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Rehab Your Body At Home - JB Burns
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD featuring exercises for rehabilitation, stretching, and flexibility
By Beth Cholette "doctor_beth" (Upstate NY USA)
(TOP 10 REVIEWER)
This review is from: Urban Rebounder Rehab Your Body at Home DVD (DVD)
This DVD by instructor is also known as JB Burns' Freedom Restoration Series. It contains a series of rehabilitative workouts addressing seven different areas of the body. For each area, there is a "Series A," which is more beginning-level and a bit less intense, and "Series B," which includes more intermediate exercises and more active stretches, for at total of 14 workouts on the DVD. Most of the workouts are about 15 minutes long, although some are as short as 11 minutes, and a few are as long as 23 minutes. All of the workouts feature Burns with two female background exercises (the women are different in each segment), and the only props that are needed are a chair and a mat for the floorwork. I have broken down each body area in greater detail below.
The back segments were the longest at about 23 minutes each. The A Series focuses mainly on lower back and core stretches; it includes some beginning crunches, prone moves, work on all fours, and a few kneeling and standing stretches to finish. B Series takes it up a notch with intermediate pelvic tilts, crunches and bridge work. It also contains more exercises for the hamstrings and more intense low back stretches, including some tough work in the prone position.
Both series consist of about 12 exercises. In Series A, the stretches are more basic, moving the shoulders through all planes of motion. There is also some isometric work. Series B is more active, with many of the exercises being the same as moves that you would typically do with weights.
HIP & KNEE
Series A focuses includes exercises to mobilize the kneecaps and strengthen the quads. It includes various hip stretches, including isometric and hip flexor stretches, and the series is performed almost entire on the floor. In contrast, Series B features stronger stretches for the hips and hamstrings, and it consists mostly of standing work.
ANKLE & FOOT
This is the only section where Burns and the women do not wear shoes; each segment is about 13 minutes long. Series A starts out with manipulative work for the toes and ankles. Continuing in a seated position, there are various stretches for the toes, ankles, and feet. Series B offers similar stretches, but from a lying position; this segment ends with additional standing moves.
HAND & ELBOW
Both A and B contain 12 exercises and are about 12 minutes long. The A Series begins with a finger massage and continues into many different types of wrist stretches, including some isometric movements. In Series B, there are more active finger stretches and then a different sequence of wrist stretches.
These series are short at about 11 minutes each. Both A and B follow a similar pattern: the series begins in a standing position for a brief stretch, then moves to the floor for a series of abdominal crunches and bridge work. Series A includes isometric moves, whereas Series B includes more intermediate/advanced crunches. Both series end with a brief stretch.
Both of the series in the Flexibility portion offer a sequence of stretches for the entire body, and thus these segments would work well for stretching after a workout. The two segments are actually quite similar, covering areas such as wrists, low back, mid/upper back, chest, groin, hips, hamstrings, and ankles; perhaps the only differences are that Series A includes neck stretches, and Series B goes into the stretches a bit more deeply.
As the DVD case notes, these workouts are designed to rehab the body, and so they would be excellent for anyone suffering from a sports-specific injury--for example, the shoulder rehab for golfers. However, the entire DVD is ideal for anyone who would like to improve posture and increase flexibility. I know that I will appreciate having this DVD on hand both for when I feel the need to get some extra stretching in or especially whenever I might be experiencing any specific aches and pains that need to be addressed. The only thing that I did not like about this DVD was the music; the case describes it as having "great music and high energy," but I found the fast-paced music jarring for a workout billed as gentle and rehabilitative in nature. Otherwise, however, this is definitely a valuable addition to a home exercise video library, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
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