davina is entertaining and funny, so are the fitness instructors and the music keeps things interesting. I've done the workouts for over a month now and I don't find them boring at all and I've noticed a change in my body shape.

                  To sum up: Brilliant DVD that will challenge you and you won't get bored of.

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                  27.05.2009 22:55
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                  worth buying

                  This Davina work out DVD Superbody workout is a great motivational fitness workout DVD. I am not too keen on home exercise and most fitness dvds seem boring and i never finish them. Davina is funny and motivational. she looks like the exersising is hard for her too but she makes it fun by making you laugh. The music in this DVD is good, upbeat and catchy. Some of the exercises i found difficult and had to stop.marvelling at how davina keeps going. But I did finish the whole exercise program and went on to continue using it which is rare for me. Davina is not body perfect,she comes across as being really genuine and not at all posy which is good in these days of body perfect pouting blondes ! A great all round workout which you can adapt to suit yourself with good music and rythmn. worth a buy or rent first to see for yourself.

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