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“Not Extreme, Not Insane, Just R.I.P.P.E.D.” That ‘s the promise on the cover of R.I.P.P.E.D.*, a workout DVD that also claims to be “The One Stop Body Shock.”
R.I.P.P.E.D. is a clever acronym for a workout system designed by Terry and Tina Shorter. They are also the instructors of the DVD. The workout is broken down into a warm-up, five sections, and a cool down. Each section represents the fitness components of the acronym R.I.P.P.E.D. Each section is 5-10 minutes long.
All right. So what does R.I.P.P.E.D. stand for?
R – Resistance
I – Intervals
P – Power
P – Polymetrics
E – Endurance
D – Diet
The total workout is 48 minutes. There is an option to do the workout with or without tutorials. In the tutorials, one of the instructors explains each move and proper form before each section. The workout is an hour and five minutes with the tutorial. Once you know the moves, you’ll probably want to skip the tutorial.
The workout itself is a nice mix of cardio and toning. There is no complicated choreography. There are familiar moves like lunges and squats. (Terry informs the viewer that there are, in fact, 128 total squats in the workout! I’ll take his word. I didn’t count.) There are jumps and kickboxing moves. The workout is at an intermediate level, but there are modifiers doing both beginner and more advanced moves. I also liked that upper body moves were done on their own during the resistance portion of the workout. I like compound moves, but I sometimes feel that I can’t go as heavy with weights when I’m moving around while working the upper body. It was nice to focus on the arms by themselves. This was a challenging workout, but it was doable.
There is also a bonus five-minute abs section.
The DVD doesn’t have an instructional on the “D,” Diet & Nutrition. There is a screen from the menu that suggests that you find a sensible nutrition program. It also directs you to visit the R.I.P.P.E.D. website for more information. The website has a fairly extensive “Diet and Nutrition” tab that offers nutritional info and a sample day menu.
What I didn’t love about the workout–the instructors (sometimes) and the soundtrack.
Both Terry and Tina are pretty cheesy and almost overly positive as instructors. It’s almost like they’re trying too hard. But, they are tolerable. And sometimes even encouraging like when they tell you not to quit because “you’ve come so far!”
But, oh…the music. There are lyrics such as: “R-I-P-P-E-D! I love it ’cause it’s so intense.” T.E.R.R.I.B.L.E. Terry sometimes starts to sing along. I learned from Terry’s biography that he has an education and experience in music. And guess what…Terry produced, wrote, and performed the original tracks on the DVD. Really wished he hadn’t.
But, if you can get past those two things, this is a solid intermediate workout. No, it’s not insane (or hmmm…Insanity). There is potential for progression (by adding heavier weights or more intensity).